Press Releases | Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Division


Heywood Hardy: Artist of “The Hunt”

by William A. Gage, Department Head Although British artist Heywood Hardy’s (1842-1933) body of work includes portraits and animals, he is best known for his handsome and highly sought after paintings of fox hunting scenes. Fox hunting with hounds has its origins in 16th century Europe and remains an important tradition in rural England. Hardy’s […]

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James D. Julia’s February Winter Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction Rings in the 2017 Sales Season with Over $3.2 Million!

This world-class, two day sale featured a breathtaking collection of highly curated fine and decorative arts, outstanding antiques and furniture, historical rarities, and Asian selections. Fairfield, ME ~ February 28, 2017. James D. Julia’s annual February sale truly was a feast for the senses, tempting bidders with nearly 1,200 lots of paintings, sculptures, furniture, historical […]

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James D. Julia’s February 2-Day Auction to Feature Almost 1,200 Lots of Fine and Decorative Art, Outstanding Antiques and Furniture, Historical Rarities, and Asian Selections.

Fairfield, ME, January 23, 2017. It’s time for the most anticipated premier auction of the season – James D. Julia’s annual Winter Fine Art, Asian & Antiques sale to be held on February 9th and 10th, 2017 starting at 10am each day. The sale features three absolutely breathtaking, new to the market collections of antiques […]

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Paul Manship, American Sculptor

by William A. Gage, Department Head Paul Howard Manship (December 24, 1885–January 28, 1966) was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was an American sculptor who for 30 years beginning after World War I was considered one of America’s premier sculptors. It was during this period in 1934 he was commissioned to design […]

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James D. Julia’s August 3-Day Auction to Feature Almost 1,900 Lots of Fine and Decorative Art, Outstanding Antiques and Furniture, and Asian Rarities.

Fairfield, ME ~ July 25, 2016. Mark your calendars for the premier auction event of the summer season – James D. Julia’s annual August Fine Art, Asian & Antiques sale to be held on August 24th-26th, 2016. This nearly $6 million sale is chock-full of the highest quality and most desirable merchandise and has rightfully […]

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Emile Albert Gruppe By Rebekah Kaufman – James D Julia, Inc.

“When a man paints, he expresses his whole life, what he’s done and experienced. If you are bold and outgoing, your work will show it.” – Emile Albert Gruppe. James D. Julia has established itself as the premier auction house specializing in paintings from the Cape Ann (Massachusetts) School of artists. From the mid-19th century […]

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James D. Julia’s February Fine Art, Antiques, and Asian Auction Warms The Winter With Sales Topping $3.1 Million!

Fairfield, ME ~ February 3-5, 2016. The 2016 auction season has been officially launched, thanks to James D. Julia’s amazing three-day mid-winter sales event. Cold temperatures were no deterrent to bidders who could not get enough of the almost 1,400 lots of world-class fine and decorative arts, antiques, folk art, Asian articles, historical items, and […]

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Martin Johnson Heade: Political Correctness in the 19th Century

By Bill Gage, Department Head- James D Julia Inc. As part of the February auction this year we are pleased to offer an important painting by Martin Johnson Heade. Heade is most widely known for his iconic marsh sunset scenes as well as detailed renderings of Hummingbirds and wildflowers. He was born in Lumberville Pennsylvania […]

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James D. Julia’s End Of Summer Auction Sizzles With Sales Topping $4.8 Million!

Fairfield, ME ~ August 25-28, 2015. Billed as the auction event of the summer, this amazing sale did not disappoint! With over 2,600 lots of world-class fine and decorative arts, antiques, folk art, Asian articles, historical items and archives on offer, Julia’s was all abuzz with almost 800 house bidders and 5,000 online bidders from […]

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The Heat is On with Julia’s August 4-Day Summer Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Auction

THE HEAT IS ON WITH JULIA’S AUGUST 4-DAY SUMMER FINE ARTS, ASIAN, & ANTIQUES AUCTION
Fairfield, ME ~ August 25-28, 2015. It’s the event that collectors and connoisseurs have waited all season for – James D. Julia’s annual August Fine Arts, Asian, & Antiques auction! James D. Julia Auctioneers, led by President and long-time industry leader Jim Julia, has been in business for almost five decades. This $6 million dollar summer sale, now in its 35th year, is a signature event for the company and is one of the largest summer auctions in North America. This 2,500 lot event is so large in scope and quality that it has been extended from three days to four; it promises to offer an astonishing array of world class fine and decorative arts, antiques, folk art, Asian articles, historical items and archives, and a few breathtaking surprises as well.

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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 […]

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Amelia Earhart- Flight in the Friendship

After Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight in 1927, a wealthy American woman named Amy Phipps Guest (1873 – 1959) decided she wanted to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. After her family objected, Guest asked aviator Richard Byrd and publisher George Putnam (who later would become Earhart’s manager and husband) to find the “right sort of girl for the trip”. There are many reasons Guest selected Amelia Earhart.

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Edgar Degas; a Focus on Sculpture

Degas’ sculpture stands outside the mainstream of nineteenth-century French sculpture. He was never interested in creating public monuments, and, with one exception, neither did he display his sculpture publicly. The exception was The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer. It was shown in the sixth Impressionist exhibition held in Paris in 1881, but the work has little to […]

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Massive Gilt Lacquer Wood Figure of Vairocana Sold for $379,200 at Julia’s Wall-Apelt Auction

Fairfield, Maine ~ March 23, 2015. James D. Julia Auctioneers was honored to have offered the spectacular Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Asian collection recently. Dr. Wall-Apelt grew up in Germany during WWII. Her father was a prominent physician and he, together with his daughter, fled the Nazi regime to Switzerland. The dramatic upheaval in his life […]

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Julia’s Kicks Off 2015 with $3.5 Million Antiques & Fine Art Auction

Fairfield, ME ~ February 4-6, 2015. Julia’s Fine Art, Antique & Asian Department kicked off their 2015 auction season with a fabulous winter auction that spanned three days and featured over 2,000 lots. Because of the exciting array of goods, bidders came out in droves to be a part of the sale. Registering over 5,000 […]

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The Yangtze River Collection

This magnificent collection was assembled by Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt. In February through August of 1993, the collection was on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, Florida. A special full color book was prepared for the collection and its exhibition and many of the objects in this book are being offered today at auction. Later it was featured in Dr. Wall-Apelt’s Museum of Asian Art in Sarasota, Florida. (A copy of this special publication will accompany the following 60 lots from this collection).

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

The Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Private Collection is being sold at James D. Julia Auctioneers in Fairfield, Maine on Monday, March 23rd, and it is truly a very special collection.

This auction consists of the private collection of Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt. The collection has been 60 years in the making and each object in the collection was personally selected by Dr. Wall-Apelt during her lifetime. In 1993, after purchasing the Yangtze River Collection of later Chinese jades, she placed them on loan to the Museum of Fine Arts at 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, Florida where they were on display from February through August of that year.

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Julia’s Kicks Off 2015 with 3-Day Antiques & Fine Art Auction

Fairfield, ME ~ February 4-6, 2015. Auction veterans of nearly 50 years, James D. Julia, Inc. has been on a steady trajectory showing significant growth for several years running. 2014 saw the firm reach another company best with over $54 Million in sales, a yearly gross that has been increasing with each consecutive year. They’re […]

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James D. Julia’s 2015 Winter Fine Art, Asian, and Antiques Auction to Feature an Unprecedented Range of Important, Museum-Caliber Treasures.

Three highlights include 19th century Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery, an important painting by America’s “Dean of Illustrators” Dean Cornwell, and a remarkable, highly ornate pair of Meiji period Usuba bronze vases. Fairfield, ME, January 7, 2015 – James D. Julia, Inc., one of the nation’s top ten antique auction houses, is excited to […]

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Julia’s Fetches Nearly $1 Million Over Low Estimate
with $5.7 Million Antiques & Fine Art Auction

Fairfield, ME ~ August 19-22, 2014. It’s not every day an auction hits about a million dollars over low estimate, but again, we are talking a Julia auction here. In over 45 years in the business, the firm has seen its share of stellar auctions, be it in their renowned firearms division, their antique toy […]

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Another Outstanding Summer Auction for the Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Division

Congratulations to the Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Division on an auction total of over $5.7 million! It takes a lot of hard work and dedication on part of the division staff and the agents to bring together an auction of over 2,700 lots offered over four days. One of the many highlights from the […]

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Julia’s Announces Huge Summer Blowout
with over $4 Million in Antiques & Fine Art

JULIA’S ANNOUNCES HUGE SUMMER BLOWOUT WITH OVER $4 MILLION IN ANTIQUES & FINE ART

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What’s New at Julia’s

Here at Julia’s, we are known for our outstanding staff and the second-to-none service w 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. In our […]

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At $4.7 Million, Julia’s Completes Highest Grossing Winter Antiques, Asian & Fine Art Auction to Date

Fairfield, ME ~ February 4-7, 2014. Few companies these days can report significant growth several years running. Going on a business model built on honesty, customer service, top shelf presentation, and a consistent high quality offering, James D. Julia Auctioneers seem to have perfected a working formula that has enabled them to gross $46 Million […]

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James D. Julia, Inc. Sells A Remarkable and Museum Quality Pair of Chinese Cloisonné Censers

The pair brought $248,850 – close to a quarter million dollars – and garnered the highest sales price of any lot during the company’s recent $4.7 million dollar, four day auction event. February 14, 2014 Fairfield, ME and Woburn, MA – James D. Julia, Inc., one of the nation’s top ten antique auction houses, sold […]

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James D. Julia Auctioneers to Present a Special Showing of the John F. Gale Collection of Outstanding New England Paintings at the Rockport Art Association

Exhibit on January 12, 2013 to feature over 120 paintings and a talk by “Antiques Roadshow” appraiser and fine art expert Colleene Fesko The exhibit, to be held on Saturday, January 12th, 2013 at the Rockport (Massachusetts) Art Association, will include a special showing of the John F. Gale collection and other fine paintings. These […]

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James D. Julia’s 2013 Annual Winter Auction Features a Pair of Remarkable Once In a Lifetime Asian Arts Rarities

We are very excited to unveil two absolutely remarkable Asian Art treasures in association with our upcoming Annual Winter Antique, Asian & Fine Art Auction which will be held on January 30th through February 1st, 2013. These exceptional lots are certain to be of great interest to fine arts enthusiasts around the world, as well […]

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Julia’s Largest Summer Sale to Date Nears $4.5 Million in Antiques & Fine Art

Fairfield, ME ~ August 21-24, 2012. For over two decades James D. Julia, Inc. has marked the end of summer with the biggest and best antique & fine art auction in the state of Maine. Numbering over 3,000 lots it went down as their largest and most diverse summer antiques auction to date. Over a […]

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Julia’s Kicks Off 2012 Auction Season with $3 Million Blockbuster

Fairfield, Maine, February 2-4, 2012 ~ For over 40 years, the auction firm of James D. Julia, Inc. has presented an astonishing number of collections, estates, and individual items to an eager antique buying public. Their auctions are recognized in each of their four specialty divisions to have featured some rather phenomenal and historical finds […]

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Julia’s Sets New Record With Their Summer Antiques & Fine Art Auction

Fairfield, Maine, August 23-26, 2011. As Hurricane Irene moved north pounding the east coast, and mere days before reaching New England, Julia’s recent auction was described by department head Bill Gage as “a perfect storm” referring to everything from the quality of the merchandise to the excitement of the bidders being aligned to effect record […]

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Julia’s Recent Antiques & Fine Art Auction Takes the Chill Out of Winter

Fairfield, Maine, February 3-4, 2011 ~ There is little doubt the economy is on the upswing. Optimism and energy so real you can almost touch it. Such was the atmosphere at Julia’s recent antiques & fine art auction. Despite a chilling “Nor’easter” two days prior that dropped another foot of snow on the already blanketed […]

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Julia’s Marks the End of Summer with Massive Antiques & Fine Art Auction

Fairfield, Maine, August 25-27, 2010. ~ For over two decades in their illustrious 40+ year history, James D. Julia, Inc. has marked the end of summer with the biggest and best antique & fine art auctions the state of Maine has ever seen. Renowned for assembling vibrant, quality sales in a variety of categories, James […]

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Julia’s Sets World Record with $1.15 Million Yorktown Battle Map!

Fairfield, Maine, February 4-5, 2010. For over 40 years, the auction firm of James D. Julia, Inc. has presented an astonishing number of collections, estates, and individual items to an eager antique buying public. The most exciting lots, however, have been those with historical significance and certainly the recent extraordinary cache of historical items from […]

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Julia’s End of Summer Auction “Came Home” with over $3 Million in Sales!

Fairfield, Maine, August 25-28, 2009. For over 30 years, James D. Julia has conducted a major end of summer auction each year. These sales were conducted at various coastal resorts. This year, Julia’s decided to bring this major auction home, with tremendous results! Originally the coastal venues were used to accommodate the vast offerings put […]

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Fine Art & Folk Art Highlight Julia’s February Auction

Fairfield, Maine, February 6 & 7, 2009. The antiques market has changed over the years. Tastes change. Times change. Economies change. Amid this change, a constant is that those with money will likely remain in money. And rather than invest in a sketchy stock market, many are shifting to quality tangible assets. As consignors, it […]

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