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Massive Gilt Lacquer Wood Figure of Vairocana Sold for $379,200 at Julia’s Wall-Apelt Auction

James D. Julia Auctioneers was honored to offer the spectacular Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Asian collection on March 23. Dr. Wall-Apelt grew up in Germany during WWII. Her father was a prominent physician, and he, together with his daughter, fled the Nazi regime to Switzerland. The dramatic upheaval in his life caused him to become reclusive and introspective. During that time, he developed a special devotion to the Eastern meditation and Asian arts as a way to deal with the pain and suffering of the war and its effects.

This massive gilt lacquer wood figure of Vairocana (celestial Buddha) sold for $379,200 (est. $40,000-$60,000).

Later after his passing, he bequeathed a group of cherished Asian objects to his daughter that had meant a great deal to him. The 15-year old Helga found herself alone with only these Asian mementos from her father. For decades afterward, not only would she cherish these items, but they kindled her interest and respect and the pursuit of the Asian culture. Eventually, she graduated from medical school and became a prominent doctor in Germany.

Her interest in Asian medicine eventually culminated in her traveling to China to learn about acupuncture, herbal treatments and ancient healing techniques. She became a doctor of acupuncture and ancient herbal healing techniques and moved to the United States to settle in Sarasota, Florida. After two years, she founded the East/West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, which offered Masters Degrees in Oriental medicine.

Throughout this time, her Asian collection continued to grow. In 1990s, she made a commitment to share her much-beloved collection with the world. It was then she began the process of creating the Museum of Asian Art in Sarasota in which she placed on loan a number of her personal objects until the museum was dismantled some years later.

One of her more favored collections was the Yangtze River collection of later Chinese jades. This magnificent collection was loaned to the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida, where it was exhibited from February until August 1993. A special book was made depicting and describing these very same jades.

Dr. Wall-Apelt made the decision to dispose of her vast collection of Asian objects that were stored in Sarasota. Attorneys representing Dr. Wall-Apelt specifically contacted Julia’s head Asian art consultant Jim Callahan in Julia’s Woburn, Massachusetts, office because he has been a regular in the Asian Department on the Antiques Roadshow since its inception and is highly regarded for his expertise. After reviewing a portion of the collection initially, Callahan remarked that this was one of the better private collections he had handled in his long tenure of dealing with Asian arts.

The collection was indeed magnificent and generated interest both here and abroad. To further showcase Dr. Wall-Apelt’s magnificent collection, the Julia firm made special arrangements to participate in the Asian Arts Week in New York City, where Dr. Wall-Apelt now resides. They took a large booth at the Bohemian Hall where many of the great international Asian art dealers were set up, and Julia’s displayed many objects from the collection for people to preview.

The sale started off with the Yangtze River Collection of jades, and one of the early lots up was a beautiful small double-sided white jade table screen with longevity theme. It carried a presale estimate of $20,000-$30,000 and sold for just under $60,000. Next up was a pair of undecorated white jade palace-style bowls that were estimated for $30,000-$50,000 and sold for $41,475. A beautiful jade footed marriage bowl with bat decoration estimated at $4,000-$6,000; it brought nearly five times high estimate, selling for $28,440. A pair of undecorated small white jade bowls estimated at $6,000-$8,000 also brought $28,440.

Jade objects that were not part of the Yangtze River Collection included a mottled yellow jade carving of a carp. Measuring only a few inches in length, it carried a modest presale estimate of $300-$500. Strong competition from a great number of phone bidders and absentee bidders projected the final price to a phenomenal $37,920.

The most exciting lot was a massive, larger-than-life gilt lacquer wood figure of Vairocana (celestial Buddha) estimated at $40,000-$60,000. The bidding continued well beyond estimate to ultimately land at $379,200.

A great number of bronze figures, many depicting deities, included a large bronze Ming image of Amida Buddha estimated at $4,000-$6,000 that sold for $41,475. A parcel gilt bronze Buddha on stand estimated for $5,000-$7,000 went out at $41,075. A fearsome gilt bronze model of a snow lion carried an estimate of $1,500-$2,500 and sold for $35,550. Also, a gilt bronze figure of Padmapani estimated at $16,000-$18,000 sold for $29,625.

The auction continued with various ancient stone Asian art objects. One was a lovely and meditative seated stone Buddha estimated at $8,000-$10,000 that sold for $28,440. A pair of beautiful large rare red lacquer and mother-of-pearl inlaid cabinets that graced Dr. Wall-Apelt’s home in Sarasota sold within its presale estimate for $24,885. One of the largest jade masses the company had ever seen was an enormous convoluted jade mountain with carving on all sides. It carried a presale estimate of $20,000-30,000 and sold for $27,255. A jade and hard stone inlaid woman’s silk collar mounted with beautiful jade and other stone objects was estimated at $2,000-4,000 and realized $14,220. A large sandstone model of a mythical lion was estimated at $8,000-10,000 and went out at $13,035. A large lacquer wood seated figure of Avalokiteshvara estimated at $6,000-8,000 sold for $9,480. A pair of huge jade screens was a good buy at $8,887. A Thangka of Shakyamuni was estimated at a conservative $300-500 but soared far above its high estimate to $6,517. A large silvered bronze Chinese mirror estimated at $2,000-3,000 also went out at $6,517. A beautiful carved piece of antique coral carved in a shape of a group of monkeys was exquisitely rendered and carried an estimate of $1,000-1,500. Its appeal and the bidding far surpassed the estimate to $4,740.

Despite the massive advertising and the global participation of bidders, there is always going to be over performers, under performers, and those that just don’t find buyers. One lot that surprisingly didn’t sell was a monumental rare pair of cast iron Buddhist lions from the Ming period (1368-1664). Not only were these beautifully and artistically rendered objects, but the natural old rust brown patina was magnificent. These imposing, large, and impressive lions are truly a great rarity as over the centuries, when demand for metal increased, objects such as these were usually melted down to make cannons or other military weapons. Somehow, these extraordinarily rare objects escaped this fate and are still available for purchase.

The final lot of the auction, Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt’s extraordinary world-class collection of Asian photography, also failed to find a buyer. Numbering nearly 800 pieces, it was truly a treasure trove that illustrated China and various other Middle Eastern countries from a bygone era. Most of the photography dated to the 19th century and included some rare and much desired early photographers.

At Dr. Wall-Apelt’s request, the collection was kept together as an entire collection. After spending a good portion of her life amassing this extraordinary collection and expending so much energy to bring it all together, it was her hope that someone else would value and treasure it as much as she had and continue to keep it together. Alas, there were no takers and at its $425,000-$525,000 estimate. At press time, Julia’s stated that the consideration at this point in time is to break the photography down into smaller groups and offer it in their August 2015Asian Auction. Dr. Wall-Apelt is expected to make a final decision in this regard so any party interested in buying this extraordinary lot in total should contact Julia’s right away.

Julia's upcoming auctions include their rare lamp and glass auction as well as their toy and doll auction in June. Their end of summer antiques, fine art, and Chinese artifacts auction will take place in August. Julia’s is currently accepting consignments for these and other upcoming auctions. Call immediately for inclusion in these exciting sales. For more information or to place offers on unsold items, contact their offices at 207-453-7125. James D. Julia, Inc., P.O. Box 830, Dept. PR, Fairfield, ME 04937. E-mail:  

“The Best Shopping on the Atlantic Coast”: The 56th Fishersville/Shenandoah Antiques Expo

As warmer weather approaches, the “don’t miss” event of the spring is the 56th Shenandoah Antiques Expo Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, at the Augusta Expo (I-64, Exit 91) in Fishersville, Va. This weekend getaway is a quick jaunt from Waynesboro, Staunton and even Charlottesville and Lynchburg.

Heritage Promotions, located in Lynchburg, sponsors this expansive indoor/outdoor event.

"Since 1986 our show has grown into one of the premier antiques events in the Mid-Atlantic," Raymond Stokes, co-founder of Heritage Promotions, said. "Thousands of folks return to Fishersville because they scooped up a treasure or a ‘real steal’ on their last trip."

Serious and novice collectors as well as weekend travel buffs head for the gathering of 300+ expert dealers. The extravaganza attracts antiques aficionados from all along the eastern seaboard and mid-Atlantic regions.

“The show offers tremendous values,” Stokes said. "Collectors find authentic pieces at fair prices. Why go to New York and spend more?"

One first-time attendee from New York even told Stokes, "I have shopped antiques shows up and down the Atlantic Coast for years. You are too modest in describing your show as the best shopping in the Mid-Atlantic. It should be described as the best shopping on the Atlantic Coast. I should not, but I am going to tell all my dealer friends in New York City about the great quality and pricing at your show."

The Shenandoah Antiques Expo has a reputation for fine 18th- and 19th-century American and English period antiques. Stokes added, “We draw reputable dealers from Florida to Maine. It’s not just about the sale. They take time to share curatorial expertise with anybody who has a question."

Visitors also uncover a trove of jewelry, silver, glassware, primitives, rugs, and better collectibles such as doorstops, decorated stoneware, art, decoys, toys and Civil War memorabilia. Tastemakers of another sort snap up country Americana such as early 19th-century painted furniture and mid-century modern that they tuck into eclectic interiors.

Then Stokes grinned: "At the end of the day, the expo is sheer entertainment for anybody bitten by the antiques bug or somebody looking for a fun weekend. For a two-day $10 pass with free parking, you can search for an investment piece, one that jumps out at you and seems to call your name, or something that just matches your decor!”

The 56th Shenandoah Antiques Expo features 300+ expert dealers from Florida to Maine who offer quality pieces at fair prices and will be held May 8 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and May 9 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the Augusta Expo, 277 Expo Road, Fishersville, VA 22939. For directions during the event, call 540- 337-2552.

About Heritage Promotions - Heritage Promotions has organized and staged the Shenandoah Antiques Expo in Fishersville, Va., every May and October since 1986. They built the show’s reputation by working with top national dealers to offer quality pieces at reasonable prices.

James D. Julia Leads the Way in Auction Extravaganza that Neared $21 Million

James D. Julia Auctioneers conducted an extraordinary firearms auction grossing over $16 million. Immediately preceding their sale on March 12-14, the adjacent Poulin Auction Company conducted a firearms auction totaling nearly $5 million, making the total take for firearms in Fairfield, Maine, during that one week period approximately $21 million.

Julia’s continues, as they have for many years, to be the seller of the most high-end and expensive guns each year. This sale offered approximately 450 lots that realized $10,000 or more, 55 lots that realized $50,000 or more, and 11 lots that realized $100,000 or more. In addition, they continue to handle the greater number of high-end and frequently iconic collections in the firearms auction world today. This sale included at least a dozen important private collections.

1. Elmer Keith. In the annals of firearms history of the 20th century, probably one of the most famous and prolific gun writers, scholars, and big game hunters of his time was Elmer Keith. He was also a firearms innovator and sometimes referred to as “the Father of the Magnum”. Keith and his writings were legendary. This was certainly exemplified in January at the Beinfeld Las Vegas Antique Arms Show. In addition to Julia’s displaying in the Antique Arms room, Julia’s also exhibited in a large special room adjacent to the entrance where they housed and displayed examples from various important collections for their upcoming auction. One such collection featured was of course Elmer Keith’s. Consistently over the three day span of the show, there was a steady stream of viewers that had come to look at, handle and reminisce about Keith. Such was the reputation of Keith and because of this, it was fully anticipated that his guns would generate a great deal of interest far beyond the normal price range of similar examples. One of the first guns up was the most famous of all of Elmer Keith’s handguns, a customized Colt SA Army revolver referred to as “The Last Word” in handguns. Bearing SN #5, beautifully engraved and custom designed by Mr. Keith and Harold Croft, it came to the auction block with a presale estimate of $30,000-50,000. After a furious bidding battle, it went out at $80,500. Gun after gun after gun carrying an Elmer Keith pedigree brought high and sometimes tremendous prices, all of which were testaments to the man’s stature. A pair of Smith & Wesson hand ejector First Model (triple lock target revolvers with holster rig) because of their association with Keith was conservatively estimated at $6,000-10,000 but blew through the high estimate to bring nearly $40,000. Keith was a renowned big game hunter and his collection included many double rifles that accompanied him on various hunting safaris. The most significant or historic gun was unquestionably the W.J. Jeffrey Grade 2 best box lock double rifle that at one time had been owned and used by Jim Corbett. Corbett lived in India and was employed by the British Government on numerous occasions to stalk and kill various man-eating tigers and lions that had terrorized rural villages. During his lifetime, Corbett killed 44 man-eaters, two of which accounted for killing and devouring over 800 people! Corbett was a man of extraordinary bravery and usually went after these big cats by himself. The last man-eater he killed was when he was 63 years old. The cat was killed just at dusk as it charged him. He had no time to bring his rifle to his shoulder but shot from the hip, striking and killing the lion at point blank range. His trusty double rifle was estimated at this sale at a strong and aggressive $75,000-150,000 but flew well beyond the high mark to approximately $265,000.

W. J. Jeffrey and Co. Double Rifle caliber .450/.400 used by Col. Jim Corbett to shoot 44 man-eating tigers (two of which were responsible for devouring over 800 people); Keith Collection. Estimated for $75,000-$150,000, it sold for $264,500.

2. Elliott Burka Remington Collection. This sale included the collection of the late Elliott Burka, sometimes referred to as “Mr. Remington”. Elliott was a member of the American Society of Antique Arms Collectors. His very rare engraved Remington New Model Navy Conversion with gold plating went out at $28,750. Elliott was a great collector of rare Remington cane guns and had intended to one day write a book on them. His extremely rare Remington coral colored gutta percha cane was one of only two known to exist. It carried a presale estimate of $8,000-12,000 but saw a lot of competition, selling at double the high estimate for $24,150.

3. Norm Flayderman. Included in this sale was Session II of the renowned Norm Flayderman Collection. This auction included a number of historical and inscribed guns including a scarce Civil War plant brass frame revolver with holster presented to 1st Sgt. Wm. Ahrberg/ Co. E 16th K.V.C. The gun carried a modest estimate of $2,000-4,000 and went out at over four times the high estimate for $17,825. Another very rare and desirable item from Norm’s collection was a very rare and important 1830 guard-less coffin handle silver mounted American bowie knife. This example, one of only two known to exist in this form, carried a presale estimate of $20,000-30,000 and sold for $23,000.

4. Dr. Douglas Sirkin. This sale saw the conclusion of the multi-session auction to dispose of the collection of Dr. Douglas Sirkin of Buffalo, New York. Dr. Sirkin’s collection had been previously unknown and included a diverse selection of medieval arms, wonderful Kentucky rifles, and much more. Nearly all of his Kentucky rifles were the desirable raised carved variation. One of the rarer and more desirable makers has always been John Armstrong whose elegant rifles not only featured beautiful raised carved design but were also inlaid with beautiful eagle engraved silver in the stocks. It has been estimated that no more than 30 or 40 Armstrongs exist today. In recent years, part of the great difficulty in finding an Armstrong rifle was due to the fact that Dr. Sirkin himself purchased just about every single example that came on the market. His collection had originally included eight examples by this rare maker. This auction included the three remaining Armstrong’s to be sold. The third one to cross the block this time was estimated at $30,000-40,000 and went out at $60,375.

5. Evergreen Ventures. Day 2 included the final session of the Evergreen Ventures Collection of Class III, collected by Del Smith and his son, Michael. At one time the weapons were on loan to their museums in McMinnville, Oregon. One of the museums is focused on early rocketry; the other highly impressive and massive museum features the evolution of aviation. Included in that museum is the actual and original “Spruce Goose”. The outstanding low serial number Browning Model 1917 by Westinghouse was estimated at $18,000-22,000 and brought a strong $38,000.

6. Springfield Arsenal LLC Collection formed by John Morris. This sale also included Session II of the renowned John Morris Collection of antique artillery. Immediately prior to offering John Morris’ collection was a single extraordinarily rare Confederate New Orleans made 12 Pound Bronze Napoleon on carriage with limber. This superb example was estimated at an aggressive $200,000-250,000 but its great rarity and wonderful condition drove it to $350,750. John Morris’ Springfield Arsenal collection started off with a rare and historic US Navy light Bronze 12-Pound Dahlgren boat howitzer with original carriage estimated at $50,000-60,000, nearly doubled the estimate to bring $92,000. Mr. Morris’ Ames Model 1841 bronze 6-pounder on original carriage estimated at $50,000-70,000 went out at the same price of $92,000.

Extremely rare and outstanding Confederate New Orleans made 12-pound Bronze Napoleon on carriage with limber. Presale estimate of $200-$250,000; sale price $350,750.

7. Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess of Zurich, Switzerland. For the last couple years, Julia’s has been selling portions of the Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess collection of Zurich, Switzerland. The collection which numbered over 1,000 rare units was one of the biggest, most significant and important collections of auto loading pistols currently in private hands today. The theme throughout the various sessions was the greatest rarities, prototypes, and particularly those in high condition brought extraordinary prices. This price trend continued here in this sale. A phenomenal Walther MP-PP blowback prototype shoulder stock lug pistol estimated at $55,000-85,000 generated $109,250. A superb and fabulous Gabbett-Fairfax Mars Model 1900 45 cal. grip safety pistol estimated at $35,000-50,000 brought $75,000.

8. The Estate Collection of Thomas Connally. His fine sporting guns included a John Rigby sidelock ejector game gun engraved by Ken Hunt with extra barrels. It carried a presale estimate of $20,000-30,000 and ultimately sold for approximately $26,500. Mr. Connally’s James Purdey best sidelock ejector game gun with extra barrels was estimated at $12,500-17,500 and went out at $24,150.

9. Stephen Harris’ Collection of rare trap guns. Mr. Harris is a successful and record holding trap shooter and had amassed a wonderful collection of trap guns over the years. The rare Fox M Grade single barrel trap gun, one of only nine produced was actually the last M Grade ever shipped. It was estimated at $20,000-30,000 and went out at $40,000.

10. Collection of the late Richard Schreiber. This collection included a superb pair of E. J. Churchill premiere pinless sidelock XXV game guns made for the Prince of Wales and later Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor complete with original royal warrant from the Prince of Wales. The royal pair’s presale estimate was $40,000-60,000, but sold for a kingly sum of $51,750. Another lot from this old New York collection was a very fine John Rigby Grade C double rifle. It carried a presale estimate of $12,500-17,500; it was much competed for and went all the way up to $28,750.

11. Collection of George Reeb. The collection included an exceptional brace of E.J. Churchill premiere XXV easy opening sidelock ejector repeating trigger game guns made for Annie Laurie Crawford. These carried an estimate of $25,000-40,000 and went out at $34,500. A Christian Pramesberger relief engraved and gold inlaid hammer double rifle with extra barrels was estimated at $20,000-40,000 and went out at just over $31,000.

12. Private collection of Indian War Items included one the earliest and most accurate maps of the Battle of Little Big Horn site, rendered in hand by William Phylo Clark in 1877. Clark was at the time the renowned world authority on Indian sign language and wrote a very famous treatise on the same in 1885 entitled, “The Indian Sign Language”. This book today is considered the finest scholarly work on the subject, and whenever this rare book can be found, it easily brings a matter of many thousands of dollars. Clark’s map was more accurate than any other of the period, in part because he spent a considerable amount of time speaking (in sign language) with the Indians who had been at the battle. One of the interviewees was Crazy Horse. The map estimated at $30,000-40,000 was part of a large offering of rare Battle of Little Big Horn related items and brought well above expectations, selling for $51,750.

Other rarities included a historic 100-guinea Lloyd’s presentation sword for the hero of the Battle of Trafalgar. It was presented to 1st Lt. John Pilford for his actions during that battle. These presentation swords by world renowned insurer Lloyd’s was one of a small group of such presentations presented to naval officers on the high seas who were involved in heroic actions protecting her Majesty’s navy and the very English merchants that Lloyd’s insured. This was a special way for Lloyd’s to thank those who went about protecting their investments. The sword carried a presale estimate of $125,000-150,000 and sold for $115,000. The Civil War was represented by a variety of items. General John Bell Hood was a famous Confederate General. His adjunct was Major James Ratchford. Included in this sale was Major Ratchford’s frock coat estimated at $20,000-30,000 and sold for just over $31,000. The fabulous Confederate First National flag with wonderful aesthetics and an inscription on the middle stripe reading, “Liberty or Death” provoked a final bid of $62,500, just over the high presale estimate of $40,000-60,000. This sale included two famous Confederate Texas Dance revolvers. A Dragoon example recently dispersed from the illustrious and famous Joseph Murphy collection carried a presale estimate of $60,000-80,000 and went out at $86,250.

One of the North’s most famous Civil War generals and perhaps one of the most famous generals associated with the Indian Wars was General George Armstrong Custer. Over the years, Julia’s has had a number of items related to Custer and the infamous Battle of Little Big Horn. This sale included Custer’s rare gold and enamel M.O.L.L.U.S. Medal, purportedly the only personal military medal of Custer’s presently in private hands. It was strongly estimated at $50,000-70,000 because of its rarity but blew past the high estimate of $70,000 to a final bid price of $86,250.

Twentieth century military was well represented. One of the first items up was a rare Springfield Model 1903 Mark 1 bolt action rifle with original Mark 1 Pedersen device and accessories from the Phil Sharp Research Laboratory. Estimated at $20,000-30,000, this went out almost twice the high estimate to $57,500. One of the rarest and most coveted Model 1911 A-1 semiautomatic pistols of WWII is the Singer variation. This model, of which only a small number were made, was produced by the same manufacturer that produced the famous sewing machines. Singer geared up during the war to manufacture pistols and the example included here was in super, new unfired condition. The example in this auction was one of the very rare unnumbered tool room samples, which had been given to senior management employees. This one had been given to Mr. Shirley James Murphy upon his departure from the firm. The gun was estimated for $50,000-100,000 and went out at $51,750.

A select grouping of Winchesters, most from a renowned collector included a scarce early Model 1860 Henry lever action rifle. In outstanding condition, it carried a presale estimate of $80,000-140,000; it sold for $149,500. A Deluxe Model 86 in extremely fine plus condition with brilliant case hardening shot past its $30,000-50,000 presale estimate to sell for $74,750.

Outstanding early model 1860 Henry rifle in extremely fine condition sold for $149,500 (estimated at $80,000-$140,000).


There was a spectacular offering of Colts presented in this sale. Most notable was the factory engraved, gold and silver single action that had once been part of the 1876 Colt Exhibit at the Philadelphia World’s Fair. The gun was in extremely fine condition and was estimated for $175,000-225,000 and went out at a resounding $333,500. Another very exciting example was a rare and important cased engraved presentation 1855 “Charter Oak” root to famous Boston dealer, William Read from Colonel Samuel Colt. The gun engraved and in very fine condition was consigned by a descendent of Read and carried a presale estimate of $65,000-95,000. It went out for a healthy $132,250 to the great joy of the consignors who were in attendance who plan to use the proceeds towards a purchase of a new house.

Extremely rare and important factory engraved gold and silver Colt SAA exhibited at the 1876 World’s Fair, $333,500; Dr. Spellman Collection.

Also included in this sale was a nearly new Boss O/U game gun in exceptionally fine condition. Estimated for $60,000-90,000, it found a buyer at $69,000. A recently discovered and previously unknown lightweight Parker A1 special carried a presale estimate of $32,500-62,500 and went out at $57,500. A rare LC Smith Premiere Grade 2-barrel set with case was estimated at $30,000-50,000 sold for $46,000. Probably one of the most expensive Remington 22 pump rifles that has crossed the auction block in many years was the rare engraved Remington Model 12F Pump with beautiful gold inlays. It was estimated at $7,500-12,500 but when the smoke cleared the gun went out at a spectacular $33,350.

Julia’s is now amassing consignments for their October firearms auction and already are touting some extraordinary items for that sale. More details regarding this sale can found on Julia’s website: or by phone 207-453-7125, fax 207-453-2502 or mail: P.O. Box 830, Fairfield, ME 04937. Julia’s next auctions will be in June and will feature a session of rare toys and dolls together with a session of rare lamps and glass. 

Julia’s Kicks Off 2015 with $3.5 Million Antiques & Fine Art Auction

Julia’s Fine Art, Antique & Asian Department kicked off their 2015 auction season with a fabulous winter auction that spanned three days and featured 2,000+ lots. Because of the exciting array of goods, bidders came out in droves to be a part of the sale. Registering more than 5,000 online bidders representing 61 countries and 650 in-house, absentee and phone bidders, the sale’s massive gross exceeded $3.5 million.

Among the vast offerings of fine art, antiques, folk art, and historical items, once again, Asian antiques and artifacts proved to be particularly strong. The sale included hundreds of such lots, some of which came from an estate collection of a renowned Taiwanese diplomatic family with ties to Robert Frost and T.S. Eliot. The collection consisted of a variety of carved figures, seals, censers, jade, porcelain, and more. Of particular note was a magnificent bronze figure of Guanyin from the Ming Dynasty period. Displaying a benevolent expression and shown wearing a long loose robe and elaborate headpiece, decked in divine beading and jewels, she was seated on an ornate lotus stand. This phenomenal piece went out just above its $160,000-$180,000 estimate to sell for $189,600. The following lot was a gilt bronze Buddha figure in the Ming style seated on a delicate throne. Ornamented with turquoise and coral, the piece sold at the upper end of its $25,000-$30,000 estimate for $29,625.

Jade and jadeite also proved to be quite popular, especially when quality was high and estimates were conservative. Natural jadeite jewelry included two breathtaking emerald green pendants carved depicting Quanyin. The first, mounted within diamond-encrusted scrollwork sold for $26,662, and the second, set within a diamond-encrusted aura, went out at $54,510.

An exceedingly rare, silver Congressional Medal for Herbert Leach, one of 25 survivors of the Jeannette Arctic Expedition of 1879-1882. It sold to a descendent of Leach’s for $21,330.

From other collections, other historical items included an exceedingly rare silver Congressional Medal for Herbert Leach of the Jeannette Arctic expedition of 1879-1882. This ill-fated mission soured shortly after departure, becoming trapped in an ice pack and drifting north toward the Pole for the next 21 months. Provisions dwindled and eventually the ship began to give way under the pressure of the ice and sank. Leach was one of the 25 survivors and was given this medal, which descended through the family until being consigned to Julia’s. Coincidentally, it sold to a descendent of Leach for $21,330, exceeding an estimate of $10,000-$20,000.

Julia's upcoming auctions include a rare lamp and glass auction as well as their toy and doll auction in June and their end-of-summer antiques, fine art, and Chinese artifacts auction in August. Julia’s is currently accepting consignments for these and other upcoming auctions; call immediately for inclusion in them. For more information or to place offers on unsold items, call 207-453-7125. James D. Julia, Inc., P.O. Box 830, Dept. PR, Fairfield, ME 04937. E-mail: 

Return to Retro - Scott Antique Market
by Lori Nelson

There's a reason the Scott Antique Market has been in Atlanta almost three decades, in fact, dozens of reasons. If you haven't visited the monthly antique market in a while, the dazzling array of antiques, collectibles, people, fabulous food, and all-around atmosphere of joyousness await your return. Besides, it's a marvelous walking-for-exercise opportunity!

I know. I know. Atlanta boasts so much to do, but everything requires travel on the dreaded interstates; too many choices, antique stores and malls are everywhere, etc. But designers and decorators use the Scott Antique Market for their one-of-a-kind finds, and dealers fly from Europe just to peruse the thousands of dealer booths where they can actually discuss purchases with the owners themselves.

At the Scott Antique Market, meet the dealers. Learn. Savor. Wander. If you can think of an item, it's there—somewhere. Do you desire glass? It's there. Furniture? Got it. How about linens or unique textiles? Check. Pottery, décor or display items, art, antiquity, every kind of collectible—check, check, check. All there. Whatever you enjoy, whatever you need, whatever you want to learn more about, it's all there, and new choices appear every month.

Over 3,500 dealers. Two brightly lit, climate-controlled buildings with free bus service between them. Also, a surprisingly interesting outdoor area where I found architectural items I had never seen before, except in movies. Investment-quality antiques, furniture from every era and for every style, so much to see and do, one cannot possibly take it all in during one day. Which is just fine because the low $5 admission fee is good all weekend.

All dealers are qualified and vetted by the administration. Trustworthy and knowledgeable, many of them travel the world to select the best goods for sale. Although the trends gear towards younger people nowadays, one can still easily add to an ongoing collection or build family heirlooms with treasured surprises.

You may surprise yourself by purchasing a large piece. How will you fit it into your tiny sports car? No problem! There is a reliable and long-standing delivery service available with low, affordable rates that will take tender care of your new prize and deliver anywhere. Easy, worry-free.

Now, personally, I'm into jewelry, and the Scott Antique Market manages to be the biggest, best jewelry mecca, with the most coveted costume pieces, designer choices, diamond dealers and more! Most jewelry can be found at wholesale prices and the limitless options will keep you enthralled for hours. Jewelry appraisals and repairs are also easily available. I'm in heaven, I tell myself as I search from glittering display to sparkly showcase, one after the other.

Lest I forget to eat, the food choices surround the shopping areas. After all the great exercise and walking, you'll be hungry and the food is delicious. I'm confident the best milkshake ever is to be found only at the Scott Show, blended with homemade custard instead of ordinary ice cream. Or maybe you'd rather have Greek food, Italian sausage, a hotdog, pretzel, breakfast or super-sized slices of homemade cake? It's all there and much more. Delicious!

Look, I confess to being a bit surprised. I thought it would be the same old show from years ago. I admit; I was wrong. If you haven't been to the Scott Antique Market, you are in for numerous new dealers, a glorious display of goods, great food, fantastic finds, and lots of learning experiences interacting with enlightened dealers. Quality attracts quality. The Scott Show outlasted all the other shows and has extraordinary offerings for almost 30 years. Come visit again. You'll be amazed. Scott Antique Market is conveniently located directly off the interstate, only three miles east of the Atlanta airport, I-285 at Exit 55, 3650 Jonesboro Road Southeast. For more information, call 740-569-2800. 

Central Park Antique Shows at Brimfield May 12-17

Central Park Antique Shows, located in the center of Brimfield’s Antique Mile, opens at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12th and continues through Sunday, May 17th. Admission is free. Central Park is a well-known, prime marketplace for antique buyers and collectors and showcases an eclectic array of diversified antiques and collectibles spanning four centuries.

Central Park is the home of Brimfield Country Roads, a celebration of Americana presented by expert historians who are dedicated to promoting the awareness of the history of our culture through artifacts remaining from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Customers no longer have to search the vastness of Brimfield to find isolated examples of primitive offerings. Brimfield Country Roads, born in 2011, now numbers more than 20 authentic country dealers, representing the largest grouping of its kind in Brimfield.

In sharp contrast to Americana, buyers can immerse themselves in the Mid-Century Modern enclave of dealers who showcase an unparalleled inventory of the refined and simple beauty of modern furniture and unique decorative objects of art from ‘50’s kitsch to ‘80’s Post Modern. Dealers are up-to-date on current trends and cutting-edge designs.

Creative repurposing is well-established at Central Park, where vintage items have been rescued and transformed into one-of-kind fashions, home decor and fun art objects. A funky old seed corn sack is now a “gotta have it” designer bag; unwanted silver-plated spoons have been transformed into majestic rings, necklaces and bracelets. Cast-off chenille bed spreads re-appear as children’s clothing, toy bears and bunnies. Salvaged barn boards become dining tables, consoles and statement pieces.

Treat yourself to hand-dyed 1950’s dresses, jackets and shirts or perhaps make yourself a flower using Depression glass, and don’t forget the lighting fixtures uniquely made from old farming implements.

Central Park offers a complete spectrum of antiques and collectibles for a one-stop memorable Brimfield adventure. Expect to find fine art, African art, primitives, silver, vintage jewelry, ephemera, vintage linen, buttons, fiestaware, textiles, quilts, Depression glass, Nippon porcelain, clocks, cast iron, advertising, industrial plus the rare and unusual in all genres.

Other Central Park 2015 show dates are July 14-19 and September 8-13. Visit for additional information. 

Antique Appraisals Offered on Opening Day at Brimfield’s Heart-O-The-Mart Show on May 13th

On Wednesday, May 13th at 9 a.m. when “ shoppers rush in as the gates open to Heart-O-The Mart” (USA Today), over 400 quality dealers of antiques and collectibles will greet thousands of eager buyers responding to the anticipated call, “Open the gates!”

“Through gates 1, 2 and 3 at the front of the field, Gate 4 at the back and even Gate 5 at our parking lot, thousands then flock to our 17-acre field,” said Pam Moriarty, who has been managing Heart-O-The Mart for more than 90 shows since 1984, adding, “The selling is brisk, and the excitement is contagious.”

This year, Heart-O-The Mart is offering a new service—appraisals by Peter Yvanovich, SPA. Peter is the founder of New England Inventory & Appraisal Services. He is also president of the National Association of Professional Appraisers (NAPA) in Boston. Peter will be at the Heart-O-The Mart on all three opening days—May 13th, July 15th and Sept. 9th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. He will be available to appraise any and all items and will charge $10 for one item or $20 for three. All appraisals will be verbal. You can find Peter at the front of the show grounds.

Also new this year is the addition of Subway subs, which will join the Sturbridge Coffee House to provide top quality food all week at Heart-O-The Mart, just off the sidewalk along Rte. 20 and at the food concessions on opening day. Bring sunshine, wear comfortable shoes, dress in layers and be ready for an exhilarating day of antiquing. For more information about the Heart-O-The Mart 2015 shows, visit the website Laura Fowler, Office Manager, will be happy to assist you at 413-245-9556 or via email at . 

Int'l Perfume Bottle Association Convention April 30-May 2 in Spartanburg, SC

The International Perfume Bottle Association (IPBA) will hold its 27th annual convention at the Marriott Hotel in historic Spartanburg, S.C., April 30-May 2. The convention is the biggest event of the year for the IPBA and attracts members from many countries, including Australia, Switzerland, France and Portugal.

“This year we are really expanding our events open to the public,” said Deborah Washington, IPBA Convention Chair. “All day Saturday, May 2nd, we will be hosting events such as our educational program ‘Collecting Perfume Bottles 101’ and our incredible Perfume Bottle & Vanity Show and Sale. The show boasts the largest showroom of breathtaking, exquisite, vintage perfume bottles and vanity items found anywhere.”

New this year is a free event called Vanity Valuations. The public is invited to bring in two vanity items for a panel of experts to value and identify. When asked to define a vanity item, Ms. Washington said, “If it makes you look or smell good, it’s a vanity item. If your grandmother left you a vanity item you would like to know more about, we can help you with it.”

On Saturday evening, the world-renowned and longest-running perfume bottle auction in the country will be held. It will bring beautiful and unusual perfume bottles to the auction block, where bottles will reach hammer prices from $100 to thousands of dollars. The always charming Nicholas Dawes of Antiques Roadshow fame will return again this year as auctioneer. Prior to the auction, Ken Leach, auction organizer, will give a presentation about key items slated for auction.

“We're thrilled to have Bernard Dennery, the grandson of Marcel Franck, as our keynote speaker,” said Jean-Marie Martin-Hattemburg, IPBA International VP and author. Leopold Franck introduced his new gadget at the 1878 World’s Fair in Paris, calling it the pulverisateur. Later, his son, Marcel Franck, became synonymous with cutting-edge atomizing systems. Dennery will share information regarding the re-launch of the Marcel Franck brand with high-end Art Deco perfume bottles.

For a list of events open to the public or for more information, contact Teri Wirth at 407-973-0783 or Visit the IPBA website at 

New England Motel Antiques Shows Celebrating Its 30th Year in Brimfield

New England Motel Antiques Shows in Brimfield, Mass., will celebrate its 30th year in May 2015. Over time, New England Motel has been privileged to host the finest antiques and collectibles dealers from around the world. When the show was purchased, it included a small motel and 15 acres of woods. The first dealer sign-ups came in September 1985 when the inaugural show was held, and many of them are still on board today. What started as a 120-site show has today expanded to 400 sites, 72 of which are currently located in three pavilions (affectionately known to many as the “three barns”).

New England Motel is where you'll find Brimfield's finest offerings: furniture, jewelry, silver, shabby chic, lighting, pottery, textiles, European and American, primitives, country primitive, industrial, design, and more. The dealers are knowledgeable and always guarantee their merchandise. The field is home to the original and largest food court in Brimfield—a great place to relax, meet with friends and exchange stories about great merchandise and fantastic purchases. Other conveniences include on-site shipping, ATM machines and public parking central to all fields. Campers may enjoy real campsites that include electricity and water in a shaded area.

For those visiting Brimfield for the first time, remember: not all shows open on Tuesday. New England Motel’s opening is Wednesday, at 6 a.m., but to celebrate its 30th year, they will have a Tuesday preview from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. New England Motel is a family-run business. Show promoter Marie Doldoorian and her sons, John and Bobby, want to thank all dealers and buyers for making the show what it is today—a fun and adventurous shopping experience. In celebration of 30 years, please join New England Motel for food and drink at the first-ever Tuesday preview, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. See you at Brimfield in May!





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