Galerie Fontaine’s Auction will spotlight impressive fine and decorative arts from the 19th and 20th centuries at its auction on Saturday, September 25 at 11 a.m. The sale includes 500 lots, consisting of works by Tiffany Studios, Duffner & Kimberly, Handel, Pairpoint, Gorham, Whiting, Tiffany & Co., Gustav Stickley, Daum Nancy, Émile Gallé, Rene Lalique, Royal Vienna, KPM, RJ Horner etc. .
“Buyers come to us for certain things, and this list includes Tiffany fixtures, art glass, leaded glass windows, clocks, American and European furniture, fine silver, and marble statuary / bronze, to name a few, ”said John Fontaine, owner of the Fontaine sales gallery. We’ll have stars in all of the collection categories we’re known for, and more. ”
The auction will begin with an iconic example of art glass, a Favrile “Peacock” and “Gooseneck” glass vase from Tiffany Studios ($ 15 / 25,000), which is said to be one of Louis’ most original shapes. Comfort Tiffany, inspired by Persian. rose water sprinklers he esteemed. The Peacock versions of this vase were made with five types of glass, two of which are aventurine (glass speckled with gold particles).
The most notable item in the auction is expected to be a remarkable lead and acid etched glass window from Tiffany Studios, “Gabriel Blowing His Horn” ($ 70 / $ 90,000) , circa 1916, which measures 51½ by 49 inches (inset). The proportions of the window and the craftsmanship of the glass are sublime, and the window has a visual presence that appears realistic while showcasing the supernatural essence of the angel depicted.
Tiffany Studios lamps, of course, will be well received in this auction and highlights include a “Capucine” floor lamp ($ 60 / $ 80,000), circa 1910, measuring 68 inches high and having a lampshade of 22 inches in diameter; a “Geranium” table lamp ($ 60 / $ 80,000), circa 1905, with an illuminated blown glass base; and a “Poppy” table lamp ($ 50 / $ 75,000) circa 1910.
Besides Tiffany, collectors are also drawn to lamps from other renowned manufacturers, such as a “Wisteria” table lamp by Duffner & Kimberly circa 1915 ($ 30 / $ 40,000); an early 20th century Handel “Arab & Camel” table lamp ($ 8 / 12,000); and a Pairpoint Murano “Orchid” table lamp ($ 6 / 8,000).
A shining spot in the auction is the sterling silver category with several beautiful and ornate sets and centerpieces, led by a ‘Maintenon’ dinner service from Gorham Mfg. Co. ($ 25/35,000), 20th century, including foot cake, meat platter, pitcher of water, covered soup tureen and more; an English centerpiece (20/30 000 $) decorated with repoussé motifs of foliage, flowers and foliage, each of the bowls with cartouches decorated with castles, and a tea and coffee set “Chrysanthemum” Tiffany & Co., circa 1891-1902 ($ 20 / $ 30,000). A Whiting Mfg Sterling Silver Enamel Punch Bowl and Ladle. Co. with Vines ($ 8 / 12,000), late 19th century, is also on offer.
Descendants of American furniture will be well represented with offerings ranging from a 12-piece RJ Horner & Co. “Atlas” mahogany dining set ($ 20 / 30,000), circa 1890, including table, sideboard , a sideboard, a china cabinet and eight chairs. to a drop-down desk Gustav Stickley / Harvey Ellis ($ 8 / 12,000), circa 1903, in oak with inlays of pewter, copper and fruitwood.
The auction will be completed with a late 19th century Regina Style 35 ($ 20 / $ 30,000) changer music box, carved in filigree; a patinated bronze sculpture after Alexander Phimister Proctor (American, 1862-1950) ($ 15 / $ 25,000) entitled “Buckaroo”, 26 inches high; and a Karl Griesbaum book-shaped singing bird box with gilded sterling silver, enamel and gemstones ($ 12 / 15,000).
Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is the oldest operating auction gallery in western Massachusetts. It has won the trust of collectors, investors and gallery owners around the world. All cataloged lots benefit from national exposure to the company’s database of over 24,000 selected buyers. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery has been voted “Best Antique Auction Gallery” eight times by the public.
Consignments are currently accepted for fall and winter auctions. Fontaine’s is actively seeking quality items for all upcoming auctions, including furniture, lighting, art glass, clocks and watches, paintings, porcelain, bronze and marble statues, Asian items, art glass and cameo glass, Russian items, money, music, -op coins, 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 upcoming auction schedule, visit www.fontainesauction.com. Updates are posted 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.