ANTIQUES; Pairpont lamp shines in Maine sale

ANTIQUES; Pairpont lamp shines in Maine sale

Frances McQ.-J. Mascolo

A signed Pairpoint puffy lamp, reverse-painted in a splendid pattern of oranges, leaves and butterflies, stole the spotlight at James Julia’s lamp and glass sale in Fairfield, Maine, when it sold for $51,750.

A large Bohemian carved cameo glass-covered pokal (urn) was estimated at $6,000-$9,000 and brought $21,275 from a London dealer.

An amazingly detailed pulpit made at the Tiffany workshops for St. Paul’s Universalist Church in Meriden, Conn., in carved green marble with a mosaic glass overlay sold to a Midwestern collector for $19,550. Just before the sale, a Connecticut woman read about the sale of the pulpit and called Julia’s to say she had an architectural watercolor of the pulpit that she had found in an area thrift shop. She overnighted the watercolor to Julia’s and it sold to the pulpit buyer for $1,725. The same Midwestern collector bought the Tiffany baptismal font that accompanied the pulpit for $5,750.

A rare Emile Galle marquetry and wheel-carved cameo glass vase that may have been made for the Paris exposition of 1900 was of immense interest and sold for $39,675.

Robust bids at CRN

The magic number at CRN Auctions’ Nov. 17 sale before a full house in Cambridge was $16,100. That was the final price for Victor Gabriel Gilbert’s oil-on-panel view of a Parisian vegetable seller and for a Rhode Island Queen Anne maple drop-leaf dining table with D-shape drop leaves.

A 90-inch New Jersey Federal cherry tall clock with a moon-phase dial brought $12,650 and a handsome Queen Anne mahogany block-front kneehole desk was $12,075. A Newport Chippendale mahogany tea table was a very reasonable $4,025.

A particular favorite was a charming 19th century life-size polychrome chalkware figure of a seated black boy, which sold for $2,415. A 19th century Whiting punch bowl with an embossed grape leaf pattern and a silver ladle with a chased grape leaf design along the handle brought $10,963, and a large and highly ornate reticulated five-basket epergne sold for $8,740. A George II lacquered chest with a gilt frame brought $9,775 as did an octagonal Italian table.

CRN’s next sale is Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Cambridge armory.

Around New England

– A circa 1810 painted round-top hutch-table with turned legs took top honors at the Kenneth W. Van Blarcom sale in South Natick when it sold for $17,250. The base from a circa 1760 Newport Queen Anne mahogany highboy went for $5,175 and a 19th century English Regency- style sofa table with rosewood veneer and a leather top was $4,600. A 19th century pair of Chinese export candlesticks in elephant form sold for $7,187.50.

– A massive (102-by-110-by-40-inch) 18th century German kas in deeply carved walnut was the star at Bob Courtney’s Nov. 9 sale in Worcester when it sold for $35,600. At the same sale, a signed Tiffany window depicting a woman sold for $33,350 and a stained glass window in a peacock design attributed to Tiffany brought $12,500. A bronze figure of an angel sold for $17,250 and a set of office furniture comprising a desk, two chairs and two bookcases went for $23,000. Two grandfather clocks fetched $12,500 and $16,100.

– Dan Elias, host of “Antiques Roadshow,” has resigned from the television program. Elias found the combined demands of the show and his fine art business in Allston too much to handle. “It was great fun, but it’s back to business,” said Elias. He will appear on the next roadshow series to air in January, which was filmed over the summer.

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