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Unparalleled glass collection coming to auction Nov. 17

Among the more than 650 lots featured in James D. Julia's November 17 Lamps, Glass, and Fine Jewelry auction is several stunning glass examples from a single collection.

FAIRFIELD, Maine -- It's the can't miss sales event of the fall - James D. Julia's annual November 17


A Harvey Littleton sculpture, which is part of the Jackson Collection. (All photos courtesy James D. Julia)

Lamps, Glass, and Fine Jewelry auction. This remarkable auction features over 650 lots with over $2 million in inventory from many fresh to the market private collections from all across the United States. With over $500,000 in unreserved consignments, this sale offers collectors fantastic buying opportunities with bargains to be had from start to finish.

Julia's is thrilled to present the spectacular Dr. Robert LeVere glass collection, on offer without reserves. Collectors will truly appreciate this 60-piece grouping, all in immaculate condition. LeVere, from central Ohio, purchased these fantastic examples in the 1960s and 1970s during trips to New York City associated with professional conferences. This collection features a breathtaking selection of top of the line 1920s era Argy Rousseau pate de verre in extremely choice patterns. Highlights include a marvelous Spiders & Brambles vase, a Feather vase, and a Chrysanthemum vase; each is estimated between $1,500 and $3,000. These patterns all reflect the nature, floral, and animal themes that were so popular at the time.

The LeVere collection also features a number of remarkable French cameo glass from a number of prestigious and well-known manufacturers. Cameo glass highlights include a Galle mold blown red and yellow crocus vase (estimated at $2,000-3,000), a Daum Nancy winter scene vase (estimated at $1,500-3,000), and a Burgun & Schverer Bleeding Heart gilded cameo vase, estimated at $1,500-3,000. And collectors will certainly cast a hungry eye to a number of Victorian era and Early American examples including Stevens & Williams and Sandwich items, including a pair of green tulip vases (estimated at $1,000-1,500), and an English carved vase with applied handles attributed to Stevens & Williams, estimated at $600-900.

This auction offers nine outstanding Tiffany Studios and fine lamp examples from the collection of Jean Paul Loup. Loup, a successful dealer and collector of fine art and glass from the Chicago area, came to America from France on holiday when he was just 22 years old in 1965 with the intention of staying for 2 months. He fell in love with the country and never left, becoming a US Citizen on July 4th, 1976. After building a reputation and financial success in the international fine art world, Mr. Loup has become a collector of fine things, including fine and contemporary art, American and French art glass, and Tiffany lighting. A discriminating collector, Mr. Loup purchased each of these quality lamps at either James D. Julia, Inc. or Sotheby’s New York. Collectors will unquestionably take a shine to the nine conservatively priced lamps, highlighted by a Nasturtium table lamp on a rare American Indian style base and an Allover Dogwood lamp (each estimated at $40,000-50,000), as well as an Arrowroot table lamp and a Daffodil lamp, each estimated at $35,000-45,000.

Art glass spanning several genres is a major category of offerings in this upcoming sale. Dr. Mark Jackson, from the St. Louis, MO area, began collecting art glass as a child when he accompanied his parents on buying trips and to antique shows. This auction features almost 50 of the finest selections from this diverse collection.

The Jackson collection features five magnificent Galle marquetry vases. A highlight from this

Tiffany lamp

Tiffany Koi fish lamp.

grouping - and perhaps the entire auction as a whole - is a 14-1/2” iris and flames Galle marquetry vase in its original presentation box, which is estimated at $15,000-25,000. Our cataloger described it as "The highest quality Galle marquetry piece we have ever had the privilege of offering." Collectors will also be all aflutter over a 13-3/4” Galle marquetry butterfly vase from this collection, which is estimated at $10,000-20,000.

Jackson also had a fine eye for antique Loetz, KPM plaques, and Handel lighting, and this sale offers some of the finest examples of these categories in recent memory. Included is a brilliantly colored rare Loetz PG 691 vase (conservatively estimated at $3,000-5,000) and a Loetz chalice shaped vase in the highly sought after PG 358 genre, commonly referred to as a “black bottom," estimated at $3,000-5,000. A large KPM plaque of an old woman is estimated at $6,000-8,000; its quality and details rivals the best oil paintings of its period. A very rare and desirable reverse painted Handel 7040 Tulip lamp, estimated at $4,000-6,000, will most certainly electrify the bidding audience.

The Jackson collection also offers many fine selections for those who prefer more modern glass objets d'art. These are all competitively priced to sell - and delight buyers! Contemporary highlights include a Harvey Littleton glass sculpture (estimated at $2,000-3,000) and a large Mark Peiser vase with orange and yellow decoration, estimated at $2,000-4,000. Several of the fine contemporary examples in the Jackson collection are featured in Grover's Contemporary Art Glass reference book.
Julia's is also offering over two dozen fantastic selections from the Dean and Kate Armstrong collection, to be sold UNRESERVED as part of this premier sales event. The Armstrong family, from Kansas, concentrated on Tiffany and fine pottery. Tiffany highlights from this particularly well-curated grouping include a gold 12-panel linenfold table lamp (estimated at $8,000-12,000), a 10″ damascene intaglio carved dragonfly table lamp (estimated at $6,000-8,000), and a spectacular Cypriote vase, conservatively estimated at $3,000-5,000. And collectors can't help but get creative over a grouping of Arts and Crafts era pottery standouts, including a framed Rookwood nature scene plaque by Rothendush (estimated at $2,000-3,000), a Newcomb College vase by Anna F. Simpson (estimated at $2,000-4,000), and a Wheatley pottery lamp base supporting a Tiffany spider arm, estimated at $2,500-4,500.

A private UNRESERVED collection from a Long Island, NY Estate will really get glass enthusiasts aglow! The collection includes a broad scope of Tiffany favrile art glass and metal items, Loetz selections, and decorated art glass shades from Quezal and other makers. Two highlights - among many others - include a handsome and distinctive Tiffany Cypriote/Lava vase, (estimated at $800-1,200), and a most unusual Tiffany Favrile Glass salesman's sample kit. This set, from the Tiffany Furnaces in Corona, Long Island, New York, features five sample containers each housing a series of colorful cabochons, finials, and other glass items used in the manufacture of custom stained glass windows and decorative items. This remarkable offering is conservatively estimated at $800-1,200.

Rousseau pieces

Selection of Rousseau pieces that are part of the LeVere Collectio

Another private collection on offer at Julia's - this one from the Boston, MA area - features a collection of Le Verre Francais cameo glass with some of the more sought-after and desirable patterns. These stunning pieces, decorated in a hybrid style of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, feature stylized plant, animal, and nature themes. Collectors will light up over a gorgeous and rare mottled purple Bonsai table lamp, one of the more sought-after patterns, (estimated at $7,000-9,000) and a beautifully crafted floor lamp with metalwork by artist Paul Kiss with a Muller shade, estimated at $7,000-9,000.

This auction is a can't miss opportunity for Tiffany enthusiasts. In addition to the items from private collections highlighted above, this sale offers many other truly outstanding Tiffany lighting and art glass examples. Most collectors will feel a little evening romance over an exceptionally rare and lovely ‘October Night’ chandelier (estimated at $160,000-180,000), a rare mottled and opalescent Koi Fish lamp, with provenance to a 1991 international auction (estimated at $50,000-100,000), a Poppy lamp with amber and lavender glass that truly comes to life when illuminated (estimated at $70,000-90,000), and a newly discovered Apple Blossom "dash numbered" shade, found in an Ohio home, which is estimated at $20,000-30,000. Our research shows that this remarkable example, numbered 1512-1, has never appeared at auction before.

For Tiffany art glass enthusiasts, all eyes will be on a rare aquamarine floral glass vase (estimated at $40,000-60,000), and a spectacular 9” red favrile vase with an iridescent decoration, estimated at $20,000-25,000. This absolute rarity was on display at the Dayton Art Institute from 2003-2004 and is a stunning example of Tiffany’s most desirable red favrile glass.

As always, Julia’s will present a fantastic assortment of cameo glass from various noteworthy makers. Jewels in this grouping include an elaborately decorated blue and white 10-1/2” Webb cameo handled vase with exquisite detailing (estimated at 47,500-52,500), an 11-1/2” Galle mold

Handel lamp

Handel Venetian Harbor scene lamp is set for sale.

blown berry vase (estimated $6,000-8,000), a 12-1/4” Burgun & Schverer wheel-carved floral cameo (estimated at $10,000-14,000), and a 12-1/2” complex Reyen cameo vase with a poppy and thistle decoration, estimated at $18,500-22,500.

Collectors interested in the highest quality and most attractive antique lighting will be delighted with the full range of lamps available through this sale. It's a day at the beach with a Handel #5935 Venetian Harbor Scene shade on an original Handel mermaid base (estimated at $9,000-12,000), a spectacular Pairpoint Puffy Apple Tree lamp on a tree trunk base (estimated at $25,000-35,000), and an outstanding looking and beautifully manufactured Duffner & Kimberly Elizabethan table lamp with a gold gilded base, estimated at $17,000-20,000.

Contemporary lighting is also featured in this sale, with floral themes from several high-quality makers really making headlines. There's no need to soft petal a Steven Stelz richly-colored Trellis Nasturtium shade with an amazing assortment of glass (estimated at $8,500-10,000), or a Somers Stained Glass beautifully executed sunflower leaded lamp, estimated at $7,000-9,000. Porcelli Studios fans will catch the bouquet with a stunning floral lamp with an irregular border, which is being offered as part of the Jean Paul Loup collection. This extraordinary example is estimated at $8000-10,000.

Victorian and early American glass has been a long time specialty at Julia's, and this sale offers many fine selections in these popular categories. Collectors will climb every mountain for the Mt. Washington examples on offer, including a pitcher decorated with fish in a net (estimated at $900-1,200), complete with its Brookside Antiques sticker from noted dealer/collector Louis St. Aubin, a black Lava vase (estimated at $1,200-1,800), and a Royal Flemish handled vase, estimated at $2,000-3,000. Also available are a large selection of rainbow-hued Victorian baskets and antique art glass, including several lots of highly sought after plated amberina - the finest being a plated bowl estimated at $2,000-3,000.

And last but certainly not least, bidders will undoubtedly take a shine to this auction's selection of silver and jewelry. Positively sterling highlights include a phenomenal 384 piece Tiffany and Co. Olympian pattern flatware service and an elegant Georg Jensen sterling silver service for 12 in the Bernadotte pattern. The fully marked Tiffany service was patented by noted silversmith Edward C. Moore in 1878 and featured 17 different scenes on the handles that represent tales from classical mythology. This once in a lifetime opportunity is estimated at $20,000-25,000. The Jensen Bernadotte set, equally modern and classic at the same time, is estimated at $3,000-4,000. And for those who are a bit more "hands on" with their sparkling treasures, this auction is pleased to present 30 lots of fine jewelry, featuring a royal blue sapphire with white gold and diamond ring with GIA certification (estimated at $15,000-17,500), a signed Tiffany/Schlumberger 14ct aquamarine ring (estimated at $9,500-12,500), and an amazing 21ct Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring with GIA certification, estimated at $35,000-45,000.

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