FAIRFIELD, MAINE — Delighted with a fresh selection of merchandise, bidders at James D. Julia’s two-day sale of fine glass and lamps on June 19 and 20 were treated to an exciting and at times unpredictable ride. The auction saw bidding battles that resulted in strong prices while also gratifying the bargain attentive with an occasional great deal.
One of the highlights was Julia’s discovery of a rare Pairpoint Puffy lamp depicting a three-dimensional figural owl. Only the eighth example known, and perhaps one of the finest, the lamp consists of a blown glass shade in the form of an owl’s head with piercing yellow eyes with large pupils. The shade rests upon an equally detailed bronze, full-bodied owl figural base, and it went out at $77,025,
A lovely Pairpoint Puffy apple tree on its tree trunk base sold for $23,700, while a rare Pairpoint Puffy grape lamp done with tremendous realism and resting on its original matching grape cluster base went out at $13,035.
Fine Tiffany leaded glass lamps included a Tiffany Studios curtain border hanging lamp in a palette of fiery orange, yellow and amber geometric panels. It far exceeded its expectations, surpassing its $20/30,000 estimate to land at $77,025. Other hanging lamps included a Tiffany geometric leaded chandelier with an inverted dome bordered in bands of green Tiffany chunk jewels that changed hands at $41,475.
A rare and desirable 14-inch Tiffany daffodil lamp with an allover design of brilliant yellow flowers on a simple yet elegant urn base sold for $47,400. A 14-inch Tiffany tulip lamp with fantastic orange and yellow tulips and broad leaves set against a rich confetti glass background went out at $37,920. Another rare find was an important Tiffany 12-light lily floor lamp that sold at $44,437.
A rare Webb vase with carved cameo flowers against an acid carved background was further enhanced by applied cabochons and padded flowers. Hotly competed for, it went out at $18,367.
The auction likewise featured a multitude of French cameo glass, including several examples by Galle such as a marquetry vase with subtle purple irises against a mottled white and yellow colored background. Created by one of the first names in French cameo glass, it sold for $21,330.
A fine collection of Pate de Verre from a private Midwest collection included both A. Walter and G. Argy-Rousseau. An Argy-Rousseau vase encircled with maidens picking fruit from overhead trees, with minute detailing, sold for $18,960.
Art glass included some rather exquisite vases such as a rare monumental Tiffany gold favrile vase with white padded flowers, green heart and vine decoration, and wheel carved floral pattern encircling the bulbous shoulder that realized $10,665.
Art pottery included the ever popular, yet rare, short-lived line by Wedgwood known as Fairyland Lustre. Seemingly ahead of its time with fantastic imagery of elves, fairies and imaginative dreamlike backgrounds, production was cut short with the Great Depression. This auction contained examples such as a vase in the Imps on a Bridge pattern that sold for $9,480.
Both fine antique and contemporary paperweight varieties were represented. None seemed to fare as well as those by Clichy, including a concentric mushroom that brought $6,517, and one with concentric rows of millefiori canes against a sodden snow background that realized $4,147.
The sale was rounded out by a fine selection of quality jewelry and silver. Of the latter category, approximately 30 lots of silver from a fine Augusta, Maine, estate included Tiffany and Georg Jensen and consisted of bowls, compotes, flatware and more. A Jensen sterling bowl designed by Henning Koppel in 1950 with a wide flaring body with modernistic applied foot went out at $18,367.
The selection of jewelry was highlighted by a fine Tiffany & Co. heart-shaped pendant with a center blue sapphire surrounded by 17 old European cut diamonds that sold for $14,812.
All prices reported include the buyer’s premium. For more information, 207-453-7125 or www.jamesdjulia.com.