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Julia's "Bears All" in Their June Toy & Doll Auction

It was a regular Teddy Bear picnic in Fairfield, Maine, recently when the largest and finest collection of antique Steiff animals to ever come to auction in North America was sold at James D. Julia’s spring toy, doll and advertising auction, yielding just under a half million dollars of the auction’s nearly $1.3 million take, which performed in line with the presale expectations for the collection of just over $400,000.

If you ask anyone in the know about Steiff animals, the names of Chuck and Cathy Steffes will likely come up. Enthusiasts like no other, Chuck along with his now dearly departed wife Cathy traveled the globe for approximately three decades forging friendships and hunting Steiff treasures to add to their remarkable collection. The beloved pair assembled a singular collection that could be considered the envy of collectors the world over. Julia’s pulled out all the stops, doing a number of marketing efforts the company had not done previously in order to maximize the exposure of the spectacular collection. Two weeks prior to the auction, Julia’s held a special invitational reception/preview at the Cambridge, Massachusetts home of their Steiff consultant, Rebekah Kaufman in which attendees got an advance opportunity to see many of the offerings up close while sharing stories with other passionate collectors.

Leading up to the auction there was a fair amount of anticipation by the consignor, the auctioneer, and the collectors themselves. This was unquestionably one of the finest collections of Steiff toys to come to auction in North America and believed to be the second finest offered in the world to date. After the downturn in the market in 2009, the market value on almost everything antique and collectable was affected. Since that time, some collectable niches have improved while others have not. So it was unknown what would happen with the Steiff animals.

Of the approximately 120 examples from the Steffes collection, which consisted predominantly of bears, rabbits and cats in a variety of patterns and styles, it is difficult to choose only a few highlights to mention. Certainly one of the standouts of the grouping was an exceedingly rare and historically important black Steiff Titanic “Mourning Bear”. Made to honor those lives lost in the infamous tragedy, it is of the most sought after vintage bears known. Only 665 were ever produced and only 78 were ever made in this size and configuration, it features highly distinctive red felt backed shoebutton eyes to represent tears and sadness. One of the centerpieces of the Steffes’ collection, it sold for $35,550 within a pre-auction estimate of $25,000-40,000. Also of historical significance was one of the earliest bears Steiff ever produced, the rare “Rod” bear. Designed by Richard Steiff after viewing bears at the Stuttgart Zoo, its appearance was more true to life than their subsequent creations that eventually established the traditional “teddy bear” look. It changed hands at $14,220. Over the years, Steiff’s product line evolved. Finding earlier incarnations to be rigid and somewhat uninviting, Richard Steiff insisted that the firm create a line of bears that was warmer, cuddlier, and more colorful. The result was a bear known as “Happy” with almost feminine features including long, soft curly mohair and deep brown and black glass pupil eyes. This example, complete with its trailing “F” button sold within its $12,000-18,000 estimate for $13,035.

Very often a little back story along with strong condition will add to the value of an item. It almost breathes life into an otherwise inanimate object. A wonderful 24” gold mohair 5-ways jointed Steiff bear from around 1910 in outstanding condition with his working growler and early button is great find in and of itself. But when accompanied by a photo of the original owners, and a letter explaining his history, that really speaks to people. This stately fellow with his thoughtful gaze found a new home for $21,330 against an $8,000-12,000 estimate.

A marvelous circa 1930 brown tipped, rare blue eyed Steiff “Petsy” bear with distinctive facial features and soft fluffy mohair, likewise complete with its original button realized $17,775. Also included were such examples as an exceptionally rare and equally desirable brown tipped Steiff teddy clown bear. This large 12” jointed version in outstanding condition and retaining its original fabric ruff, metal rimmed chest tag, button, and ear tag sold for $26,662, just inside an estimate of $25,000-45,000.

These bears were complemented by scores of other fine examples including a variety of mohair, felt, and velvet cats and rabbits. Highlights included a fantastic 6-ways jointed gray Steiff cat. Cute as can be with yellow slit pupil glass eyes and pink embroidered facial features, it sold for $10,665, more than doubling the low end of its $4,000-6,000 estimate. An extremely rare Steiff velvet rattle cat with its original bell and early elephant button was another hot ticket, selling for $7,702 against an estimate of $3,500-4,500. And a delightful lavender “Fluffy” cat on a mohair pincushion retaining its original chest tag, ear button and tag exceeded its $2,500-5,000 estimate to bring $7,110.

Rabbits included a rare Steiff Jack rabbit with jointed arms, velvet clothes, and black leather shoes. Inspired by the children’s book by Uncle Dave Cory in the late 1920s, this charming fellow hopped past his $2,500-3,500 presale estimate to land at $7,702. A nine piece felt rabbit skittles set affixed to wooden plinths make for some lively parlor bowling. The set in wonderful condition and complete with ear buttons and original ball sold for $7,110 against a $5,000-10,000 estimate.

The collection was supplemented by a number of Steiff animals from other collections that also performed admirably. These were then followed by a large selection of dolls and automatons. Of the latter category, automatons included an exceptional early banjo player by Vichy. This realistically modeled fellow in his original outfit sits on a velvet covered stool strumming his instrument while tapping his foot and gently nodding his head in time with the music while occasionally blinking his eyes. This wonderful example with lifelike action finished up at the upper end of its $6,000-9,000 estimate to sell for $8,295. A musical clockwork automaton featuring a magician that upon each lift of the box on the table would reveal a different object underneath. This clever piece sold for $7,406, surpassing a $2,000-3,000 estimate. And a classic Jumeau automaton of a standing figure that powders her nose and looks in her hand mirror while soft music plays sold for $5,332 against an estimate of $3,500-4,500.

Dolls included a rare and desirable 17-1/2” Steiner with pale bisque moon shaped face and delicate blush serving as a backdrop to her pert smile and piercing blue paperweight eyes. She went out within her $5,500-7,500 estimate for $6,221. French fashion dolls included a stunning 22” Jumeau fashion with pale bisque with cornflower blue paperweight eyes, closed mouth on a gusseted kid body. Her sublime expression completed the package that brought $4,860 against a $2,000-3,000 estimate. A last minute addition of a 16” Jumeau fashion with pale bisque, piercing blue paperweight eyes and wood lower arms neared the midpoint of her $2,000-4,000 estimate to bring $2,844.

This segment continued with various German bisque characters, Victorian-era china heads, early wax dolls, cloth dolls, as well as a rare carved wood Chinese doll reminiscent of the popular Door of Hope dolls and perhaps by one of their carvers. The rice farmer with his distinctive facial features and original straw cape sold for $3,645 against a $900-1,100 estimate. Other highlights included a lot including a table and chair by Huret. Best known for their highly desirable bisque dolls, it is most unusual to see accessories by them surface. The lot was highly competed for (well beyond its $300-500 estimate) ultimately selling to a phone bidder for $4,740.

The auction continued with a vast array of toys in a wide variety of genres. Early American tin included an unusual circus cage wagon attributed to Fallows or George Brown being pulled by an elephant led by its trainer. Typical of the time period, workers sometimes created toys with what was laying around the shop with no deference to reality, such as putting a lion and a leopard in the same cage, or using an elephant to pull cages. But it made for a most amusing toy, and this example went out at $5,925 against a pre-auction estimate of $5,500-6,500. Another great piece was an early American tin merry go round toy being pulled by gentleman in which the platform containing goats, a dog, and a child rotates when pulled along the floor. Colorful and creative, it sold above its $1,500-2,500 estimate for $3,258. A scarce seesaw toy by Ives that has two articulated figures enjoying the ups and downs by means of a clockwork motor housed in the stenciled central fulcrum sold within expectations of $2,500-4,500 for $3,555.

The cavalcade of toys continued with a selection of European tin toys such as a Marklin “Priscilla” live steam ship. Professionally restored from bow to stern, this rare vessel was joined by a scarce Schonner “Aviso Greif” steamer with great detail to the decking and accoutrements. Each sold within its respective estimate for the same $14,220 price tag. A great 18” Carette ocean liner in strong original condition went out at $3,258, surpassing its $1,000-2,000 estimate.

For aviation aficionados was an array of airplanes from one astute east coast collector. These cast iron planes, modeled after the real thing of the 1930s, boasted great detail and condition not normally found in these toys. One can picture boys of the period staging spirited dogfights and these surprisingly fragile vessels didn’t often survive bouts with gravity. Included was a rare large Hubley “Lindy” glider with its original removable pilot. In very fine condition, it sold for $4,147 against an estimate of $2,500-3,000. This was followed by one of the finest examples of a Hubley “America” one could hope to find. In light gray and emblazoned in red across the wing, its propellers would rotate when the plane was rolled across the floor. It landed within its $2,500-3,500 estimate to sell for $2,962. A rare Vindex “Lockheed” monocoupe plane in steely silver presented a wonderful buying opportunity. Better known for farm and construction toys, an airplane by this firm is very hard to come by. It found a buyer at $5,332 within an estimate of $4,500-6,500. Back on land, other cast iron included a scarce Kenton horse drawn ambulance with a nickel plated wagon with bell ringing mechanism being pulled by two robust black horses. Far exceeding expectations of $1,500-2,500, it sold for $6,517.

A selection of pressed steel vehicles included a scarce Buddy L sand & gravel truck with a large segmented rear bed with opening doors to dispense gravel. This construction toy sold within its $2,000-4,000 estimate for $2,370. Also bringing $2,370 was a rare Kingsbury Huckster delivery truck. This 1930s apple green windup truck with great lines and retaining its original decals saw much action beyond its $900-1,200 estimate. And a Keystone Filenes delivery van with battery-operated headlights likewise exceeded expectations, bringing $1,659.

While not toys per se, cast iron mechanical banks are often grouped under this heading. Some unusual examples included a classic Organ Grinder & Performing Bear. Full of amusing action and retaining much of its original paint, it sold for $3,851 against a $3,500-5,500 estimate. A rare Kyser & Rex Roller Skating bank that features an oval rink with various figures struggling with the then-new pastime failed to find a buyer. One of only a handful known to exist, this treasure carried an estimate of $20,000-25,000.

It was Christmas in June at Julia’s. A much anticipated collection of several dozen holiday items that has remained in one gentleman’s possession for several decades finally made it to market, much to the delight of collectors everywhere. Central to the offering was an exceedingly rare German wax headed Santa figure on a wooden plinth. When the lever is pressed, he would open his fur coat to reveal a Christmas feather tree in his chest. This very unusual item that was once part of the renowned Gladyse Hilsdorf collection ignored its $2,500-3,500 estimate to sell for $17,775. A large German Santa candy container with the not so jolly old elf sporting a fur robe went out at $4,977 against a $1,200-1,500 estimate. Another European find was a marvelous composition nodder with a larger than life head of a stoic Father Christmas bobbing atop a speckle painted body. This charming piece likewise exceeded expectations to sell for $2,725, beating out a $600-1,200 estimate. And a large clockwork nodding reindeer pulling Santa in his wicker sleigh separated the naughty from the nice, selling for $5,925 against a presale estimate of $600-1,200. 

A phenomenal, highly ornate, one-of-a-kind leaded glass figural boot trade sign from a Wisconsin shoe store (which is nothing short of miraculous to have lasted this long) climbed well beyond its $20,000-$40,000 estimate to land at a jaw-dropping $109,350.

The auction continued with a varied grouping of quality antique advertising items. Included were numerous pieces that seldom (if ever) hit the marketplace. Topping the list was a phenomenal, highly ornate, one-of-a-kind leaded glass figural boot trade sign from a Wisconsin shoe store. Dating to the turn of the 20th century, it consisted of several hundred geometric panels forming a Victorian era heeled boot with the monogram “S & S” incorporated into the side. Once gracing the doorway to the Schauder & Son shoe store in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, it was eventually relegated to the family basement, save for making an annual appearance in the local Fourth of July parade strapped to the roof of the family car. Nothing short of miraculous to have lasted this long, it was the highlight of the auction, climbing well beyond its $20,000-40,000 estimate to land at a jaw dropping $109,350!

Other unique pieces included the original artwork for a Kellogg’s corn flakes ad by James Alexander Bayne, a U.S. fighter pilot whose life was cut short in service to his country. As a result, his career as a painter didn’t get the chance to get off the ground, but this smile inducing piece that pictured a young child in his highchair enjoying a bowl of cereal makes one wonder what could have been. Accompanied by photos of the artist as well as a copy of the Ladies Home Journal from March 1913 in which the ad appears, this oil on canvas snuck past the upper end of its $2,500-5,000 estimate to sell for $5,771.

These marvelous pieces were joined by such period store fixtures as an advertising lantern for None Such mincemeat. The pierced tin framework retained all four of its original reverse painted advertising panels that were lit from within. The lantern was further enhanced by its original tin insert that would rotate from the heat of the candle, casting eye-catching shadows that would almost appear to animate the panels. A rare and highly desirable piece, it sold within estimate for $6,075.

Somewhat later was a choice selection of automotive related advertising. A rare and large die-cut porcelain Hood tire service station sign with a life size uniformed worker beckoning to passersby performed well and sold at the upper end of its $3,000-5,000 estimate for $4,740. Another rare tire sign, a double sided sheet metal flange sign for Delion tires, despite come condition issues saw strong action. Far surpassing its $200-300 estimate, it roared to $3,081. A large 42” diameter Chevrolet Super Service porcelain sign from the 1930s sold for $3,555 while a self-framed tin sign in stellar condition for Francisco auto heaters sold for $2,844, each exceeding their respective estimates. And a great tin sign that also boasted strong condition was one by Ithaca Sign Works that depicted an early open air vehicle advertising a Vermont real estate agent. It sped past its $1,500-2,500 estimate to bring $4,860.

Salesman samples, always a popular advertising collectible that Julia’s specializes in included an unusual miniature Mosler cannonball safe. Designed as a cutaway, this desirable model with yellow pinstriping and opening door was mounted within in its original carrying case. Coming in with an estimate of $6,500-8,500, it broke the bank at $11,553. This piece was followed by a somewhat later and more detailed model of a polished aluminum, double door salesman sample bank vault. It likewise performed well, selling for $7,702 against a $2,500-3,500 estimate.

Julia's upcoming auctions include their annual End of Summer antiques & fine art auction in August while a phenomenal firearms and military memorabilia auction will be held in October. Julia’s next rare lamp & glass auction as well as their toy & doll auction will follow in November. 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: info@jamesdjulia.com. 

American Bottle Auctions' Auction #60 July 11-20 at www.americanbottle.com

Nearly 200 lots – many of them rare and highly collectible bottles, to include sodas, bitters, back bars, medicines, whiskey fifths and flasks, plus advertising items and other spirits and poisons – will all come up for bid in American Bottle Auctions’ next big online and catalog sale (Auction #60). The sale will begin Friday, July 11, and end Sunday, July 20, at www.americanbottle.com.

“We have many highlights and these include some rare colored historical flasks, in particular a series of Washington/Taylor quarts exhibiting incredible colors and other beautiful examples,” said Jeff Wichmann of American Bottle Auctions. “We also have the Weimer collection of over 35 rare and desirable bitters bottles, plus a great selection of equally scarce advertising pieces.”

Wichmann added, “We have over 35 western whiskey fifths and another 20 western whiskey flasks. These, too, are quite hard to find and will be very appealing to collectors. The cathedral pickles in this auction are probably the finest collection we’ve had in years, with some terrific true colored pickles and pepper sauces. We also have some items never before seen at auction.”

The standard American Bottle Auction rules will apply to this Auction #60 (for details, logon to www.americanbottle.com). To order a catalog (available in early July) call (800) 806-7722 or send an e-mail request to info@americanbottle.com. Those interested in registering to bid for Auction #60 may go to the American Bottle Auctions website now, at www.americanbottle.com.

Lot #144: George Washington/Zachary Taylor quart bottle, one of the finest examples known (est. $5,000-$10,000).

Lot #60: Durham Whiskey western fifth with embossed steer, circa 1876-1882 (est. $5,000-$10,000).

One of the Largest and Best Antiques and Collectibles Shows
in the Country Will Be Held July 12-13 in Portland, Ore.

One of America’s largest antiques and collectibles shows will take place in Portland, Ore., on July 12 & 13. Produced by Christine Palmer & Associates, the show is celebrating its 33rd year. Exhibitors come from all over the country, bringing their most interesting and popular vintage items. Held at the Portland Expo Center, there are more than 1,400 booths to view – inside and outside. If you are a treasure hunter, decorator, collector or just like to find pieces from your past, the July Expo Antique & Collectible Show is for you. Log on to www.ChristinePalmer.net for more information and to buy tickets online.

Just like on the popular collecting programs such as American Pickers, you can find that treasured item buried among the thousands of booths at the show. Attending an antiques and collectibles show can be an emotional and fun-filled journey into the past. Seeing these items provokes wonderful memories – items such as your grandmother’s cookie jar, holiday decorations, board games and memorabilia. Pricing for many of the treasures are modest, and there is nothing like coming home and unwrapping those newly found treasures. For many, it’s a second chance at owning an item that your mother threw away.

“It used to be that going to a collectibles show meant completing a collection, and that’s still true for some,” noted Christine Palmer, show manager and producer. “Today, we are seeing our visitors looking for vintage clothing, postcards from travel adventures from decades ago, garden décor, tin toys and other items that make a great conversation item in the home, furniture, kitchenware, plus I just found the perfect lighting fixture to match our 1912 house. Whatever your passion in collecting and decorating, don’t miss the largest show of its kind anywhere.”

Patrons can buy pop collectibles, vintage clothing, glassware, silverware, antique radios from the 1930s, turn-of-the-century furniture, movie memorabilia, collectible toys, and sports memorabilia. If you’re a fan of collectible toys, look for wind-up mechanical toys, porcelain dolls, Star Wars collectibles, sci-fi books and comics and much more. Toys are often what adults reminisce about when antique toys are mentioned. Displays and items for sale from vendors will feature antique toys, from toy trucks, planes and trains to 1860s cast-iron toys, German and Japanese tin-toys and steel mechanical banks. 

Also, for the more classic collector, be sure to look for sterling silver pieces, Tiffany glass, bronzes, paintings and Native American artifacts and of course, toys from the 1880s to the 1960s and much more. Home decorators can find furniture in American, European, 1890s golden oak, mahogany and country styles. In addition, the esteemed Portland-based Preservation Artisans Guild, a stellar group of highly respected artisans and experts dedicated to the decorative arts and historical preservation, will have ongoing demonstrations of their superb skills throughout the weekend (www.preservationartisans.org).

Do you have treasures in your attic? Expert appraisers will be on hand to identify and evaluate patrons' individual pieces brought to the show. The cost is $5 per item (with show admission), and yes, you can bring photos of larger pieces in your collection (no need to rent a U-Haul). These market evaluations are offered by ISA appraisers (the top in the industry), and proceeds benefit the local food banks. Show hours are Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 10-5. Admission is $7, good for both days. Parking is $8 at the Expo Center, $5 at the Portland Meadows (shuttle provided). We'll see you there!

The Murfreesboro Antique Show & Sale is July 18-20 in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The 47th Annual Murfreesboro Antique Show & Sale will be held at the Middle Tennessee Expo Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn., July 18-20. Hours for the show are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Murfreesboro Antique Show is the longest-running antique show in Tennessee and was recently voted the Best Antique Show by readers of the Busy Bee Trader, a trade publication.

The show will feature 70 quality antique dealers from more than 20 states, displaying and selling high-quality antique items at reasonable prices, including Dresden, Meissen, porcelain, jewelry, Nippon, knives, Orientalia, art glass, art pottery, bronzes, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, paintings, furniture, silver, china, country store, quilts, clocks, French Cameo glass, lamps, photographs, Civil War, coins, dolls, toys, signs, sports, advertising, paper, glassware, prints, statuary, majolica, paperweights, Victoriana and more.

Many of the dealers are Associated Antiques Dealers of America members. New merchandise and reproductions are not permitted at the show. The Middle Tennessee Expo Center is a climate-controlled building located at 1209 Park Avenue in Murfreesboro, Tenn., with plenty of free parking. The show is under new management, and the admission price for adults is $7, good for all 3 days.

For further information, visit www.murfreesboroantiqueshow.com, or contact Virginia Hallett at (270) 237-5205 or virste@nctc.com. 

Annual Elegant & Depression Glass Show & Sale July 19th and 20th in Nashville

The 15th Annual Elegant and Depression Glass Show and Sale will be held July 19-20 in Nashville, Tenn., again providing glassware collectors and enthusiasts the opportunity to buy American-made glassware and pottery from nationally-known dealers. As in the past, the show will offer seminars on glass topics and a display of one of the Fostoria Glass Company’s most popular patterns. New to the show will be a glass repairer, and on Sunday, members of the Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee (FGST) will provide a glass identification service.

The event will be held in the Exhibitor Building at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Parking is free if a show card or ad is presented at the entrance gate. Admission is $6 per person, good for both days. Show hours are 10-5 on Saturday and 11-3 on Sunday.

The featured display will be Fostoria’s Coin Pattern, made from 1958-1982. A coin pattern was originally produced by Central Glass Works in 1892, but its production was stopped because the coins were considered to be counterfeits. The coins on the Fostoria pieces are not depictions of actual coins, so production continued for many years.

Another seminar on Saturday at 3 p.m., featuring cordials, will be presented by Terry Naas, an FGST member. Cordials were manufactured by many glass companies as part of their stemware lines. They were used for after-dinner drinks that were often served with desserts. Generally, they are smaller than typical wine glasses and may be made from thinner glass. Terry will use her collection of Fostoria cordials as the basis for the seminar. Sunday’s seminar at 1 p.m. will focus on Depression glass and will be presented by Glen and Carolyn Robinson, also FGST members from South Carolina.

New to the show this year will be glass repair by Angela Boudreaux. She will be available throughout the show to smooth chipped glass and make minor repairs.

The show is hosted by the Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee, a chapter of the Fostoria Glass Society of America. Proceeds support the Fostoria Glass Museum in Moundsville, W.Va., and other venues devoted to the history and preservation of American-made glassware. Additional information about the show is available at www.fostoria-tennessee.com and www.facebook.com/fostoriaglass.tn. 

Julia's Summer Glass & Lamp Auction Tops $2.4 Million

With a seemingly nonstop string of powerhouse auctions, the firm of James D. Julia, Inc. has done it again. While a tremendous feat to assemble a quality auction of fresh merchandise well into seven figures, Julia’s dedicated staff has worked diligently over their last 45 years in the business to pull it off time and time again. Even though the antiques market is seeing a shift, there is still a strong call for high end, quality glass as proven by this most recent sale. Sellers understand the possibility of their item hitting a homerun and buyers understand that with every auction in every corner of the globe, there will always be the occasional bargain amongst the mix of over-performers. No matter what side of the fence you’re on, it can’t be denied that auctions remain a dynamic means of selling one’s collection or buying to expand your collection.

The recent two-day auction featured a vast array of exquisite Tiffany lamps, French and English cameo glass, fine art glass or Victorian glass, jewelry, accessories, and more for collectors at just about every level. Julia’s kicked things off with Session II of the renowned George Klabin collection of Moser glass having sold the first section of his collection in November of last year. Known as one of the premier collectors of this highly ornate style, this auction contained such exceptional pieces such as a monumental Moser decorated vase. The massive cranberry body with allover enameled floral decoration and finished with elaborate gilded brass handles, foot and collar went out at $14,812 against an estimate of $9,000-12,000. This was joined by a pair of Moser decorated ewers, each with overall applied and enameled decoration that centered on a parrot resting on a branch. The lively pair exceeded expectations of $7,000-10,000 to land at $20,737. Other highlights included a rare Moser decorated lamp consisting of cranberry glass with gilded panels, applied flowers and leaves, outlined with gold enameled scrolling. Topped with a dome shade and resting on a cast metal foot with matching floral design, it sold for $10,665, beating out a $5,000-7,000 estimate. An exceptional decorated punch set in green glass, gilded with delicate scrollwork and dimensional bouquets of enameled flowers on the bowl accompanied by its ladle and twelve matching cups found a buyer at $10,072, nearly tripling its $3,500-4,500 estimate. Also, a Moser Amberina decorated decanter with heavy applied grapes and leaves, finished with a lovely enameled bird resting on a grape cluster as bees buzz about sold for $7,110 against a $4,000-6,000 estimate. 

The largest piece of Fairyland Lustre Wedgwood ever produced flew beyond its $40,000-$60,000 estimate to land at $74,062.

Other notable offerings included an exceptional offering of over two dozen pieces of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre from the Betty & Leonard Issod collection. Considered one of the finest collections of its type, it lived up to the hype. Julia’s has handled much Fairyland Lustre over the years, but never such a mammoth piece as the Dragon King vase. The largest piece of Fairyland Lustre Wedgwood ever produced, it stands nearly two feet tall. Featuring a large amber colored dragon rising up from the ocean as a smaller dragon is perched on a grassy outcropping, this phenomenal piece flew beyond its $40,000-60,000 estimate to land at $74,062. It was joined by a vase in the “Ghostly Woods” pattern. Depicting a central gnarled tree with creatures’ heads growing from the ends of the branches as a parade of pale poltergeists passes, it sold for $44,437, surpassing its $20,000-30,000 estimate. Likewise selling for $44,437 and exceeding expectations was an equally vibrant vase in the “Imps on a Bridge” pattern. Fantasy and dreams come together in a scene of crimson and violet goblins parading through a wooded scene beneath a distant tree house. Another rarity in the offering was a marvelous Fairyland Lustre charger, also in the “Imps on a Bridge” pattern. It sold within its $25,000-35,000 estimate for $26,662.

The auction continued with a wide variety of art glass with no shortage of rarity. Some of the rather exquisite examples included a rare Tiffany paperweight vase. This gorgeous shoulder vase with jonquil blossoms with pink millefiori centers and subtle green stems sold at the upper end of its $12,000-15,000 estimate for $14,220. An unusual Tiffany lava glass vase with a dark blue body with gold iridescent dripping tendrils from the upper lip heated things up, selling for $14,220 against an $8,000-12,000 estimate. A Tiffany flower form vase with a pulled feather bowl and multihued translucence atop an applied inverted saucer foot sold for $11,257 against an estimate of $4,000-6,000. Other Tiffany included a great pair of jeweled bronze candelabras, each with four arms set with a band of cabochon glass jewels on each candle cup. Naturalistic Tiffany excellence at its finest, the pair sold for $17,775, more than doubling the low end of its $7,500-9,500 estimate.

The auction continued with a generous selection of art glass. Difficult to find even one Steuben Intarsia vase, the company’s highest level of quality and signed by Frederick Carder, this auction featured an unprecedented four examples! Included was a lovely crystal vase with amethyst floral decoration resting on an applied stem and hexagonal foot. Exceptional craftsmanship through and through, it sold at the upper end of its $10,000-15,000 estimate for $14,580. Another example with blue leaf and vine decoration on a crystal body was equally impressive and sold for $11,850 against its $10,000-15,000 estimate. These were followed by such items as a scarce Steuben pink aurene hanging shade with leaf and vine decoration suspended from a silver fixture with square link chains and cast acanthus leaf accents. It sold for $8,887 within an $8,000-10,000 estimate. And a Steuben blue aurene and calcite vase with cool color iridescence surpassed expectations of $1,650-2,250 to sell for $5,036.

The cavalcade of glass included some spectacular Lalique such as an early squat flacon signed R. Lalique and decorated with six dancing nude women holding a common garland. Estimated for $15,000-25,000, it went out at $21,330. An R. Lalique luminaire depicting a nude woman draped with a shawl with her arms outstretched is a tribute to the beauty of the female form. This lovely piece went out at $18,960 against an estimate of $5,000-8,000. A wonderful R. Lalique cariatides lamp consisting of a single piece blown dome shade supported by female figures reminiscent of the figures in the Acropolis and other Greek architecture sold for $17,775 against a $7,000-10,000 estimate. Likewise selling for $17,775 was an R. Lalique acanthus vase with rich blue color and deep relief modeling.

Other art glass included a rare Loetz “Black Bottom” Phanomen vase with a black iridescent free form band around the base with cream colored waves throughout. This band gave way to waves of platinum iridescence against a gold background across the top half, making for a most attractive piece. It closed in on the upper end of its $9,000-12,000 estimate to sell for $11,850.

From a slightly earlier era was a selection of Victorian glass including a Mt. Washington Royal Flemish Arabian handled vase picturing a Middle Eastern man atop a camel with the Pyramids in the background. It surpassed its $12,000-15,000 to finish up at $18,637. A large Mt. Washington Peach Blow vase in the Queen’s pattern with a bulbous body and decorated with enameled vines and daisies on applied reeded feet neared the midpoint of its $7,000-10,000 estimate to sell for $8,295.

These were joined by over 50 lots of paperweights, both antique and contemporary, such as a lovely botanical example by Paul Stankard with polychrome flowers. Upon close examination, one sees several small people climbing among the flowers’ roots. This exceptional piece sold for $7,110 against a $5,000-8,000 estimate. Another Paul Stankard piece with yellow and red flowers with swirling stems and leaves above an intricate roots system of seed pods sold just above its $3,000-4,000 estimate for $4,147. A rare St. Louis faceted paperweight with an amber flashed base containing red and white clematis flowers sold within its $8,000-10,000 estimate for $8,887.

Another area for which Julia’s has long been well known for handling quite prolifically and successfully is cameo glass and Pate de Verre. From the latter category was a G. Argy Rousseau poppy vase with orange flowers surrounding the shoulder with brown stems terminating at the foot. All set against a mottled yellow background, it sold above its estimate of $9,500-11,500 for $15,405. A G. Argy Rousseau foliage nightlight in dark purple with triangular panels of green went out at $4,740 versus a $3,000-4,000 estimate.

Cameo glass was highlighted in part by a magnificent Daum seagull vase. Decorated with enameled seagulls flying above the ocean waves against the setting sun, and further detailed by a sea turtle taking it all in, this squat vase sold within its $10,000-15,000 estimate for $11,850. Selling for the same $11,850 was an oval Daum cameo swan vase with a calming scene of a graceful bird swimming beneath white spring blossoms. A squat Daum winter scene vase with blackbirds among the barren trees exceeded a $6,000-8,000 estimate for $10,665 while a Daum winter scene table lamp with a mottled yellow and orange sunset background sold well above its $4,000-6,000 estimate for $15,405. A Burgun & Schverer cameo vase with white flowers and leaves against an amethyst background and further enhanced by martele wheel carving and a cameo icicle design sold for $4,740.

Day II of the auction focused on an exceptional array of fine lighting including Tiffany leaded lamps. Of particular note was a marvelous Tiffany table lamp with richly colored poppies with striated orange petals with applied bronze centers against a bed of leaves on a mottled green and yellow background. Complemented by its gold dore base, it sold at the upper end of its $35,000-45,000 estimate for a solid $41,475. A Tiffany Studios geometric table lamp with a conical shade of dichroic glass would display as cream and green when unlit but would come alive to a mottled green and fiery orange when lit. It was a terrific example, selling for $14,220 within an estimate of $12,000-18,000. Another exceptional and rare lot utilizing dichroic glass was a pair of Tiffany Studios hanging lamps. These matching geometric shades each suspended from a bronze chain and ceiling cap finished in a rich brown patina neared the top end of its $20,000-30,000 to finish up at $29,625.

These were joined by a generous selection of lamps by other renowned makers such as Handel, Pairpoint, Duffner & Kimberly, and more. A duo of reverse painted Handel lamps included a floral lamp known simply as 6688 depicting two butterflies alighting near a bed of brightly colored flowers extending upward from the rim and all over the body of the shade. This lovely piece brought $11,850 against an estimate of $10,000-12,000 while a Handel Jungle Bird lamp with two vibrant parrots perched among tropical foliage found a buyer within its $12,500-15,000 estimate at $14,812. A leaded glass Gorham daffodil table lamp exceeded its $5,000-7,000 estimate to sell for $8,295.

The sale was rounded out in part by a variety of spectacular jewelry and accessories such as a lady’s pear shaped sapphire and diamond ring within a platinum setting. Its delicate elegance helped bring its final price to $6,517, surpassing pre-auction expectations of $3,500-4,500. A lady’s 2.1ct diamond solitaire ring went out at $7,290 versus a $6,000-8,000 estimate, and a Men’s Rolex President wristwatch with diamond accents and gold band sold within its $9,000-11,000 estimate for $10,072.

Other miscellaneous highlights included a lovely KPM plaque in its original elaborate gold frame with blue velvet liner. The image depicts a mystical scene of a nude maiden hovering above a lily pond. Beautifully executed, it sold for $11,850 against a $6,000-8,000 estimate. Also worthy of mention were some outstanding Art Nouveau Zsolnay pottery items. A mammoth tankard pitcher with allover decoration of molded oak leaves and acorns with red beetles encircling the sides sold for $10,665 within an estimate of $9,000-12,000. And a vase depicting a lovely maiden with flowing hair and skirt encircling the body of the vase exceeded a $6,000-8,000 estimate to sell for $9,480.

Julia's upcoming auctions include their annual End of Summer antiques & fine art auction in August while a phenomenal firearms and military memorabilia auction will be held in October. Julia’s next rare lamp & glass auction as well as their toy & doll auction will follow in November. Julia’s is currently accepting consignments for these and other upcoming auctions. Call immediately for inclusion in these exciting sales. For more information, contact their offices at 207-453-7125. James D. Julia, Inc., P.O. Box 830, Dept. PR, Fairfield, ME 04937. E-mail: info@jamesdjulia.com. 

Major On-site Estate Auction Slated for July 26 in Florida

Items from the estate of Paul H. (“Billy”) Eubanks – a prominent banker and accomplished woodworking craftsman – and his surviving wife Maedelle will be sold at an on-site auction planned for Saturday, July 26, at 1219 Marie Ann Boulevard in Panama City, Fla. Mr. Eubanks was born on Aug. 12, 1932 in Altha, Fla., not far from Marianna. He passed away on Sept. 12, 2012.

The sale will be conducted by The Specialists of the South, Inc., based in Panama City, with internet bidding provided by LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. The auction will feature antique and vintage furniture, entertainment and hostess items, carpentry and hobby supplies, custom-built items and fine decorative accessories.

The furniture items will include: an Italian rococo-style couch with two side chairs, previously owned by the Burdine family (of Burdines Department Store fame) in Miami and acquired out of their mansion home there; an Italian rococo-style glass-top table; a Drexel French-style dining room table with two leaves, chairs and a buffet (circa 1970); and a fall-front upright secretary.

The sale will get underway promptly at 8 a.m. (CST), with a preview from 7-8 a.m. A 14-percent buyer’s premium will be applied to all purchases. All sales are final. 

The Scott Antique Market: America’s Favorite Treasure Hunt
By Jessica Munday-McGee

For nearly 30 years, the Scott Antique Markets have been America’s Favorite Treasure Hunt. Even now, it continues to impress buyers and sellers from both near and far with the best antiques any show has to offer. Whether you are looking for a storytelling piece of war or military history, that attractive turn-of-the-century cabinet, or some unique and stunning jewelry to add to your fine collection, the Scott Antique Markets is bound to have it!

Both shows in Atlanta, Ga., and Columbus, Ohio, are conveniently located near freeway interchanges, large International Airports, fine dining, and ample hotels. The bustling shows in Atlanta run the second weekend of every month, twelve times a year for a weekend adventure of treasure hunting. Once you arrive, you can relax and take one of the shuttles that run between the two large expo buildings. They will happily deliver you right to the front doors.

The Scott Antique Markets strives to achieve elegance, simplicity formality, and comfort. The Atlanta Expo Centers are world-class facilities that host two large main buildings, several additional buildings, outdoor exhibitor space and a large circus tent, for a whopping total of over 3,500 booths. The Garden Center is an architectural lover’s delight with both unique relics for inside the home, and artistic elements to add to your outdoor space or garden.

Several events and services at the Atlanta location make the Scott Antique Markets both a reliable and convenient host. When you need to pause for a quick bite, you won’t have to venture far. The Scott Antique Market in Atlanta offers seven tasteful options from Southern Cuisine to Greek and other ethnic foods. Now let’s say you found that perfect piece but can’t haul it, or you’ve found a gift that you want delivered to that special someone. On-site delivery services allow for those treasures you’ve found to be sent wherever you choose. Additional services available include Enterprise rental cars, Cash America pawn shop, and professional porters to help you load your “new” antique possessions. All of these amenities are on-site and easily accessible.

Those that stay into the evening hours won’t be disappointed. Auctions are held every Saturday of the show at 8 pm. Many truckloads arrive each month from New England. There’s no telling what you will find.

The Scott Antique Markets also host Ohio shows that are held at the Ohio Exposition Center, otherwise known as the Ohio State Fairgrounds. This show is just minutes from downtown Columbus and the Ohio State University campus. Again, here you will find anything from high-class rarities to popular collectibles; from functional primitives to traditional décor with elegant motifs. Your shopping adventure is just off I-71 and is home to between 800-1,200 booths and several choices of cuisine.

A surprising amount of the guests are younger crowds, learning early about the investment quality of antiques. This evidence of a deep-rooted appreciation for history and the arts makes the Scott Antique Markets a perfect place to spend their weekend. So what are you waiting for? Build your family heirlooms! Collect your country’s history! Bring back childhood memories! Whatever it is you are aiming to achieve, the Scott Antique Markets is truly both an exhibitor- and buyer-friendly experience.

Whether you are looking to add charm to your home or add value to your collection, visit the Scott Antique Markets the second weekend of every month in Atlanta and once monthly, November through March on either the third or fourth weekend in Columbus, Ohio. See the Scott Antique Markets schedule for details, or contact their helpful staff at 740-569-4112. For visual layouts of the show’s facilities, coupons, media reviews, as well as discount rates at hotels for shoppers and vendors, visit The Scott Antique Markets on the web at www.scottantiquemarkets.com. See you there!

 

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