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James D. Julia Auctioneers Sells Their Antique Advertising, Toy & Doll Division
To Dan Morphy Auctions, LLC
Fairfield Maine, June 24, 2015 - President James D. Julia has just announced that effective immediately, he is selling the firm's Antique Advertising, Toy & Doll Division to Dan Morphy Auctions LLC of Denver, PA.
“For nearly 30 years, we have been a major force in the antique toy, doll and advertising world but as of recently, we have had a couple of opportunities to sell this division. Coincidently, we were already contemplating expanding our Firearms Division, and the selling of the Antique Advertising, Toy, and Doll division subsequently made tremendous sense.”
“I have watched Dan’s company grow tremendously over the years; I have admired his success and always found him to be a great competitor. In my mind, Dan’s company is the leader in the world today for toys, advertising and coin op, etc. I thus felt that my past customers would best be served by his firm. Another consideration I had in selling to Dan was that he would have a place or position for some of my long-term and loyal consultants. Indeed my toy, doll, and coin-op expert, Jay Lowe, will now be associated with Dan Morphy’s firm in the years to come. While selling the Antique Advertising, Toy & Doll Division to Dan makes good sense, I do so with some sadness. I have always enjoyed the field of advertising, toy and doll collectables, in fact, when I first became a dealer in the late 1960s, advertising was the first thing I collected. I am especially going to miss the great number of passionate and special collectors and dealers I have made friends with over the years," said Julia.
For nearly 15 years, the department was headed by Andrew Truman, who during his tenure at Julia’s conducted many notable sales including the extraordinary Bob & Jackie Stewart Auction of rare cast iron toys which established many new records. In 2010, Truman also produced the Malcolm Deisenroth Auction of rare early American tin toys. This auction was the most notable sale of American tin ever conducted and the Deisenroth’s Bergman tin Santa and sleigh set a new world auction record for any toy at auction when it realized $161,000.
According to Jim Julia, “Andrew is very bright and has always been hard working. But the thing he has been most complimented for during his tenure here was how kind and pleasant he was to work with, our customers have loved him.”
Dan Morphy of Dan Morphy Auctions LLC said, “Morphy’s is excited to welcome Julia’s past consignors and clients to Dan Morphy Auctions LLC. We have long admired Julia’s sterling reputation for honesty and fair dealing with their clients, and we are looking forward to serving their clients in the future."
The sale is effective immediately and Julia's June 2015 auction was the last specialty Antique Advertising, Toy & Doll Auction the Julia firm conducted.
JULIA’S CONDUCTS ITS FINAL ANTIQUE ADVERTISING, TOY & DOLL AUCTION
For over 30 years, Julia’s has been a major force in the antique advertising, toy and doll world but their June 19th sale represents the last such auction to be conducted by this firm. Jim Julia, owner and president of James D. Julia Auctioneers, stated, “Andrew Truman, the Department Head, has done a great job. He has been a hard worker throughout his 15 year tenure and during that time continually received accolades from the clients that he worked with. However, there is tremendous competition in this field, and everyone is struggling for market share. The profits for some time now have been marginal in this department despite Andrew’s tremendous efforts. On the other hand, there are wonderful opportunities in other areas of the antique world for our company which we have considered for some time now. Just prior to my June 19th auction, I received an offer to sell this division which was as the Godfather said, “…an offer I could not refuse!”
Julia explained that they have sold the division to Dan Morphy of Dan Morphy Auctions, LLC of Denver, Pennsylvania. The sale is effective immediately. The Julia Company will take care of all details associated with this recent auction and any prior auctions, but going forward will not be taking consignments for future auctions of this type.
“The move is a tremendous opportunity for our company to expand in other areas and we are immediately doing so in our Firearms Division by starting a new Sporting and Collectibles Auction. While this deal creates a great opportunity, it is also a sad time for me. One of my first loves when I entered the antiques business in the late 1960s was antique advertising. In the 1970s, my wife and I decided to sell our collection and at the time produced a catalog, a first for us and a rarity within that auction world at the time. The sale was an extraordinary success, and the result of this eventually precipitated Julia’s catalog auction for antique advertising, toys and dolls. Over the years, I have met terrific people in this field, made a lot of good friends; and it has been a great ride but the change was necessitated and makes all the sense in the world.”
As has always been the case with the auctions Andrew Truman managed, this sale was a success. The gross of the auction was well beyond the low estimate, and as usual, there were a number of pleasant surprises. Department Head, Andrew Truman along with Chief Doll & Toy consultant Jay Lowe of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, assembled an exciting array of goods from collections from across the United States and beyond for an eager buying public. Julia’s renowned catalogs with their brilliant photography and honest descriptions allow for the greatest level of confidence by bidders, many of whom never see the items firsthand beforehand. With most auction business around the world being conducted via the internet and over the phone, the live attendee is becoming an endangered species, hence, making the catalog all the more important. And this bidder confidence resulted in some serious prices and a healthy bottom line.
Julia’s recent catalog was chock full of fun from start to finish, starting off with selections from the collection of the late Laurence Hapgood. Hapgood was an avid traveler and collector whose penchant for top shelf cast iron and tin plate toys was well known in the industry. Highlights included an extraordinary all original 1930s Arcade Buick sedan in extremely fine condition right down to its white rubber tires. Estimated for $2,000-4,000, it sold for $6,682. In equally strong original condition was his Dent Public Service bus enameled in brilliant orange with raised black louvered roof that boasted like new paint with hardly a scratch on it. Considered one of the greatest cast iron toy buses ever manufactured, it sold for $5,771 against a $3,000-6,000 estimate. Wise to focus on strong condition, his Arcade Mack gas truck in red with gilt highlighting likewise exceeded its $800-1,200 estimate to bring $2,065. From other collections, cast iron toys included a lot of five near mint miniature cars by Arcade along with a small Kilgore truck finished up at $2,673, surpassing expectations of $750-1,250. A rare Ives japanned penny candy scale depicting a young lady holding a basket at one end of a seesaw with a man at the center and a simulated woven basket at the other end doubled as a toy and a functional scale. Found in candy shops of the period, this rarity seldom comes to market, and even less frequently complete and in good condition. This example, formerly of the Bob & Jackie Stewart collection, sold for $3,037 against an estimate of $1,000-1,500.
The selection of toys continued with a variety of German toys, and once again condition was king. From the Hapgood Collection, a classic early German tin windup plane with flapping wings and spinning propeller modeled after Bleriot’s craft that made a historic flight from France to England (complete with its original box) sold for $6,075 against a $2,000-3,000 estimate.
From a separate collection, a Gunthermann Tango dancing couple with paint that almost looked wet and complete with its original box sold above its $1,500-2,500 to bring $3,948. German tin continued with a last minute addition of a Lehmann Man-da-Rin. This scarce windup toy depicting two coolies carrying a Chinese nobleman in an enclosed sedan chair sold with its original box top for $2,794 against an estimate of $1,000-1,500. Other German toys included a windup carousel toy attributed to Bing that featured early style automobiles suspended from the canopy atop a grain painted stepped metal base. This rare toy went out at $5,163, midway through its $4,000-6,000 estimate. A German musical hand crank carousel with bisque headed dolls atop composition horses sold for $1,896 against an estimate of $1,000-1,500.
German toys of a non-mechanical variety included a marvelous and large 27” Santa candy container. With a well-defined composition face and painted features, bidders were not letting him go easily. He ultimately went out at $5,163, well above his estimate of $1,000-2,000. A lot of German composition figures including an animated frog likewise met with a seemingly unending bidding battle. Surpassing an estimate of $600-800, the lot sold for $3,888. A selection of Steiff animals included an early 5” white rattle bear with glass eyes and its ear button that went out at $1,579, just above an $800-1,200 estimate. A precious 19” 1907 Steiff apricot bear with his ear button and a darling face sold at the upper end of his $1,000-2,000 estimate for $1,944. A selection of Steiff ride-on animals was highlighted by a well-loved and oft used two-hump camel, also complete with his ear button that went out at $1,458, exceeding an estimate of $750-1,000.
Skipping ahead several decades, an offering of pressed steel trucks included a Buddy L opening door ice delivery truck with its original canvas top and dual rubber tires. It was joined by a nice example of a Buddy L bus. These perennial favorites brought $3,037 and $3,948, respectively, each meeting or beating pre-auction expectations. A Buddy L ladder and hose truck with all the bells and whistles went out at $2,126 against an estimate of $1,000-1,500.
This auction continued with a diverse selection of quality dolls showcasing fine European artistry and craftsmanship. Running the gamut of genres and materials, bidders were pleased by the selection. Exquisite French dolls included a lovely 26" EJA Jumeau from an advanced east coast collector. The doll's sublime expression highlighted by piercing blue eyes and realistic facial features and coloring helped her to achieve $10,327, within an estimate of $8,000-12,000. On the other side of the size spectrum was a 10" cabinet size Bru Brevete 5/0. With pale bisque, blond mohair wig, and deep blue eyes, she went out at $9,112. A scarce Jumeau phonograph doll that plays an interchangeable cylinder in her chest was an ingenious use of then-current technology. Combined with a stunning French bebe head, the package was irresistible. It sold for $4,556 against an estimate of $2,000-2,500. Other highlights included a stately 18" French fashion that came with a wide selection of accessories including an etui with miniature toiletry items as well as diminutive corsets, gloves, clothing, etc. The lot sold within its $3,000-5,000 estimate for $3,645.
German examples included a charming 29" closed mouth Kestner with pale bisque and well defined facial features. Estimated for $2,500-3,500, she sold for $3,037. A massive 42" Simon & Halbig 1078, estimated for $1,500-2,500 sold for $3,645.
Other dolls included a #1 Barbie consigned by the original owner. In outstanding original condition and complete with its original box, it saw much bidding activity on the phone, in house and via the internet. It ultimately sold for $5,467 against expectations of $2,000-3,000. Quite the markup on what originally sold for $3. A 1930s Kathe Kruse girl in near mint condition including its paper hangtag sold for $2,430, surpassing an estimate of $1,000-1,500. Two separate lots, each containing five jointed posable Bucherer figures performed well. These popular European lead and metal figures from the first third of the 20th century have an almost robotic look to them. Estimated for $500-1,000 apiece, the lots brought $2,430 and $2,551, respectively.
A scarce Bicycle trade stimulator by Sun Manufacturing Co. went out at $9,112.
The auction continued with a select grouping of quality coin-operated machinery. Of particular note was a rare Caille Busy Bee trade stimulator. This nickel plated tombstone shaped machine with a central roulette wheel circumvented the gambling laws of the day by rewarding the winner with cigars instead of cash. The consignor remembers seeing this very machine as a child in the cigar store her grandfather would frequent, letting her tag along. When the store closed, the grandfather bought the machine and she kept it as a memento of him until she consigned it to Julia’s after seeing department head Andrew Truman on a recent episode of Antiques Roadshow. Estimated for $8,000-12,000, it went out at a solid $27,337. Another machine that was able to circumvent the gambling laws was a scarce Bicycle trade stimulator by Sun Manufacturing Co. When a nickel is inserted and the lever thrown, the wheels would spin. If the player’s number came up, they won cigars. While there may have been side bets, at least the proprietor was legal on paper. This terrific machine went out at $9,112, within expectations of $7,500-9,500. One machine that couldn’t navigate the laws by its sheer nature of being a payout gambling machine was a massive and rare Mills double Dewey slot machine. Allowing the player to play both nickels and quarters on the same unit, this impressive machine with elaborate castings and carvings, colorful roulette wheels, this homage to an American hero sold within estimate for $41,310. On the other side of the size scale, a machine that was in no danger of breaking any laws, but ran the risk of being pilfered because of its minuscule size was a Columbus Model 36 penny gum vendor. Standing only 8" tall, it would easily fit under someone’s jacket, so few are in existence today. This example came from a local picker and sold for $3,341 versus an estimate of $1,500-2,500.
A massive and rare Mills double Dewey slot machine allowed the player to play both nickels and quarters on the same unit. It sold for $41,310.
The segue between coin-op and music came by way of a classic Wurlitzer 1015 jukebox. Its popularity from its initial release has hardly waned and continues to this day. Often found set for free play for home use, it’s difficult to find with its coin mechanism still intact. This example was complete and found favor above its $3,000-5,000 estimate to the tune of $6,682. Music machines included a highly elaborate Symphonion Rococo disc playing music box carved with scenes of cherubs and courtly dancers. It went out at $3,341 against expectations of $2,000-4,000. A tabletop Reginaphone was a transitional piece that had the ability to play both pierced metal discs and records with a quick attachment. The added versatility was a popular option in the day. It sold for $3,037, just inside its $3,000-6,000 estimate.
The diversity of the sale continued with a varied grouping of quality antique advertising items. One of the earliest forms of advertising was the figural trade sign. Before literacy was commonplace, it was typical for a business to have a three-dimensional representation of their trade hanging above their door so passersby would know where to go. This auction featured a wonderful dentist trade sign in the form of a gold capped molar. Hand painted (and for those able to read) it mentioned particular services such as "Artificial Teeth" and "Teeth Extracted" on the sides. This outstanding piece chewed through its $8,000-10,000 estimate to sell for $10,935. Store advertising items included an exceptional John Hancock & Sons 7-bay spice bin. Tole painted and elaborately stenciled, the countertop bin was in the nicest original condition example to hit the market in many years. It sold for $5,771, surpassing expectations of $3,000-5,000.
Salesman samples, always a popular advertising collectible that Julia’s specializes in included two outstanding wood and brass Adriance Buckeye sickle bar mowers, each with their original carrying cases. Depicting slight variations of the company's evolving line and they exhibited exceptional craftsmanship and detail. Both exceeded presale forecasts; the first lot, a chain driven example went out at $6,682 while the other with the covered gearbox did a few dollars more at $7,290. Also up for bid were two salesman sample Oliver chilled plows. Both were fresh to the market and otherwise nearly identical, but showed how important condition was. The lead example that boasted perhaps the finest original condition one could hope to find sold for $8,505 against a $5,000-7,000 estimate. One that had seen a bit more weather and was estimated more conservatively at $2,500-3,500 brought a respectable $2,733.
One of the genres that was most prolific in advertising was the soft drink market. In the decades from the late 1800s through the 1940s and 50s, companies created countless artistic and creative signs, calendars, and other advertising premiums to promote their product, which today are highly sought after for their decorative qualities as well as their artistry and collectibility. An unusual die-cut cardboard shelf sitter shows a classic 1940s-50s young lady lying on her belly enjoying a bottle of Dr. Pepper. A great piece in strong condition, it sold for $1,822 against an estimate of $1,200-1,800.
In addition to the two-dimensional, functional store items like syrup dispensers make for marvelous display items. Included in this auction was a massive marble counter dispenser for Hires root beer known as the Munimaker. Although a play on words, it ended up being a true statement at the Julia auction. It sold for $6,682 against a $2,500-4,500 estimate. And a large wooden figural Moxie bottle cooler put its $1,500-3,000 estimate on ice to bring $3,037.
A massive marble counter dispenser for Hires root beer known as the Munimaker was a play on words, but it ended up being a true statement at the Julia auction. It sold for $6,682 against a $2,500-4,500 estimate.
Non-soda advertising included a scarce Victorian litho for Chichester Chemical Co. of an elegant well-dressed woman standing beside a stock ticker, getting the latest report on her investments. It was a terrific go-with for classic Wall St. related collectors. It was joined by a fabulous, all-original Western Union ticker tape machine with aged brass components and classic styling. It came complete with an original glass dome and a fluted wooden column pedestal. The duo sold for $3,645 and $11,542, respectively, each surpassing its individual estimate. A selection of firearms related pieces was highlighted by a scarce 1919 Peters cartridge calendar featuring a lady hunter on a mountain ridge having just bagged some wild game out of frame. It went out at $3,037, exceeding its presale estimate of $1,500-2,000. And a metal store sign for Winchester created from an original work by Alexander Pope depicting ducks hanging from a moose antler mount sold above its $500-1,000 estimate for $2,430.
An amusing chromolithograph on canvas for I.W. Harper whiskey depicting newlyweds heading off to their honeymoon in their roadster, being sent off by well-wishers with a bottle of cheer sold for $2,703 (est. $800-1,200). A great set of four tin mileage signs by Ithaca Sign Works telling how far to their favorite clothier's showed dapper folks with exaggerated features and one with a couple in an open automobile enjoying a drive. The set went out at $3,341 (est. $3,000-4,000).
The sale was rounded out by various miscellaneous treasures such as a vintage spring carbon broadcast microphone from the 1920s. Its nickel plating an art deco styling made it look straight out of a Frank Capra movie. It sold for $2,247 against an estimate of $800-1,200.
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aladdin Lamp Collectors Holding 26th Annual Gathering July 22-25 in Nashville, Tenn.
Knights and collectors who prize old lamps will hold their annual Gathering (convention), July 22-25 at the Airport Marriott Hotel in Nashville. The Gathering is sponsored by The National Association of Aladdin Lamp Collectors (www.aladdincollectors.org). Events begin Tuesday and conclude with a Saturday banquet. More than 500 people are expected.
Joe DeMatteo and Bill Courter are the General Knights (hosts) who plan and organize Gathering events. Calling themselves Aladdin Knights, the group is America's largest club of antique lamp collectors. Knights collect Aladdin kerosene incandescent lamps and Aladdin electric lamps as well as other brands. The following clubs are invited to attend: The Rushlight Club (www.rushlight.org), the oldest lighting club in America; The Night Light Club (www.nightlightclub.org), collectors of miniature lamps; International Coleman Collectors Club (www.intlccc.net); and The Historical Lighting Society of Canada (www.historical-lighting.on.ca).
Collectors and students of antique lighting attend to learn the history of lighting from rushlights and whale oil to the discovery of new fuels and technology in lamp improvements. Gathering events include seminars, a display room of rare and unusual lamps, an auction, a raffle, a banquet and the huge Lamp Show & Sale. The “Ladies of the Knights” donate their time and talents to make a beautiful, handmade quilt that a lucky member will win at the annual banquet.
The 26th Antique Lamp Show & Sale opens to registered members on Friday and to the public on Saturday. World-class dealers will offer a variety of antique lighting and accessories. Lamps of all kinds include colored pattern oil lamps, Gone-With-The-Wind, art glass lamps, opalescent lamps, miniature lamps, student lamps, finger lamps, Victorian hanging fixtures, floor lamps, center-draft lamps, early electric lamps and world-famous Aladdin Deco style figurines.
Aladdin lamps have provided light for more than 100 years. The amazing 100-year-old technology still works today. Coal-oil or kerosene lighting is often “mystic” to those who are too young to have experienced the warm glow that illuminated homes in years past. Collectors restore and light the old lamps that were essential for our parents and grandparents.
The public is invited to the 26th International Lamp Show & Sale on Friday from 2-6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9-3. There is a nominal admission fee. For more information, visit www.aladdincollectors.org
or contact Joe DeMatteo at 2170 Post Rd., Clarksville, TN 37043 or e-mail him at email@example.com.
New Management at the Charlotte International Antiques and Collectibles Show
Joy Shivar, a long-time dealer of American history artifacts at shows all over the country, has agreed to take over the reins of the International Collectibles and Antiques (ICA) Show in Charlotte, N.C. After a lifetime of being around antiques, she is very excited about the new position.
"Like so many people, I have a great love for this show.” Ms. Shivar said. “My life has been entwined with it for many decades. Our slogan is, 'An Old Show with New Ideas,' and we plan to incorporate every dealer and customer into the experience of continuing the show for many more decades.”
Joy's first show theme was “A Load of Gold” and featured a contest between vendors who vied to collect the most toy gold coins that customers were given as they came through the gate. Customers were told to leave their coin with their favorite vendor. Nearly every vendor received accolades, but the winner was Jay Guest, a long-time bottle vendor in Building C.
There were many honorable mentions too, including: Cora Hosse, Mike Hansen and Leighton Smith in Building A; Roy Poston, outside vendor; and John Norton in Building C. The prize was a reduction in booth rent for next month, but the real prize was the fun of finding the coins left behind as customers shopped.
Because the next show falls on July 2nd though the 5th, the theme will be “Freedom Celebration.” Veterans and active duty personnel will be allowed in for free, and visitors can expect to see watermelon, checkered tablecloths and lots of red, white and blue. Plans are also underway for a “beer garden” to feature local Charlotte beers.
"We hope everyone comes out to join us," said Joy. “It's always fun to celebrate a new beginning.” For more information about booking or attending, call Joy Shivar or her staff at 704-714-7909; or visit www.ICASHOWS.com.
Clinton, Tenn., 7th Annual Christmas in July Event Saturday, July 25
On Saturday, July 25th, Clinton, Tenn., will hold its 7th Annual Christmas in July event. Many shops will be decorated with a holiday flair, playing Christmas music and having refreshments for customers throughout the day. Santa will make an appearance wearing summertime garb, quite a different look from the fur-trimmed red velvet winter suit he usually wears. He may even bring Mrs. Claus along for a day of shopping, in a city that boasts the most antique shops in the South.
Clinton was recently named one of the 10 Best Antiquing Towns in the U.S. by Fodor's Travel. The merchants and townsfolk have always known Clinton is a great one-day trip close to home, with a day's worth of antique and specialty stores to go with some great lunch spots. The Antique Merchants in Clinton represents over 100 dealers that offer their wares in 20 shops and malls, all conveniently located in and around the Historic Downtown District, along Market and Main Streets.
Unlike a mega mall, Clinton is a town of small business establishments. Shoppers can stroll the sidewalks between historic buildings and visit shops in a quaint historic setting, with restaurants, an old-time drug store and a lovely town park complete with an old-fashioned gazebo. All the shops sell a wide array of antique furniture and collectibles. Some offer items like custom-made jewelry, antique clocks, vintage clothing, stained glass, decorative accessories and unique period furnishings.
Additionally, a number of lovely boutiques and specialty stores have also come to Market and Main Street, to add to the shopping experience. For more information about the unique antique shops Clinton has to offer, call 865-463-8699 or 865-457-5250, or visit HistoricClintonsAntiques.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.