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Julia’s Ends 2013 Season with Major Lamp & Glass Auction
Ending on a strong note, the firm of James D. Julia brought their 2013 season to a close with a three-day auction extravaganza that was comprised of over $2.2 million in fine glass and lamps, followed by their rare toy, doll and antique advertising auction that grossed over $750,000. With this doubleheader, the firm’s total gross for 2013 grew to more than $47.5 million. This recent offering marked the firm’s first glass and lamp auction since the recent retirement of longtime division head Dudley Browne. The department is now headed by Mike Fredericks whose background in sales and experience as Julia’s operations manager for the last eight years has more than prepared him for his new position and the good things to come.
The November offering and the results that followed certainly did not disappoint. It was the largest grossing glass and lamp auction in recent years. The auction featured numerous private collections and estates from across the country and included some very rare buying opportunities.
A marvelous Tiffany Studios table lamp with an arrangement of seven dragonflies against a striated translucent green and blue background sold above its $70,000-$90,000 estimate for $118,500.
One such rarity among the sea of leaded and non-leaded lamps in the sale was a marvelous Tiffany Studios table lamp with an arrangement of seven dragonflies with overlapping wings against a striated translucent green and blue background. Further enhanced by random glass cabochons, this exquisite lamp sold above its $70,000-$90,000 estimate for $118,500. A Tiffany Studios Peacock table lamp with an exquisitely crafted shade of leaded glass feathers just came alive with color. Resting on its lovely matching bronze urn base with out-swept peacock feather feet, this lamp went out at $82,950 against an estimate of $80,000-$100,000. An exceptional and exceedingly rare Tiffany Nasturtium chandelier with flowers of green, amber, and yellow confetti glass with shaded blue edge panes and beaded trim was estimated for $60,000-$80,000 and sold for $91,125. A sunny and vibrant Tiffany Studios table lamp with a band of dogwood flowers also found favor among collectors, selling for $43,845 and more than doubling the low end of its $20,000-$30,000 estimate. Other floral examples included a Tiffany Studios black-eyed Susan lamp with amber colored flowers encircling the entire shade on a background gently transitioning from green to white. It sold at the upper end of its $25,000-$30,000 estimate for $29,625.
An exceptional and exceedingly rare Tiffany Nasturtium chandelier with flowers of green, amber, and yellow confetti glass with shaded blue edge panes and beaded trim was estimated for $60,000-$80,000 and sold for $91,125.
These were joined by a selection of lamps including many rare and desirable examples by Pairpoint, Handel, Duffner & Kimberly, Seuss, Whaley, Jefferson, and others. Of the leaded variety, a Duffner & Kimberly peony floor lamp with brilliant pink and red flowers against a green geometric panel background sold for $26,070 against expectations of 14,000-$16,000. A Seuss floor lamp with green vines and pink flowers reached just above its $12,000-$14,000 estimate to bring $14,220.
Other lamps included a Pairpoint Puffy apple tree lamp with butterflies and bumblebees among clusters of ripening apples. It reached into its $20,000-$30,000 estimate to sell for $20,737. This was followed by some exquisite reverse-painted lamps, such as a Handel Jungle Bird table lamp on Handel oriental-style base. It surpassed its $12,000-$15,000 estimate, selling for $15,405. Likewise fresh to the market was a Handel Elephantine Island table lamp that was reverse-painted showing Egyptian ruins. A terrific example in exceptional condition, it sold above its $5,000-$7,000 estimate for $9,480.
The auction continued with the first session of the George Klabin collection of Moser glass. An outstanding collection, it included such treasures as an ornate Moser cranberry pitcher with the over-the-top enameled decoration for which Moser is known. Decorated with butterflies, flowers, vines and applied gilded rigaree, it saw bidding beyond its $5,000-$7,000 estimate to sell for $8,295. An equally elaborate Moser salamander pitcher decorated with enameled flowers, stems and leaves as well as butterflies, insects, and a winged dragon was finished with a flowing liquid rim and gilded and enameled salamander handle. It sold at the upper end of its $4,000-$6,000 estimate for $5,925. A rare Moser three-piece amethyst glass garniture set profusely decorated with gold enamel rococo motifs brought $7,821, more than five times its $1,500-$2,500 estimate. Julia’s will showcase an equally impressive offering with the rest of Klabin’s collection in Session II in their spring glass and lamp auction.
Also featured in this recent auction was a variety of R. Lalique mascots and vases from a prominent Georgia collection. Included was a “Victoire” mascot in light amethyst. Depicting a well-defined woman’s head in frosted glass wearing a clear glass windswept headdress flowing behind her, it defines class and extravagance on one’s choice automobile. It sold within its $20,000-$30,000 estimate for $23,700. An outstanding R. Lalique “Vittesse” mascot of a nude woman in fiery opalescent glass with her arms stretched out behind her sold for $17,775 against an estimate of $15,000-$20,000.
From the same collection came a gorgeous R. Lalique Bacchantes vase with rich opalescent nudes on a clear textured background with gray patination. It sold for $27,847 within a $25,000-$35,000 estimate. An unusual Lalique inkwell impressed with finely detailed entwined serpents around the body of the piece went out above its $2,000-$3,000 expectations for $8,887.
Also included was a generous selection of pate de verre and French Cameo glass by such makers as Daum, Galle, and others including a squat Daum Nancy vase decorated and enameled with seagulls gliding above the ocean waves amid the setting sun. Estimated for $8,000-$12,000, it sold for $13,627. A Daum mold-blown and cameo vase with mottled green molded trees providing a silhouette over the fiery orange and yellow background sold around the midpoint of its $5,000-$7,000 estimate for $6,517. An A. Walter inkwell featuring a lizard encircling the body sold above its $4,000-$6,000 estimate to bring $7,406.
The auction continued with a fabulous collection of over 50 pieces of Loetz art glass from a private Connecticut collection. Featured were numerous rare examples with intricately decorated patterns. Highlights included a rare vase in the Phanomen pattern, decorated in blue, purple and gold iridescence, it sold above its $7,000-$10,000 estimate for $11,257. Another Loetz Phanomen vase with a bright gold iridescent background over which was a lovely art nouveau silver floral design exceeded its $1,500-$2,500 estimate several times over to bring $7,110. The Phanomen pattern apparently was the order of the day. Also bringing $7,110 and exceeding its estimate was an unusual example with a twisted gold body and decorated with platinum iridescence and zipper designs. A pair of Loetz lily lamps with graceful stems terminating in bulbous lily shades with platinum iridescent pulled feather designs sold for $9,480, surpassing its $7,000-$9,000 estimate.
From a somewhat earlier era came a variety of Victorian glass including an assortment of high quality art glass including Mt. Washington such as a Royal Flemish two-handled vase decorated with an Egyptian scene of a man riding a camel with the Great Pyramids in the distance. It sold for $18,960 within an estimate of $17,500-$22,500. A rare Mt. Washington pink lava glass toothpick inlaid with turquoise, amber and red shards was more significant than its 2 1/4-inch height suggested. Ignoring an estimate of $1,000-$1,500, it resulted in a feverish bidding battle to sell for $10,072.
Victorian glass included a rare Mt. Washington pink lava glass toothpick inlaid with turquoise, amber and red shards. Ignoring an estimate of $1,000-$1,500, it resulted in a feverish bidding battle to sell for $10,072.
Other quality glass included a variety of Tiffany such as a marvelous silver overlay vase with bright blue iridescent heart and vine decoration topped with a silver collar of grape leaves and clusters. Expected to sell for $15,000-$20,000, it went out at $25,477. A monumental Tiffany vase with gold iridescent body shading to blue and decorated with a swirling vine pattern more than tripled the low end of its $5,000-$7,000 estimate to bring $18,663. A Tiffany flower form vase with translucent pulled feather decoration terminating at the flaring shoulder and set within its cast bronze foot with stylized fleur-de-lis design sold for $11,850 versus a $3,000-5,000 estimate. A pair of Tiffany Studios tall slender tulip tree bronze candlesticks went out at $26,070 against a presale estimate of $5,000-$7,000.
The sale was rounded out by a selection of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre. Julia’s has handled a vast array of this fantastic ethereal English pottery over the years, including some rather spectacular pieces. This sale included an outstanding Malfreypot in the Sycamore Tree pattern featuring woodland sprites and nymphs cavorting among the trees. It hit above its $8,500-$12,500 estimate to sell for $14,812, while a Fairyland Lustre punchbowl with an interior decorated in the Elves V pattern complete with a center medallion of a mermaid sold for $11,850 against an estimate of $7,500-$9,500.
Julia's upcoming auctions include their winter antiques, fine art, and Chinese artifacts auction in January while a phenomenal firearms and military memorabilia auction will be held in March. Julia’s next toy and doll auction as well as their rare lamp and glass auction will follow in June. 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, or e-mail: email@example.com.
Ends 2013 Season with Doubleheader
Praised as one of the fresher and diverse offerings of quality antique advertising, toys and dolls to come to market this year, James D. Julia’s auction team didn’t disappoint buyer or seller with strong prices to match the strong offering. Seeing tremendous online participation, which accounted for a sizeable share of the day’s approximately $750,000 take, the firm by and large saw strong prices returning. This was all part of a three-day auction extravaganza that was complemented by $2+ million of fine glass and lamps held the two previous days.
From the collection of Diane and the late Steve Olin was this marvelous early American firehouse and horse drawn pumper. Believed to be one of only two complete examples and a collaboration between Merriam and Reed, the toy was one of the Olins’ prized pieces. Estimated for $7,500-$12,500, it went out at $9,720.
Some of the highlights that helped comprise Friday’s advertising, toy and doll sale came from the collection of Diane and the late Steve Olin of Connecticut who amassed their treasures over a 40 year period. These old time collectors were well respected in the field, particularly in the realm of paper litho Victorian-era toys and parlor games. Of particular note was a marvelous early American firehouse and horse drawn pumper, believed to be one of only two complete examples. Believed to be collaboration between Merriam and Reed, the toy had lots of action and surprises not often seen in toys of that period and was one of the Olins’ prized pieces. Estimated for $7,500-12,500, it went out at $9,720. Another extreme rarity from their collection was the Salem Witch toy by Charles Ford, manufactured by E. Trask. The toy depicted a 17th century woman in drab period garb standing beside and pointing to a numbered spinning drum that corresponded to dark ominous fortunes that were lithographed around the perimeter. Complete with its original wooden box, this outstanding 19th century toy exceeded its $4,500-5,500 estimate to sell for just over $7,593. Their Bliss block tower that when assembled became an elaborate marble drop toy topped by Christopher Columbus above a ziggurat of lithographed alphabet blocks. Complete with its original box, it sold within its $7,500-12,500 estimate for $8,887. Other toys in the collection retaining their original boxes included a “Hero of ‘76” by Crandall that depicted an articulated George Washington type character that one could pose in almost unlimited configurations. Boasting condition as well as charm, it sold well above its $200-400 presale estimate for $1,836.
Toys from other collections included a variety of early American tin. Highlights included a fine George Brown clockwork locomotive with great stenciling and pinstripes as well as an unusual style tin boiler front. It went out at $2,370 above a $1,000-1,500 estimate. From land to sea, we go to a rare George Brown paddlewheel boat stenciled “Crescent” across the sides. In untouched all original condition, this particular toy that normally came in a clockwork version was made as a push toy, making it a bit rarer. Bidders were intrigued, taking it beyond its $2,500-3,500 estimate to $4,740.
Other rarities included an American clockwork toy attributed to Automatic Toy Works that featured a china head girl skipping rope next to a japanned tin pillar that housed the motor. It neared the midpoint of its $3,500-5,500 estimate to sell for $4,252. A large clockwork papier mache mother rabbit holding her baby in her arms while feeding it a carrot was likely an Easter display for a store. Set with a nodding mechanism, it saw action well above its $300-500 estimate to bring $2,666. From the same Midwest collection came a remarkable and large German witch candy container with a cardboard cylinder body and a composition head. With her original clothes and red felt cape, bidders were spellbound, taking her to $2,551 against a $1,000-1,500 estimate.
Toys of a different variety included a handful of trains such as a rare early Marklin American outline 2-gauge clockwork engine and tender. Consigned from a New England general line collection, it had been buried in an attic for the past 50+ years and had layers of dirt and dust to prove it. It exceeded its $4,000-6,000 estimate to finish up at $9,480. An elaborate Marklin 1-gauge suspension bridge had rarity over condition, and no shortage of bidder activity. It went out at $8,295, within an estimate of $5,000-10,000.
Changing gears, the auction continued with a select grouping of top shelf dolls consisting of fine bisque French and German character examples among others. One of the more fascinating lots in the auction was an early Izannah Walker cloth doll that was saved from a trash heap over twenty years ago by a late Rhode Island woman with a keen eye who thought the doll needed a little love. It sold above its $4,000-6,000 estimate for $14,220.
Highlights in the French doll arena included a rare 16-inch Bru Jne 4 bebe. With stunning blue threaded paperweight eyes, protruding upper lip and prominent tongue tip, the doll doubled the low end of a $10,000-15,000 estimate for $21,870. A lovely early 14” Portrait Jumeau 2/0 with pale bisque, almond shaped blue paperweight eyes and mauve shading likewise exceeded her estimate to bring $8,295. A similar complexioned 17” F. 6 G. child doll with delicate highlights and lovely silk dress went out at $7,110 against an estimate of $2,500-3,500.
An early Izannah Walker cloth doll that was saved from a trash heap over twenty years ago by a late Rhode Island woman with a keen eye who thought the doll needed a little love. It sold for $14,220 against an estimate of $4,000-$6,000.
Other highlights in this section included a variety of accessories such as a grouping of Biedermeier furniture and accessories including chairs, dressers, and a sofa among some other charming pieces. Conservatively estimated for $1,000-2,000, the lot went out at a solid $5,163. A most unusual lot of original U.S. Patent models for papier mache shoulderhead dolls complete with their original patent tags sold well beyond a $400-600 estimate for $5,332.
The auction continued with a large and varied grouping of quality antique advertising items. A collection of firearms and sportsman advertising calendars and posters included a vibrant Winchester poster from 1905 entitled, “The Cock of the Woods,” depicting an alert tom turkey. Estimated for $3,000-4,000, it sold for $4,740. A Winchester poster from about the same time period illustrating a Chesapeake Bay retriever swimming with a canvasback duck in its mouth likewise exceeded its estimate to bring $3,851. And a highly desirable and vibrant poster for Hopkins & Allen Arms Co. featuring an attractive woman cradling her six-shooter exceeded expectations of $1,200-1,800 to sell for $3,851.
Other signage included a remarkable hand painted tin sign by Ithaca Sign Works advertising the now-defunct Fogg’s Drug Store. Once located in Skowhegan, Maine, not 20 miles from Julia’s auction facility it depicted a well-to-do couple in the back of an open air limousine going out for an afternoon drive. Estimated for $10,000-20,000, it sold for $14,220. A marvelous two-sided tin sign for Edison Mazda lamps featuring central graphics by Maxfield Parrish was highly sought after. Retaining its original lighted hood, it sold above its $2,500-3,500 estimate for $4,147.
A collection of approximately 200 tobacco and coffee tins included a rare Taxi crimp cut vertical pocket tin with graphics of two well-to-do gentlemen lighting up before entering a waiting cab. Estimated for $2,500-4,500, it sold for $3,792. A gold tinted vertical pocket tin for Cardinal cut plug tobacco exceeded its $1,000-1,500 estimate to finish up at $1,896. And a wonderful tin for Luxura tobacco with draped curtains and a hookah pipe sold for $2,488 against a $1,500-2,500 estimate.
An earlier style of advertising was in the form of figural trade signs. These signs have tremendous folk art appeal and are highly collectable. Of the 20 or so in the auction, a 19th century carved wood tooth for a dentist’s office went out at $5,710 against a $1,500-2,500 estimate. A large wooden pocket watch from a Waltham, Massachusetts jeweler outperformed its $800-1,200 estimate to bring $4,858. And a two-sided tavern trade sign surrounded by an elaborate leafy border with a mug of grog on one side and a bull’s head on the other sold for $4,147 against expectations of $1,500-2,500.
Salesman samples, always a popular advertising collectible that Julia’s specializes in included over a couple hundred examples covering agricultural and farming pursuits, railroad, construction, business, household goods, etc. One such example was a Maine made snow plow for the C.L. Huntington Company of Guilford. Actually consigned by the great-grandson of the very model maker himself, it had working levers and gears to adjust the height and breadth of the plow blades. It went to a Midwest collector for $4,443, within a $3,000-5,000 estimate. A phenomenal mower/reaper with its original carrying case featuring brass works, finished wood and other impressive details went out at $10,665 against a $5,000-8,000 estimate. A salesman sample Planet Junior plow with extra plow blades and its original carrying case boasted exceptional condition. Estimated for $2,500-3,500, it sold for $5,628.
With a degree of crossover appeal to collectors of salesman samples is the realm of U.S. Patent models. This auction contained some interesting examples such as a harvester from 1868. The diminutive brass model sickle bar mower with its original patent tag exceeded its $1,000-2,000 estimate to sell for $3,851. An adjustable hospital bed neared the upper end of its estimate to bring $1,777.
Rounding out the sale was a selection of coin-operated arcade machines and music machines. Highlights included a marvelous flat front wooden Adams Pepsin tutti frutti gum vendor with porcelain advertising panels. In exceptional all-original condition, it sold for $7,110 within a $4,500-8,500 estimate. A Pulver gum machine with porcelain panels and glass windows through which can be seen the famous “Yellow Kid” sold above its $1,000-2,000 estimate for $2,488.
Julia's upcoming auctions include their winter antiques, fine art, and Chinese artifacts auction in January while a phenomenal firearms and military memorabilia auction will be held in March. Julia’s next toy and doll auction as well as their rare lamp & glass auction will follow in June. 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.
Big December Shaping Up at ICA Metrolina
Each month at the International Collectibles and Antiques Show at the Metrolina Expo in Charlotte, N.C., brings a new adventure, and the December show will be no exception. Who is not tired of giving a marginal or ho-hum gift? No humbug here—just one-of-a-kind gift possibilities. No matter who is on the list, from grandma to great friend, ICA Metrolina has that special item to be treasured.
ICA Metrolina dealers bring you jewelry; home decor items large and small; collectibles for the lover of superheroes, and those who prize glass, silver, industrials and more. It is the definition of "re-gifting," as most have been pre-loved, with quality only fine antiques and collectibles can offer. Planning on entertaining and decorating? You'll love the large selection of vintage and up-cycled goods, sure to add that spark to the home or business.
Join the savvy shoppers and dealers who spend the first weekend of each month at North Carolina's most exciting shopping venue. To enhance your experience, there are three on-site eating venues, along with several food truck vendors, a full bar, pet friendly and acres of free parking. Admission is just $5 for all four days, with Thursday being dealer set-up and shopping.
ICA Metrolina is located at 7100 Statesville Road in Charlotte, NC 28269. Call 704-714-7909 or visit ICAshows.com for more information. Join the pre-holidays collecting, shopping and selling adventure, whether a dealer or customer, Dec. 5-8. Also, back by popular demand—the Third Weekend Flea Market Bazaar! Call 704-596-4650 for more information.
Mohawk Arms' Auction #70 is now online, ends Dec. 6-7
A trove of German Third Reich military relics acquired by an American G.I. in World War II, a Nazi Luftwaffe regiment standard and an Imperial Russian Garde du Corps officer’s helmet made between 1900-1917 are a few of the expected top lots in Mohawk Arms’ Auction #70, a live and Internet sale already online and slated to end Dec. 6-7. Bidding is now underway.
The auction, featuring hundreds of military items from multiple wars and generations, will be held in Mohawk Arms’ Bouckville gallery (located on Route 20 in central New York State, not far from Interstates 90 and 81) as well as online, at www.LiveAuctioneers.com
or the Mohawk Arms website, www.MilitaryRelics.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be taken.
German Luftwaffe signal regiment standard, made of silk and beautifully embroidered, 4 feet by 4 feet (est. $20,000).
Imperial Russian Garde du Corps officer's helmet, rare and in excellent condition, circa 1900-1917 (est. $15,500).
Sold will be Imperial helmets, medals and badges, Third Reich uniforms and other items from Nazi Germany (to include Adolf Hitler silverware), uniforms, swords, bayonets, daggers, knives, antique firearms (to include an M1808 Evans flint contract, an M1860 Colt revolver, a Potts & Hunt rifle and an M1861 Springfield), headgear insignia books, steins and other items.
Previews will be held at the Mohawk Arms gallery, on Route 20 in Bouckville, every Monday through Friday leading up to Dec. 6, from 9-5 (EST), and on sale days (Dec. 6-7), from 8-9 a.m. The first gavel will come down both days at 9 a.m. A buyer’s premium, which can range from 10 percent-17.5 percent depending on the final price, will be applied to all purchases.
To learn more about Mohawk Arms, Inc., and the Dec. 6-7 Auction #70, please call (315) 893-7888, or log on to www.MilitaryRelics.com.
Emporium @ Hampton Offers Antiques, Collectibles, Décor and More
The former East Main Collectibles, located at 8 East Main Street in Hampton, Ga., has undergone a dramatic transformation. Closed in 2010, it reopened for only three months as Southern Accents, closing when the new proprietor passed away. The location was quickly snatched up by the former renter, to be leased to a forward-thinking couple.
After months of renovation—exposing a brick wall, prepping the floor down to concrete then staining it, and removing the false ceiling and painting it dark—the reconfiguring began. Now called Emporium @ Hampton, it houses not only antiques and collectibles, but a line of new décor and local artwork.
Three entrepreneurs have their wares in the Emporium. Sassy Glass refurbishes antiques which they purchase from estate sales. Candy Franklin probably has the largest collection of milk glass in southern Georgia, plus many other collectibles. Jan Lowe regularly goes to the Atlanta Mart to bring in some of the newest, modern styles. The Emporium at Hampton caters to every decorative need.
The rear of the shop was converted into Fermentations, etc., where Georgia-grown, Georgia-made produce is available. This ranges from honey and jams—some spicy with chipotle peppers, pickled okra, beans, and carrots—to Georgia wines and cheeses.
JailHouse Brewing, located across the street from Fermentations, etc., in the old city jail, provides six-packs of Misdemeanor, Slammer Wheat, and other beer, as well as growlers filled with your brewery choice of beer. JailHouse Brewing Brewery tours are hosted each Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., with plenty of time to purchase or refill your growler.
The Emporium @ Hampton at 8 East Main Street is open Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 678-782-3536.
Chamblee’s Antique Row to Hold 35th Annual Holiday Open House
Chamblee’s Antique Row will host its annual Christmas Open House Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8, 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. Come see why 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 35 years,” said Syl Turner, president of the Chamblee Antique Dealers Association. Shoppers enjoy holiday refreshments as they journey back to simpler times—browsing from shop to shop in this unique antiquing neighborhood.
This year, merchants will be giving away $200 in gift certificates to a few lucky shoppers. Entry forms are available at the following shops on Antique Row: Antique Factory, Atlanta Vintage Books, Attic Treasures, Blanton House, Broad Street Antique Mall, Chamblee Antiques & Collectibles, Chamblee Antique & Interiors, Consignment Furniture Depot, Global Gems Jewelry, Rust & Dust Antiques, The Estate Gallery and The Treasure Mart. The more stores you visit, the greater your chance of winning. The drawing will be held December 17, and you need not be present to win.
To get to 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 are 11-5 on Saturday and noon-5 on Sunday. For more information, call 770-458-6316 or visit www.antiquerow.com.
Sanlando Depression Glass Show
By Millie Downey
What a great way to start the Year 2013 with an outstanding glass show. The Sanlando Depression Glass Show in Sanford, Fla., had a line forming from the door to the parking lot before opening time, just like the “Good Old Days.” They came with one thing in mind, and that was to buy, and buy they did. There were many good reports from the dealers.
Our special guest, William (Bill) Walker was quite the hit also with his fabulous display of Paden City Glass. Many of the items were one of a kind or extremely hard to find. His seminars were very informative and enjoyed by the attendees. I’m sure some new collectors of Paden City were started by the interesting talks he gave. He was so well received he is making a return visit with us for the 2014 show. He is a must-see, must-hear kind of guy.
As always, we were very honored to have Fleur de Lys Healey from the National Cambridge Collectors Club join us for the weekend. She had information on new books, and she always brings some rarely seen item for us to “ooh” and “aah” over.
Hourly drawings for door prizes will be held throughout the 2014 show. These items are donated by the dealers, and many collections have been started by winning one of these prizes.
The show is open 9-5 on Saturday, Jan. 25 and 10-4 on Sunday. Admission is $4.50 or bring a show flyer or an ad and pay $4. Admission is good for both days. We will have a fun-filled weekend of shopping and visiting so make plans to join us.
Report from Round Top: Let There Be Lighting!
What do you do when the government shuts down and the Texas heat cranks up? At the Marburger Farm Antique Show, you keep calm, shine a light on extraordinary antiques and carry on. That’s exactly what 350 resilient dealers and thousands of eager shoppers did October 1-5 in tiny Round Top, smack dab in the middle of Texas. And lighting had a lot to do with it.
Exhibitor Martha Andrea of Kearsarge Lodge Antiques from Bellevue, Idaho, found the show “…pretty toasty, but exciting. It was a wonderful show.” Kearsarge Lodge sold a six-foot-long folding pocket knife trade sign, c. 1900, from the Case Knife Company, as well as Old Hickory furniture and Native American and sporting antiques. Lighting included a tall wooden folk art lamp carved in a spiral with a linen drum shade, plus 1930s to 1950s lamps with deer, horse and other rustic themes.
“We sold to a lot of interior designers for projects in Texas, Colorado and Montana.”
Designers and homeowners descended on the 43-acre show, searching for antiques, French to funky. Many were filling new homes or completing renovation projects. Shopper Lesley Racicot had driven 22 hours from Ontario, Canada, to see the cutting-edge booth designs for which Marburger Farm vendors are famed.
“I like how it’s all staged,” she said. “You get ideas.”
Most folks were getting more than ideas. Dealer Pat White of Langhorne, Penn., reported her best fall show at Marburger Farm ever, writing over 300 sales tickets.
“It was fabulous! My loyal customers came running over,” she said. “I can’t thank them enough.”
White sold a range of early objects from English and American ironstone to German holiday items, 19th c. framed house blessings and silver plate. Her favorite sale? A rare form of holiday lighting: 48 Christmas tree lamps discovered in a Pennsylvania estate.
“In the 1800s,” said White, “you would hang these little lamps on your tree, filled with oil and a wick, or maybe a candle. Now, people put a Christmas tree bulb in them to show through the painted glass or maybe decorate a table with them. I sold every one.”
Antique and re-purposed lighting beams brightly at the Marburger Farm Antique Show, whether from an early Christmas tree or from a Texas dance hall. Artifax Antiques of Seguin, Texas, sold a lighted Pearl Beer sign one minute after the show opened. Nearby, they offered a pair of six-foot-tall industrial lights on stands, originally from a Texas gas station. The fall 2013 show was their best show anywhere ever.
Down the aisle, East of LA Antiques from Colorado filled an entire booth with Italian gilt chandeliers. In fact, Italian lighting thrived, from the pair of tall blood-red Murano mid-century modern lamps brought by Richard Theiss Antiques of Dallas to the oversize bright blue Murano glass lamp sitting in James Herron’s Fort Lauderdale booth amid mid-century modern Lucite and glass chandeliers. Lighting at every turn was sexy, creative, dramatic and functional.
In Marburger’s Artisan Tent, packed with original folk art and furniture, shoppers found lampshades made from images of old postcards and other stunning graphics in the booth of Found Images of Wichita Falls, Texas. Next door, Revelation Décor of Belton, Texas, offered table lamps and chandeliers made from textile mill spindles, repurposed Sputnik-style. Some were gilded, some were left natural, and all were displayed among re-envisioned vintage furnishings full of color and youthfulness.
Why is lighting so impressive at Marburger Farm? From the very beginning of the twice-yearly show, Georgia Morel Antiques of New Roads, La., has offered lighting created for big Texas homes.
“Originally,” said husband and chief illuminator Buddy Morel, “we created table lamps from antique artifacts and fragments, sometimes 125 per show. Now, we do more hanging lights, industrial chandeliers—big ones, mostly for over kitchen islands. I’ve made some out of metal chicken feeders and old conveyor belts four feet wide. People are building houses, and they want something over the top. We got it.”
Lighting comes in a huge range of sizes, styles and prices at Marburger Farm. Prize Antiques of Kansas City offered a 1930s metal arrow paved with flashing red bulbs. Chicago’s Bleeker St. Antiques featured a pair of 1960s sculptural plastic tube lights from the prop room of an Ohio theater. A majestic pair of Hollywood Regency floral lamps were found in Nebraska, offered in Texas and whisked away to New Jersey.
One young Austin couple, just three weeks before their wedding, visited the Marburger Bingo Hall, an early Texas building bursting with massive crystal chandeliers from James Johnson Lighting. They found ideas for their future, and, in a nearby tent, they found something just right for their pre-nuptial budget—a vintage steel letter in their new initial, which lights up.
Of course, there was a lot beyond lighting at the twice-yearly mega-show. From Swedish to swank, the converted Texas pasture was a riot of furniture, art, textiles, jewelry, ceramics, architectural artifacts, silver, garden, industrial, Modern, Asian, Continental, American, English, African and more.
Shoppers also enjoyed the Dwell with Dignity booth, learning how Dallas designers create calm, beautiful interiors for families escaping poverty and homelessness. On the last days of the show, Marburger Farm exhibitors donated antiques to be sold at the Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio sale in the Dallas Design Center. For more information, see www.dwellwithdignity.org
Eric Brown of Century Lighting from Springfield, Missouri, exhibited in the Coufal House, next to the Marburger Café, in the very center of the show. Hanging from that old Texas porch, Eric displayed a 72-inch-wide Maria Theresa Italian chandelier with 500 crystals on it. It had come from the Cadillac dealership in St. Louis. You couldn’t miss it.
Inside the building, he sold a 1904 monumental silver-plated Empire-style chandelier from a Manhattan ballroom and a pair of 1920s French bronze sconces covered in colored glass.
“This was truly a wonderful show,” said Eric Brown at show’s end. “Marburger shoppers have great taste. The better it is, the better it sells. That’s why people come to Marburger Farm to begin with. They want something amazing. I’ll be back next spring with even more.”
And that’s what we all look forward to next spring and in every aspect of life: more light, less heat.
Plan to attend the spring Marburger Farm Antique Show April 1-5, 2014. For more information on travel, maps, vendors, special events, lodging, on-site shipping or the Marburger Farm blog, see www.roundtop-marburger.com or call Ashley Ferguson at 800-947-5799.
Richmond Antiques Spectacular Moving To New Location
Going on its 28th year, the Richmond Antiques Spectacular is moving to a new location. Louise Jesse of Renaissance Promotions, Inc., announced that beginning with the Nov. 23-24, 2013 show, the popular antiques show will relocate to the Meadow Park Event Center, birthplace of the famed Triple Crown winner, Secretariat, in Doswell, Va.
“The new location,” said Jesse, “is only about 15 minutes north of Richmond, right off Interstate 95 exit 98. The location is fabulous with ample free parking, right next to the hall. We are almost full for the November show with an exciting group of more than 80 quality antiques dealers from all over the East Coast.”
Hours of the show are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5.
Jesse added, “The exhibition hall is a brand new, state of the art building with a great concession area as well as phone, fax and internet capabilities, and there are lots of motels and restaurants with minutes of the show.”
The November edition is one of three Spectaculars held yearly. The 2014 dates are Jan. 4-5, March 22-23 and Nov. 22-23. For more information about the show and a list of exhibitors, visit www.renaissancepromotions.net
or call 804-462-6190.
2nd Annual Artisans and Antiques at Habersham near Beaufort, S.C., April 12
The second annual Artisans and Antiques at Habersham event will take place on Saturday, April 12th, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., throughout the marketplace and village of shops (and restaurants!) near Beaufort, S.C. The sponsoring group is currently seeking artisans, antique dealers and artists to take vendor booth space. Last year's inaugural event was a huge success, drawing hundreds of attendees.
Artisans and Antiques at Habersham is proving to be one of the best spring gatherings of shopping for the unique and the unusual. Featured last year were vintage and antique furniture, plus wonderful artwork, accessories, chocolates, flowers, clothing, shoes and more. To apply for this year's show, write to Bobbi Rice at 135 Colonel Thomas Heyward Rd., Bluffton, SC 29909 or call 843-707-7076. The e-mail address is email@example.com.
Check out last year's event at artisansandantiques.blogspot.com.
Dr. Lori To Star On Reality Show 'Auction Kings'
Southeastern Antiquing & Collecting magazine columnist Dr. Lori will star as the expert antiques appraiser on the reality TV show Auction Kings on the Discovery channel. As she interacts with the auction staff, the TV show will feature her identifying and evaluating objects that people want to sell at Gallery 63 in an Atlanta suburb. Dr. Lori has already appraised several objects for the show in front of the cameras for the upcoming season. Auction Kings airs Tuesdays at 9 pm.
can read some of Dr. Lori's articles
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