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Julia’s Kicks Off 2015 with 3-Day Antiques & Fine Art Auction
Auction veterans of nearly 50 years, James D. Julia, Inc. has been on a steady trajectory showing significant growth for several years running. 2014 saw the firm reach another company best with over $54 million in sales, a yearly gross that has been increasing with each consecutive year. They’re about to kick things off with an auction that will help pave the way for an exciting 2015. The Fine Art & Antiques team has once again assembled a stunning array of fine art, antiques, folk art, Asian artifacts, and historical items from various collections and estates from across North America including over 300 paintings and other artworks.
Renowned commercial artist Howard Terpning’s credits include Time, Newsweek, Field & Stream, and movie industry posters for The Guns of Navarone and Dr. Zhivago. This piece shows a rugged frontiersman traversing a picturesque mountain pass on horseback. It carries an estimate of $200,000-300,000.
The ample array of art is augmented by two important works by renowned commercial artist Howard Terpning whose credits include Time, Newsweek, Field & Stream, and the movie industry doing the artwork for posters for “The Guns of Navarone” and “Dr. Zhivago”. Later known as an award winning Western painter, he became friends with noted gun expert and reference book author, Norm Flayderman, from whose estate the paintings were consigned. The first shows a rugged frontiersman traversing a picturesque mountain pass on horseback. The second depicts what appears to be the same man on a different expedition with his Indian guide on a snowy outcropping. The two works, inscribed with a dedication by the artist to his friend Norm Flayderman come estimated for $200,000-300,000 and $175,000-275,000, respectively.
Also featured are selections from a private Boston collector whose keen eye for quality Cape Ann school works brought him to some of the finest galleries in the Northeast to make his favored purchases. Included are such luminaries as Aldro Hibbard, William Lester Stevens, Thomas Nicholas, Emile Gruppe and others who take us through the distinct seasons for which New England is known. Gruppe’s “Autumn in Vermont” focuses on a lone tree overlooking a river valley, withering in anticipation of a long winter. It carries a presale estimate of $6,000-8,000. Nicholas’ “Valley Farm, Vermont” offers another view of the state’s rolling hills; this one depicting rural residents amid a blanket of snow. It, too, carries a $6,000-8,000 estimate. From the same collection, John Terelak’s impressionistic “Spring Trout Fishing” captures a tranquil moment on a wooded and sunlit stream. It is expected to bring $4,000-6,000. The auction continues with numerous works by these and other fine New England artists from other collections including Charles Woodbury’s “Playing in the Waves” that depicts several bathers in suits that leave everything to the imagination. It’s estimated for $10,000-15,000.
The diversity continues with numerous nautical works by such names as Louis Dodd, S.F.M. Badger, and of course Antonio Jacobsen. His depiction of the steamer “Guyandotte” cutting through the towering waves comes estimated for $8,000-12,000. Louis Dodd’s portrait of the “Roanoke” beneath the Brooklyn Bridge prior to her maiden voyage carries an estimate of $18,000-25,000. And Badger’s portrait of the “Sovereign of the Seas”, a massive three-mast schooner, is expected to bring $10,000-15,000.
A selection of illustration art includes several works by published artist Eric Pape. Pape, besides his prolific career in the arts, was instrumental in designing and circulating the petition to Congress to preserve the famous U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides) from destruction in 1906. His artwork contained in this auction includes his oil on canvas work depicting actress Clara Syde in her role as Angel of the Vision scene in “Canterbury Pilgrims”, a play performed at an outdoor festival in Gloucester, Massachusetts honoring President Howard Taft. It comes estimated for $4,000-6,000. One of Pape’s contemporaries, and famous in his own right, Dean Cornwell is represented by a large scene of an opium den showing a dimly lit dingy room that appears to have seen its share of action. It carries an estimate of $15,000-25,000.
European art is highlighted in part by Jean Frederic Schall’s “La Petite Danseuse La Rose” of a lovely young ballerina in an elaborate gown. With provenance to a French countess, the piece comes estimated for $10,000-20,000. An oil-on-board study attributed to Spanish artist Joaquin Bastida depicting two men taking a dip off the bow of a skiff is estimated for $15,000-25,000.
The day continues with a selection of bronzes by such renowned artists as Ferdinand Pautrot, Pierre Tourgeuneff, John Terken, and others. Other visual art includes a rare offering of five select groupings of original photos by Richard Avedon. While the photographer’s name may not be recognizable to the uninformed, the iconic images herein are known the world over to every generation on the planet. Featured are images of all four Beatles at the height of the Psychedelic era as well as lots picturing folk idol Bob Dylan. These hallowed image lots come offered with estimates ranging from $2,000 to a high of $8,000.
The second day features a vast array of antiques, furnishings and folk art including over two dozen weathervanes chosen from private collections and acquisitions from across the country. Featured will be a large and well detailed hollow molded copper grasshopper weathervane. Attributed to L.W. Cushing and Sons of Waltham, Massachusetts, it displays a marvelous verdigris and gilt surface and realistic elements. It comes estimated for $60,000-80,000. A flattened copper example attributed to A.L. Jewell, also of Waltham, depicts a formal gentleman atop a trotting steed; it carries a $12,000-18,000 estimate. A large “Nelson” running horse weathervane by Washburne or Mott of New York features a well modeled horse with cast zinc head and hollow copper body. It is expected to sell for $6,000-8,000. Other examples include a rare horse drawn sleigh, a quill, a copper galleon, and a variety of animals for whichever way the wind blows.
Other folk art includes a very rare set of 25 carved and painted shore birds by master decoy carver A. Elmer Crowell. From a private collection, consigned by the grandson of the original purchaser and accompanied by the original bill of sale the desirable set carries an estimate of $10,000-15,000.
An exceedingly rare effigy pot in the form of a dog circa, 1300 A.D., found at the Neisler Indian Mounds in Taylor County, Georgia in 1928, comes estimated for $20,000-$30,000.
The auction continues with various historical documents, books, and objects from the Judge George Greene Museum of Southern History ranging from archaic fossils to American Civil War relics. Greene was one of the longest serving judges in Alabama history with over 34 years of continuous dedicated service. He was also a passionate and avid collector and researcher of history and ultimately became highly regarded for his research and collection. Of particular note will be an effigy pot in the form of a dog circa 1300 A.D. found at the Neisler Indian Mounds in Taylor County Georgia in 1928. One of the most popular exhibits at Greene’s museum, this exceedingly rare funerary object comes estimated for $20,000-30,000. Equally fascinating is a trove of original sheet music, broadsides, and photographs relating to piano virtuoso “Blind Tom” Wiggins. Born blind and possibly autistic, he was a “throw-in” when his parents and two of his purported 19 siblings were purchased by a Columbus, Georgia lawyer. Essentially born into slavery, he was discovered at a very early age to be able to memorize and mimic the most sophisticated pieces of music ever written. He could sing in German, French, and English by the age of 10. He quickly became a “prized possession” for the family and eventually became famous, performing all over the world and making his owners royal sums of money. The grouping, which took almost an entire room in the museum to display, comes estimated for $10,000-20,000.
Other historical items of note include a collaborative oil on panel created by Lambert Sachs and Paul Weber picturing General Washington at prayer at Valley Forge. Accompanied by a rare lithograph by Peter Kramer based on this very painting, the lot carries an estimate of $70,000-80,000. Also up for bid will be two lots of Presidential porcelain dinnerware. Included will be a lot consisting of two demitasse cups and saucers as well as a plate from the Harrison administration. The following lot is a rare Canton footed open salt from the Thomas Jefferson dinner service. The lots carry estimates of $1,200-1,800 and $2,000-2,500, respectively.
A silver Congressional Medal for Herbert Leach of the Jeannette Arctic expedition of 1879-1882. This ill-fated mission soured shortly after departure where many crewmembers perished. Leach was one of the 25 survivors and was given this medal, which descended through the family until being consigned to Julia’s. It now comes offered with an estimate of $10,000-$20,000.
Also worthy of note will be a rare silk flag made by Sarah Wilson, the great granddaughter of Betsy Ross, the original creator of our stars and stripes. Patterned after Ross’ creation, it further cemented her legacy as a historical figure for all time. Ross pattern flags seldom come to public auction, so this represents a singular opportunity one may never see again. It comes estimated for $3,000-5,000. Another rare opportunity is an exceedingly rare silver Congressional Medal for Herbert Leach of the Jeannette Arctic expedition of 1879-1882. This ill fated mission soured shortly after departure, becoming trapped in an ice pack and drifting north toward the Pole for the next 21 months. Provisions dwindled, and eventually the ship began to give way under the pressure of the ice and sank. Leach was one of the 25 survivors and was given this medal, which descended through the family until being consigned to Julia’s. It now comes offered with an estimate of $10,000-20,000. An important and historic Portland, Maine, Civil War soldier’s quilt, circa 1864, consists of a field of patchwork and appliqué red and blue stars around a central stars and stripes shield. Purported to have been created as a gift for Abraham Lincoln, it comes estimated for $8,000-12,000.
The sale is rounded out by a large selection of early American furniture from the mid-18th and mid-19th centuries. Highlights include dressers, secretaries, cabinets, tables, and much more. Day III will be dedicated to a wide selection of Asian antiques including a large offering of jade carvings, soapstone seals, porcelain export, bronzes (including Ming), scrolls and watercolors, table and floor screens, textiles, cloisonné, furniture, and much more. Of special note is a rare and finely carved rhinoceros horn figure of Budai from the Wanli Period (1573-1620). Typically depicted with a joyful expression and wearing loose fitting robes to reveal his plump stomach and seated representing contentment and abundance, Budai is also associated with the protection of children and is often shown with small children playfully climbing on his belly or back. Figural carvings from rhinoceros horn are rare, but the most common depictions include Manjusri and Budai. The current carving of Budai ranks among the most impressive and elaborate depictions of the subject matter. A very closely comparable carving of Budai formerly in the Ruth Dreyfus and Arthur M. Sackler collections is illustrated by Thomas Fok, Connoisseurship of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, and again by J. Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China, and was sold at Christie's New York in December 1994. Another related example formerly in the George and Mary Bloch collection illustrated by J. Chapman, The Art of Rhinoceros Horn Carving in China was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong in October 2005. This lot carries an estimate of $30,000-40,000.
More information on the Julia auction can be obtained by going to their website at www.jamesdjulia.com
or calling 207-453-7125; contact Tony Greist; Department Head at email@example.com. Free full-color brochures are available, or their lavish, full-color, detailed and illustrated catalogs are available for $40. Previews for the auctions will be Tuesday, February 3 from 9am-5pm, and Wednesday through Friday (February 4-6) from 8-10am and during the auction sessions. The auction commences at 10am on the days of the sale at Julia’s auction facilities on Rt. 201 in Fairfield, Maine.
A 2-Day New Year’s Signature Estates Auction Featuring 1,100 Diverse & Quality Lots Will Be Held Jan. 3-4 By Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta
An ambitious New Year’s Signature Estates Auction packed with about 1,100 diverse and high-quality lots of merchandise, pulled from prominent area estates and collections, will be held Saturday and Sunday, January 3rd and 4th, by Ahlers & Ogletree, in the firm’s gallery located at 715 Miami Circle, Suite 210, in Atlanta, Ga., beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern time both days. The auction will feature: original artworks ranging from 17th century Old Masters to 20th century Cuban painters; rare, highly collectible Chinese and other Asian objects; European and American period furniture pieces; and estate jewelry items, art glass, Persian rugs; sterling silver, chandeliers and lighting, pottery and decorative accessories. Doors will open at 10 a.m. on both auction days.
Two Russian Faberge Workmaster silver and enamel eggs
by Mikhail Perkhin.
Highlights will include Russian enamel pieces (two Faberge Workmaster silver and enamel eggs by Mikhail Perkhin, a pair of Faberge cufflinks and a brooch pin), a large collection of desirable Jaeger-Le Coultre clocks, a large collection of unframed 18th and 19th century Chinese scroll paintings, three fine tapestries (two French, one 18th century Continental), and miniature portraits. Also offered will be a collection of around 40 fine antique canes, all from one collector (some sterling-mounted, some ivory, some figural), a collection of engravings (mostly British), three Grant Wood limited-edition lithographs, a collection of Chinese pottery, Mid-Century Modern furniture, 18th and 19th century leather-bound books and Chinese-influenced chinoiserie furniture.
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern furniture pieces, like these shown, will come up for bid.
For those unable to attend, internet bidding will be facilitated by Invaluable.com, Bidsquare.com and LiveAuctioneers.com. Bidders wishing to participate online should register with their platform of choice up to 24 hours prior to auction. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
Previews will be held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20-21, from 10-4, and Monday through Friday, Dec. 22-26 and Dec. 29-Jan. 2, from 10-6 (closed Dec. 24-25). A preview party, with wine and hors d’oeuvres, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 30, from 6-9 p.m. The gallery will be open on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 30, from 10-3; and on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, from 2-6 p.m. for champagne.
Phone and absentee bids will be taken up to 24 hours prior to sale. Inquiries regarding bidding or the auction may be made via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone, at 404-869-2478. Individuals wishing to place absentee bids may now do so at www.AandOAuctions.com.
Antiques Forum Reveals Treasures from the Backcountry
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s 67th Antiques Forum blazes a trail into the early American frontier Feb. 20-24, 2015, with a look at “New Findings in the Arts of the Southern Backcountry.”
Following 2014’s look at the elegant, conforming pieces of the coastal South, the 2015 Forum examines the emerging body of diverse crafts born of ingenuity and creativity – often absent formal training or the dictates of prevailing styles – from the Virginia Piedmont south to the Gulf of Mexico, a region then known as “the backcountry.”
“Research is revealing great insights into antiques from the backcountry South, and with them the stories of the people who crafted and valued them,” said Ronald L. Hurst, Colonial Williamsburg vice president of collections, conservation and museums and Carlisle H. Humelsine chief curator. “This year’s forum, with its extensive workshops and expert lectures, will vividly illuminate those stories for our participants.”
Notable Forum guests include Dale L. Couch, curator of decorative arts at the Georgia Museum of Art’s Henry Green Center, Robert A. Leath, chief curator and vice president for the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at Old Salem, and Jeffrey S. Evans, president and chief auctioneer at Jeffrey S. Evans and Associates.
Couch will deliver the p4A.com Lecture, this year titled “Georgia Fever:
Chesapeake Culture Goes Southward.” Leath will address “Friendly Furniture: The Influence of Quaker Cabinetmaking in the Southern Backcountry,” and Evans will discuss “Shenandoah Valley Seating—on Stage.”
Other sessions include:
Carroll Van West, director of the Middle Tennessee State University Center for Historic Preservation will deliver the Chipstone Lecture, titled “From Backcountry to Heartland: Material Culture and the Transformation of the Southern Backcountry.”
- June Lucas, research director at the Museum of Early Decorative Arts, will address the “‘Sober and Respectable:’ Furniture of the Scots-Irish in the Southern Backcountry.”
- Collector and independent scholar Macklin Cox will speak about “Exploring Early Furniture of the Kentucky Bluegrass Region.”
- Johanna M. Brown, curator of Moravian decorative arts at Old Salem Museums and Gardens, will discuss “Neat and Simple Elegance: Moravian Decorative Arts in North Carolina.”
- John Case, president of Case Antiques and Auctions will address “The Haun Pottery of Green County, Tennessee: Chronicling the Discovery of American Earthenware Masterpieces.”
Forum sessions are held at the Williamsburg Lodge. Registration is $650 per person and includes Colonial Williamsburg admission through Feb. 27, an opening reception, four continental breakfasts, four coffee breaks, three afternoon refreshment breaks, and a closing reception and dinner.
Museum professionals – up to two per institution – are eligible for a 50-percent discounted $325 admission fee, with the Forum’s closing reception and dinner available for an additional $85 per person.
Four optional out-of-town tours precede this year’s forum:
- Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Tour (overnight): This tour hits six historic homes spanning two states in the northern Shenandoah Valley, led jointly by New York antiquarian Ralph Harvard and Matthew Webster, director of Colonial Williamsburg’s Grainger Department of Archaeological Preservation. Stops include Carter Hill, a colonial revival home in Lebanon with a furniture collection that includes pieces by eccentric 18th- Century designer John Shearer, and Harewood, the Jefferson County, West Virginia home built by George Washington’s brother Samuel where James and Dolley Madison were married in 1794. Lunch is provided Thursday and Friday, and dinner Thursday. Bus departs the Lodge at 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19. $325 per-person registration does not include lodging; a block of rooms is reserved for Thursday night at the Bavarian Inn & Lodge in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 304-876-2551.
Treasures and Houses of the Chrysler Museum of Art: Tom Savage, director of museum affairs at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library leads this trip, which makes its first stop at the former Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences for a tour of its paintings, glass, sculpture and decorative arts collections and lunch at its Wisteria Restaurant. Later stops include the 1790s homes of merchant Moses Myers and the Willoughby Baylor House and galleries. Bus departs the Lodge at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20; $175 per person.
- Hanover and Henrico Tour: Hurst leads guests on a tour of sites in historic Hanover and Henrico counties. Stops include a pair of private homes and with private collections and Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown plantation, with lunch at historic Hanover Tavern. Bus departs the Lodge at 8 a.m. Friday Feb. 20; $175 per person.
- An Adventure in the Valley: This day-long tour of sites in the southern Shenandoah Valley’s Rockbridge and Augusta counties is led by Suzanne Findlen Hood, Colonial Williamsburg’s curator of ceramics and glass and Angelika R. Kuettner, associate registrar and assistant curator of ceramics. It begins at 9 a.m. in Lexington with a tour of Washington and Lee University’s collections, including Chinese export porcelain at the Reeves Center, where lunch will be provided. The tour ends with a visit to the 1780s home of Continental Army officer John Gamble, to include afternoon tea. $100 per person. Transportation and accommodations are not provided.
Five optional workshops led by Colonial Williamsburg Collections, Conservation and Museum Division experts follow the forum from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 25. Each is $75 per person with limited capacity.
- A Refresher on Assessing Condition, Documenting and Cataloging your Collection: Furniture Conservator Chris Swan, Objects Conservator Tina Gessler and Registrar Virginia Foster provide tips on how to create, organize and maintain proper records of your collection, whether digitally or on paper. At the Bruton Heights Campus’ DeWitt Wallace Collections and Conservation Building; limited to 15 participants.
- Furniture of the Southern Backcountry: Furniture Curator Tara Gleason Chicirda offers a look at pieces dating from the late 18th through the early 19th Century, made from Georgia to Maryland. At the DeWitt Wallace Collections and Conservation Building; limited to 15 participants.
- Southern Silver from Virginia to Kentucky and Beyond: Kuettner and Curator of Metals Janine E. Skerry examine the forms and characteristics of rare surviving late 18th- and early 19th-century Southern silverware such as spoons, ladles and tea sets. At the Art Museums; limited to 15 participants.
- Ceramics in the Southern Backcountry: An examination of the range of ceramics and glass crafted in the Southern backcountry in from the late 18th century through the early 19th century, led by Hood. At the Art Museums; limited to 15 participants.
- From Walking Sticks to Bedwarmers: The Household Accessories at the Thomas Everard House: Assistant Curator of Historic Interiors and Household Accessories Amanda C. Keller leads a behind-the-scenes tour focused on small objects that bring interiors to life but often escape notice. At the Everard House, limited to 12 participants.
Registration for the forum and other events is available by calling 800-603-0948 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or online at history.org/conted.
Reservations for dining and lodging at Colonial Williamsburg’s award winning restaurants and hotels, and for the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg are available by calling 800-261-9530.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation preserves, restores and operates Virginia’s 18th-century capital of Williamsburg as a 21st-century center for history and citizenship. Innovative and interactive experiences, such as the street theater Revolutionary City® and the RevQuest: Save the Revolution!TM series of technology-assisted alternate reality games, highlight the relevance of the American Revolution to contemporary life and the importance of an informed, active citizenry. The Colonial Williamsburg experience includes more than 400 restored or reconstructed original buildings, renowned museums of decorative arts and folk art, extensive educational outreach programs for students and teachers, lodging, culinary options from historic taverns to casual or elegant dining, the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club featuring 45 holes designed by Robert Trent Jones and his son Rees Jones, a full-service spa and fitness center, pools, retail stores and gardens. Philanthropic support and revenue from admissions, products and hospitality operations sustain Colonial Williamsburg’s educational programs and preservation initiatives.
French Quarter Museum Commemorates Battle of New Orleans
Bicentennial with Exhibition and Symposium, through March 29th
Two hundred years ago on a battlefield just outside of New Orleans, a frontier general and his motley force of regular troops and volunteers defeated a larger, more experienced British army intent on capturing the port city. The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC), a museum, research center and publisher in the heart of the French Quarter, joins city-wide commemorations presented in conjunction with the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans with an exhibition and a two-day symposium.
The exhibition, titled “Andrew Jackson: Hero of New Orleans,” sheds light on the leader of that improbable American victory. Located at 533 Royal Street in New Orleans, the free display is on view Tues.-Sat., from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., through March 29. Tracing Jackson’s rise from humble beginnings to immortality as a war hero and president, the exhibition covers some of the controversies (such as martial law and Indian removal) that attended his career.
Andrew Jackson bandbox; between 1820 and 1845; color woodblock on paper adhered to cardboard.
(Photo: The Historic New Orleans Collection.)
Rare objects—some belonging to Jackson himself—will be on loan from the Hermitage, the Library of Congress and elsewhere. Highlights from The Historic New Orleans Collection's own holdings include a selection of the infamous “coffin broadsides” printed by supporters of John Quincy Adams in the 1828 presidential election and rare funeral ribbons memorializing Jackson after his 1845 death. Subsequent uses of Jackson’s image demonstrate his lasting impact on New Orleans and the U.S.
THNOC’s 20th Annual Williams Research Center Symposium, “Forgotten Conflicts: Indians, Andrew Jackson and the War of 1812 in the South,” will examine the War of 1812 and its impact on the South. The program begins Friday, Jan. 23, with a keynote address by Central Connecticut State University history professor Matthew Warshauer and will continue Friday, Jan. 24, with six additional presentations. All lectures will be at the Hotel Monteleone, at 214 Royal Street in the French Quarter.
Registration rates range between $55 and $90 and include all the presentations, plus two receptions offering opportunities to view the companion exhibition and interact with the symposium speakers. For more info on the exhibition, including online links to registration, visit www.hnoc.org/programs/symposia.html. For more information about THNOC, visit www.hnoc.org
or call (504) 523-4662. Founded in 1966, The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South region.
New England Motel Antiques Shows Celebrating Its 30th Year in Brimfield
New England Motel Antiques Shows in Brimfield, Mass., will celebrate its 30th year in May 2015. Over time, New England Motel has been privileged to host the finest antiques and collectibles dealers from around the world. When the show was purchased, it included a small motel and 15 acres of woods. The first dealer sign-ups came in September 1985 when the inaugural show was held, and many of them are still on board today. What started as a 120-site show has today expanded to 400 sites, 72 of which are currently located in three pavilions (affectionately known to many as the “three barns”).
New England Motel is where you'll find Brimfield's finest offerings: furniture, jewelry, silver, shabby chic, lighting, pottery, textiles, European and American, primitives, country primitive, industrial, design, and more. The dealers are knowledgeable and always guarantee their merchandise. The field is home to the original and largest food court in Brimfield—a great place to relax, meet with friends and exchange stories about great merchandise and fantastic purchases. Other conveniences include on-site shipping, ATM machines and public parking central to all fields. Campers may enjoy real campsites that include electricity and water in a shaded area.
For those visiting Brimfield for the first time, remember: not all shows open on Tuesday. New England Motel’s opening is Wednesday, at 6 a.m., but to celebrate its 30th year, they will have a Tuesday preview from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. New England Motel is a family-run business. Show promoter Marie Doldoorian and her sons, John and Bobby, want to thank all dealers and buyers for making the show what it is today—a fun and adventurous shopping experience. In celebration of 30 years, please join New England Motel for food and drink at the first-ever Tuesday preview, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. See you at Brimfield in May!
Julia’s Finishes Record-Setting Season With $1.5 Million Glass & Lamp Auction
Coming up on five decades in the business, James D. Julia, Inc. finished another banner year as one of the top ten auctioneers in North America. The team brought their 2014 season to a close with a $1.5 million glass and lamp auction that contributed to the firm’s highest grossing year to date at approximately $54 million. This tidy sum, of course, represents considerable trust of the hundreds of consignors they served this year who provided the thousands of quality objects that made their way across Julia’s auction block.
This sale was a stellar array that ranged from marvelous Tiffany leaded glass lamps to exceptional art glass, and Victorian extravagance to finely detailed contemporary paperweights and more. One such rarity, and the top seller among the over 80 leaded and non-leaded lamps in the sale was 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 rested on a bronze trumpet base with onion decoration on the foot. One of the finest examples available, it overshot its $120,000-140,000 estimate to land at $142,200. Other Tiffany leaded table lamps included an example with an amber geometric background highlighted by a Greek Key band in nicely contrasting purple, lavender, and aqua. It sold midway through its $20,000-25,000 estimate for $22,575. A scarce Tiffany green Linenfold table lamp in which the glass panels are formed to look like fabric neared estimate to sell for $16,590. Also, a Tiffany slag panel lamp with bronze acid etched pine needle overlay sold post-auction for $22,515 within an estimate of $20,000-25,000.
The top seller among the over 80 leaded and non-leaded lamps was this 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 rested on a bronze trumpet base with onion decoration on the foot. It overshot its $120,000-$140,000 estimate to land at $142,200.
Tiffany lighting came in a variety of forms and styles. A Tiffany Studios chandelier with an openwork bronze top, a curtain of prisms descending from the cap and a hooked feather bulbous stalactite shade was extravagance and artistry at its finest. It sold just inside its $45,000-55,000 estimate for $45,622. A Tiffany Studios art nouveau chandelier with three intertwining bronze arms that terminated in favrile glass bullet shades exhibited more simplistic elegance. It found a buyer at $10,497 against a $10,000-15,000 estimate.
If floor lamps are more to your liking, then a lovely Tiffany example in a gold dore finish consisting of three lion paw feet supporting a ribbed stem, topped with a cast Aladdin lamp and finished with a gold iridescent King Tut shade should be noted. This lamp sold for $10,665, exceeding a $7,500-9,500 estimate. An exceptional Tiffany Studios senior floor lamp base with onion decorated platform leading up the stem to a six socket cluster was a hot ticket, selling for $31,402, surpassing presale expectations of $15,000-25,000.
The diversity of lighting was not limited to Tiffany. Of particular note was a rare Quezal gas and electric chandelier with six bronze arms terminating in stylized women’s faces surrounding a central inverted shade. Each of these supported matching Quezal shades with the same fishnet design. It went out at $16,945 within a $15,000-25,000 estimate.
Even some contemporary artists got into the mix with such creations as a marvelous Somers monumental leaded table lamp. With a highly detailed shade with an allover design of yellow irises against a light blue background, it shows us that classical craftsmanship is most certainly alive. It went out at $10,368, exceeding a presale estimate of $8,000-10,000.
This was joined by a selection of Pairpoint Puffy lamps including a rose bouquet table lamp with pink and red blossoms covering the shade. Most realistic, this rarity resting on a silver urn base sold for $9,480 against a $6,000-9,000 estimate. A gorgeous Pairpoint Puffy tulip boudoir lamp with rich flowers highlighted by gilt stripe outlines likewise sold for $9,480, surpassing its estimate of $5,000-7,000.
Bidders were also treated to several exquisite reverse painted lamps such as a duo of Handel Bird of Paradise table lamps with brightly colored exotic birds. Each sold for $9,480, bringing at or above their respective estimates. A stellar Handel reverse painted nautical-themed table lamp with sailing ships navigating the nighttime waters beneath the full moon sold within an estimate of $6,000-8,000 for $7,702.
The auction continued 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 came fresh from a private New England collector with an eye for quality. For instance, a Daum cameo glass and enameled rain scene lamp with a pointed dome shade decorated with windswept trees and pelting rain, and resting on its matching base sold for $36,735 against an estimate of $20,000-30,000. From the same collection, an exceptional and rare cylindrical Daum prairie vase with delicate cameo and enameled flowers on the exterior and an interior painted background, was also very appealing. It went out at $18,367, more than doubling the low end of its $8,000-12,000 estimate. Further still, a robust Daum crocus vase with gray cameo glass leading to a padded and wheel carved floral decorated body against a lavender background sold within an $8,000-12,000 estimate for $8,295. A brilliant Daum Fire & Ice vase decorated with a cameo winter scene of barren snow covered trees beneath a fiery red mottled sky sold for $7,410 within expectations of $7,000-10,000.
A Daum cameo glass and enameled rain scene lamp with a pointed dome shade decorated with windswept trees and pelting rain sold for $36,735 against an estimate of $20,000-$30,000.
The cavalcade of cameo glass continued 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 sold at the upper end of its $9,000-12,000 estimate for $11,850. An unusual and rather uncommon Tiffany favrile cameo vase with smoky amber glass decorated with maroon and yellow flowers and leaves saw much action, selling for $13,035 versus an $8,000-12,000 estimate. Galle included a lovely mold blown vase with brightly colored apple blossoms against a frosted cream colored background. It sold for $10,902 against an estimate of $8,000-12,000. Also, a Galle mold blown vase depicting berries and leaves against a brown and frosted background went out above a $6,000-8,000 estimate for $10,665.
Art glass was another area to make a strong showing. The auction featured a fabulous collection of over 25 pieces of R. Lalique art glass with intricately decorated patterns, many of which come from a prominent Georgia collection. Pieces marked “R. Lalique” (as opposed to pieces lacking the “R”) signify the earlier and more sought after the company created. Highlights included a sensual R. Lalique vase with its sides impressed with nude sirens and topped with a nude female figural stopper. It sold for $17,775, beating out a $10,000-15,000 estimate. A bulbous Lalique Courges pattern vase done in rich blue glass with deeply impressed pears encircling the piece surpassed its $8,000-12,000 estimate to sell for $15,405. In addition, an R. Lalique luminaire depicting a nude woman draped with a shawl with her arms outstretched is a tribute to the beauty of the female form. This lovely piece went out at $10,665 against an estimate of $5,000-8,000. The selection of art glass also included a generous selection of Loetz. Of the many highlights, a Loetz Phanomen overlay vase stood out among the rest. Its bright blue iridescent decoration with violet highlights against a green iridescent background was been further decorated with sterling silver overlay in a motif of swirling vines and leaves. It sold for $13,035, exceeding 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 sold just above its $6,000-8,000 estimate for $8,295. A Loetz tricolor vase with a bulbous body, pinched neck, and rolled and ruffled rim was a splendid example, selling for $7,998 against expectations of $5,500-6,500.
Steuben included a wonderful millefiori vase. The unusual gold aurene flower form with iridescent heart and vine decoration finished up at $5,925 versus a $3,000-5,000 estimate. Coming in with the same estimate and leaving with the same sale price was a Steuben green aurene vase with pulled feather design extending from the foot. Steuben art glass shades were highlighted by a lot of five brown aurene decorated shades with heart and vine decoration and a lot of two rare red aurene examples with gold iridescent decoration. Each lot sold for $7,110 against estimates of $2,000-3,000 per lot. And a single Quezal decorated shade with a dazzling green and gold iridescent pulled design went out at more than nine times its $600-900 estimate at $5,628.
Steuben crystal included an unusual jagged rock sculpture with a gilt metal thistle bush emerging from it. The contrast of smooth and rough textures made for a winning aesthetic and sold for $4,740 against expectations of $900-1,200. The captivating creativity continued with a Steuben crystal sculpture of a pear, upon which was mounted a gilt metal partridge in a pear tree. With an unmistakable nod to the celebrated Christmas carol, it finished up at more than the cost of five golden rings to sell for $5,332, surpassing its $1,500-2,500 estimate.
From a somewhat earlier era came an assortment of Victorian glass such as a rare Mt. Washington lava glass pink toothpick with multicolored glass shards embedded in the body. This vibrant vessel sold above its estimate of $4,000-6,000 for $11,850. A whimsical intaglio carved cranberry to clear vase decorated with a scene of cats dressed as humans doing human activities sold for $3,555, midway through its $3,000-4,000 estimate.
Other items of note included a select grouping of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre, a line of English ceramics from the early 20th century that served as a window into the moonstruck mind of its creator Daisy Makeig-Jones. The auction contained such pieces as a covered vase in the Candlemas pattern in which the vase’s three panels feature a tall lavender candle with an ethereal woman’s head serving as the flame. It sold for $6,517 against expectations of $4,000-5,000. A rare Fairyland Lustre bowl with the “Flight of Birds” pattern encircling the bottom and an interior decorated with a band of multicolored bubbles went out at $4,740 within an estimate of $4,000-5,000. And a rare Fairyland Lustre commemorative plaque in the Enchanted Palace pattern depicted playful imps guarding a long white stairway leading to a distant onion dome castle. Estimated for $2,000-3,000, it finished up at $5,332.
The diversity of the sale continued with a substantial offering of paperweights, including a variety of antique and contemporary examples. Standouts included an antique St. Louis example with rows of concentric mushroom canes amid a latticino and star cut base. It went out at $3,851 against a $2,000-3,000 estimate. An antique St. Louis French diamond pattern millefiori paperweight with micro flower blooms in a deep blue background sold at the upper end of its $1,500-2,500 estimate for $2,370. In addition, a contemporary St. Louis Fiornelli paperweight perfume bottle consisting of a millefiori base supporting a clear florally etched glass body that is inset with scattered millefiori canes and topped with a matching stopper exceeded a $1,200-1,400 estimate to sell for $2,725.
The sale was rounded out by a selection of Moser glass, sterling silver accessories, leaded glass windows, and other miscellaneous items including jewelry. One such highlight was a wonderful 18k gold aquamarine and diamond pendant. The mammoth 29.69 ct., emerald cut-stone was topped with three single cut diamonds and suspended from a lovely 18k gold open link chain. It sold for $3,555 against a $3,000-4,000 estimate while a matching lady’s aquamarine ring with a 15.97ct emerald cut stone in a 14k gold setting sold within its $4,000-6,000 estimate for $4,147.
Julia's upcoming auctions include their winter antiques, fine art, and Chinese artifacts auction in February while a phenomenal firearms and military memorabilia auction will be held in March. Also scheduled for March will be a special, single owner auction of fine Asian antiquities from the personal collection of Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt (formerly the Museum of Asia, Sarasota, Florida). Julia’s next rare lamp & glass auction as well as their toy & doll 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: email@example.com.
Julia’s Surpasses All Expectations With Their Latest Fall Toy & Doll Auction
As one West coast phone bidder put it, referring to Department Head Andrew Truman’s satisfaction with the auction thus far, “You can see that ear-to-ear grin all the way from California.” To almost punctuate that point, a previewer in attendance testing an antique cash register at that exact moment filled the hall with that emblematic (and apropos) “cha-ching.” When the final hammer fell, Julia’s tallied over $1.4 million, nearly a half million dollars over the total presale estimate of approximately $935,000.
The auction had all the makings for a blockbuster right from the start. Drawn fresh from three major collections, combined with select pieces from individuals from all over the United States, it was a nonstop parade of quality, condition, rarity, and diversity. With estimates that were realistic and conservative, bidders were treated to one spectacular piece after another.
Starting the show was the collection of the late Carol & Jerry 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 whose condition suggested the pieces hardly saw the light of day or hardly had a hand touch them. The family was represented by their daughter and her husband who watched the proceedings with great joy as they watched their parents’ objects find new homes. Highlights included a rare painted version Palace still bank with exceptional modeling and paint. It quickly surpassed its $4,500-6,500 estimate to land at a final price of $18,367. The collection continued with numerous house and building banks, such as a rare painted Crown bank by J & E Stevens. This diminutive version of the footed bank with cupola and red trim was the object of much competition, selling for $5,806 against an estimate of $1,750-2,750. A Town Hall bank by Kyser & Rex painted in bright primary colors rather than the traditional japanned finish went out at $4,977 versus a $1,000-2,000 estimate. A large painted City Bank with more muted pastels was another stunner, hitting $4,740, tripling the low end of its $1,500-2,500 estimate. A rare “Hold the Fort” still bank paid homage to a religious hymn of the same name with inserts picturing Moody & Sanky, two revivalists of the late 1800s. It filled the collection plates beyond its $2,500-3,500 estimate to $5,925.
This Lehmann tin windup, “Walking Down Broadway,” of a well heeled gentleman accompanied by his female counterpart walking their dog, sold for $25,515, a new world auction record.
From the same collection came a marvelous array of Lehmann tin windups, many of which retained their original boxes. Here too, condition was a strong concern of the Solings. Included were various rarities, the most significant of which was 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. One determined bidder in attendance had decided before even making the trip to Julia’s that he was not going to leave without it, and he didn’t. Bids easily escalated past the $5,500-7,500 estimate, quickly leaving four digits behind. It finished up well into five, landing at $25,515 and setting a new World Auction Record in the process.
The auction continued with a great number of tin windup automotive vehicles and motorcycles. A most unusual clockwork limousine from the 1920s with its original box was a great find. Entitled, “The Polite Chauffeur,” when activated it would roll along the floor, stop, and the chauffeur would emerge from the vehicle to assist the female passenger in the rear of the limo. German engineering at its finest, it sold for $3,555 against an estimate of $1,000-1,500. An exceptional KiCo motorcycle with lithographed side panels and rider was more finely detailed than its contemporaries. It went to a bidder in attendance for $5,332, ignoring a $1,000-1,500 estimate. A rare Distler motorcycle and sidecar with rider and two female passengers was another hot ticket. With such unusual features as having the sidecar on the left side as opposed to the traditional right side and a windup mechanism in the rear, it hit a final price of $7,110 against an estimate of $1,500-2,500. Also, a lot of two desirable Indian motorcycle toys, including a hand operated sparkler, went out at $4,147, more than 20 times its $200-300 estimate.
Toys from other collections included a variety of pressed steel including several Buddy L pieces. Of particular note was a grouping of unusual vehicles similar to their flivver series. A couple different versions of their dump truck and a Huckster delivery van with that trademark front end construction and same black color saw strong action. The Huckster went out at $3,850 against expectations of $1,500-2,500. These were joined by other mainstays like a Buddy L stake body baggage truck that sold just above its estimate for $1,896.
A group of cast iron airplanes, modeled after the real thing of the 1930s, boasted great detail and surprisingly good condition given the vigorous use by boys of the period. Included was a scarce Hubley Lindy Lockheed Sirius with two riders in the dual open cockpits that sold above expectations of $1,750-2,750 for $3,555. Also bringing $3,555 was a vibrant yellow “Friendship” seaplane that brought within its $3,000-4,000 estimate. A strong example of a large Hubley DO-X with six nickel-plated engines atop its red ribbed wing landed at $3,851 against a $1,500-2,500 estimate.
Other toy highlights included a scarce Lutz/Marklin three-tiered tin fort that made for a wonderful display piece for one’s lead soldiers. Despite some condition issues, this rarity still saw active bidding, besting its $2,500-4,500 estimate to sell for $5,036. A lot of six O-gauge passenger cars made for Bassett Lowke had no such condition issues and sold well above its $1,000-1,500 estimate to sell for $2,488.
A selection of German Steiff fared well. A precious Apricot bear with charming facial features and retaining its original ear button sold for $2,607 against a $1,000-2,000 estimate. A 5-ways jointed white Steiff bear from 1907 in very good condition sold at the upper end of its $1,500-3,000 estimate for $2,844. Also bringing $2,844, beating out his $1,000-2,000 estimate, was a handsome and very desirable Steiff “Bully” dog with his original bell, collar, and metal-rimmed chest tag. A duo of Steiff felt dolls, a charming uniformed soldier with black shoe button eyes and a rare and lovely girl doll with her original box, “Jrmgard” chest tag, and ID bracelet sold for $1,422 and $1,185, respectively, each selling within estimate.
The auction also featured a varied grouping of quality antique advertising items that performed admirably, including numerous pieces that seldom (if ever) hit the marketplace from the Richard J. Miller collection. Featured were large-scale early movie posters and lithographed paper signs for soda, tobacco, early medicinal products, etc.
Of the many highlights, interest ran high on his exceptional grouping of Buffalo Bill and 101 Ranch posters. Posters promoting this master showman with their highly detailed images and eye-catching illustrations are exceedingly rare and highly sought after. One such example was the imposing three-sheet poster showing Buffalo Bill sitting calmly on the sidelines of his great spectacle, awaiting his cue to enter and save the day. Dripping with arrogance and charisma, this life-size image of Cody was irresistible. The poster sold for $13,035, more than quadrupling its $3,000-6,000 estimate.
An example picturing a young Chief Red Cloud scouting a prairie landscape below illustrative copy for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World show, too, was an impressive piece in every way. It finished up at $10,665, topping its $5,000-10,000 estimate. An action packed example detailing a dramatic scene of Buffalo Bill storming an Indian encampment with his band of Rough Riders in the nick of time to save two settlers sold for $7,110 against a $3,000-6,000 estimate. A marvelous poster showing a violent train robbery of a Wells Fargo payroll car, complete with exploding dynamite, hauled in $5,214, besting a $2,500-4,500 estimate.
Imagery relating to the Wild West, Indians, and that era was an apparent theme within Miller’s collection and is highly desirable by today’s collectors. One hanger advertising Warner’s Safe Yeast remedy, illustrating a young brave and his squaw navigating a raging river in their birch bark canoe finished up at $5,925 (est. $2,000-3,000). A vibrantly stone lithographed paper poster for Kickapoo Indian Remedies that featured a native princess amid eye-catching ad copy was among the collector’s final purchases, having acquired it from a Julia auction just over two years ago. It found a buyer at $12,442, just above its $8,000-12,000 presale estimate.
It was his carved cigar store Indian that topped them all, though. This tobacconist figure from the late 1800s and attributed to master carver Samuel Robb was in exceptional condition with superb paint and patina. One of the finest examples to hit the market in recent years, it found a buyer at $29,625 against a conservative estimate of $6,000-8,000.
Another strong area in the Miller collection that saw much activity was in the beer category. Two curved glass corner beer signs, one advertising Illinois’ Bluff City Brewery and the other, Wisconsin’s Walter Beer, sold for $6,517 and $2,962, respectively, each surpassing a $1,200-1,600 estimate. A rare paper litho factory scene for Lemp Brewery sold for $10,072 (est. $800-1,200).
The collection continued with a selection of rare movie and theater posters. Highlights included an exceedingly rare and bold poster for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tale, “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” Among the most highly sought after of film posters, it found a buyer within its $10,000-20,000 for $18,960. A marvelous example advertising “The Blue Dahlia” went out at $2,962 against a $3,000-5,000 estimate. A heart stopping and rare poster for “Moon Over Miami” featuring a sultry Vargas image of Betty Grable and her famous legs sold for $2,488.
Miller had been a man about town in New York City early on, often associating with actor types, and theater posters and the like seemed a logical extension. Some of the splendid examples he acquired during his lifetime included a large-scale poster entitled, “On the Bowery,” picturing Steve Brodie leaping from the Brooklyn Bridge. Estimated for $1,000-1,500, it sold for a solid $10,072. A lot of two rare posters for magician Kellar the Great consorting with and taking counsel from the devil found a buyer at $8,295 against expectations of $2,000-3,000.
Defying category were two unusual lighting items. A bronze based office lamp with a triangular shade inset with glass panels, each reading “Postal Telegraph” looked straight out of a noir film. It caught the eye of several bidders but went to the one willing to go to $3,555, paying no attention to the $500-700 estimate. The following lot was a marvelous hanging cubical shade hand painted “Tourist Rooms” on four sides separated by a geometric pattern. It sold for $1,540 against a $300-600 estimate.
From other collections came a variety of other advertising including a selection of large-scale, hand-painted tin signs by Ithaca Sign Works. One such example pictured a group of folks out for a Sunday drive in their open-air Ford vehicle. Advertising Bierkamp’s sales and service garage in Durant, Iowa, this rare sign sold for $16,590, surpassing an estimate of $9,000-12,000.
Again, frontier and cowboy imagery proved to be a strong category. A scarce advertisement of a lovely cowgirl on horseback distancing herself from the pack in an informal race was a sleeper, selling for $5,036 against a $400-600 estimate. A selection of firearms posters and calendars included a 1909 poster for Winchester of two flushed grouse in a woodland setting that sold for $5,036 (est. $2,000-4,000) and a winter scene poster picturing Teddy Roosevelt riding horseback on a snow capped mountain trail that sold for $4,147 (est. $3,000-5,000).
Salesman samples, always a popular advertising collectible that Julia’s specializes in, included farming implements, household objects, furniture, machines, etc. Highlights included 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 sold for $20,145, well exceeding its $2,500-3,500 estimate. It was joined by two salesman sample sickle bar mowers, one of which retained its original carrying case. It brought $7,702 against a $2,500-4,500 estimate. A salesman sample farm scale with exceptional detail went out at $4,147, outweighing its $1,000-1,500 estimate.
From a longtime customer and consignor of Julia’s who has begun the process of downsizing came a marvelous collection of salesman sample or scale model furniture. Several created by Sacks of Boston in the early 20th century, these store displays were truly breathtaking. Included was a beautiful federal mahogany bowfront sideboard with burl panel doors and drawers all on slender tapered inlaid legs. True to scale in every way, this gorgeous piece went out at $5,925 against pre-auction expectations of $2,500-3,500. An exquisite salesman sample triple-pedestal dining room table with an inlaid satinwood border likewise sold for $5,925, surpassing a $2,000-3,000 estimate. An inlaid burl veneer step back two-part butler’s secretary with geometric panel windows sold for $4,147 against an estimate of $2,000-2,500.
The sale continued with a variety of coin-op and music machines. Chief toy, doll & coin-op consultant Jay Lowe put it best when he said, “Once again, it is obvious to see that also in the field of toys, dolls, and coin-op machines over the past decade the pendulum has swung. Collectors consider condition to be king, and they are willing to pay record prices for choice condition pieces.”
Case in point, from the Soling collection came a variety of penny gum machines including an Ad-Lee E-Z vendor in perhaps the best known original condition. Complete with its original marquee and bracket, its original box and an original box of gumballs, it exceeded an estimate of $1,250-1,750 to sell for $4,147. Compare this with a lot of two restored examples that went out at $1,777.
A rare Goo Goo penny gum vendor with a decorated front iron casting over a wooden case and its original side panel decals of Brownie-type characters. One of the most highly sought after machines, it went for $42,660 (estimated at $15,000-$20,000.)
Perhaps the big surprise in the coin-op section was the outstanding and rare Goo Goo penny gum vendor. This machine with a decorated front iron casting over a wooden case featured its original side panel decals of Brownie-type characters. It is considered by many to be one of the most highly sought after machines around. The phones were quite active, and in the end, it came down to a bidding war between a phone bidder and Jay Lowe, who was bidding on behalf of a client. Jay’s client was ultimately beat out, going to the phone bidder who brought the final price to $42,660, well beyond its $15,000-20,000 estimate.
From the Miller collection came a top casting of Uncle Sam from the popular strength tester machines. Although reproduced over the years by several entities, this was an original version, missing a few mechanism pieces and its wooden base but retaining "park paint." It was a strong performer at $13,035, well surpassing expectations of $600-1,200. Other highlights included a scarce Adams Pepsin Tutti Frutti gum vendor with wonderful porcelain panels and a nickel and glass Honey Breath mint dispenser. In very fine original condition, both neared their mid-estimates to sell for $5,925 apiece.
Music machine highlights included a massive Regina upright 2-inch disc playing music box. Housed in a regal oak case, it brought $13,035 against a $9,000-11,000 estimate. A Capital cuff playing music box in beautiful cherry wood sold for $2,370 against a $600-800 estimate. A duo of Edison opera phonographs likewise helped keep an upbeat tempo. One example coming from the family of the original purchasers retained its original wooden horn, rested on its original cabinet, and came with over 200 cylinders. It went out at $6,517 against a $3,000-4,000 estimate. An Edison Model A, SM opera phonograph estimated for $1,200-1,800 sold for $3,555.
Julia’s also presented a vast selection of more than 200 dolls. Running the gamut of genres and materials, bidders were 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 were 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 included some exceptional French bebes and German character dolls. Perhaps central to the collection was an exceedingly rare 21-inch Kammer & Reinhardt 107 boy doll known as Karl. His painted blue eyes, generously proportioned ears, and full pouting lips gave him the most engrossing woeful expression. He changed hands at $23,700, within an estimate of $20,000-30,000.
French dolls included a charming Depose Jumeau E. 9 J. with brown paperweight eyes and nice modeling. Quality and beauty throughout, she sold for $3,910 against a $3,500-5,500 estimate. A slightly smaller Depose Jumeau E. 7 J. with an equally charming expression went out at $4,740, just above its $3,500-4,500 estimate. An early Jumeau 6 (over) E.J. with her original skin wig sold for $5,332. A lovely Bru Brevete bebe with blue threaded paperweight eyes and delicate facial features changed hands at $8,887.
From other fine doll collections came such beautiful offerings as a diminutive cabinet-size Bru Jne bebe with deep blue paperweight eyes and terrific presence. She beat out a $10,000-12,000 estimate to sell for $13,035. A Circle Dot Bru Bebe with amber paperweight eyes and mauve shadowing found a buyer at $7,702. A rare French fashion doll attributed to Barrois depicting a woman of color, which was not a common subject in the period. This rare and superb doll was dressed in a royal blue silk gown with long silk train. Approaching the upper end of her $5,000-8,000 estimate, she finished up at $7,110. A beautiful towering 28-inch Jumeau fashion with piercing blue paperweight eyes and sublime expression neared the upper end of her $4,000-6,000 estimate to bring $5,925, while a pale bisque Jumeau fashion sold for $4,443 against expectations of $2,200-2,800.
Julia's upcoming auctions include their winter antiques, fine art, and Chinese artifacts auction in February, and a phenomenal firearms and military memorabilia auction will be held in March. Julia’s next toy & 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.
Sanlando Depression Glass Show and Sale, Jan. 24
The 2015 Sanlando Depression Glass Show and Sale will be held Jan. 24th (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and 25th (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) at the Sanford Civic Center (401 E. Seminole Blvd., Sanford, FL). Twenty-six experienced dealers from across the United States will be displaying and selling their best glass. Guest authors Barbara and Jim Mauzy will be conducting a daily seminar to harmonize with their special display of Cobalt Blue Glass.
This year, there will be hourly $25 gift certificate drawings for all attendees, plus a special drawing for youth 17 and under.
As an introduction for the new promoters, free gifts for the first 25 attendees each day will be given out.
Admission is $4.50 ($4 with the show card). Visit www.sanlandoshow.com
for discount coupons. Parking is free, and a snack bar will be provided. For info: Larry or Brooke Newton at 850-673-9607 or Glen or Carolyn Robinson at 803-684-5685.