'Good economic outlook' spells $1.9m success at US lamp and glass sale

Hot on the heels of its hugely successful firearms auction which grossed over $10m (including a record $862,500 for a Fox shotgun once owned by US President Theodore Roosevelt), James D Julia, Inc's two-day fine lamp and art glass auction hit a very strong $1.9m.

Consisting of over 100 lamps together with a plethora of rare art glass, English and French cameo and other treasures, the highly diverse auction was topped by a spectacular Tiffany peony border floor lamp on a decorated senior base.

Its massive shade features a wide band of nicely detailed multihued mottled flowers below a geometric pattern of blue silver panels. Topped with a pigtail finial with curlicue tip, the shade rested on its original highly desirable bronze senior base.

The Tiffany peony border floor lamp sold for $172,500

This rarity was billed as "a singular opportunity" and eventually sold for $172,500 towards the upper end of its $125,000-175,000 pre-sale estimate.

According to a report issued by the auction house, pre-auction inquiries from new blood collectors and dealers, as well as from veterans who perhaps hadn't been as active in recent years, had raised hopes for the sale.

Julia's department head Dudley Browne has attributed the improved performance of this sale over last year's to "an optimistic economic outlook" and "philosophy of a quality offering of goods."

James D Julia's auction was held in Fairfield, Maine, US on December 1-2.


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