James D. Julia, Inc.

Lamp & Glass Division
Upcoming Auction.
A rare antique carpet ground Baccarat paperweight featured nine gridel canes including two butterflies, goat, dog, horse, two roosters, elephant and deer as well as one flower silhouette cane, all set on a white carpet ground and signed within a small cane on the side "B1848". This weight sold well at $12,650 in our auction.
Notable Treasure
This Paul Stankard design consisted of two lady slipper blossoms with four buds, green leaves and stems as well as exposed roots with three small root spirits and another blossom. It had translucent green lamination on three sides and base, and was signed in script on base "Paul J Stankard D59 1988". The weight reached $6,900 at auction.

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The Private and Personal Collection of Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt

The Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Collection is being sold at James D. Julia Auctioneers in Fairfield, Maine on Monday, March 23rd, and it is truly a very special collection. It has been a lifetime in the making and began when Dr. Wall-Apelt was 15 years old. Her father passed on and bequeathed to her some Asian objects which had meant a great deal to him. Dr. Wall- Apelt eventually became a medical doctor in Germany, as her father was before her, and during those years, her interest in the Asian culture blossomed and grew exponentially. It began first with the culture, then theArticle Image objects, and eventually she became enthralled with Chinese medicinal practices including acupuncture. She left her medical practice in Germany, traveled to China, learned acupuncture, herbal remedies and ancient therapies. She eventually came to Florida in the United States and Read more...

What's It Worth

This rareWhat's it worth. St. Louis paperweight had flashed amber glass bottom and five faceted windows on the side, a single round faceted window on top revealing a red and a white Clematis with shaded green leaves and stems and was formerly in the Maurice Lindon Collection. This fine weight sold for $8,887.50 at auction.

If you have a rare lamp or glass item and want to know "What's it Worth," please take a picture and email it to us at lg@jamesdjulia.com. We are always looking for consignments of rare and valuable items, as well as collections for our auctions.

Demystifying Paperweights by Debbie Tarsitano of Debbie Tarsitano Studios
Antique paperweights made in the 19th century captured floral designs, reptiles and millefiori canes in very traditional Victorian styles encased in a solid sphere of clear crystal.

Artists of the 19th century generally produced paperweights in factory settings along with other decorative glass objects. Rarely signed by individual artists, most antique paperweights are attributed to a factory by motif, color palette, canes and shape. Little is known about individual artists who created the work.

In a nineteenth century society with fancy desks and paper, paperweights were functional objects of art. Flowers were a large part of Victorian society and both ladies and gentleman of the time were attracted to fauna and flora. Paperweights were considered fascinating objects of art and conversation pieces in Victorian homes.

Factories producing paperweights were primarily located in France, Italy, Czechoslovakia, America, and China. Factory made paperweights often had similar motifs. Factories would also produce special pieces. These rare designs showcased fantastic capabilities and secret techniques only known to each factory. Today these special pieces bringing staggering auction results.

In the mid 20th century, there was a revival in modern paperweights. At first artists began creating updated versions using glassworking techniques of antique traditions. This revival began alongside the studio art glass movement in America. Individual glass artists opened homegrown studios in garages and basements. The pioneer and dean of the American paperweight revival was Charles Kaziun, of Brockton Massachusetts. Kaziun set new artistic standards and methods for creating paperweights at that time. He worked alone... Read More

Julie Killam & Mike Fredericks

Clichy Swirl Paperweight Sold for $4,025

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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