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Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Division
Upcoming Auction - August 2016
Charles Schulz
Charles Schulz Commissioned for County of San Diego Bureau of Animal Control (Campaign for banning dogs from riding in the back of pick up trucks)
James Bard
James Bard Portrait of the Steamboat "Daniel S. Miller" on the Hudson

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Joseph B. Smith
Montague Dawson "The Lofty Trader - The Scottish Moors Built 1890"
  Andrew Wyeth
Grandfather & Dwarf Clock by Aaron Willard
& Walter Cornell
Research Library by Mark Ford, CEO
This past week, my wife and I were in Florida for vacation. We have this wonderful little place on the East Coast where we try and go every year with friends of ours. It's become a bit of a ritual, and after a few years, you start to see the same people come year after year. They become familiar faces, soon you spend time getting to know each other.

As is typical, one of the first topics that comes up is, "So, what do you do for a living?" When I tell them I'm an auctioneer almost everyone is fascinated. I wish it was my engaging personality, but for the most part, the followup question is "I have this XYZ that I inherited from my Mom and Dad, what do you think it is worth?"

Well, I have a fairly good memory, but we have over 10,000 items cross the block every year, and they are as varied as French cameo glass to Boutet pistols. Furthermore, the most important lesson to learn is that "condition matters." From the most experienced collector, to the beginner - one of the single biggest factors in bidding at auction is... Read More

What's It Worth

What's it worth.
This fabulous painting by Abbott Fuller Graves, "Harbor Lookout", estimated at $100,000-150,000 sold for $201,250.

If you have a single item, collection or entire Estate and want to know "What's it worth?", or consign it to an upcoming auction, please Click Here

We are always looking for consignments of rare and valuable items, as well as collections for our auctions.

Fitz Henry Lane By Bill Gage - James D Julia, Inc.
Fitz Henry Lane was born in 1804 in Gloucester, Massachusetts and died in 1865 in the same town. As a child he lost the use of both of his legs and used crutches for the remainder of his life.

In the early 20th Century historians began identifying him as Fitz Hugh Lane and in 2004 it was discovered that his actual name was Fitz Henry Lane, which he has been referred to ever since.

His career started in printmaking in 1832 which lasted until 1848 when he switched to solely being a painter. During his time as a printmaker he also painted and his first paintings were exhibited at the Boston Athenaeum in 1841.

Fitz Henry Lane
Oil On Canvas by Fitz Henry Lane Depicting New Bedford Harbor
In 1848 he built himself a house and studio which is now open to the public and is located at the edge of Gloucester Harbor. It was in his 3rd floor studio that he spent the rest of his life painting Gloucester's busy harbor and traveled throughout Maine, Massachusetts and New York painting the bustling harbors of New England including Camden, Blue Hill, Castine, Southwest Harbor, Owls Head, Salem, Boston, Norwich and New Bedford.

His style was to become known as luminism emphasizing the use of light as a focal point. He was influenced strongly by Robert Salmon's paintings, which, at the time, portrayed meticulously wonderfully rendered sky and atmosphere.

His many lithographs were varied in nature and included music sheets, business trade cards, advertisements and panoramic views of towns and harbors around New England.

One of these harbor views was "View of New Bedford from the Fort near Fairhaven." It was in this scene that Lane captured the bustling harbor with several ships against a coastal city with its docks and wharfs teaming with ships. In the harbor is seen the sidewheel steamship "Massachusetts" and the whaler "Orozimbo" and the half Brig "Tarterno." Several figures are seen on a fence in the foreground as if you had joined them on the fence to gaze over the harbor.

This view of New Bedford Harbor was captured in an oil painting by Lane in the later 1840s and will be sold as the highlighted item in Julia's upcoming spectacular summer auction in August of 2016.

For those interested in Fitz Henry Lane's life & work, the Cape Ann Museum is a wonderful stop and they have the largest collection of Lane's works on view in their recently renovated exhibit rooms.

Photo Courtesy, American Antiquarian Society
Photo Courtesy, American Antiquarian Society (inv. 362)

Bill Gage
www.jamesdjulia.com | antiques@jamesdjulia.com
Bill Gage, Department Head, and Joshua Chamberlain, our Asian Consultant, are available to accept consignments for the upcoming summer auction at our Woburn, MA location. Please call for an appointment.

Joshua Chamberlain

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) or Click Here 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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