James D. Julia, Inc.

Lamp & Glass Division
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This monumental marquetry Moser vase has a wheel-carved dark red marquetry flower on the front and two emerald green wheel-carved marquetry buds on the reverse with an applied green thread forming the stem. It is further beautifully intaglio carved with flowers, stems and leaves, and is a wonderful example of Moser craftsmanship. Click to see more highlights.
The Rare Glass and Lamp Department uses a network of recognized authorities in each of the specialized genres that we bring to market. Whether antique lamps, quality art glass, silver or jewelry, we make every effort to utilize the collective knowledge of this group of consultants to bring the most accurate information possible to our catalog descriptions for consignors and buyers.

First Auction for the
New Team

The November 2013 Rare Glass and Lamp auction will be the first for the new duo of Mike Fredericks and Julie Killam, both long-time veterans of the Julia team. With expectations of exceeding the previous sale results, this team has gathered over $2.5 Million in consignments for the fall sale, with a diverse and exciting offering for all collectors. This will be a sale not to be missed!

To contact Mike or Julie, call 207-453-7125 or email us at lg@jamesdjulia.com.

Mike Fredericks and Julie Killam

Mike and Julie have a combined 24 years with James D. Julia, Inc.

What's It Worth

rare Moser faceted vase This extremely rare Moser faceted vase shades from clear to amethyst, featuring two high relief figural tigers standing among intaglio carved palm trees, with a colorful applied parrot flying above. This incredible piece is offered at our November Auction, and is expected to bring $10,000-15,000. If 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 consignments of rare and valuable items, as well as collections for our auctions.

Moser Glass by Gary Baldwin, co-author of Moser - Artistry In Glass, author of Moser Glass The Klabin Collection, and noted Moser authority
Founded by Ludwig Moser in 1857, the Moser firm has evolved from the drab surroundings of a single engraving studio to become the 21st Century's preeminent producer of luxury glassware in Central Europe. Through an international network of fine shops, Moser sold luxury glassware to socially prominent and wealthy patrons and included among its customers crowned heads in Europe and the Middle East. Even though Ludwig Moser was recognized by his contemporaries as a painter and engraver of significant stature, his greatest achievement was as a glass entrepreneur. The Moser firm's unparalleled success was the direct result of Ludwig's personal dedication to the production of glassware of uncompromising quality.

During this early period, glass marketed by Moser consisted of highly distinctive decorative motifs applied to glass blanks purchased from major Bohemian glasshouses. Success abroad was insured by an extensive network of glass merchandising centers, while, at home, the appointment of Ludwig Moser as "Supplier of Glass" to the Austrian Imperial Court of Franz Joseph solidified his position as a major Bohemian manufacturer of artistic glass.

1895 witnessed the completion of Moser's glassworks at Meierhofen and with it a major shift in emphasis toward the technical perfection of the glass melt. Associated

development of complementary cutting and engraving techniques and the introduction of new colored glass formulations became an all consuming passion. Such dedication to excellence was rewarded by a high level of visibility at international competitions and a seemingly endless procession of socially prominent patrons.

In 1922, the Moser firm, under the artistic directorship of Leo Moser, purchased Meyr's Neffe Adolf Glassworks. Beginning with the fourth quarter of the 19th century, Meyr's Neffe, in addition to supplying cut glass blanks to the Wiener Werkstatte association of artists, had been the major supplier of enameled glass to the celebrated firm of J.& L. Lobmeyr. As a result of the combined design and artistic resources of the two firms, enameled glassware marketed by Moser regained, and in some aspects surpassed, its former splendor.

At Meierhofen, Leo Moser continued the development of richly colored glasses and, in 1922, was the first to introduce the commercial production of multi-colored rare earth doped glasses. Advanced prismatic cutting styles designed to enhance the jewel like properties of these new glasses won international acclaim. During the 1920s, Moser became a forum of contemporary design. Uniquely designed glassware, representing a significant departure from traditional

Moser Glass

Moser product lines, was commissioned in quantity and, in many instances, found its way into international competitions. Artistic glass produced during this period formed a foundation upon which many contemporary Moser designs are based.

Fortunately, World War II left the Moser factory at Meierhofen unscathed and it took little time for the Czech government to reestablish Moser as one of Czechoslovakia's leading glasshouses. Under Communism, the international reputation of Moser suffered from political censorship and the inability of merchandisers to reliably obtain Moser glass for their showrooms. Since the fall of Communism and the reestablishment of a free enterprise economy, Moser has regained its former international presence. As it was in the 19th Century, Moser glass retains the marquee "Glass of Kings, King of Glass."

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.