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James D. Julia's March 2014 Firearms Auction To Feature A Remarkable Selection
Of Colts, Kentucky Pistols, Sporting Arms, Winchester Rifles, Civil War Armaments
and Materials, And Other Extraordinary Military Rarities
James D. Julia, Inc., one of the nation's top ten antique auction houses, is excited to present these important collections in association with the company's upcoming Firearms Auction on March 10th-12th, 2014. Julia's Fine Firearms auctions have a much-deserved tradition of delivering the finest selection of rare, expensive, and high-grade firearms and military rarities available. This upcoming sale has the additional benefit of featuring examples from some of the most famous and well-curated collections in the world.
Here are just a few highlights that will certainly catch the eye of collectors everywhere.
From the Tommy Rholes Estate Collection, Julia's is offering lot #1002, an iron frame model 1860 Henry Lever Action Rifle estimated at $100,000 to $200,000; and lot #1190, a factory engraved Colt Frontier Six Shooter Single Action Army Revolver estimated at $75,000 to $125,000. Both are extremely rare and would be the crown jewel in any fine firearms collection.
From the William Gerber Family Collection, Julia's is selling lot #2008, an extraordinary cased brace of Colt Model 1860 Revolvers estimated at $250,000 to $350,000. These remarkable firearms belonged to Spanish General Don Carlos Garcia Tassara.
From the Norm Flayderman Estate Collection, Julia's is offering lot #2115, a fine Leech & Rigdon Confederate Revolver estimated at $40,000 to $60,000. This amazing piece of history was captured by a Union Navy officer.
From the Michael Leff Estate Collection, Julia's is selling lot #2146, a rare cased engraved pair of Hartford/London 3rd Model Dragoon Percussion Revolvers estimated at $75,000 to $100,000. These magnificent firearms were awarded a silver medal by the NRA.
From the Wendell Grangaard Collection, Julia's is offering lot #2239, a Custer Battlefield Colt Single Action Army Revolver estimated at $100,000 to $200,000. This extraordinarily rare gun has been identified to Lt. William Van Wyck Reily and was later gifted to Chief Two Moons, the Cheyenne Indian who was one of the models for the buffalo nickel.
From the Charles A. Lamb Collection, Julia's is selling lot #2478, a pair of Clarke (London) Double Barrel Flintlock Pistols estimated at $15,000 to $25,000. This outstanding set, from a boutique English gun manufacturer, is cased and would be a standout addition to any fine firearm collection.
This sales event features more breathtaking items from the Frank Sujansky, Douglas Sirkin, and Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess collections, which were all also featured in part in Julia's astounding $18 million October, 2013 sales event.
The pair of Saxon Elector Guard
Wheel Lock Puffers estimated
at $40,000 to $60,000.
From the Sujansky collection, Julia's is offering lot #2324, a relief carved John Armstrong Flintlock Kentucky Rifle estimated at $90,000 to $150,000. This award-winning gun is considered "the best of the best" in the fine firearms world. From the Douglas Sirkin Collection, Julia's is selling lot #2422, a pair of Saxon Elector Guard Wheel Lock Puffers estimated at $40,000 to $60,000. These extraordinary Puffers date from approximately 1590 and were once part of the Bremer Hogg Jackson Collection. Also from the Sturgess collection, Julia's is offering lot #3035, a London retailer cased Mauser C96 "System Mauser" Step Barrel Pistol estimated at $75,000 to $100,000; and lot #3094, a platinum plated ivory gripped and engraved Presentation Krieghoff P.08 Luger Pistol estimated at $50,000 to $100,000.
Items from these top tier collections, along with many others being offered in this sale, present a phenomenal opportunity for enthusiasts to begin, or build upon, their personal collections of amazing firearms.
According to Wes Dillon, James D. Julia's Co-Department Head, Rare Firearms & Military Division, "This upcoming event offers some of the finest firearms I have ever handled at Julia's, and I've been here since 2007! It was a challenge even picking out highlights given the rarity, exceptional design, and history behind so many of the items. It's hard to believe, but the quality and caliber of our consignments seem to get better with every auction we conduct. I am so proud that Julia's is able to attract the most important firearms collections from around the world, and in turn, help enthusiasts build their own perfect collections."
For more information on James D. Julia, Inc. and the company's March, 2014 Firearms Auction, please visit http://www.jamesdjulia.com.
Mid-Century Modern, Asian Antiques, Frankart Pieces, more at Ahlers & Ogletree, March 15-16
A two-day auction featuring an impressive single-owner collection of Mid-Century Modern, plus wonderful Asian antiques, fine art from names such as Louis Icart and Andy Warhol, many pieces of highly collectible Frankart and even a woolly mammoth tusk will be held March 15th-16th by Ahlers & Ogletree, at 715 Miami Circle (Suite 210) in Atlanta, Ga.
The sale will feature 10 Marilyn silkscreen
prints after Andy Warhol.
French gilt bronze bracket clock with hand-painted decoration.
The March 15 session will focus primarily on Mid-Century Modern, highlighted by the lifetime personal collection of Walter Glenn. Pieces will include chairs made for Herman Miller by Charles and Ray Eames and a signed, oval glass-top cocktail table with steel brass and frame by Tommy Anton Parzinger (1903-1981). The March 16 session will feature traditional antiques.
The woolly mammoth ivory tusk, just recently consigned, is a six-foot-long complete example from Siberia that is expected to realize $15,000-$20,000. Other items in the sale will include: a large collection of vintage toy robots (prized by collectors); a fine selection of vintage chrome and bronze automotive hood ornaments and car mascots; French, English and American furniture items; and Chinese and other Asian porcelains, including vases, teapots and ginger jars.
For those unable to attend live, online bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com (formerly Artfact.com). Start times will be 11 a.m. (EST) both auction days. Previews will be held Wednesday-Friday (March 12-14), with a wine and cheese party planned for Thursday, March 13, from 5-9 p.m. Previews may also be scheduled by appointment for those who can't attend the regular previews. To make an appointment, call 404-869-2478.
To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree and the upcoming March 15-16 auction, please logon to www.AandOauctions.com.
Fine Art and Chinese Antiques Headline Elite Decorative Arts Auction, March 15-16
Original works by major listed artists such as Willem de Kooning, Chaim Soutine and Angel Botello, plus Chinese carved ivory pieces and other Asian antiques, will headline a 550-lot auction planned for March 15-16 by Elite Decorative Arts, at the firm’s gallery in the Quantum Town Center, located at 1034 Gateway Boulevard (Stes. 106-109) in Boynton Beach, Fla.
Chinese carved ivory tusks depicting an Emperor and Empress
The Saturday, March 15 session, comprising 311 lots, will feature fine Chinese carvings and works of art. The Sunday, March 16 session (240 lots) will contain fine decorative arts and Asian works. Start times both days will be 1 p.m. (EST). Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
An original oil painting on cardstock board by the Russian-born French painter Chaim Soutine (1893-1943) titled, Road to the Village, is expected to hit $60,000-$80,000. The signed painting, depicting a village scene, measures 24 inches by 18 inches and is mounted in a wood frame. Soutine made major contributions to the Expressionist movement while living in Paris.
Certain to challenge the Soutine work for top lot of the sale is an oil-on-paper painting by the Dutch-American artist Willem de Kooning (1904-1997). The diminutive abstract oil (titled, fitting enough, Abstraction) is 9.75 inches by 12.75 inches. It is signed and framed and should sell for $50,000-$70,000. De Kooning was an Abstract Expressionist and New York School painter.
Auction previews will be held on Friday, March 14, from 11-5; Saturday, March 15, from 11 a.m. until the first gavel falls at 1 p.m.; and Sunday, March 16, also from 11 a.m.-1.p.m. Elite Decorative Arts is currently accepting consignments for its April 13th Decorative Arts Auction. To learn more about upcoming March 15-16 auction, please log on to www.eliteauction.com.
The Heisey Boudoir and Bath Essentials: Feel Like Royalty
From royalty to Downtown Abbey, to the Augustus Heisey mansion, to the homes of many Americans, centuries of beautiful glass items have been produced for men and women to use and enjoy in their bedrooms and bath. Gentlemen started their day with a shaving brush lathered in a handled mug, a soap dish for washing, and that just-right size toothbrush holder for that all-important item. He often had a water jug or pitcher with a tumbler set on a tray nearby. Depending on his status, he could have a cologne bottle, a covered cigar jar or cigarette holder, matchbox and candlestick on another tray in his dressing room.
Ladies continued to be much more fashionable in their boudoir arrangements. A tray with tumbler, water tankard, matchbox and candleholder were essential bedside items. However, it was the boudoir dressing table where beauty took center stage. Perfumes, colognes and lavender jars were stunning ways to display her favorite fragrances. Puff boxes, ring holders, trinket boxes and a hair receiver might round out another tray. A vase or handled basket held her favorite flowers. Molded, patterned, cut or etched and occasionally in color, many of these pieces will bestow the royal treatment you so deserve.
When all is said and done, your home is your sanctuary. When preparing for any event inside or outside your home, one must have essential items in their boudoir and bath to proceed with their day. Ladies have always found a way to present themselves in the best way possible, and gentlemen have followed suit. Shouldn't you treat yourself to the luxury of beautiful, antique glassware to showcase your requisite and indispensable products?
And what about entertaining? What a great time to set the most welcoming table for your guests. A lovely table can start conversations and inquiries of "Where did you get this?” Also, food always looks better when served with beautiful glassware. Everyone appreciates that little extra effort we put forth, for ourselves and for our family and friends. No matter the reason nor the occasion, you deserve to start feeling great right away. Heisey glassware can bring sparkles to your eyes!
“Feel Like Royalty,” and pick up your favorites at the 41st Annual All-Heisey Glass Show and Sale, Sat. March 15, 10 am-5 pm and Sun. March 16, 11 am-4 pm at the Annandale Volunteer Fire Dept./Ossian Hall, 7128 Columbia Pike, Annandale, Va. Visit www.natcapheisey.org
for a discount show card and more information.
Miami National Antique Show and The Armory Antique Show Both Report Record Sales
U.S. Antique Shows, the world’s leading producer of indoor antique shows, recently hosted the inaugural year of two fantastic antique shows: the Miami National Antique Show in Miami and The Armory Antique Show in New York City, the weekend of Jan. 24-26.
“This year’s shows both reported stellar sales, both between dealers and attendees that travelled far and wide to come. With the first year producing these events behind us, we’ve discovered ways to grow and improve for the upcoming years. The attendee experience is always at the forefront of our minds, and we plan to explore many efforts that will enhance their time at our shows,” says Fair Development Director Andrea Canady.
The Miami National Antique Show is one of the longest-running antique events in south Florida during the winter season. Held at the Miami Airport Convention Center, the event presented more than 100 well-established dealers with a wide array of art, furnishings, home décor and jewelry. U.S. Antique Shows acquired the show from Dolphin Promotions in early 2013.
Stephen Schwartz of Stephen’s Antiques, whose been doing business at the Miami National Antique Show for over a decade, is excited U.S. Antique Shows is now at the helm of this well recognized Miami-based show.
“We’re extremely pleased that U.S. Antique Shows now produces the Miami National Antique Show. We feel it needs a fresh start with the new, fantastic promotional efforts this company brings to every event. As producers of the largest indoor antique show, The Original Miami Beach Antique Show, it serves as a clear advantage for the Miami National Antique Show.” Schwartz continues, “For us, this two-week show combination in Miami and Miami Beach is a major portion of our year’s revenue. We believe it’s truly the hub of antique business in America and brings together dealers from all over the world. It’s very exciting. There’s nothing else like it!”
Also running concurrently that same weekend was The Armory Antique Show at the 69th Regiment Armory. Held during the 2014 New York City’s Antiques Week, the show highlighted compelling and affordable collections from distinguished dealers with 20-plus years’ experience selling antiques. U.S. Antique Shows acquired the show in May 2013 from Stella Show Management.
“We had our best Armory show we’ve ever had, “says Christopher English of Antediluvian Antiques & Curiosities. “I really like The Armory Antique Show in particular because it’s a smaller show with high quality dealers and price points that are attractive to a wide variety of shoppers. Its eclectic merchandise brings returning attendees back year after year and it’s a perfect size for three days.”
U.S. Antique Shows now produces nine shows nationally. The next shows scheduled are the LA Antique Jewelry & Watch Show, March 21-23 at the Hyatt Regency, and the Pier Antique Show, March 29-30 at Pier 94.
Metrolina's Spring Spectacular Slated for April 2-6 in Charlotte
Once again, the International Collectibles and Antiques Show at Metrolina Expo in Charlotte, N.C., survived Mother Nature and her wintry blast for February. Dealers who were able to set up their treasures were rewarded with many shoppers over the weekend. Luckily, Metrolina has over 125,000 square feet of covered shopping space and is there—whether rain, snow, sun or wind—with thousands of items for purchase.
March is the month of transition but always with the Luck of the Irish. Metrolina is the longest-running monthly antiques show in the Southeast. The event brings the best dealers from near and far. Many have been exhibiting for 20 years or more. The show boasts great food, wi-fi, free parking and pets are welcome. Admission is $5 for all four days. Metrolina has a supportive staff, hi-tech security, easy set-up and fair pricing.
Call now to book your space, and don't forget the Spring Spectacular, slated for April 2-6. With more than a little luck, you will find what makes you happy—for yourself or that special someone. Hours are 9-5 Thursday through Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. Metrolina is located at 7100 Statesville Road in Charlotte., N.C. For info, call 704-714-7909 or log on to www.ICAShows.com.
2nd Annual Artisans and Antiques at Habersham near Beaufort, S.C., April 12
The second annual Artisans and Antiques at Habersham event will take place on Saturday, April 12th, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., throughout the marketplace and village of shops (and restaurants!) near Beaufort, S.C. The sponsoring group is currently seeking artisans, antique dealers and artists to take vendor booth space. Last year's inaugural event was a huge success, drawing hundreds of attendees.
Artisans and Antiques at Habersham is proving to be one of the best spring gatherings of shopping for the unique and the unusual. Featured last year were vintage and antique furniture, plus wonderful artwork, accessories, chocolates, flowers, clothing, shoes and more. To apply for this year's show, write to Bobbi Rice at 135 Colonel Thomas Heyward Rd., Bluffton, SC 29909 or call 843-707-7076. The e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out last year's event at artisansandantiques.blogspot.com.
Shenandoah Antiques Expo: A Big Treasure Hunt
The chance to discover a rare collectible, a fine piece of furniture or an original work of art will draw thousands of collectors to The Shenandoah Antiques Expo show and sale on May 9th and 10th. Celebrating its 54th Show and Sale, this popular antiques event features the combined inventory of some 300 dealers from throughout the US.
“Authenticity and variety are our focus,” explains organizer, Martha Stokes, who ensures that the show and sale will be a memorable event for attendees with merchandise prices at every level from $5 to $15,000.
Exhibitors display in exhibition halls, barns, tents and outside. The Taylors of Richmond specialize in period American furniture, art, stoneware and decorative accessories and use their double space in Barn I to create an inviting display. As with most of the exhibitors, the Taylors are seasoned dealers who take great pride in offering quality merchandise.
Print dealer Kurt Kromenhoek offers an extensive collection of fine period prints covering varied subjects. The Weavers of New York are one of many exhibitors in the Expo Hall who offer a beautiful selection of American Country and painted furniture and early decorative accessories.
Another exhibitor, the Brills of Virginia display American and English formal and country furnishings, early brass, paintings and porcelain. Maryland dealer Pamela Watson-Walker, one of ten antique and estate jewelers who exhibit, offers an exquisite collection of gold objects, pearls, and estate pieces.
For some, the real treasure and bargain hunting begins with the 150 outside exhibitors who set up on the field between the Expo Hall and the Barns. Here, one can find just about anything from 18th century furniture to mid-century modern collectibles.
All exhibitors at the Shenandoah Antiques Expo are registered dealers in their respective states and have reputations for honesty and integrity. The show organizer, Heritage Promotions, seeks to offer customers a fun antiquing experience in a friendly, relaxed shopping environment.
The show opens Friday at 9 a.m. with Early Shopping while dealers are setting up their displays. Show hours are: Friday, May 9, 9-6, and Saturday May 10, 8-5. The May show has no Sunday hours. Admission is $10 on Friday and $5 on Saturday.
The Augusta Expoland facility is located at exit 91 on I-64 at Fishersville, Va., near Staunton and Waynesboro, just east of I-81. Fishersville is 25 miles west of Charlottesville. For detailed information on the event and accommodations go to www.heritagepromotions.net
or email email@example.com
or call 434-846-7452. During the event, call 540-337-2552.
Antiques & Collectibles National Association Announces Educational Seminar & Trade Show for 2014
The Antiques & Collectibles National Association owners Mike and Angie Becker have announced the scheduling of the Association’s next educational seminar and trade show in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 28-30, 2014, for antiques and collectibles- related shop owners, mall owners, mall and show dealers, estate sale dealers, auctioneers, show promoters and individual collectors. The Holiday Inn Austin Midtown will be used as home base.
Two full days based on the theme “What’s Next?” will be packed with educational classes, networking opportunities, and a trade show. The keynote will be delivered by Sherre L. DeMao, founder of SLD Unlimited Biz Growth, Inc., a full-service marketing, branding and operational strategy firm. Breakout sessions will be led by: Eric Bradley – PR at Heritage Auctions; Randy and Debbie Coe – Coe’s Mercantile; Julie Hall – The Estate Lady, LLC & ASEL; Wayne Jordan – auctioneer, certified property appraiser and accredited business broker; Bill and Carol Kearney and Christine Saltzman – Cover Your Assets; Sherre DeMao; Shannon Quimby – DIYer, designer and television personality; and Diana Sanders Cinamon – personal property appraiser, educator and gemologist.
The event will close on Tuesday evening with a dinner followed by the always popular auction. Attendees are asked to bring an antique and/or collectible to be donated for the auction. (A receipt for tax purposes will be provided). It is always interesting and fun to see new items and learn a bit more history.
These dates and Austin were chosen due to the proximity to the world renowned 20+ antique shows in Round Top, Texas. For those dealers who have never had a chance to check out the Round Top shows, this is a way they can make one trip and do two worthwhile events.
The ACNA was formed in 1991 as the Antiques & Collectibles Dealer Association and has evolved to the ACNA to provide personalized services for shop owners, mall owners, show promoters and private collectors, as well as all levels of dealers. The Association offers an array of services/benefit programs to its members, including its most popular benefit—property and liability insurance coverages for shop owners, mall owners, mall dealers, show dealers, auctioneers, estate sale dealers, show promoters and individual collectors. The Association also has educational seminars, a quarterly newsletter, discounted home study program through Ashford Institute of Antiques, credit card processing and an online sales platform through GoAntiques.com, hotel discounts, and numerous other discounts on trade advertising, shipping, travel, dealer supplies and security.
Registration forms for the Convention and cost details as well as membership benefits and details are available on the Association website at www.acna.us
or by calling the ACNA office, 800-287-7127 (where the phone is always answered by a live person). Both Association members and non-members are welcome. Early registration is encouraged since discounts are given prior to April 30, 2014.
AT $4.7 MILLION, JULIAS COMPLETES HIGHEST GROSSING
WINTER ANTIQUES, FINE ART & ASIAN AUCTION TO DATE
Few companies these days can report significant growth several years running. Going on a business model built on honesty, customer service, top shelf presentation, and a consistent high quality offering, James D. Julia auctioneers seem to have perfected a working formula that has enabled them to gross $46 Million in sales in 2012 to $47.5 Million in 2013. Not to rest on their laurels, they have just completed the first sale of their 2014 auction season with a resounding success. The four-day blockbuster auction event boasted their largest winter antiques auction to date (both in volume and value) with a final tally of over $4.7 million.
Comprised of over 1,300 lots of Asian antiques, over 1,100 lots of early American and Victorian furniture, antiques and accessories, roughly 600 paintings, bronzes and other artworks, the sale also featured some very significant historical items that commanded the attention of museums and private collectors. One of the most impressive finds of late was an archive of Civil War era letters, medals, and other military effects of Captain Luis F. Emilio of the 54th Massachusetts. The 54th Regiment was immortalized in the movie “Glory” and he was a respected captain of a black regiment that saw much action and was noted for several brave acts. Respected authority John Sexton referred to the find as “among the greatest letter groupings of the Civil War ever to come to market.” Bidders agreed and this cache that was sold in two separate lots brought a staggering $207,375 against expectations of $120,000-$180,000.
Continuing to perform admirably at Julia’s auction is the category of Asian art and antiques. The auction featured over 1,300 lots including consignments from several small private collections from the eastern United States. Julia’s Asian department has been extremely active and successful recently and the addition of well-known Asian specialist James Callahan as department head has helped in attracting some truly special offerings. Some of the many highlights included an array of cloisonné such as a massive pair of censers from the 19th century. With detailed decoration of lotus leaves across their bodies and matching bases, their appearance was enhanced by marvelous supports in the form of three cranes and repousse gilt dragon handles. These spectacular censers saw a lengthy and spirited bidding battle well beyond the pair’s $6,500-$7,500 estimate. It ended with a gentleman in attendance beating out several phone bidders to the tune of $248,850 amid applause and congratulations. Other Chinese cloisonné worthy of mention included a bronze scepter decorated with imagery of the immortals, among bats and fruit trees. It likewise exceeded its presale estimate many times over to land at $29,160.
This segment of the auction showed great diversity of genres, style and subject throughout. A large offering of painted scrolls was all over the map and some performed better than others. From the first half of the 20th century, a hand scroll attributed to Xu Beihong depicting a pack of horses against a rolling landscape sold for $154,050 against an estimate of $1,200-$1,800. A bamboo brush pot finely carved with a woman and attendant being guided to a sedan chair against a mountainous backdrop was also a hot ticket, changing hands at $35,550 (est. $800-1,200). Other scenic pieces included a massive porcelain plaque from the 1700s in a rosewood frame that depicted various aspects of silk production. The classical scene also went out at $35,550 versus its $9,000-$12,000 estimate. Likewise bringing $35,550, and surpassing a $2,000-$3,000 estimate was a fine pair of antique Chinese Huanghuali horseshoe back armchairs from a private collection in Great Britain. And a monumental celadon bottle vase from the Ching Dynasty showing a dragon amid pearls and clouds sold above its $2,000-$3,000 estimate for $19,440.
Figures, icons and images were clearly appealing to advanced collectors and fetched jaw dropping prices again and again. A Tibetan gilt bronze figure depicting Amida Buddha seated in the lotus position notched above its $50,000-60,000 estimate to sell for $65,175. And a bronze image of Quanyin, the goddess of mercy, in elegant draped robes sold for nearly 100 times its $400-600 estimate for $37,920.
Antiques of American origin included a wide variety of folk art, early furniture and accessories. The selection brimmed with quality, freshness, and a primitive craftsmanship that is most appealing to collectors. Of particular note was an expansive array of over 30 figural weathervanes that included some rather unusual forms not typically found. Case in point was a marvelous molded and gilded copper example depicting a centaur. Attributed to A.L. Jewell the half man, half horse with his bow drawn was removed from a house in Illinois in the 1960s and was sold to its most recent owner. Only a handful of these are known to have been created and this example brought in $53,325, topping its $30,000-50,000 estimate. Separating man from beast was a fine horse and jockey molded copper steeplechase weathervane. With a nicely rendered zinc head and a separately crafted rider, it sold for $20,145 against a $5,000-6,000 estimate. A full-bodied grasshopper with great verdigris patina and nice overall condition jumped past its $12,000-$18,000 estimate to land at $21,870.
Defying category or peer was an important and rare 13th century gilt copper and enameled Limoges reliquary chest from a Kentucky estate. Consisting of a footed vessel with a front hinged compartment and decorated with jeweled cabochons between enameled depictions of saintly figures, it was once used to hold and transport sacred religious relics. This breathtaking piece saw very active bidding beyond its $50,000-$150,000 estimate to reach a celestial $183,675.
The day continued with a huge volume of furniture representing several different eras. Included were numerous Gustave Stickley items from a New York home. Highlights included a wonderful L & JG Stickley double door china cabinet. Retaining its original label, glass, and hand hammered copper hardware, it was an exceptional example of arts & crafts furniture. It sold at the upper end of its $8,000-$12,000 estimate for $11,850.
Of an earlier vintage, a diminutive Chippendale serpentine front walnut five-drawer chest with ball & claw feet and a pedigree a mile long sold just above its $5,000-$8,000 estimate for $8,295. A Connecticut Queen Anne cherry bonnet top highboy from the late 1700s with lovely carvings went out at $7,110 against a $2,000-$4,000 estimate.
Complementing the above were several tall case clocks including a spectacular and rare Simeon Jocelin Connecticut example. Its massive and imposing mahogany case houses an ornate brass face with both Roman and Arabic numerals and highlighted by applied vine fretwork. Dated 1771, this beauty sold for $20,145 against an estimate of $12,000-18,000. On the more ornate side was an example by Tiffany & Co. that featured a highly carved walnut case with an elaborate scene of artisans at work and works set with eight graduated bells. It exceeded its $8,000-$12,000 estimate to also sell for $20,145.
Quality antiques, accessories and the like were great in number and very well received. An important set of four leaded glass windows depicting an American eagle and each emblazoned with patriotic messages of Liberty, Truth, Equality and Justice resulted in a battle between two phone bidders. The price soared above its $3,000-5,000 estimate until one dropped out, allowing the other to take the windows at $20,737. A monumental 26-1/2” hand carved North American Woodlands burled bowl did not go quietly into the sold column. This time the bidding battle took participants beyond its $2,500-$4,500 estimate to the winner willing to pay $21,330. And a rare antique R.S. Prussia covered chocolate pot decorated with tigers was believed to be a unique form and sold above its $2,500-$4,500 estimate for $11,257.
A generous offering of early English silver from the 17th and 18th centuries included a fine 18th century handled pedestal bowl with flared fluting and decorated band rim. It sold above its $2,000-3,000 estimate for $4,858. In simpler form but no less elegant but was a Britannia silver tankard with a tapered body and low domed cover that exceeded its $1,500-2,200 estimate to bring $5,628.
The massive auction was completed by approximately 600 paintings, portraits, and bronzes that met with varied results. While there were certainly those that performed better than expected, there were some that did not find buyers and for which Julia’s is now fielding post auction offers. Of those that saw strong activity, buyers seemed to favor European artists such as Hedwig Mechle-Grossmann whose charming oil on wood panel depicted a well dressed young Victorian era girl during playtime with her favorite doll. With perfectly captured joy and innocence, bidders were captivated and brought the piece well above its $5,000-7,000 estimate to finish up at $31,995. Fellow German artist Hugo Darnaut’s outdoor scene of a duck pond in spring appealed to other sensibilities and was also an evocative work. It sold for $23,700 against expectations of $12,000-$18,000.
Not to say that the Europeans held a monopoly on fine artwork in this auction. A duo of winter city scenes by 20th century American artist Guy Wiggins was well received. His storm scene with New York’s Flatiron Building serving as the focal point sold above its $10,000-$15,000 estimate for $22,515 while his “Snowstorm Over the Plaza New York City” brought $18,960 versus its $8,000-$12,000 estimate. Blanche Lazzell’s woodblock print of a stylized single tulip in a bulbous vase was able to best its $15,000-20,000 bracket to sell for $22,515. And Alfred Hutty’s watercolor of a worn down Charleston, South Carolina, street speaks volumes with so little. It sold within its $15,000-20,000 estimate for $17,775.
Other outdoor works included contemporary New England artist Thomas Nicholas’ “Harbor at Port Clyde” that used a vibrant palate of blues and greens to show the tranquil scene. It sold for $8,887, nearing the top of its $6,000-$9,000 estimate while his rendering of Monhegan Island in winter sold for $7,110 against a $4,000-$6,000 estimate. And Carl William Peter’s oil on canvas winter scene of a wooded stream went out at $7,702, surpassing a $5,000-$7,000 estimate.
Modern art also made a strong showing. The auction featured a collection of over 30 lots of works by the late James Rizzi, whose almost cartoon-like work during the mid-1990s has been compared to that of Keith Haring. Using a bold palette and built-up levels for his layered collages, the collection was consigned by the family of the artist’s then companion. Highlights included his acrylic on canvas work entitled “Be My Valentine” of two lovers engaged in a kiss. It sold for $3,199. His work showing a scatter of yellow birds among the flowers sold for $3,792. And his Picasso-esque “This Way, That Way” brought $3,140. Each was estimated for $1,000-$2,000.
Julia's upcoming auctions include their phenomenal firearms and military memorabilia auction taking place in March. Following will be Julia’s toy & doll auction as well as their rare lamp & glass auction in June. Their next antiques, fine art, and Asian artifact auction will take place in August 2014. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.