PITTSFIELD, MASS. — Fontaine’s Auction Gallery will present a major two-day auction on September 24-25, featuring over 800 lots, with each session starting at 11am. This auction will include the collection of Howard and Arlene Lubkin of Rye Brook, NY, and Tiffany Studios lighting from private collections as well as several important estates. Auctions are available online, by phone and by mail.
Day one will include early 20th century lighting, art glass, leaded glass windows, fine silverware and china. The second part will include marble and bronze statues, paintings, American and European furniture, jewelry and American and European 19th century lighting fixtures.
Unsurprisingly, Tiffany Studios will be highlighted with over 80 examples crossing the block during Saturday’s session. Ranging from chandeliers and table lamps to sconces and floor lamps, the group is led by a highly sought-after ($80/120,000) “Peony Border” chandelier, circa 1910, 24 inches in diameter, which comes from a private collection in Chicago; a “Poppy” table lamp from a Florida estate ($70/$90,000), circa 1905, with bright red poppies surrounded by a blue and yellow glass bottom, 22 ½ inches high.
Not one but two fine examples of “Dragonfly” table lamps will be on offer. The first is estimated at $50/$75,000, having yellow and amber lead glass with a “Pepper” base, measuring 19 ½ inches tall, followed by a sky blue and spring green lead glass ($40/ $60,000), 21½ inches tall.
Also highlighting Tiffany’s offerings, a pair of circa-1910 Tiffany Studios leaded glass windows in the Gothic Revival style ($40/60,000). Each curved, oak-framed window measures 73 by 30 inches and is decorated with leaves and bunches of grapes.
In addition to a strong selection of Tiffany lamps, other well-known manufacturers are well represented, including an early 20th-century Handel “Poppy” table lamp ($20/30,000), measuring 23 inches tall with a 18 inch diameter shade; and a Gorham Mfg. leaded glass table lamp. Early 20th century Co. with silver bronze ($10/$15,000), 23 ¼ inches tall.
Also across the block is an American leaded glass window with three panels of the Three Theological Virtues, depicting three women as Faith, Hope and Charity ($15/$25,000); the center panel frame is 108 ½ inches tall and the side window frames are 98 ½ inches tall.
Among the silver offerings, the most notable will be a Victorian silver tray, John Hunt & Robert Roskell, London ($8/12,000), circa 1881, standing on four claw feet with animal heads having a cluster of bays below, approximately 144.37 troy ounces; and a 19th-century Continental embossed silver wine cooler ($7/9,000), with mermaid and serpentine handles.
The second session kicks off with a curated and selected group of artworks, including paintings and bronze sculptures, led by an oil on canvas painting by Ernst Karl Eugen Koerner (German, 1846-1927), “Sunset Cityscape of Iraq” ($10/15,000), signed and dated 1907, and a bronze grouping of frolicking children by Joseph Gustave Cheret (French, 1838-1894) ($8/$12,000), measuring 27 by 36 by 14 inches.
The main jewelry offering is this platinum bracelet with over 45 carats of diamonds ($60/80,000).
Another long-awaited centerpiece is an oak grandfather clock by RJ Horner & Co. ($30/$50,000) featuring winged caryatids and griffins, circa 1895, carved oak with brass and a silver-plated dial marked ‘Joseph Jennens / Skinner Street / Clerkenwell, London’. The clock is 103 inches tall. The Horner brand remains desirable and ten separate lots will be offered in this sale, including a 12-piece oak dining set with griffins ($12/15,000), two circa 1895 mahogany sofas with griffins (6/8 $000 each) and a circa 1890 Associate’s Desk in Mahogany with Winged Maidens ($6/$8,000).
American furniture will be well represented. Headlining this group is an Eastlake walnut four-piece bedroom set ($16/$22,000), circa 1880, comprising a two-door armoire, bed, marble chest of drawers, and chest of drawers made of marble. Each piece has beveled glass mirrors and is intricately carved with filigrees, scrolls, flowers and shells.
Notable fixtures include several fine French examples: a pair of Ferdinand Barbedienne eight-light bronze and marble candelabras (5/$7,500) in patinated and gilt bronze with red marble, each marked “F. Barbedienne, Fondeur,” 34 ½ inches high, and a French Louis XV style six-light figurative bronze chandelier (5/$7,500), late 19th century, 35 by 34 inches. The latter is adorned with three cherubs in patinated bronze holding two arms in gilt bronze with glass lampshades and the top with three heads of young girls.
Rounding out the final session are a monumental pair of Blackamoor carved and painted Venetian figurines ($8/$12,000), late 19th century and classically draped, 8-½ inches tall, and a set of two plant stands Ansonia Brass & Copper Co. Aesthetic Movement with Longwy Tiles ($4.5/$6,500).
Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is the oldest continuously operating auction gallery in Western Massachusetts. He has earned the trust of collectors, investors and gallery owners around the world. All cataloged lots gain national exposure to the company’s database of over 27,500 selected buyers. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery has been voted “Best Antique Auction Gallery” by the public eight times.
Submissions are currently being accepted for the Winter and Spring Auctions. Fontaine’s is actively seeking quality items for all upcoming auctions, including furniture, lighting, art glass, clocks and watches, paintings, china, bronze and marble statuary , Asian objects, art glass and cameo glass, Russian objects, money, music, currency -op, advertising, toys, banks, games and carousel items.
The company will buy directly or accept on consignment. Call (413) 448-8922 and ask to speak to John Fontaine, or you can email Mr. Fontaine at [email protected] For more information about the company and the schedule of upcoming auctions, visit www.fontainesauction.com. Updates are released frequently.
Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is located at 1485 West Housatonic Street (Route 20), Pittsfield, Mass. For more information, visit www.FontainesAuction.com or call 413-448-8922.