Rare Pairpoint Puffy Owl lamp may fly to $60,000

FAIRFIELD, Maine — James D. Julia Auctioneers is kicking off its summer season with two back-to-back auctions from its fine glass and lamp division and its toy, doll and advertising division. The former of the two starts the event on June 19-20 with a two-day sale featuring many Tiffany lamps, French cameo glass, fine art glass, and more.

Among a broad array of leaded and non-leaded lamps is a select offering of Pairpoint

An exceedingly rare Pairpoint Puffy lamp depicts a three dimensional figural owl - one of only eight known to exist on the entire planet, with a shade that rests upon an equally detailed bronze full bodied owl figural base, and is expected to sell for $40,000-60,000.  (Photo courtesy James D. Julia)

An exceedingly rare Pairpoint Puffy lamp depicts a three dimensional figural owl – one of only eight known to exist on the entire planet, with a shade that rests upon an equally detailed bronze full bodied owl figural base, and is expected to sell for $40,000-60,000. (Photo courtesy James D. Julia)

lamps, which includes a rare Pairpoint Puffy lamp, depicting a three-dimensional figural owl. This is only the eighth example known to exist. The lamp consists of a blown glass shade in the form of an owl’s head with piercing yellow eyes with large pupils. The shade rests upon a detailed bronze full bodied owl figural base (estimate $40,000-$60,000). Other items in this category include a rare Pairpoint Puffy grape lamp: Resting on an original matching grape cluster base it carries an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000, while a Pairpoint Puffy apple tree on its tree trunk base is expected to fetch between $20,000 and $30,000.

A massive Tiffany curtain border floor lamp with an intricate geometric pattern, topped with a bronze pigtail cap carries expectations of $80,000 to $100,000. A Tiffany geometric leaded chandelier with an inverted dome bordered in bands of green Tiffany chunk jewels finished with bronze rope twists and chain accents, pictured in “Tiffany Lamps and Metalworks” by Alistair Duncan, comes with an estimate of $35,000 to $45,000. A Tiffany poppy leaded table lamp with a pattern consisting of delicate polychrome flowers and a library base may see $35,000 to $45,000.

In addition to the above offerings, an outstanding 22” diameter Porcelli leaded glass lamp, will also be included. The lamp features a transitional, tiled background of deep green to blue art glass bordered by rows of textured green glass at the top middle and bottom of the design. The garland arrangement of multicolored floral blooms and leaves sits on a bed of fractured/confetti style glass that sets the surrounding bouquet in dimensional relief. The lamp rests on an original “Onion” style bronze table base finished in a rich brown-green patina that it shares with the metalwork on the shade. Both are signed.

Since 2009, Porcelli lamps have realized prices well over their pre-sale auction estimates, establishing a ready collectors’ market for contemporary works in the American Style of leaded glass lamp work.

Complementing the parade of cameo glass, Julia’s will present a fine collection of Pate de Verre from a private Midwest collection including both G. Argy Rousseau and A. Walter. Of the latter, a large tray by A. Walter with colorful flowers and a flying grasshopper at each end is expected to jump to between $5,000 and $7,000 while a Walter bowl decorated with a three-dimensional hermit crab will try to sidestep its $2,500-$3,500 estimate. An Rousseau apple picker vase is forecasted to bring $8,000-$12,000.

More information about any Julia auction can be obtained by visiting www.jamesdjulia.com or calling 207-453-7125. The glass and lamp auction commences at 10 a.m. on June 19-20, and the toy, doll, and advertising auction is June 21 at Julia’s auction facilities on Rt. 201 in Fairfield, Maine.

 

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