James D. Julia, Inc.

Rare Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry Division
Now Accepting Consignments - June Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry Auction
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Fine Daum Nancy crocus vase with padded and wheel-carved crocuses in dark purple and redorange. This fine vase is from a private Texas collection and is estimated at $7,000-$10,000 and will be offered in our
June 2016 auction.
   
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Scarce Daum Nancy Rain Scene lamp (est. $10,000- 15,000) from a private Texas collection which includes other fine rain scene examples offered in our June sale. More highlights...
 
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D&K Louis XV table lamp, estimated at
$45,000-55,000, sold for $47,150.
   
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D&K Viking table lamp, estimated at
$25,000 -35,000, sold for $36,225.
What's New for 2016 at James D. Julia? by Mark Ford, CEO

2015 was a busy year behind the scenes at James D. Julia. Last April, we changed our computer system that we had been using for over ten years. We moved into a more robust system that had many new features that we believed would deliver a better experience for all our clients. You may have seen some of these changes already if you were a successful bidder at one of our auctions. You may have noticed changes to our billing system - both in the format of the invoices and that they are now being emailed typically within 24 hours of the completion of the auction.

Julia's has always focused on being transparent, fair and honest. One of the features we offer is free absentee bidding. Absentee bidding is when a client contacts us, and wants us to bid on their behalf, or contact them by telephone when their lot is on the block. Absentee bidding is... Read more


What's It Worth
What's it worth.

This signed Duffner & Kimberly ivy table lamp with 16" diameter shade was estimated at $4,000-6,000 and sold for $10,350


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.

 
The Duffner & Kimberly Company by Dr. Martin M. May, Author of Great Art Glass Lamps

The Duffner & Kimberly Company was incorporated in 1906 to directly compete with Tiffany Studios. Their purpose was to produce a very high-end product in mosaic art glass motifs. This retail product line including stained-glass window commissions, memorial plaques, and a line of leaded mosaic lamps.

Duffner & Kimberly created original designs for their lamps, and their workmanship and choice of materials were of the highest quality. To this end, the partnership of Frank Joseph Duffner, a former employee of both the Bradley and Hubbard Company and the Phoenix Glass Company, and Oliver Kimberly, a former Tiffany Studios employee and recent St. Louis exhibition grand prize winner, was formed.

Duffner and Kimberly employed the services of Hamilton T. Howell to design lamps and specific bases. These produced a premier lamp line that fit comfortably into the period home without dominating the decor; rather the lamps complemented it. While Tiffany Studios used a freer, more organic style for

their lamps, Duffner & Kimberly lamps were formal and more structured. Howell designed specific basis to be use for specific shades, creating a fixed period piece. This was especially true of the earliest, most expensive, and most aggressively advertised models.

Duffner and Kimberly produced their lamp masterpieces only for seven years, and their most extensive output was in the first two years of their existence, 1906 and 1907. Financial recession in United States, as well as a change in popular taste to simpler and less expensive items, doomed the fancy products from Duffner and Kimberly. The company filed for bankruptcy in 1913.

These lamps are a treat to view, especially taken in the context of their times. They show an original American art form with design, ingenuity, and workmanship at its finest.

D&K Peony (est. $35,000-45,000) Sold for $40,250
D&K Peony (est. $35,000-45,000) Sold for $40,250


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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