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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.
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 email@example.com
or 267.414.1219 for details.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
October Firearms Auction Could Set
Another World Auction Record
Julia’s October firearms auction could set another new world auction record for highest gross ever attained. Julia’s is the leading auction house in the world for high-end, valuable guns. They have also distinguished themselves by handling the greatest number of important, old time collections. This sale is certainly true to form and will once again feature an extraordinary array of guns from numerous collections. The Fall 2013 auction grossed $18 million, making it the largest ever conducted in the world, and the Spring 2014 Auction exceeded that at over $19 million. Now their upcoming October 2014 auction with a presale estimate of approximately $19-$22 million could once again establish a new benchmark. Speculation of gross is one thing but one thing is for sure, and that is the importance of the collections to be offered.
Session I will include the renowned Springfield Arsenal Collection of rare Antiques and Artillery assembled by the world’s leading authority on this venue, Mr. John Morris. John’s collection is unquestionably the largest, most diversified offering of antique cannons and artillery ever to come to auction. The significance of his collection is such that it has been divided into two parts. The second part will be offered in the spring of 2015. There are many great rarities to be included, one of which will be the Civil War 10” Siege Mortar in original carriage bearing SN#7. This is one of the few such examples in existence today and carries a very conservative estimate of $15,000-25,000. A Dahlgren heavy 12 lb. Boat Howitzer on original carriage SN #52 is another very desirable specimen. This is one of the best Heavy Dahlgren Howitzer and carries a presale estimate of $60,000-90,000. Also of great note is the Spanish Siege Mortar dated 1750 captured by Dupont at Fernadina, Florida in 1862. This is a most historic and important piece of American history and is estimated at $90,000-125,000.
Julia’s has also come to be the leading marketer of rare Class III weapons. Included is what is believed to be the most significant collection of Class III material to ever come to auction. This is the collection of Evergreen Ventures, Inc. of McMinnville, Oregon. This collection was formerly on loan to the Evergreen Museum and includes an extraordinary array of choice and rare working machine guns. This collection again is so expansive that it has been divided into two parts. The second portion is to be sold in Julia’s March 2015 auction. In addition, part of this same collection together with an extraordinary array of machine gun parts will be offered at the Poulin Auction Company located adjacent to Julia’s on Monday, October 6, 2014.
There are so many choice and rare items such as an extremely rare and desirable Vickers Maximum Model 1904, formerly used in the Fox movie studio. SN #48 in a desirable caliber 30-06, this rare and extremely fine piece is estimated at $75,000-125,000. Another extremely rare and unusual example is the Villar Perosa 1915 twin 9mm Glisenti Machine gun estimated at $40,000-60,000. This is one of the first anti-aircraft guns. There is also a scarce Villar Perosa gunner’s chest that will be sold in this sale, which is estimated for $5,000-10,000. Another great rarity is the Cadillac Gauge Stoner Machine gun estimated at $75,000-125,000. These are extraordinarily rare and almost never come on to the marketplace. Some years ago, a handful of these guns were assembled from some real and reproduced parts and on occasion those have come up for sale, but an original genuine one such as this is almost never seen. In fact, to our knowledge no other complete and original C.S.G. gun has come to auction.
Also included is the personal collection of Brigadier General Theo C. Mataxis. His Class III weapons were all collected by himself from various battles and are accompanied by their provenance. A Chinese copy of the Soviet RPD Belt Fed Machine gun captured November 1965 in Vietnam by Gen. Mataxis carries a presale estimate of $20,000-25,000. Another extraordinarily important collection to be offered is the Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess Collection of Zurich, Switzerland. The Sturgess Collection of auto loading weapons is the most comprehensive and largest of its type currently in private hands. This offering represents the third session Julia’s has handled for Sturgess (with more to come). A unique and important Baby Luger SN #4 in excellent condition is estimated at $50,000-100,000. A fabulous presentation cased Model 1902 Luger carbine formally a presentation from Kaiser Wilhelm II to Mexican President Porfirio Diaz is in stunning condition and carries a presale estimate of $90,000-150,000. Another important Kaiser Wilhelm presentation is a fabulous cased presentation Manlicher Model 1901. It was originally in the renowned Visser Collection and it carries a presale estimate of $30,000-60,000. A super rare item is the Model 1897 Silverman-Maxim prototype pistol in 7.63mm. Sir Hiram Maxim, who was born in Sangerville, Maine, went on to develop the first practical machine gun and was later knighted by the British government for his accomplishment. He later considered the possibility of creating a semi-automatic pistol. This is one of the extraordinarily rare remaining prototypes of Maxim’s endeavor. This one in excellent original condition carries a presale estimate of $20,000-30,000. An extraordinary Walther Model PP long slide with Verchromt finish is another extremely desirable lot. There were fewer than ten of these pistols produced and only a couple survive today with this being the finest example known. This exact gun is illustrated in Rankin’s book as SN #779150. This example also includes the correct and original Verchromt finish safety lever in nearly new condition retaining approximately 99% finish (originally from the famed Visser Collection). It carries a presale estimate of $45,000-65,000.
Session II includes an extraordinary array of sporting arms. Again, Julia’s Auction Company has become the preeminent auction company in the world for high-end expensive sporting arms. American Sporting Arms are highlighted by the spectacular private collection of rare engraved and gold inlaid Winchester Model 21 shotguns of Mr. Bill Phifer. Mr. Phifer became acquainted with the Winchester Custom Shop in the 1970s and began to make special orders for select guns. Over a period of years, he continued to order about every known configuration that could be purchased from the custom department, and never fired them. In fact, he never even assembled them; they are still in the original boxes that they came in and so they are essentially new. One of the most extraordinary items in his collection is the unprecedented, spectacular, unique cased Winchester Model 21 Grand Royal with extra barrels. They are embellished with lavish gold ornamentation including the iconic Winchester rider on horseback as well as hunting dogs, etc. This extraordinary work of art is estimated at $60,000-90,000. The exceptional Winchester Model 21 Grand American, “1 of 8”, small bore with 3 barrels is another pièce de résistance and estimated at $50,000-80,000. A special order 2-barrel small gauge set (28 gauge and 410 gauge) Winchester Model 21 Grand American has exceptional engraving and gold inlay by Robert Kain and is estimated at $35,000-55,000. There are numerous other spectacular Grand Americans offered in this remarkable sale. Notably is the unprecedented eight-gun set of Winchester 410s representing one of each grade Model 21 produced by the Winchester Custom Shop. They are consecutively numbered as ordered by Mr. Phifer and verified with factory letter. Depending upon configuration, they are estimated anywhere from a low of $25,000 to a high of $55,000. Many of us wish we could go back in time to the 1970s and visit the Winchester Custom Shop to have one of these creations produced new for us but this is the next best thing as these guns are new in the box and exactly the way you would have received them from the Winchester Custom Shop in the 1970s.
Other extraordinary high art American shotguns include a rare L.C. Smith Deluxe Grade single barrel trap gun with two sets of barrels, lavishly embellished with gold inlays. This gun was made for William B. Rohde and is so inscribed. This spectacular L.C. Smith is estimated at $80,000-150,000. This auction includes a large and outstanding offering of Parkers including a fine 20 gauge AHE. This Parker with unusual engraving and in fine condition is estimated at $30,000-50,000. A rare 28 gauge Parker DHE in excellent condition is estimated at $32,500-52,500. Also an exceptionally rare 410 GHE in fine condition is one of many 410 gauge Parkers in the auction and this one is estimated at $35,000-55,000.
An Ithaca NID grade 7E with 32” barrels in 20 gauge in exceptionally fine condition is estimated at $35,000-65,000. Also a very nice selection of Brownings includes a very fine FN Browning Superpose Exposition Grade engraved in gold inlay Jaquez Lodewic, which carries a presale estimate of $20,000-25,000.
Fine English sporting arms include two exceptional Boss 410 gauge shotguns. Both are in nearly new condition. One being an over/under estimated at $100,000-200,000. The other being a side by side also estimated at $100,000-200,000. An exquisite cased pair of 28 gauge extra finish Holland & Holland Royal Deluxe single trigger game guns with game scenes by W.P. Sinclair and in excellent condition is estimated at $75,000-125,000. A fine cased pair of James Purdey extra finish side lock ejector game guns in 12 ga. in exceptionally fine condition is estimated at $35,000-65,000. Another pièce de résistance by Holland & Holland is an exquisite Royal Deluxe double rifle in caliber 500/465 H&H Magnum. This superlative gun is estimated at $150,000-225,000.
Also included in the sporting section are two fine paintings by renowned sporting artist, Percival Leonard Rosseau. Both are from the estate of Mr. Calvin R. Allain originally purchased by Jack Adair of Atlanta, Georgia. The first depicts pointers, Jimmie Dek & Peters Carrot on quail estimated at $20,000-40,000. The second, “Setters on Hilltop”, Ned & Bob is estimated at $20,000-40,000. Both are fresh to the market.
Also included in Day 2 is the lifetime collection of Leyton and Lewis Yearout of Great Falls, Montana. The father, Lewis Yearout, began collecting in the mid-20th century and continued for the rest of his life. His son, Leyton, also became an avid collector and together with his dad helped grow this expansive collection. Their entire collection has been consigned to both Julia Auction Company and the Poulin Auction Company, the more desirable examples of their collection are included here. One notable example is the extremely rare factory engraved Winchester Model 1866 that belonged to Winchester’s most famous salesman, Thomas O’Connor. In fine condition with lovely engraving, it is estimated at $25,000-40,000. Also from the Yearout collection is a very rare iron framed 1860 Henry that is estimated at $40,000-70,000. From the Dr. Edmund Lewis Collection of rare Volcanic arms comes an exceedingly rare factory cased and engraved New Haven Volcanic 25” lever action carbine. This example being in very fine condition is extremely difficult to find, but to find one in the original factory case is nearly impossible. It carries a presale estimate of $100,000-150,000.
Session III will include more fine offerings from the Lewis and Leyton Yearout collection including a number of desirable Colts. One of which is a rare cased Patterson #3 revolver including all accessories and most notably an extremely rare original directions for loading the Patterson. This carries a presale estimate of $75,000-125,000. From the same collection is a lot of three Smith & Wesson revolvers which at one time belonged to the most revered handgun shot in the world, Ed McGiven. McGiven was a sign painter in Montana who developed an extraordinary skill with handguns. At the time, he proved himself to be the finest handgun shot in the world. In the 1940s, he appeared on the cover of Outdoor Life performing a show of his shooting skills. In the image, an assistant had just thrown up five hard rubber balls, each the size of a silver dollar. Ed McGiven with a revolver had fired five shots hitting all five balls and there were five clouds of debris above his head, all shot in less than a half a second! Formerly owned by him, the lot of three is generally in very good condition and as a group carry a presale estimate of $10,000-15,000.
This sale will include the third session of the Dr. Douglas Sirkin Collection. Dr. Sirkin’s Collection of Kentucky rifles is one of the largest most diversified offerings sold in many years and has included a number of important and rare examples. This sale will feature an award winning incise carved flintlock Kentucky rifle by N. Beyer of the Lebanon School. This very gun in 1988 had won the Silver Award for the Best Relief Carved Rifle. It is in very fine condition and carries a presale estimate of $40,000-60,000. Another fine example from the Sirkin Collection is an important and very rare relief carved curly maple rifle signed by J. Shriver, the elder. This beautiful gun carries a presale estimate of $30,000-50,000. John Armstrong is one of the premier names in fine early relief carved Kentucky rifles. While only a handful of these magnificent works of art survive today, Dr. Sirkin had a great passion for Armstrong and had more than one in his collection. This auction features two examples by Armstrong; one, a percussion and the other, a flintlock. The flintlock in fine condition carries a presale estimate of $30,000-45,000. A magnificent pair of 17th long Italian flintlock holster pistols with steel mounts relief chiseled in the Brescian manner by Vincenzo Borazo and splendid barrels by the master, Lazarino Cominazzo, circa 1685, carry a $20,000-40,000 estimate. Another fine early firearm is a fine and very rare early Italian flintlock repeating gun from the workshop of Michael Lorenzoni with the most distinguished provenance dating to around 1700. It carries a conservative presale estimate of $10,000-20,000.
Items from the estate collection of the late Judge George Green of Alabama are included in this auction. Judge Green had started a small museum and proudly displayed his collection for years before his passing. Included is an important Templeton Reed percussion long rifle, a rarity among rarities. Templeton Reed owned a private mint and made gold coins. Today coins made in his private mint bring astronomical prices. Reed was a native of North Carolina and relocated to Georgia where he opened his private gold minting business. He was also a blacksmith, a watch maker and a gunsmith, and this is currently the only known rifle produced by this remarkable craftsman. It is in very fine condition and carries a presale estimate of $20,000-50,000. Also included is his Leech & Rindon Confederate revolver is estimated at $20,000-30,000. Judge Green’s rare Confederate staff officer’s sword made by Louie Haiman of Columbus, Georgia for Major Francis Dillard is estimated at $20,000-40,000.
This third session also includes the collection of John Montague of Memphis, Tennessee. His expansive collection of rare Kentucky pistols features an 18th century pair of Flints possibly by Peter Neihardt in very good condition. This pair is estimated at $30,000-50,000. In addition to his fine collection of Kentucky pistols is his collection of rare Southern Derringers. A rare cased matched pair of Schneider and Glassick Memphis, Tennessee Derringers in very good to fine condition is estimated at $8,000-12,000. A cased pair of Schneider Memphis, Tennessee dueling pistols with silver mounts in good to fine condition is estimated at $15,000-25,000.
Not all of the items came from collections; many have come from numerous estates and collections from all over North America. Included is a rare cased silver finish Colt Model 1849 pocket pistol with carved ivory grips estimated at $30,000-50,000. A matched pair of engraved Colt SA Army revolvers has a presale estimate of $60,000-80,000. A historic cased Spencer sporting rifle that came from the estate of Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of Navy, Gideon Wells, carries a presale estimate of $40,000-70,000. Also included is an important Civil War statue grip presentation sword to Major John F. Reynolds who was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg. This spectacular sword was at one time part of the legendary Philip Medicus Collection and later in the collection of Norm Flayderman. It carries a presale estimate of $40,000-60,000.
One interesting historical museum object is a rare French single shot falling block breech loading carbine by Gastinne Renette. This gun carries a brand in the stock, “Musee de L’Art’Le”, and was once in the famous French museum of art and later in the museum of artillery. At one time, it was the subject of a great lawsuit in Texas involving a private collection and the French government wherein the French government maintains that this gun had once belonged to Napoleon III, the nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte. Because it carried the stamp “Musee D’Artillerie,” they claimed rights to it. The end result of this well-publicized lawsuit was that the French government lost, and the private owner prevailed in court. Here is an opportunity to own a firearm that legitimately once was in the famous French Musee D’Artillerie and was coveted by France to the extent that they went through significant but unsuccessful efforts to get it back. This treasure is estimated at a reasonable $20,000-30,000.
Also from a private collection is a very fine and superbly etched complete suit of armor after the original made for Goachim II, Lector of Brandenburg, circa 1850 by an unidentified German master armor. This extraordinary suit of armor carries a presale estimate of $100,000-150,000. A fine full “Gothic” plate armor suit for a youth of excellent form and style of the 15th century but made sometime in the 1850s carries a presale estimate of $50,000-80,000.
Another item of great note is a historic and rare cased Smith & Wesson Outdoorsman revolver that once belonged to the former First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. The cased, inscribed gun was a personal gift from friend and body guard, Earl Miller. Miller was a New York State Trooper and eventually became a personal body guard for President Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. Included in this package is an image of Eleanor with Earl Miller and also another image of Eleanor appearing to shoot this very same pistol. The presale estimate is $45,000-65,000.
Another historic object which belonged to a nefarious character is a platinum-and-diamond pocket watch which once belonged to Al Capone. The watch encrusted with diamonds along the bezel and on the reverse spells out “A.C.” for Al Capone. It recently came from the great grandson of Alphonse G. Capone who had received it from his grandfather, Albert Francis “Sonny” Capone, who was the only child of Alphonse G. Capone. The watch carries a presale estimate of $35,000-55,000.
The sale is rounded out by a tremendous array of fine historical and outstanding items. Julia’s auction gallery is located on Rt. 201 in Fairfield, Maine. For more information, contact James D. Julia, P.O. Box 830, Fairfield, Maine 04937 or call 207-453-7125, or view all three sessions of the auction online at www.jamesdjulia.com.
No-Miss Road Trip: The 55th Shenandoah Antiques Expo
October in the Valley of Virginia is the perfect time to find brilliant foliage and plenty of antiques at the 55th Shenandoah Antiques Expo Friday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 12 at Augusta Expoland (I-64, Exit 91) in Fishersville, Va. This weekend getaway is just a quick jaunt over the mountain from Charlottesville.
Heritage Promotions, located in Lynchburg, sponsors the sprawling indoor/outdoor event. “Since 1986 our Expo has grown into one of the most highly anticipated antiques shows in the Mid-Atlantic,” Raymond Stokes, a co-founder of Heritage Promotions, said. “Thousands of folks return to Fishersville because they scooped up cherished collectibles or antique furniture on their last trip.”
Serious collectors as well as weekend travel buffs head for the gathering of 300+ expert dealers who set up indoors and outdoors. The extravaganza attracts antiques aficionados from Pennsylvania, Maryland, D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and throughout the East Coast.
“Collectors show up by sunrise on Friday for the 9 a.m. gate opening,” Stokes said. “They comb exhibition halls, barns, tents and stalls—and hit gold—even off trucks in the parking lot. The most avid collectors will hunt from dawn to dusk.”
The Shenandoah Antiques Expo has a reputation for good 18th and 19th century American country furniture. English and Continental furniture and accessories turns the heads of discerning shoppers who prefer traditional design.
Visitors also uncover a trove of jewelry, silver, glassware, primitives, rugs, and better collectibles such as stoneware, art, decoys, toys and Civil War memorabilia. Tastemakers of another sort snap up country Americana, such as early19th century painted furniture, and mid-century modern that tuck into eclectic interiors.
The show offers triple value, Stokes said. He quickly ticked them off. “Collectors find authentic pieces at fair prices. Why go north and spend more? Second, we draw the most reputable dealers from Florida to Maine. It’s not just about the sale. They take time to share curatorial expertise with anybody who has a question.”
Then Stokes grinned: “Third, the Expo is sheer entertainment for anybody bitten by the antiques bug or somebody looking for a fun weekend. For a three-day $10 pass and free parking, you can search for a special piece that jumps out and you know it’s a keeper.”
Heritage Promotions, based in Lynchburg, Va., has organized and staged the Shenandoah Antiques expo in Fishersville, VA, every May and October since 1986. They built the show’s reputation by working with top dealers to offer quality pieces at reasonable prices.
For more information: 434-846-7452 (for directions during event: 540-337-2552), email@example.com
or www.heritagepromotions.net. The 55th Shenandoah Antiques Expo with 300+ dealers from Florida to Maine is at 277 Expo Road, Fishersville, Va. Hours: Oct.10 and 11, 9-5 and Oct. 12, 10-4. Admission: Friday, $10; Saturday & Sunday, $5.
John Coker to auction estates of respected Tennessee antique dealers, Oct. 11 & 18 in Knoxville area
There wasn’t so much as a hint of Hatfields vs. McCoys in the case of two prominent antiquing couples from Tennessee whose estates will be auctioned on consecutive Saturdays, October 11 and 18. Shop owners for decades in the picturesque mountain community of Pigeon Forge, Roy and Carolyn McCarter were the friendliest of rivals with fellow antique dealers Elizabeth and Donald Bates. Purely by coincidence, the personal collections and estate contents of both couples were entrusted simultaneously to auctioneer John W. Coker, who will conduct the on-site sales. Everything will be sold without reserve, and all forms of remote bidding will be available, including live via the Internet.
(L.) Anne H. Bradford, A Street Scene in Seville, 19th c., McCarter estate; (r.) Pairpoint reverse-painted lamp, one of 19 art-glass lamps from Bates estate. (John W. Coker Auctions image)
The October 11 auction of Carolyn McCarter and her late husband Roy will take place on the grounds of the modern log cabin they built at 2002 Thompson Rd. in Knoxville. Its lofty ceilings were designed to accommodate monumental furniture, like their 1830s Alabama 9-ft. canopy bed, American triple-cylinder secretary and Margolis-style block-front chest on chest.
“The McCarters had a passion for early furniture and accessories, and Mr. McCarter had a fascination for old clocks. He owned many 1830s-1840s mantel clocks and turn-of-the-century miniature wall clocks, which collectors are going to love,” said Coker.
Artworks are led by an Anne H. Bradford street scene of Seville, which retains several exhibition labels, including one from an 1890 show at New York’s National Academy of Design. Dozens of other collecting categories are represented, including Smoky Mountains quilts, Cherokee baskets, porcelain, spotless antique linens, regional pottery, mechanical music boxes, Edison Morning Glory record player/recorders; and Civil War-era primitives, including a handmade “mammy’s bench” with enclosures for two babies.
The estate contents and collections of the late Elizabeth and Donald Bates will cross the auction block on October 18, at 241 Ledwell Dr., Seymour, TN 37865. “Their eclectic tastes ranged from ornate antiques and miniature portraits to American glass, jewelry and a 104-piece razor collection,” Coker observed, “but the centerpiece of their estate is probably their 19 reverse-painted and scenic glass lamps, some by Pairpoint and Handel.” The colorful lamp motifs include floral, moonlight, campfire, exotic-landscape and water scenes.
Historical highlights include an 1831 handwritten will in which a man bequeaths his plantation residence to his widow in Virginia and leaves his slaves “and their children” to his brothers. A multi-page handwritten letter from a Civil War soldier discusses doing KP for 1,500 men in his regiment. “His specific mention of cooking ham, beans, cornmeal and bacon suggests he was a Confederate soldier. Those foods were staples for Southern troops,” Coker noted.
A remarkable 1863 handwritten New Iberia muster roll lists the names, salaries and personal details of African Americans who joined the Union army presumably after the fall of Louisiana.
Both auctions will start at 10 a.m. EDT; preview Friday 1-6 p.m., or by appointment. For information or to reserve a phone line, call 865-475-5163, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bid live online through LiveAuctioneers.com or AuctionZip.com. Web: www.antiquesonline.com.
Jacksonville’s 41st Annual Depression and Antique Glass Show
Welcomes Our Special Guest George Fenton
Don’t miss this very special show and sale! George W Fenton, President of Fenton Glass and grandson of company founder Frank Fenton, will be the special guest, celebrating a “Fenton Family Tradition of Glass Making since 1905.” Free
seminars will be given by George Fenton on Saturday and Sunday at 1:15 p.m.
Glass dealers from across the U.S. will display glass from the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s, Cambridge, Carnival, Colored Glassware of the Depression Era, Fiesta, Heisey, Fostoria and pottery. Free Depression glass will be given to the first 25 paid admissions through the door on Saturday and Sunday.
The 2014 Annual Show is Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Police Building located at 5530 Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville, Fla. Free parking is also available. Stop by the Food Court to purchase food prepared by the CDG Club members. Admission is $5 at the front door. Discount coupons must be presented at time of admission. Sponsored by Collectors of Depression Glass For information: 904-655-8445 or www.depressionglassclubjax.com.
10th Annual Doll Show & Sale Oct. 18 in Palmetto, Ga.
The Peachtree Doll Collectors Club will host its 10th Annual Doll Show & Sale on Saturday, Oct. 18, on the campus of Georgia Baptist Children's Home at 9250 Hutchenson Ferry Road in Palmetto, Ga., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Palmetto is located about 20 miles southwest of Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, just off exit 56 of I-85. Exhibitors will showcase dolls, clothing and other related items, all of which will be for sale. A “Dolly Doctor” will be on-site to assist in doll repair, and a certified doll appraiser will be on hand as well. General admission is $4. For more info, call Brenda at 770-579-9404.
The Bagwell Antiques Show & Sale to be held Oct. 24-25-26 in Jackson, Miss.
This year's Bagwell Antiques Show & Sale will be held Oct. 24-25-26 at the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson, Miss. Exhibitors from all over the country will be on hand with some of the finest antiques ever collected under one roof. The Mississippi Trade Mart will be filled with everything from hand-made gold and silver jewelry to hand-built furniture and fine art, gleaned from around the world.
Both the antique enthusiast and the casual collector will be captivated by the amazing diversity and outstanding quality on display. Customers travel from all over the Deep South searching for the most interesting and unusual items to fit every budget and taste. One can easily be overwhelmed by the treasure-laden booths, and many folks find it best to shop the entire weekend.
Shoppers also find it interesting and useful to stop and talk with the knowledgeable dealers in the show about the history of a given piece. No matter what your fancy, it can be found at the Bagwell Antiques Show & Sale. Public show hours are 10-5 on Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Limited exhibitor space is still available. For more info, visit www.bagwellantiquesshow.com.