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Summer in Maine...
by Mark Ford, CEO

As I am writing this, it is a beautiful day here in Maine. As many of you know, it tends to be a little brisk up here in Maine most of the year, but this is one of those spectacular days, the temperatures are in the low 90s, the sun is shining and not a cloud in the sky. Late summer in Maine is picturesque, the goldenrod has bloomed, the black-eyed-Susans are blooming, and there is just a hint of change of color in some of the trees driving to work.

Summer in Maine End of August is also the time for our fantastic end of summer sale for the Fine Art, Asian and Antiques division. This year Tony, Katya, Bill, Megan and the rest of the team have put together an extraordinary auction featuring over $6 million of... Read more


What's It Worth

This beautiful English Chippendale Painted and Carved Giltwood Chest of Drawers Circa 1760. Sold for $155,250

This beautiful English Chippendale Painted and Carved Giltwood Chest of Drawers Circa 1760. Sold for $155,250

If you have a single item, collection or entire Estate and want to know "What's it worth?" please take a picture and email us at antiques@jamesdjulia.com. We are always looking for rare & valuable items, as well as collections for our auctions.

 
Antique Royalty; Thomas Chippendale and the Chippendale Style
By Tony Greist, Department Head - James D Julia Inc.
Born in 1718 at Otley in West Yorkshire, Thomas Chippendale was the son and apprentice of John Chippendale. Although very little is known of his early years, Thomas Chippendale was said to have been a strong businessman with elevated social aspirations. In 1754 Chippendale published "Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director" consisting of a collection of furniture design templates which adapted existing design styles with the fashion of the mid-18th century including English, Gothic and Chinese motifs. The Director appealed to both makers and sellers of furniture and Chippendale quickly became a household name. Much to Mr. Chippendale's (as he was known in London) disappointment while his furniture and styles were admitted to society drawing rooms he himself never was and his social goals were never achieved.

Chippendale believed in using the finest of

materials and generally Chippendale style furniture was constructed in mahogany. Some cabinetmakers used veneers however most preferred solid wood which best accommodated the elaborate carving that was most notable in the style. Other woods less commonly used were cherry, cedar, pine and oak. Common characteristics of the Chippendale style include cabriole legs, serpentine carving and pilasters or quarter columns.

The primary version of Chippendale style in England stressed the richness of formal design with embellishments and detail. The acceptance of Thomas Chippendale's design was strongest in the principle cabinetmaking strongholds of Boston, New York, Philadelphia and included ports such as Charleston in the south along an area concentrated with English imports of... Read More

Fine Inlaid Connecticut Chippendale Bow-Front Mahogany Chest Of Drawers Descending In the Chauncey Family (Second President of Harvard)
Fine Inlaid Connecticut Chippendale Bow-Front Mahogany Chest Of Drawers Descending In the Chauncey Family (Second President of Harvard)

At James D. Julia, Inc. we are always seeking high quality antiques of all types for our year-round auctions. We offer the best seller commission rates in the industry, as low as 0% for high value items and collections. Please contact us directly at 207-453-7125 (Maine office) or 781-460-6800 (Boston area office) to learn more or if you are considering consigning one item, an entire collection or an estate to auction. All inquiries are confidential and without obligation.
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