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Julia’s October Firearms Auction: Another World Record at Nearly $19.2 Million

Julia’s once again raised the bar for the highest grossing firearms auction in history at an incredible $19.2 million. They have said many times that they do not sell the greatest number of guns in a given year, but they do sell the greatest number of high-end, expensive guns. This was once again affirmed by the great success of this recent auction. Approximately 550 lots realized $10,000 or above (nearly 37% of the sale). In addition, over 60 items realized $50,000 or more. This is a greater number of high end lots than most all other firearms auction houses in North America combined for the year.

Spectacular Unique Winchester Model 21 “Grand Royal” with extra barrels and case. Presale estimate $60,000-$90,000; sold for $115,000.

To illustrate the results even more, one has to take into consideration that the Poulin Auction Company (run by Julia’s sister and brother-in-law) conducted an auction immediately preceding the Julia Auction where they sold $5.5 million. The end result of the gun sales for the week in Fairfield, Maine, was approximately $25 million!

Another recurring theme at the Julia Auctions is the number of high-end iconic collections being offered. In this recent auction, the Julia included no fewer than nine major and iconic collections together with excerpts from numerous other collections. This in itself is a greater representation of important collections than all of the other North American auction houses combined. Most important of all is of course the results, and this was truly a successful sale for all concerned, whether one is selling high-end shotguns, rare cannons, 17th century weapons, Class III machine guns, etc.

The first day began with Class III weapons. Most notable was the Evergreen Ventures Collection which had formerly been on display at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. The collection formed by Delford Smith and his son Michael King Smith represented one of the largest and finest offerings of Class III to ever come to auction. The top lot, an extremely rare and desirable Vickers Maxim Model 1904 formerly used by the Fox Movie Studios, brought $74,750. The very next lot, an exceedingly rare, lightweight, experimental Maxim Watercool gun made for the 1906 Troop Trials bearing SN #1 realized $69,000. An exceedingly rare and unusual Villa Perosa 1915 Twin 9mm Machinegun originally made as anti-aircraft weapon was in outstanding, nearly new condition and carried a presale estimate of $40,000-60,000. It saw heavy bidding and went out at $57,500.

Almost more exciting than the machinegun itself was the next lot, an incredibly scarce Villa Perosa gunner chest (only a couple are known to exist) with ten magazines. It carried a presale estimate of $5,000-10,000 and realized $34,500. Also in the sale was the personal collection of Brigadier General Theo C. Mataxis. General Mataxis was a veteran of WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam and an advisor in Afghanistan. During his lifetime of service to his country, he also collected war trophies in many key encounters, which chronicled the history of his service. Most notable was the Chinese copy of a Soviet RPD belt-fed machinegun that was captured November 1965 in Vietnam. It carried a presale estimate of $20,000-25,000 and finished out at $100,625. A Russian PPSH 41 submachine gun DeWat Negant Revolver that was captured at one of the most famous of Korean engagements in April of 1953 fought at Pork Chop Hill realized $13,800. A German MP 44 Assault Rifle DeWat captured from the 6th SS Mountain Division together with a Nazi flag carried a presale estimate of $12,000-18,000. It realized $27,600.

Chinese Copy of Soviet RPD Belt Fed Machine Gun Dewat captured November 1965 in Vietnam. Presale estimate: $20,000-$25,000. Sold: $100,625.

Day 1 also included Session III of the extraordinary Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess (of Zurich, Switzerland) collection of auto-loading weapons. This session offered an extraordinary Walther Armee Pistol with long barrel and matching magazine having an alloy frame and original stock bearing SN #10. In superb condition, it carried a presale estimate of $75,000-100,000 and realized $155,250. A Walther Volkspistole all sheet metal SA prototype 9mm parabellum bearing SN #6 was estimated at $65,000-95,000 and topped out at $143,750.

A number of fine Lugers were offered. The most highly competed for was an important Baby Luger SN #4. This was a unique hand-produced gun believed to have been made around 1925 by DWM after George Luger’s death in an attempt to enter the low-priced pocket pistol market that was then burgeoning in Germany. This is the only known genuine original example and carried a presale estimate of $50,000-100,000; it topped out at $69,000.

Another exceedingly rare lot of particular interest to firearm aficionados from the State of Maine was the super rare Model 1897 Silverman-Maxim prototype pistol in 7.63mm. It carried a presale estimate of $20,000-30,000 and sold for $47,125. One of the inventors of this exceedingly rare pistol, Sir Hiram Maxim, was also the innovator of the machinegun sometime in the late 19th century. Maxim grew up in the small rural village of Sangerville, Maine, approximately 1.5 hours north of Julia’s auction facilities. Maxim was later knighted by the Queen of England for his invention and eventually decided to try his hand at producing semi-automatic pistols, of which this example was one of the few known.

The day ended with the extraordinary Springfield Arsenal LLC artillery collection formed by John Morris. John has become one of the foremost authorities on antique artillery in the world today. His long-admired collection of artillery was much anticipated by collectors from all over North America and throughout the world. The anticipation was well deserved. It is believed there has never been an offering equaling the Morris Collection. The top lot was the Spanish Siege Mortar dated 1750 and captured by DuPont at Fernadina, Florida, in 1862. It sold for $97,750.

Another highly desirable lot was the Dahlgren Heavy 12 pounder bolt howitzer on original carriage. This superb specimen slipped past the upper end of its $60,000-90,000 presale estimate to sell for $92,000. A spectacular 1681 Dutch Falconette on carriage made for Count D.W. von Innhausen und Knyphausen was estimated for $75,000-125,000. A true work of art with exquisite embellishments on the barrel, the gun attained a final selling price of $80,000. Another highly sought after item was the Model 1906 Krupp 15mm Mountain cannon. It carried a presale estimate of $35,000-45,000, selling for $69,000. Part of the extraordinary price and interest may have had something to do with Mr. Morris announcing he had about a dozen rounds of genuine ammunition that could be purchased separately to be used with this gun.

The second day included some firearms ornamented with ivory. In some cases, it was a mere tiny speck of ivory used for a sighting bead. In other cases, it may have been carved ivory grips. Since the new Executive Order in February of 2014, legislature has been battling how the new law will read. Julia’s, through their legal counsel and participation in various ivory organizations, has tried to keep up with the current interpretation of the ruling that has evolved since March and changed on various occasions.

Julia relayed to the crowd that many people dealing in antique or semi-antique ivory have taken the position that since the law has not been finalized they will simply continue to sell the material. However, Julia explained that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife website makes it very clear that once the regulation is worked out in legislature and becomes law, they reserve the right to pursue the matter retroactively all the way back to February 2014.

Firearms collectors were upset with regulations that impacted on ivory harvested and used 50, 100, or 150 years ago. Julia asked how many of those in attendance had written letters to the editors of their newspapers, congressman or the President. He went on to say that in a short period of time, whatever happens is going to become law and then it will be too late, and if those who complain now but do nothing about it can expect it will not play out in their favor.

Julia maintains that there are easily $1 to $2 billion worth of legitimate, old (pre-ban) ivory ornamented collectable goods currently in this country that have been legitimately acquired by the owners. If this law is passed, it will likely prohibit the sale of these items, and it will transform approximately $2 billion of value to a net value of $0. The bottom-line is, if strictly enforced, making antique and semi-antique ivory illegal would not save today’s elephant. Only severe laws that punish poachers and dealers of modern ivory will have any beneficial impact.

Day II included the Leyton and Lewis Yearout collection from Montana. A rare iron framed Henry went out at just under $55,000. An exceptional Colt Cavalry SA bearing a Clark inspection estimated at $20,000-30,000 flew out at $51,750.

The auction continued with an exceptionally rare and mint Boss 410 O/U single trigger shotgun estimated at $100,000-200,000 that sold for $138,000. A Boss side by side 410 in equally extraordinary condition went out at $120,750. An exquisite pair of 28 ga. Holland & Holland Royal Deluxe single trigger game guns with Sinclair engraved scenes estimated at $75,000-125,000 sold for $80,500.

One of the earliest lots was a Colt factory presentation Model 1855 side hammer shotgun presented to a retiring Colt employee in 1868. Estimated at $35,000-50,000, it topped out at $57,500. Of the three Colt Pattersons in the sale, an extraordinarily rare cased #1 Baby with all accessories and in extremely fine condition realized $172,500. A matched pair of SA Army revolvers with mother of pearl grips were estimated at $60,000-80,000 and sold for $66,125.

Rare cased Colt #1 Baby Patterson with 4-inch bbl. and complete accessories (recently discovered). Presale estimate: $75,000-$125,000. Sold: $172,500.

A rare Confederate first national flag captured at the Battle of Fort Donaldson and descending through the family of Brigadier General Hiram Devol, 36th Ohio Infantry, was offered with a $15,000-20,000 estimate. After a prolonged bidding battle, it went out at $51,750.

More details about this historic auction can be had by visiting Julia’s website at jamesdjulia.com. Julia’s next firearms auction is scheduled for March 2015 and already includes various important collections and should prove to be another exciting event. Julia’s is currently accepting consignments for this and other upcoming auctions. Call immediately for inclusion. 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. 

Julia’s Brings Shimmer and Shine with Their November Glass & Lamp Auction

Renowned for a steady flow of fresh to the market quality offerings, James D. Julia will bring their 2014 auction season to a close with an 800+ lot glass and lamp auction that has the collectors talking. Adding to an already banner year for each of the firm’s four divisions, department head Mike Fredericks is looking to drive it home with a stellar array ranging from marvelous Tiffany leaded glass lamps to exceptional art glass and Victorian extravagance to finely detailed contemporary paperweights and more. The auction will feature numerous private collections and estates from across the country and will present some very rare buying opportunities.

One such rarity, and perhaps the centerpiece among the over 80 leaded and non-leaded lamps in the sale, is a wonderful Tiffany Studios dragonfly table lamp. With a conical shade of mottled blue panels completed by a chain of seven leaded mottled glass dragonflies with cabochon eyes and metal overlay wings, it is one of the finest examples of this lamp Julia’s has had the pleasure of offering. Resting on a bronze trumpet base with onion decoration on the foot, it comes estimated for $120,000-140,000.

Perhaps the centerpiece among the 80+ leaded and non-leaded lamps in the sale is a wonderful Tiffany Studios dragonfly table lamp. With a conical shade of mottled blue panels, completed by a chain of seven leaded mottled glass dragonflies, it comes estimated for $120,000-140,000.

Not to be outdone, a spectacular Tiffany Studios daffodil and narcissus table lamp is sure to give it a run for its money. Comprised of a mottled light blue background, the shade is topped by a band of yellow daffodils over a band of yellow and cream colored jonquils. Brilliant even when unlit, the shade just comes alive when the light comes on. It is completed by a lovely round platform bronze base with artichoke decoration, coming in with a presale estimate of $100,000-120,000.

A stunning bamboo table lamp in vibrant green and yellow mottled glass stems and leaves over an opalescent background rests on its original bamboo bronze base. It hopes to hit $70,000-90,000. This segment is also highlighted by a most unusual Tiffany Studios leaded lamp with a wide band of oak leaves and acorns against a mottled dichroic geometric background that transforms from a creamy yellow to a fiery orange when lit. The shade rests on an impressive green iridescent Favrile base with strong pink and purple highlights. It carries an estimate of $52,500-55,000. A lovely Tiffany Studios tulip table lamp with pink blossoms with blue-green foliage against a rich shaded blue background comes estimated for $45,000-55,000.

The selection of Tiffany table lamps continues with a variety of other fine examples, such as an amber Linenfold lamp in which the twelve glass panels strongly resemble fabric. It carries a presale estimate of $15,000-20,000.

The diversity of lighting does not limit oneself to the tabletop. A pair of Tiffany wall sconces provides elegance without sacrificing horizontal space. Each consists of a three-socket cluster with impressed stylized leaf design and a vertically ribbed finial finished with a domed wall cap with beaded trim. The perfectly patinated pair, set with gold Favrile tulip shades, comes estimated for $20,000-25,000. A gorgeous Tiffany three-arm art nouveau chandelier with delicately curved arms terminating in decorated Favrile glass bullet shades carries an estimate of $10,000-15,000.

A pair of Tiffany wall sconces, each consisting of a three-socket cluster with impressed stylized leaf design and a vertically ribbed finial finished with a domed wall cap with beaded trim. The perfectly patinated pair, set with gold Favrile tulip shades, is estimated for $20,000-$25,000.

These are joined by a selection of floor lamps for those who wish to go a little larger. One such example is an exceptional curtain border lamp with geometric yellow glass panels offset by green and white striated panels, and segregated by a sophisticated diamond and tombstone pattern on the shoulder. This fine lamp comes estimated for $62,500-67,500.

The selection of lamps continues with many rare and desirable examples by Pairpoint, Handel, Duffner & Kimberly, and others. A Duffner & Kimberly leaded dogwood table lamp with pink and white blossoms against a field of stems and leaves rests upon its original bronze floral design stem base. Beautiful in design, it carries a $20,000-25,000 estimate. A Duffner & Kimberly floor lamp with fish scale panels segmented by graduated stylized flowers up its domed shade carries expectations of $10,000-15,000. A monumental Somers stained glass table lamp, although contemporary, boasts design and craftsmanship reminiscent of the early masters. The irises comprising the conical shade are done in a micro detail of a full palette of colors that can only be described as spectacular. Applied with makers tag and another stating “1 of 1 Special”, it presents a singular opportunity at an estimate of $8,000-10,000. And a grape cluster table lamp by Unique Art Glass & Metal Company with an elongated shade atop a tree trunk base carries an estimate of $20,000-25,000.

These are joined by a selection of Pairpoint Puffy lamps including a rose bouquet table lamp with pink, white and yellow blossoms covering the shade. Most realistic, this rarity resting on a flared arm base comes in with an estimate of $8,500-10,000. A gorgeous Pairpoint Puffy tulip boudoir lamp with rich flowers highlighted by gilt stripe outlines carries an estimate of $5,000-7,000.

If this weren’t enough, bidders will also be treated to several exquisite reverse painted lamps such as a Handel Bird of Paradise table lamp with brightly colored exotic birds against a rich black background that is estimated for $7,500-8,500. A stellar Handel reverse painted goldenrod table lamp is nothing to sneeze at. With a band of bright yellow flowers along the bottom rim that transition to a green and yellow background, it comes estimated for $9,000-12,000. Likewise fresh to the market is a Handel nautical themed table lamp with sailing ships navigating the nighttime waters beneath the full moon. It comes with an estimate of $6,000-8,000.

An exceptional Daum vase with cameo floral design surrounding the bulbous squat body that extends up the martele-decorated stem, $20,000-$30,000.

The auction continues with a generous selection of French Cameo glass by such makers as Galle, Daum, and other desirables. Many of the special offerings in this category come fresh from a private New England collector with an eye for quality. For instance one piece, an exceptional Daum vase with cameo floral design surrounding the bulbous squat body and extends up the martele decorated stem, is sure to see much attention, and rightfully so. It comes estimated for $20,000-30,000. From the same collection, and carrying the same estimate, is a Daum cameo glass and enameled rain scene lamp. With a pointed dome shade decorated with windswept trees and pelting rain, it rests on its matching base, making for a captivating display. This is followed by a rare cylindrical Daum prairie vase that features delicate cameo and enameled flowers on the exterior and an interior painted background. The result is a wonderful three dimensional effect that is most appealing. It carries an $8,000-12,000 estimate. His Daum crocus vase with cameo grass, stems and leaves ascending from the bulbous foot, leading to padded and wheel carved flowers likewise carries an $8,000-12,000 estimate. A brilliant Daum Fire & Ice vase decorated with a cameo winter scene of barren snow covered trees beneath a fiery red mottled sky comes with expectations of $7,000-10,000.

The cavalcade of cameo glass continues with selections from other collections including a rare Burgun & Schverer classical style urn vase. Decorated with an image of a Roman soldier embracing a female figure as he heads off to battle, it comes estimated for $9,000-12,000. And a Tiffany Favrile cameo vase with smoky amber glass and decorated with maroon and yellow flowers carries an estimate of $8,000-12,000.

A rare Burgun & Schverer classical-style urn vase decorated with an image of a Roman soldier embracing a female figure as he heads off to battle, estimated to sell for $9,000-$12,000.

For those who like their cameo glass to have an English accent, the auction will oblige with numerous examples including Webb. A wonderful and large vase with white wheel carved cameo vines, leaves and berries against a rich red background is a stunner. It is accompanied by expectations of $10,000-12,500. The following lot is another Webb example, a cabbage rose design shoulder vase in bright yellow with white flowers. This lovely piece is estimated for $3,000-4,000.

The auction continues with a fabulous collection of over 25 pieces of R. Lalique art glass, many of which come from a prominent Georgia collection. Featured will be numerous rare examples with intricately decorated patterns. Pieces marked “R. Lalique” (as opposed to pieces lacking the “R”) signify the earlier and more sought after the company created. A couple highlights include a frosted glass vase with raised figures of nude couples encircling the body of the piece. Finished with a nude figural stopper, it is exceptional and comes estimated for $6,500-8,500. This is followed by a similarly sensual R. Lalique vase with its sides impressed with nude sirens and also topped with a nude female figural stopper. It carries a $10,000-15,000 estimate. A seldom seen and highly sought after Lalique Cire Perdue vase with flaring sides and square shoulder is further enhanced by the soft wheat sheaf decoration descending the sides. This show stopper comes estimated for $50,000-75,000. A bulbous Lalique Courges pattern vase done in rich blue glass with deeply impressed pears encircling the piece is estimated for $8,000-12,000.

The selection of art glass will also include a variety of Quezal shades, vases, and chandeliers. Highlights include a Quezal gas and electric chandelier with ornate styling, including six bronze arms, each terminating in a stylized woman’s face. It is completed by three bronze flame shaped gas burners and lovely matching Quezal shades with gold iridescent fishnet design. This stellar piece is expected to bring $15,000-25,000. Delicate Quezal Jack in the Pulpit vases include one such example with green pulled feather design extending from the foot to the back of the vase with a bright gold iridescent outline and swirling King Tut design. An exceptional example, it comes estimated for $5,000-7,000. Its mate, displaying a more wilted approach to the blossom, and similar brilliant coloring, is estimated for $5,500-7,500.

Other art glass includes a generous selection of Loetz. Of the many highlights, a Loetz Phanomen overlay vase stands out among the rest. Its bright blue iridescent decoration with violet highlights against a green iridescent background has been further decorated with sterling silver overlay in a motif of swirling vines and leaves. It carries an estimate of $8,000-12,000. A Loetz Titania overlay vase with silvery blue dragged loop design against a yellow background with sterling silver garlands circling the body comes estimated for $6,000-8,000.

From a somewhat earlier era comes a variety of Victorian glass including an assortment of high quality art glass featuring Mt. Washington including a Royal Flemish Arabian lamp. This kerosene burner features a base decorated with a man walking his camel through the arid desert. It is topped by a matching dome shade decorated with three scenes including two Arabs at prayer with their camels by their side and pyramids in the setting sun. It comes estimated for $8,000-12,000. It is joined by numerous vases in varying styles and will include rare lava glass such as a Mt. Washington pink toothpick with multicolored glass shards embedded in the body. It carries an estimate of $4,000-6,000.

Other items of note include a select grouping of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre. Highlights include a marvelous Malfrey pot in the Fairy Slide and Birds Nest Robbers pattern. Always featuring fantastic and dreamlike allover decoration in brilliant enamel, this piece is no exception and comes estimated for $12,000-15,000. A rare Fairyland Lustre bowl with the “Flight of Birds” pattern encircling the bottom and an interior decorated with a band of multicolored bubbles carries an estimate of $4,000-5,000.

The sale is rounded out by a selection of jewelry, sterling silver, leaded glass windows, and other miscellaneous items including bronzes. One such highlight is a wonderful Harriet Frishmuth work depicting a nude maiden gazing at the sky with one armed raised. With provenance from its creation to its present owner, it comes estimated for $17,500-22,500.

A substantial offering of paperweights includes numerous antique and contemporary examples. Standouts include an antique Clichy double overlay paperweight with an intricate pattern of canes and roses, faceted for a 360 degree view. With breathtaking artistry, this piece carries a $4,000-6,000 estimate. A rare antique St. Louis flame-worked grape cluster within a honeycomb pattern is also worthy of note. With a diamond faceted exterior, it is estimated for $3,000-5,000. Contemporary artist Paul Stankard is represented by a wonderful floral arrangement paperweight with Cape Code roses, forget-me-nots, and others. Stunningly realistic, the piece comes with a $2,500-3,000 estimate.

More information on the Julia auction can be obtained by going to Julia’s website at www.jamesdjulia.com or calling 207-453-7125. Free full-color brochures are available, or their lavish, full-color, detailed and illustrated catalogs are available for $39. Previews for the auction will be Tuesday, November 11 from 9 a.m.-5p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from 8-10 am before each auction session. The auction commences at 10am on November 12 & 13 at Julia’s auction facilities on Rt. 201 in Fairfield, Maine. 

Julia’s Presents Their Largest Fall Toy & Doll Auction To Date.

For over 45 years, auction veterans James D. Julia, Inc. have consistently presented quality offerings of fresh-to-the-market, top-shelf goods in all four of their specialty divisions. Their November Toy & Doll Auction continues that tradition with one of their finest assemblages in recent memory. While the company is no stranger to revered collections, bidders will be treated to perhaps more options and even greater diversity than in previous years. In addition to copious individual and small group consignments from collectors from across the United States, this exciting auction contains three large collections including two key estates.

Of particular note is the massive collection of Mary Jane and Richard Miller of St. Louis; the latter was a wealthy banker whose collection of advertising signs, posters and display items contains many extremely rare examples. The phenomenal collection includes large-scale early movie posters, lithographed paper signs for soda, tobacco, early medicinal products, etc., syrup dispensers, trays, and much more including rare and collectable toys. If high quality advertising that boasts strong condition is your passion, you won’t want to miss this auction. Highlights include numerous never before seen examples for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, 101 Ranch, theater posters, and much more too numerous to mention.

The Mary Jane and Richard Miller collection of advertising signs, posters and display items contains many extremely rare examples, including numerous never before seen examples, like this poster for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

Another important recent acquisition is the estate collection of the late Jerry & Carol Soling of Pound Ridge, New York. The Solings spent the better part of 40 years amassing an astounding collection of windup toys, still banks, advertising, and coin-op that will impress you for its quality, condition, and diversity. Did I mention condition? Some of these pieces scream with old original paint that suggests they hardly saw the light of day or hardly had a hand touch them. Highlights include a rare painted version Palace still bank with exceptional modeling and paint, one would be hard pressed to find a better example. It comes estimated for $3,000-5,000. The collection continues with numerous house and building banks being sold individually and in small groups, most of which are in the same strong condition as the above.

From the same collection will be a marvelous array of Lehmann tin windups, many of which retain their original boxes. Here too, condition was a strong concern of the Solings. Included will be various rarities, the most significant of which is a “Walking Down Broadway” depicting a well-heeled gentleman accompanied by his female counterpart walking their dog. Finding one at all is quite difficult, but finding one complete with its original box is almost unheard of. It comes estimated for $4,000-6,000. Also included will be a scarce Flying Mechanical Bird with as well as an unusual Masuyama, each with its original box. They carry estimates of $1,000-1,500 and $2,250-3,250 respectively. The lauded Lehmann selection continues with other nonsensical names like Tut Tut, Lilo, Ehe, Aha, Uhu, and others. And a several dozen fleet of tin windup motorcycles includes various Lehmann favorites as Echo and Halloh that are estimated in the $1,000-1,500 range apiece.

From the Soling collection, the most significant, “Walking Down Broadway,” depicts a well-heeled gentleman accompanied by his female counterpart walking their dog. Finding one is quite difficult, but finding one complete with its original box is almost unheard of. It is estimated for $4,000-6,000.

If heavier metals are more your thing, then a grouping of cast iron airplanes from another collection should be on your radar. These cast iron planes, modeled after the real thing of the 1930s boast great detail and surprisingly good condition given the vigorous use by boys of the period. One can picture them staging spirited dogfights that surely resulted in the occasional breakage or loss. These examples have miraculously lasted 80+ years to come to the auction block with only minor chips and scrapes. Included will be a scarce Kilgore TAT estimated for $1,000-2,000. A vibrant yellow “Friendship” seaplane carries an estimate of $3,250-3,750. And a strong example of a small Vindex plane is expected to soar to $2,000-2,500.

Pressed steel includes a large selection of Buddy L with such highlights as a grouping of unusual vehicles similar to their flivver series. A couple different versions of their dump truck and a delivery van with that trademark front end construction and same black color look great on the shelf with the popular flivvers. They’re estimated for $1,200-1,800 apiece. They are joined by other mainstays like a Buddy L baggage truck in strong original condition that is estimated for $1,250-1,750. A Buddy L outdoor train with the engine and tender carries a $1,500-2,500 estimate.

Julia’s will also be presenting a vast selection of over 200 dolls for collectors at varying levels. Running the gamut of genres and materials, bidders will be treated to numerous fine bisque French and German examples that haven’t seen the marketplace for quite some time. True artists with a flare for the elaborate created some of the most captivating expressions one could hope to find. Featured in the sale are handpicked selections from the Madelyn Trotter Collection of Pacific Grove, California. This renowned and exacting dealer/collector focused on better quality dolls for over 40 years. Highlights include five Brus such as a lovely 16-inch Bru Jne 5 on a Chevrot body. With deep blue paperweight eyes and soft facial features, she comes estimated for $15,000-20,000. A 15-inch Bru Brevette with pale bisque, blue paperweight eyes and charm galore carries an estimate of $9,000-12,000. The collection continues with numerous Jumeaus including an early 17-1/2” 6 (over) EJ with bewitching brown eyes and her original skin wig. She is expected to fetch $6,000-9,000.

In addition, the collection consists of some exceptional German character dolls. Perhaps central to the collection is an exceedingly rare 21-inch Kammer & Reinhardt 107 boy doll known as Carl. His painted blue eyes, generously proportioned ears, and full pouting lips give him the most engrossing woeful expression. He comes estimated for $20,000-30,000. He is joined by other fine characters as well as various googlies, French fashion dolls, and much more.

Other first-rate doll offerings from other collections include an important last second consignment of a rare and exceedingly desirable 17-inch A. Thullier bebe. These lovely ladies seldom come to auction and this is a marvelous opportunity. She comes estimated for $25,000-35,000. A rare 15-inch Jumeau E.J. ethnic fashion doll with tinted bisque comes with an antique trunk containing some additional outfits. The package carries an estimate of $5,000-8,000. A large 27-inch Portrait Jumeau with cornflower paperweight eyes will surely see much attention. She is also estimated for $5,000-8,000. These are joined by a selection of dolls and automatons from another keen eyed Midwest collector, which includes some wonderful examples.

The auction continues with a varied grouping of quality antique advertising items including numerous pieces that seldom (if ever) hit the marketplace from the aforementioned St. Louis estate. Helping to top the list will be a phenomenal, vibrantly stone lithographed paper poster for Kickapoo Indian Remedies. It features a great image of a native princess amid eye catching ad copy. This was among the collector’s final purchases, having acquired it from a Julia auction just over two years ago. It now gives bidders a much anticipated second chance at this stupendous piece, carrying a presale estimate of $10,000-15,000.

Other fine advertising from the collection includes large scale and rare movie posters such as one for Hound of the Baskervilles that is expected to sell for $6,000-8,000. A rare Moon Over Miami poster carries an estimate of $5,000-7,000. The collection also contains brightly lithographed magician posters including one for Thurston, the Wonder Show of the Universe that comes with a $2,500-3,500 estimate. The collection is further enhanced by various circus posters, country store items, rare syrup dispensers, cabinets, displays, etc.

Complementing the St. Louis collection are key pieces drawn from collections as far as Alaska. Early signs, posters and other advertising items that promoted our favorite vices are as popular as ever. A scarce tin sign advertising Meadville pure rye whiskey from the late 1800s pictures a beautiful diaphanously clad winged herald sitting atop a large floating heart. Housed in its original elaborate gesso frame, it comes estimated for $4,000-6,000. From the Soling collection comes a variety of tobacco related advertising including a wonderful sign for Helmar Turkish cigarettes that pictures a beautiful frontier woman in a broad brimmed straw hat. It carries an estimate of $400-800.

Other advertising from the Soling collection includes a tin sign for Ayer’s Hair Vigor that shows that one’s quest for eternal beauty goes back pretty far. This Lowell, Massachusetts company claimed their product “restores gray hair to its natural vitality and color.” Once again, a beautiful woman is used to sell merchandise; it pictures young lady with cascading calf length hair, clearly benefiting from Ayer’s miracle product. It carries a presale estimate of $600-1,200. This is joined by a wide variety of advertisements, posters, signs, calendars for firearms and ammunition, soda, gum, household products, and so forth. Further included will be a selection of advertising clocks including rare Baird examples. Also worthy of mention will be a grouping of tin ocean liner signs for such renowned ships as Mauretania, Aquitania, Frederick VIII, etc. An unusual vertical steamship sign for the Martha Washington comes estimated for $1,000-1,500. Also, an estate collection of motorcycle-related signage includes Ducati, BMW and more, as well as a scarce porcelain die-cut sign for Raleigh bikes that comes estimated for $1,200-1,800.

Other recent additions include three large hand-painted tin signs produced by Ithaca Sign Works of Ithaca, New York. It hardly gets better than a marvelous piece for H.F. Bierkamp, a Ford garage and sales location in Durant, Iowa during the early 20th century. It pictures a gent with his three lady passengers out for a drive in their open air Ford. It comes estimated for $8,000-10,000.

A large hand-painted tin sign produced by Ithaca Sign Works of Ithaca, New York, for H.F. Bierkamp, a Ford garage and sales location in Durant, Iowa, during the early 20th century. It pictures a gent with his three lady passengers out for a drive in their open air Ford. It comes estimated for $8,000-10,000.

Salesman samples, always a popular advertising collectible that Julia’s specializes in include farming implements, household objects, furniture, machines, and more. Highlights include an exceptional Clinton hay rake with its original carrying case. Exceptional craftsmanship down to the smallest detail, its wood and brass construction is evidence of a quality full sized product. Well cared for due in part to being kept in its original wooden carrying case, it now comes estimated for $2,500-3,500. It is joined by two salesman sample sickle bar mowers, one of which retains its original carrying case. They come estimated for $2,000-2,500 apiece.

From a longtime customer and consignor of Julia’s who has begun the process of downsizing comes a marvelous collection of salesman sample or scale model furniture. Several created by Sack’s of Brookline, Massachusetts in the early 20th century, these store displays are truly breathtaking. Included is a beautiful inlaid burl veneer step back two-part butler’s secretary with geometric panel windows. It would be difficult to find its equal. The piece carries an estimate of $1,500-2,500. From the same collection and appearing to have been crafted by the same accomplished hand is a burled inlaid sideboard. A multitude of doors and drawers in a lovely inlaid cabinet atop delicate spindle legs makes for one stellar piece of furniture. It comes estimated for $2,500-3,500. Also included will be various tables including an elegant three-part pedestal dining room table and an innovative collapsible table as well as a set of Chippendale chairs, knife boxes, dressers, etc. with estimates ranging from the mid-hundreds into the multiple thousands.

An outstanding and rare Goo Goo penny gum vendor with a decorated front iron casting over a wooden case and features images of Brownie-type characters on the sides. One side shows a gent on roller skates and the other showing a lanky country gal chewing on a piece of straw. This fantastic machine comes estimated for $14,000-16,000.

The sale is rounded out in part by a variety of coin-op and music machines. Of particular note is an outstanding and rare Goo Goo penny gum vendor. This machine has a decorated front iron casting over a wooden case that features images of a Brownie type characters on the sides. One side shows a gent on roller skates with other showing a lanky country gal chewing on a piece of straw. This fantastic machine comes estimated for $14,000-16,000. From the same southern collection comes an equally rare and desirable Buffalo Pepsin one cent gum vendor. An intricate four column mechanism is housed within its original glass dome with a reverse decal and brass marquee atop. This machine hardly ever comes to auction, so one should not miss this singular opportunity. It comes estimated for $9,000-11,000. His Adams Pepsin Tutti Frutti gum vendor with a wooden case and porcelain panels comes in nice original condition and an estimate of $5,000-6,000. From the Soling collection comes a variety of penny gum machines including a few Ad-Lee E-Z vendors. One in particular is in perhaps the best known original condition. Complete with its original marquee and bracket and within its original box, it carries a presale estimate of $800-1,200.

In addition will be several disc and cylinder music boxes, phonographs for the music aficionado. Highlights include a massive Regina upright 27” auto-changer disc playing music box. House in a regal oak case, it comes estimated for $9,000-11,000. A nice 17-1/4-inch Stella double comb music box with mahogany finish carries an estimate of $2,000-3,000.

This auction will be followed the following week by Julia’s winter fine glass & lamp auction taking place November 12 & 13 that will feature Tiffany, Handel, Galle, and much more. Additional information can be obtained by going to Julia’s website at www.jamesdjulia.com or calling 207-453-7125. Free full-color brochures will be available, or their lavish, full-color, detailed and illustrated catalogs will be available for $39. Previews for the auction will be Thursday, November 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, November 7 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. before the auction, which commences at 10 a.m. at Julia’s auction facilities on Rt. 201 in Fairfield, Maine.

 

Original Art by Lucy Mustin Peters and Items From Prominent Estates Will be Sold by
The Specialists of the South on Saturday, Nov. 15, in Panama City, Fla.

Original artworks by the late renowned regional painter Lucy Mustin Peters, consigned by her daughter Linda Weller, plus items from the Weller Estate and merchandise from other prominent estates and collections, will be sold on Saturday, Nov. 15th, at 8 a.m. Central time, by The Specialists of the South, Inc., in the firm’s gallery at 544 East 6th Street in Panama City, Fla.

More than 40 original paintings by Ms. Peters – a mix of still lifes, Asian-themed renderings and portraits, done in mediums that include oils, pastels and watercolors – will be offered. All have been lovingly kept and some of them displayed by Mrs. Weller and her husband Tom, a retired pastor, in their house. They are selling the works as they downsize into a much smaller home.

Lucile (Lucy) Mustin Peters (1911-2001) was a widely known artist throughout the South (especially in Panama City and Birmingham, Ala., where she lived and was most active). She majored in art at the University of Birmingham and studied under artists in Connecticut, Arizona, Louisiana and Japan. Her paintings were exhibited at the Visual Arts Center in Panama City.

Ms. Peters had a lifelong fascination with all things Asian, and items in her estate reflect that. Slated for auction will be Chinese four-panel screens (one tall, one diminutive), a large 19th century decorative Oriental brass planter, Asian miniatures and other collectible objects. Also sold will be a Queen Anne-style English desk and chair, executed in the Chinese manner.

To learn more, or to register for the November 15th auction, you may visit either website: www.SpecialistsoftheSouth.com or www.PanamaCityAuctions.com.

Chamblee’s Antique Row’s Annual Holiday Open House

Chamblee’s Antique Row will host its annual Christmas Open House on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7, with free refreshments and special sale prices. Chamblee’s Antique District is the largest and most distinctive antiquing community in Georgia, with over 250 dealers and more than 300,000 square feet of antiques and collectibles. Chamblee was named the “Antique Capital of Georgia” by the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

“Providing shoppers with holiday treats as a token of customer appreciation has been a tradition of Antique Row for over 35 years,” said Syl Turner, President of the Chamblee Antique Dealers Association. Shoppers enjoy holiday refreshments as they journey back to a simpler time, browsing from shop to shop in this unique antiquing neighborhood.

The variety of merchandise is astounding: American and European furniture, Black Americana, advertising, Art Deco, ‘50s and ‘60s Modern, industrial, primitives, art pottery, rare and used books, radios and phonographs, china and glassware, toys and dolls, paintings and prints, watches and clocks, estate and vintage costume jewelry, medical and scientific instruments, vintage cameras and photographs, post cards and ephemera, old sporting collectibles, coin-operated machines, early telephones, Coca-Cola collectibles, antique hardware, folk art, lighting, sterling silver, linens, vintage clothing and more.

This year, the Chamblee merchants will give away $200 in gift certificates to a few lucky shoppers. Entry forms are available at these shops on Antique Row: Antique Factory, Atlanta Furniture Restoration, Atlanta Vintage Books, Attic Treasures, Broad Street Antique Mall, Chamblee Antiques & Collectibles, Chamblee Antiques & Interiors, Consignment Furniture Depot, Estate Gallery Consignments, Rust & Dust Antiques, Simple Finds Interiors & Antiques and The Treasure Mart. The more stores visited, the greater the chance of winning. The drawing will be held on Dec. 16th; no need to be present to win.

To reach Antique Row, take I-285 on the northeast side of Atlanta to exit 31A, (Peachtree Industrial Blvd.), go 1.5 miles south to Broad Street. Turn left on Broad Street and proceed to Antique Row. Open House hours: Sat. 11-5 and Sun. noon-5. Info: 770 458-6316 or www.antiquerow.com.

Works from the Gibson Collection Headline Freeman's Asian Arts Auction: Sale Achieves $5.8 Million

Freeman's Asian Arts auction in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 15th attracted an international crowd with collectors from China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan filling the first floor gallery. The 702-lot sale boasted four private collections, including: the Collection of Dr. Morris Shelanski; Property from Glendower Estate, Charlottesville, Va.; Paintings from the Mi Chou Gallery Collection, Part II; and Property from the Collection of Henry C. Gibson & Family. Achieving a total of $5.8 million, $2.6 million was generated from the Gibson & Family's 25-lot section of the auction.

In the weeks leading up to the sale, the Henry C. Gibson collection generated much interest from the Far East.

“Mr. Gibson's acquisitions in China occurred at a time when that nation and its ruling dynasty were in decline and cultural treasures were available for purchase by Western collectors and enthusiasts. After many years of careful stewardship by the Gibson Family, many of these works were repatriated to their home nation whose thriving economy and renewed passion for traditional arts is driving today's strong Asian arts market,” said Asian Arts Department Head Richard Cervantes.

This large and very rare Imperial Ge-type moon flask with Yongzheng mark in underglaze blue and of the period sold for $903,750.
(Gibson & Family Collection)

The top three lots from the Gibson collection were also the highest prices achieved at Saturday's auction. All were sold to collectors in Asia. The centerpiece was a large and very rare Imperial Ge-type moon flask from the Yongzheng Period. This monumental piece, which embodies the fine ceramic craftsmanship of Qing imperial potters under the supervision of Tang Ying during the early 18th century, surpassed its initial estimate of $200,000-$400,000. The competition for the flask was fierce and was finally won by a phone bidder for $903,750.

A finely-carved Chinese white jade circular table screen from the Qianlong Period also sparked a heated bidding war within the room before finally selling for $783,750. Rounding out the top three lots was an 18th century Chinese huanghuali compound cabinet, which sold to a collector in the room for $363,750. Proceeds from the Gibson portion of the auction will benefit the Henry Foundation for Botanical Research founded by Mary K. Gibson Henry.

Paintings from the Mi Chou Gallery Collection also fared very well. Founded in 1954, Mi Chou is believed to be the first American gallery to exhibit and sell classical and contemporary Chinese paintings. Works by Chinese artist Chen Qikuan were the most popular. "Moonlight at Jade Tower" dated 1961 ($99,750), "School of Shrimps" dated 1964 ($75,000), "Moonlight Through Bamboo" dated 1962 ($68,750), and "Remnant Lake" (Lake Towanda, Japan) dated 1960 ($68,750) soared past their initial estimates of $7,000-$10,000 to achieve impressive results. The total collection brought more than $350,000.

Freeman's Asian Arts department is now accepting consignments for the March 2015 auction. Please contact Richard Cervantes at rcervantes@freemansauction.com or 267.414.1219 for details. 

Julia's Fetches Nearly $1 Million Over Low Estimate with with $5.7 Million Antiques & Fine Art Auction

It’s not every day an auction hits about a million dollars over low estimate, but again, we are talking a Julia auction here. In over 45 years in the business, the firm has seen its share of stellar auctions, be it in their renowned firearms division, their antique toy & doll division, their fine glass & lamp division, or their fine art, antique & Asian department. This last division recently surpassed all expectations with a four-day auction extravaganza that grossed a massive $5.7 Million against a low estimate of approximately $4.8 Million. Bidders were treated to a massive selection of American & European paintings, folk art, Asian antiques and art, silver, and fine antiques of every kind. These fresh-to-the-market offerings saw some of the strongest interest the market has seen in some time.

Day I started things off with approximately 400 paintings highlighted in part by over 25 works by Waldo Peirce that had descended through the family of the artist before making their public debut at Julia’s. This renowned free spirited and prolific artist was good friends with Ernest Hemingway and shared many an adventure with the author. One such fishing excursion in Key West was captured on canvas, picturing a shirtless Hemingway holding a sizeable catch. Entitled “Don Ernesto Con Una Bonita”, it reeled in $53,325 against a pre-auction estimate of $2,000-4,000. Another scene of Key West picturing a group of sailors enjoying some R&R at a local jazz club saw action to the tune of $48,585 against expectations of $4,000-6,000.

The day continued with a whole host of regional and other American artists as well as a select grouping of European works. Fellow New Englander Emile Gruppe was represented by such works as his rendition of Smith Cove in Gloucester showing various fishermen preparing their nets for a day on the water with numerous boats comprising the background. It sold for $13,365 within an estimate of $10,000-15,000. William Lester Stevens’ “Towering Trees” showing a foreground of gnarled birches and a distant church steeple peeking through went out at $13,035 within its $12,000-14,000 estimate. California artist Marguerite Zorach, who summered in New England, was represented by a bold oil on board of a waterfall amid tall evergreens that sold above its $10,000-15,000 estimate for $31,995.

Other Northeasterners included William Trost Richards. This renowned New Yorker with a deft hand whose landscape of a lake in the Adirondacks saw tremendous interest. From a private Long Island collection, it beat out its $10,000-20,000 estimate to bring $41,475.

An outstanding and large oil on canvas scene by Edmund William Greacen entitled “In a Giverny Garden, 1909” pictured the artist’s wife sitting in her lush country garden. The work’s provenance indicates Greacen gave this painting to his good friend and fellow artist Theodore Earl Butler who was Monet’s son-in-law. This exceptional work sold within its $30,000-50,000 estimate for $35,550.

Also worthy of note were three works by Ralph Cahoon. This 20th century artist known for his whimsical works that combine fantasy and folk art sensibilities saw mixed results. “Susannah & The Elders”, an octagonal form oil on board of a group of pilgrim elders being ferried along the shore when they happen upon a smiling mermaid grooming herself. This charming work sold for $20,145 against an estimate of $10,000-15,000.

This Fernando Amorsolo oil of laborers working the rice fields in the shadow of a distant volcano sold above its $50,000-80,000 estimate for $100,725.

The selection of art continued with some international examples such as two works from a Long Island collector of Philippine artist Fernando Amorsolo. One, a marvelous oil of laborers working the rice fields in the shadow of a distant volcano sold above its $50,000-80,000 estimate for $100,725. The other was a market scene of townspeople buying and selling produce in the village square. It sold within the same presale estimate for $53,325.

French artist Edouard Cortes’ busy Parisian street scene “Place Bastille” captures the square during a chilling autumn rain as pedestrians and drivers bustle about. This lovely work brought $26,070 within expectations of $20,000-30,000.

A little closer to home, Canadian art made a strong showing with two works in particular. Cornelius Krieghoff’s touching scene of a pioneer father bidding farewell to his family before what appears to be a long hunting trip sold within its $30,000-50,000 estimate for $47,400. From roughly a century later, Canadian artist Lawren Harris’ portrayal of barren trees during the spring thaw above Lake Superior sold well above its $5,000-10,000 estimate for $42,600.

Also included was a late addition to the auction, a highly desirable Ansel Adams signed gelatin silver print of a southwest village entitled “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico 1942”. No one does black and white like Adams. One look and you know you’re looking at a master. It changed hands above its $25,000-35,000 estimate for $43,845.

The largest collection of weathervanes Julia’s has handled in recent memory included an important copper example from the late 19th century once belonging to American publishing magnate Cyrus H.K., whose credits include the Saturday Evening Post and Ladies Home Journal. Representing the old adage, “The pen is mightier than the sword,” the vane proved to be mightier than its $20,000-40,000 presale estimate and sold for $47,400.

The focus of Day II and the first part of Day III was on a vast array of folk art in a variety of genres. It also included a fine array of marine and nautical art, American furniture and accessories of every kind. Highlights included the largest collection of weathervanes Julia’s has handled in recent memory. An important copper example from the late 19th Century showed a quill pen breaking a sword blade and once belonged to American publishing magnate Cyrus H.K. Curtis whose credits include the Saturday Evening Post and Ladies Home Journal. Curtis, who was born in Portland, Maine in 1850, had it created as a logical extension of his profession as a publisher and to represent the old adage, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” The vane was acquired in the 1930s by the present consignor’s father who received it as partial payment for some demolition work he was doing on the building on which it stood for many years. It proved to be mightier than its $20,000-40,000 presale estimate and sold for $47,400. Other examples included an exceptional molded copper pig weathervane with evenly worn gilt surfaces that sold well above its $12,000-18,000 estimate for $32,587. A large copper grasshopper attributed to L.W. Cushing & Sons of Waltham, Massachusetts with delightful verdigris surfaces came fresh from a Midwest collection with an estimate of $15,000-25,000 and sold for $26,662. Among the list of other animals both wild and domestic was a hollow bodied trick horse jumping through a hoop. Attributed to A.L. Jewell & Co. of Waltham, Massachusetts, it sold for $17,775 against expectations of $8,000-10,000.

Other folk art included a generous selection of primitive portraits, most of which depicted children with their toys or pets, making them even more desirable. One in particular from the mid-19th century when it was traditional to dress young girls and boys alike pictured a blond boy in a gray dress and bloomers holding a garland of flowers with his dog resting beside him. Charming beyond words, it sold at the upper end of its $15,000-25,000 estimate for $23,700. Another standout was an example attributed to William W. Kennedy of a young boy holding a cane. With a very distinctive expression, this classic portrait went out at $11,850, nearly doubling the top end of its $4,000-6,000 estimate.

A selection of folk art quilts included a fine appliqué album quilt from the 19th century that featured 25 large squares depicting floral motifs. From a fine private Long Island collection it maintained brilliant color throughout and sold above its $5,000-8,000 estimate for $10,665.

Folk art of a more nautical flavor included ship models, portraits, accessories, and so forth. Marine art included works by the commodore of ship portraits, Antonio Jacobsen. His depiction of the black hulled steamship “The Commonwealth” sold for $7,702 versus its estimate of $5,000-7,000. But it was Montague Dawson’s vertical portrait of an oncoming three-mast tall ship in full sail cutting through the sun reflected in the white tipped green waves that stole the show. In a seemingly unending bidding battle that went well beyond its $20,000-40,000 estimate, it ultimately went to the buyer willing to go to $74,062.

Other items of interest included a nice assortment of American furniture from a private Long Island collector. Highlights included a fine Chippendale carved mahogany block-front slant-lid desk. From the third quarter of the 18th century Boston, this exceptional piece ex-Louis Appell collection is fitted with an arrangement of valenced pigeon holes and blocked drawers accentuated by bold period brasses and ball & talon feet. It sold for $14,220 against a $10,000-15,000 estimate. From the same collection was an exceptional Chippendale tiger maple corner chair with delightful pierced and scrolled splats reminiscent of owls alternating with ring turned pilasters. It more than quadrupled the low end of its $8,000-12,000 estimate to land at $35,550.

A selection of exceedingly rare Civil War recruiting posters from the Norm Flayderman collection included this massive recruiting broadside for the Manhattan rifles picturing a Zouave soldier. Color recruiting posters were exceedingly rare and this particular poster was believed to have been the first original example ever offered at public auction. It did not disappoint and sold beyond its $2,000-3,000 estimate for $14,812.

From the renowned Norm Flayderman collection was a selection of exceedingly rare Civil War recruiting posters. Flayderman was an astute businessman, scholar and military collector who helped revolutionize the price guide. While there were firearm and other price guides, his became the bible used most often and were respected above all others for their information, honest assessments, and accuracy. Julia’s sold Flayderman’s firearm collection earlier this year and his personal collection of Civil War recruiting posters and broadsides that by sheer miracle survived these 150+ years found favor in this auction. Of particular note was a massive recruiting broadside for the Manhattan rifles picturing a Zouave soldier. Color recruiting posters were exceedingly rare and this particular poster was believed to have been the first original example ever offered at public auction. It did not disappoint, seeing much action by those in attendance and bidding by telephone. It sold beyond its $2,000-3,000 estimate for $14,812. A massive seven foot recruiting broadside from Boston believed to be the largest Civil War recruiting poster in existence went out at $7,702 against a $1,500-2,500 estimate.

This session was rounded out by a selection of early American, English and Mexican sterling silver as well as American and continental coins and Russian enamel pieces such as a superb and large silver kovsh with matching spoon by Maria Semyenova. From the early part of the 20th century, it featured delicate shading and robust colors with allover foliate and flower decoration. Residing in the same family since it was brought over from Poland in the 1930s it sold above its $6,000-9,000 estimate for $28,440. A set of four mid-18th century British sterling silver candlesticks went out at $10,072, ignoring an $800-1,200 estimate.

Much of Days III and IV were devoted to approximately 1,200 lots of Asian art and artifacts, some of which came from an estate collection of a renowned Taiwanese diplomatic family with ties to Robert Frost and T.S. Eliot. The collection consisted of a variety of carved figures, scrolls, seals, censers, jade, porcelain, and more. Of particular note, was the wonderful collection of seals. Many of which performed admirably. Lot #4247 was a soapstone seal of Tien Huang, early 20th century, estimated at $800-1,000; it saw a fierce bidding battle which resulted in it selling for approximately $32,000. Another lot also a soapstone seal, Tien Huang Shih, estimated at $300-400 also produced fierce bidding which resulted in a final sale price of $23,700.00. A set of four album leaves by Huang Junbi (1898-19991) were estimated at $4,000-6,000 and finally topped out at $19,550.00. A beautiful Jadeite pendant and pair of earrings were estimated at $12,000-18,000 but topped out at $35,500.00.

The collection was further highlighted by a large offering of fine jade in a variety of forms. Of particular note was an important jade scepter. This sea green celadon stone carved as Ling Chih with lotus flowers and allover foliage was accompanied by a pierced and carved rosewood stand. Estimated for $30,000-50,000, it sold for $35,550. A set of six white jade pendants in a presentation box, depicting gourds, mushrooms and archaic dragons; and these diminutive carvings far exceeded an $800-1,200 estimate to bring $28,440. An intricately carved jade belt buckle ignored a $300-500 estimate to sell for $8,295.

The auction continued with a grouping of Asian porcelain including Ming as well as a select grouping of Chinese Export including a rare Carlos Maria de Bustamante armorial crest pitcher. The porcelain helmet pitcher decorated in gold with a crest and flowers honors the ascension of Ferdinand VII in 1808 who later became a noted figure in Mexico’s War of Independence. It went out at $4,147 against an estimate of $300-500. A porcelain shallow bowl from the early Ming period (circa 1400) decorated with lotus plants and stylized scrolling was highly sought after and brought a solid $47,400 within its $40,000-60,000 estimate. Each estimated for $200-300 and each selling for $11,850 was an early Ming style porcelain vase from the 19th century with beautiful red scrolling vines and flowers as well as a pair of yellow porcelain bowls with green painted characters.

Also included was a large offering of Chinese and Japanese figural bronzes. One of the many highlights was a fine bronze of a windblown figure from the Meiji period Japan. Brilliantly cast with realistic billowing folds, the robed gentleman with gilt highlights seems to be taking it all in stride. From the Norm Flayderman collection, it multiplied its $10,000-20,000 estimate to sell for $43,845. A bronze figure of Buddha seated in the lotus position atop an ornate golden throne sold for $23,700 against a $1,000-2,000 estimate. An 18th century Chinese bronze image of the 11-headed Quanyin likewise saw active bidding. It went out at $9,480 against a $400-600 estimate.

Julia's upcoming auctions include their phenomenal firearms and military memorabilia auction taking place in October. Following will be Julia’s toy & doll auction as well as their rare lamp & glass auction in November. Their next antiques, fine art, and Asian artifact auction will take place in February 2015. 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. 

 

 

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