James D. Julia, Inc.

Lamp & Glass Division
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This excellent Daum vase has cameo flowers, stems and leaves extending from the applied stem upward. Estimated at $6,500-$8,500, the piece sold for $7,702.50.

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  Glass from the Past  
Several years ago, James D. Julia sold this rare museum-quality scenic Daum vase, internally decorated with black trees overlaid with thistle decoration and wheel-carving. Offered at $3,500-$4,500, this wonderful example sold for an incredible $47,150.

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What's New at Julia's
by Mark Ford, CEO
Here at Julia's, we are known for our outstanding staff and the second-to-none service we provide to our consignors, colleagues, and partners. As such, we have just made several important personnel changes in our FAAA and Fine Firearms division. These were all designed to recognize and best align talent, interests, and company-wide goals.

T. Greist In our FAAA division, Tony Greist is now Julia's Fine Art, Asian & Antique Division - Department Head. For the past seven years, Tony has been leading this department with Bill and Katya. While at Julia's, he has been instrumental in nearly doubling the division's annual sales from $6,500,000 to over $10,250,000. Tony has over 40 years of experience in various roles in the antique business and is well known and respected throughout the industry. It goes without saying that the FAAA department is in capable, seasoned, and professional hands with Tony.

We also extend hearty congratulations to Katya Tilton, who has been officially promoted to our Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Division - Assistant Department Head. Katya joined Julia's seventeen years ago as an assistant, and in her... read more.

What's It Worth
Worth This exquisite Daum winter scene 12.5" lamp has cameo and enameled barren trees rising from snow covered ground against a rich mottled yellow and orange acid-textured background. Offered for $4,000-$6,000, it sold for $15,405 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.

The Beauty of Daum Nancy Glass by Philip Chasen, chasenantiques.com
Daum Nancy is a survivor, still making beautiful art glass after 125 years. Emile Gallé was first, showing his glass creations at the 1889 Paris Universal Exhibition. That same year the Daum Brothers decided to emulate Gallé, after his success at the show. By 1893, Daum was also successfully exhibiting at international expositions. They have been able to survive to the present day by adjusting to changing tastes in art, including Art Nouveau and Art Deco. The Gallé company was unable to adjust to the transition to Art Deco, finally succumbing during the Great Depression in the 1930s.

The technique of acid-etching was basic to the production of all French Cameo Glass, from its inception through the Art Deco period in the 1930s. Vases were hand-blown, then covered with a waxy substance called a resist. Artists would carve their designs into the resists and then immerse the vases in hydrofluoric acid. The acid ate away the glass wherever the resist was removed, creating a raised design.

French Cameo Glass is so named because the raised decoration is similar to cameo jewelry, which is carved from shells. Raised decoration is the one characteristic common to all French Cameo Glass.

In addition to the basic technique of acid etching, there are numerous additional techniques that add levels of detail and sophistication. Enameling is the technique that distinguishes much of Daum's glass. Other companies used enameling, but none as often and as effectively as Daum. An artist hand-painted details onto a vase using a paint containing powdered glass. Subsequent firing of the vase caused the medium to

evaporate and the glass powder to melt and fuse with the vase. After cooling, the painted decoration became permanent, impervious even to harsh cleaning chemicals like Easy Off, which contains sodium hydroxide. (For more information on cleaning antique glass, read my blog post.)

Daum vases cover the gamut from floral designs to landscape and marine scenes. Among florals, violets and roses command a premium. Scenic vases vary by season, with winter and fall the most popular.

Much of modern Daum glass uses a technique copied from the 1920s, called pâte-de-verre, where powdered glass is put in a mold and fired in a kiln to fuse it. Modern Daum glass is attractive, but doesn't hold a candle to the earliest glass. Art Nouveau and Art Deco Daum glass has withstood the test of time. Its beauty and workmanship is unsurpassed.

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.