Fontaine’s Auction Gallery will present a major fine and decorative arts auction on Saturday, May 21 at 11 a.m. featuring 19th and 20th century light fixtures, art glass, stained glass, silverware fine, marble and bronze statuary, American and European furniture, jewelry. and porcelains. Buyers can bid online or over the phone and away.
Highlights include a Tiffany Studios “Spider” lamp ($30/$50,000), circa 1905, in leaded glass and gilt bronze, measuring 19 inches tall; a Christofle & Cie Napoléon III centerpiece in gilt bronze ($12/15,000), late 19th century, decorated with foliage, flowers and ribbons, and a French Napoleon III clock in gilt bronze ($8/12,000) , mid-19th century, with cherubs, scrolls and foliage.
“With just over 400 lots in this auction, buyers have so much to see that it may take a few days to preview this sale,” said John Fontaine, owner of Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. “Of course, we have several fine examples of rare Tiffany lamps, but the silver category is very strong, as is the decorative arts, from cameo glass to French clocks, leaded glass windows and much more.”
Of the 70 lots in the auction conducted by Tiffany, about two dozen are Tiffany Studios lamps in a range of desirable patterns, including “Pomegranate”, Linenfold”, “Daffodil” and “Apple Blossom”. Back” ($40/60,000), circa 1910, in leaded glass and patinated bronze, whose base and shade are inspired by “Tiffany Studios, New York”, 70 inches high and 22-inch Another fine example of this desirable design is an early 20th century “Turtle-Back” flare ($25,000-$35,000), measuring 67 inches tall.
Besides the “Spider” lamp mentioned above, Tiffany’s table lamps are well represented in the auction with a 21-inch-tall (30/$50,000) “Tulip” table lamp, circa 1910, having a 16-inch-diameter shade impressed “Tiffany Studios, New York, 1906.”
Cars aren’t often auctioned off at Fontaine, so when they do, buyers are likely to be rejoiced, as is the case with a 1993 Bentley Brooklands sedan with just 32,920 miles heading to the block auction with an estimate of $20/30,000 and a 6.75-litre Rolls-Royce V8 engine.
The jewelry and silver offerings sparkle with a sparkling platinum and diamond ring centered by a 2.44-carat (15/$25,000) old European-cut diamond accented by baguette-cut diamonds weighing 0.39 carats. Shoppers will also likely appreciate a set of 114 early 20th century Reed & Barton “Love Disarmed” sterling silver flatware ($12/15,000).
While the Tiffany Studios name is iconic for its lamps, its desk accessories are highly collectible and in this auction is a Tiffany Studios “Crab” inkwell ($12/15,000), measuring 4 x 7 ¾ x 8 inches. The circa 1905 inkwell was patinated bronze and shell, with a glass insert and printed “Tiffany Studios” with the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company monogram and “22/29233”. Also named after Tiffany is a Tiffany & Co. sterling silver pitcher ($10/$15,000), circa 1870-1891, measuring 18 inches and weighing 78.56 troy ounces. Much like the one in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, this pitcher features a grotesque head surrounded by leaves and berries, above a chiseled neck and gadrooned body.
Rounding out the auction is an American floral window in jeweled glass and lead with a dove in flight above trumpet flowers ($10/$15,000), measuring 58 ½ by 34 ½ inches framed, and a late 19th century Berlin Porcelain (KPM) plaque, “Kiss of the Wave” ($8/12,000), painted after Gustav Wertheimer (Austrian, 1847-1902) and measuring 18 by 20 inches ( framed).
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 24,000 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 Summer and Fall 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.