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Historic Solid Gold Presentation Freedom Box Given to Captain Stephen Decatur

February Fine Art, Asian, & Antiques Auction

Sagittarius Bronze by Paul Manship
Extremely important and very rare Sagittarius bronze by Paul Manship used in the model for the creation; “Celestial Sphere Woodrow Wilson Memorial” in Geneva, Switzerland.

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James D. Julia, Inc.’s Fine Art, Asian, & Antiques division is looking forward to our next auction on February 7, 8 & 9, 2018. The highly anticipated auction will be highlighted by an important and newly discovered Paul Manship Sagittarius bronze from a model for his monumental “Celestial Sphere” masterpiece. The Celestial Sphere is the centerpiece of the Woodrow Wilson Memorial in Geneva Switzerland and the Aero Memorial in Philadelphia, and is recognized universally as a symbol of hope and peace. It is among the finest works by Paul Manship, unquestionably one of the foremost, highly respected, and influential American artists of the “Art Deco” period. This Sagittarius bronze is consigned directly from the artist’s family, and the significance of this new Manship discovery cannot be underestimated. Click here to learn more about the history of this very special piece.

This auction will also include the Lila Garnett Estate of Kittery Point Maine (descendants of Commodore Stephen Decatur 1779-1820, Vice Admiral Morton Deyo 1887-1973, and Lieutenant Colonel John Pine Decatur 1786-1382). This archive of historic material includes an extraordinarily rare gold freedom box presented from the city of New York in 1812, also his signet ring, and autographed letter. Eight commissioning Documents of Morton Deyo’s Naval career and an important desk/sideboard belonging to John Pine Decatur. Other historical additions from the Lear/Storer/Decatur families include logs and journals from important U.S. Naval ships including the USS Constitution, USS Constellation, USS Boston, USS Columbus, USS Congress, and the USS Brandywine. The impressive estate has also provided fine silver, furniture and accessories.

This multi-day sale will also include an outstanding array of American and European paintings, bronzes, American and European furniture and accessories, and a fine selection of Asian antiques and Art. With our proven success, our reputation for honest and fair dealings, combined with the most competitive commission rates in the industry, no other source will provide a greater net return to the collector. Consignments will close in early December, so whether you have a single high-value item or an entire collection, contact us today to be included in our February auction.