|DENVER, Pa. – In carrying on the legacy of James D. Julia, the venerable New England auction house it acquired last year, Dan Morphy Auctions will present a Dec. 5-6 sale featuring exquisite fine and decorative art from the highest echelons of 19th- and early 20th-century American and European production.
Among the 1,539 lots to be auctioned over two days are exceptional rarities by Tiffany Studios, Daum Nancy, Galle, Martin Brothers, Thomas Webb, and many of their revered contemporaries. Paintings and other artworks are led by such widely collected artists as Jasper Cropsey and Alexander Calder, while the extensive fine jewelry section is topped by an 18K gold Rolex Daytona Ref 6241 “Paul Newman” wristwatch in the rare John Player Special black-and-gold color variation.
“This is a very substantial auction containing extraordinary collections of art glass, silver, lamps, and pottery from private collections and estates, both here in the United States and in France. There’s an amazing variety of makers, with price points to suit every level of collector,” said Mike Fredericks, head of Morphy’s Fine & Decorative Arts department.
Shining brightly over the array of art glass are several very special Tiffany Studios lamps. One of them, having a signed leaded-glass shade in the Poppy pattern with lush purple and maroon flowers against a mottled blue background, stands atop a signed, decorated bronze base. It is estimated at $120,000-$160,000.
Those who follow Morphy’s sales in hopes of spotting rare Martin Brothers stoneware bird tobacco jars can double their collecting pleasure on Dec. 5. The session includes a very scarce form that combines two individually signed birds, both with removable heads. The quirky duo is estimated at $65,000-$75,000.
The session is replete with 140 lots of fine jewelry and luxury timepieces.
Day two will showcase fine art, antiques, silver and furniture, as well as Asian art and a sizable collection of antique canes and walking sticks.