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 this elaborately decorated and handsomely ornate matched set during the company’s February 2014 Annual Winter Antique, Asian & Fine Art event. These censers, discovered through Julia’s Woburn, Massachusetts office, generated enormous buyer’s interest and serve to affirm the company’s leadership across the greater New England region as well as in the important Asian art category.

The robin’s egg blue Chinese cloisonné incense burners, lot #4307A, were originally estimated at $6,500 to 7,500 and date from the 19th century. They measure an impressive 34” high and 18” wide. The almost identical vessels are decorated with formalized lotus scrolling and deer, have supports in the form of three cranes, and are detailed with repousse gilt dragon handles. Their dramatic and elegant repousse brass lids are covered in stylized lotus plants. 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.

The auction event also featured several other extraordinary Asian treasures, also consigned from Julia’s Boston area office. Highlights include lot #3476, a 102” long, 19th century Chinese hand scroll featuring horses in various attitudes in a landscape that was estimated at $1,200 to 1,800 and sold for $154,050; lot #3519, a 6-1/2″ high, 18th century finely carved bamboo brush pot that was estimated at $800 to $1,200 and sold for $35,550; lot #3450, a 10-1/2” tall, 15th century Sino Tibetan gilt bronze figure of Amida Buddha with hand in the earth witnessing Mudra that was estimated at $50,000 to $60,000 and sold for $65,175; and lot #4222, a 31-3/4″ tall, Ch’ien Lung period (1735-1796) Chinese Famille rose porcelain plaque that was estimated at $9,000 to $12,000 and sold for $35,550.

These outstanding results were made possible in part from the time and talents of Julia’s Woburn based team. According to Jim Callahan, Director of Asian Arts, who took in the items, “It was great to see the interest in these outstanding treasures and their sale prices confirm the continuing interest in top tier Asian art and decorative items. The censers were the biggest surprise of all – their size, design, and last bid truly put them in a class by themselves – and I am delighted that my office is able to bring such remarkable consignments to Julia’s worldwide base of clients and collectors.” Martin Willis, Director of Decorative Arts for the Greater Boston Area and the auctioneer who sold the censers adds, “It’s always exhilarating to be behind the podium when there’s excitement in the hall, competition between bidders, and an unexpectedly high hammer price. Besides real estate, this was the most expensive lot that I’d ever sold. I told the audience that after the hammer came down, and everyone started clapping.
About James D. Julia, Inc.:

James D. Julia, one of the top ten antique auction antique houses in North America, is headquartered in Fairfield, Maine. The company also has an office in Woburn, Massachusetts. In business for almost five decades, the company conducts high-end antique, collectible, and decorative arts auctions throughout the year. Julia’s has routinely establishes new world records through its sales events. The company consists of four key divisions, including rare firearms; fine and Asian art and antiques; lamps and glass; and important toy, dolls, and antique advertising. Each division is regarded for its excellence and is staffed with world-class specialists to insure fair and professional authentication, identification, and valuation services.

James D. Julia is a proud recipient of the 2012 Governor’s award for Business Excellence, which is administered by the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. This honor recognizes companies that demonstrate a high level of commitment to the community, employees, and to manufacturing or to service excellence.
For more information:

Jim Callahan
Director of Asian Arts
James D. Julia, Inc.
(781) 460–6800
jcallahan@jamesdjulia.com

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Lot #3519, a 6-1/2″ high, 18th century finely carved bamboo brush pot that was estimated at $800 to $1,200 and sold for $35,550.
Lot #4307A, the robin’s egg blue Chinese cloisonné incense burners, were originally estimated at $6,500 to 7,500 and date from the 19th century sold for $248,850
Lot #4222, a 31-3/4″ tall, Ch’ien Lung period (1735-1796) Chinese Famille rose porcelain plaque that was estimated at $9,000 to $12,000 and sold for $35,550.
Lot #3450, a 10-1/2″ tall, 15th century Sino Tibetan gilt bronze figure of Amida Buddha with hand in the earth witnessing Mudra that was estimated at $50,000 to $60,000 and sold for $65,175
Lot #3476, a 102″ long, 19th century Chinese hand scroll featuring horses in various attitudes in a landscape that was estimated at $1,200 to 1,800 and sold for $154,050