FAIRFIELD, Maine — With a string of strong auctions this year including its October firearms auction that grossed nearly $17.5 million and its August fine art & Asian antique auction that grossed over $5 million, the firm of James D. Julia will bring its 2013 season to a close with a pair of late November antique auctions.
Getting a jump on things before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the firm will conduct a double header auction consisting of two days of fine glass and lamps Nov. 20-21, followed by an antique toy, doll and advertising auction Nov. 22.
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The lamp and glass auction will feature many private collections and estates from across the country and includes some very rare buying opportunities.
One such rarity among the more than 150 leaded and non-leaded lamps in the sale is a Tiffany Studios Peacock table lamp with an exquisitely crafted shade of leaded glass feathers with deep, rich color when the lamp is turned on. Resting on its matching bronze urn base with out swept peacock feather feet, this lamp comes estimated for $80,000-$100,000.
This is followed by a Tiffany Studios Bamboo table lamp with an allover pattern of shoots and leaves across its dome shade. On its matching bamboo stick base, this rarity is expected to sell for $75,000-$85,000.
An exceptional Tiffany Nasturtium chandelier with flowers of green, amber, and yellow confetti glass with shaded blue edge panes and beaded trim comes with a bronze hanger and is estimated for $60,000-$80,000.
Other highlights include a Tiffany Studios lemon leaf table lamp in vibrant yellows and greens. Formerly of the collection of Sir Elton John, it comes with an $18,000-$22,000 estimate. A Tiffany Studios 12-light lily floor lamp with delicately ribbed gold iridescent shades adds to the selection of fine lamps. It carries an estimate of $40,000-$50,000.
Believed to be one of the only such examples in existence, a Tiffany Studios fire screen with four blue and white opalescent chain mail style glass tile panels and topped with bronze ringed white iridescent glass balls, it is a collection in and of itself. Consigned from a private collection in Massachusetts, it presents a singular opportunity and comes in with a presale estimate of $150,000-$250,000.
The selection of lamps continues with many rare and desirable examples by Pairpoint, Handel, Duffner & Kimberly, Seuss, Whaley, Jefferson, and others. A Pairpoint Puffy apple tree lamp with butterflies and bumblebees among clusters of ripening apples is expected to sell for $20,000-$30,000. A scarce Pairpoint Puffy lilac boudoir lamp with white and red flowers surrounded by shaded green and blue leaves on a maroon background with two butterflies flying above carries an estimate of $12,000-$15,000.
These are joined by some exquisite reverse painted lamps such as a Handel Jungle Bird table lamp on Handel oriental style base, estimated for $12,000-$15,000. Likewise fresh to the market is a Handel Elephantine Island table lamp in excellent condition coming in with a $5,000-$7,000 estimate. The offering of lighting also includes a variety of mid- to late 19th century chandelier fixtures, fluid lamps and more from a coastal Maine estate.
The auction continues with the first session of the George Klabin collection of Moser glass. Perhaps the finest and rarest collection of Moser ever to come to market, this will be followed by an equally impressive offering showcasing the rest of the collection in Session II in Julia’s spring glass & lamp auction. This time around will feature such treasures as a Moser salamander pitcher. Heavily decorated with enameled flowers, stems and leaves as well as butterflies, insects, and a winged dragon, it is finished with a flowing liquid rim and gilded and enameled salamander handle. This exquisite piece comes estimated for $4,000-6,000. A rare Moser tiger vase with faceted sides and shading from clear to amethyst features two high relief tigers standing amongst intaglio carved palm trees with a colorful applied parrot above. It carries an estimate of $10,000-$15,000.
Also featured in the auction will be a variety of Lalique mascots and vases from a prominent Georgia collection. Included will be a Lalique “Victoire” mascot in light amethyst. Depicting a well defined woman’s head in frosted glass wearing a clear glass windswept headdress flowing behind her, it defines class and extravagance on one’s choice automobile. It carries an estimate of $20,000-$30,000. An outstanding R. Lalique “Chrysis” mascot of a nude woman in fiery opalescent glass with her arms stretched out behind her is estimated for $40,000-$50,000. And a gorgeous R. Lalique Bacchantes vase with rich opalescent nudes on a clear textured background with gray patination carries a $25,000-$35,000 estimate.
Also included will be a generous selection of French Cameo glass by such makers as Daum, Galle, and others including Val St. Lambert fluogravure vase pictured in the respected book “Art Glass Nouveau” by Lee & Ray Grover. A mold blown fuchsia vase with amethyst and blue flowers against a frosted yellow background comes estimated for $7,000-$10,000.
The cavalcade of cameo glass continues with a Daum rose vase with cameo flowers, thorny stems and leaves and has enameled details including applied red and green cabochons. This vase is expected to sell for $10,000-$12,000.
The auction continues with a collection of over 50 pieces of Loetz art glass from a private Connecticut collection. Featured will be many scarce examples with intricately decorated patterns. A few highlights include examples in the Phanomen, Cytisus, and Flammarion patterns, which are highly sought after by collectors with estimates ranging from around the mid-hundreds to the several thousands. These are joined by an array of other fine makers including Tiffany, Durand, Schneider, Quezal, Steuben, and others, which will include a wide array of art glass shades.
From a somewhat earlier era comes a variety of Victorian glass including an assortment of high quality art glass including Mt. Washington including an Egyptian scene Royal Flemish handled vase estimated at $17,500-$22,500.
The sale is rounded out by a substantial offering of Tiffany desk set pieces in various patterns as well as Tiffany & Co. sterling silver, fine jewelry, and more.
Auction previews will be held Nov. 19 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 20-22 8-10 a.m. before the auction. The glass and lamp auction commences at 10 a.m. Nov. 20-21 and the toy, doll, and advertising auction at 10 a.m. Nov. 22 at Julia’s auction facilities on Rt. 201 in Fairfield, Maine. For more information, visit www.jamesdjulia.com or call 207-453-7125.