Fontaine’s blessed with set of Tiffany windows selling for $356,950
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A unique set of Tiffany Studios windows depicting the Eight Beatitudes of Jesus sold for $356,950 to take top lot honors at an auction held Sept. 10 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery.
The windows (above) used multiple layered glass, including drapery, enamel decorated and cameo cut glass. Each 48 inch by 24 inch window depicted an angel with blue banners and purple cameo cut scripture. Each of the eight windows was housed in its original bronze frame. One was signed in cameo, “Tiffany Studios, New York, 1913,” while one window frame was signed “Tiffany Furnaces.”
Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.com.
The auction grossed just under $1.5 million and attracted approximately 2,300 registered bidders, 125 of whom were in the gallery.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted are inclusive of the 21 percent buyer’s premium.
The runner-up top lot was a gorgeous Tiffany Studios curtain border floor lamp (below) with a 24-inch domical shade. The lamp was in excellent condition, clean with nice original patina and no panels at all to the various shade panels. The 88-inch-tall lamp went for $60,500.
A pair of large Chinese teak and porcelain floor screens (below), having a 31-inch diameter porcelain center panel decorated with a cherry blossom tree, penjing tree, peonies, cranes and flying birds, overall 68 1/2 inches tall by 47 inches wide, changed hands for $54,450. The screens displayed Chinese character inscriptions and seal marks on the front and impressed markings on the back.
A Seth Thomas No. 12 oak regulator clock with a quality 14-inch signed silver dial and a brass, eight-day weight-driven, time-only movement, housed in a massive 72-inch tall oak case with carved crest and base, sold for $26,620. A pair of carved figural marble sphinxes, 34 inches tall, with large maiden’s heads and busts and a seated lion with large claw feet, made $18,755.
A star of the furniture category was a walnut extra grade Wooton desk (below), carved in the Renaissance Revival style, with a fancy carved gallery and large burled panels. The desk, in nice refinished condition, brought $16,335. Also, an oak dining table attributed to R.J. Horner, having a 60-inch diameter top with swirling filigree carved border, drop apron and eight skirted leaves hit $11,495.
An 18-inch Handel Floral Poppy table lamp (below) having a signed and numbered conical shade with a scalloped lower rim, reverse-painted with vibrant clusters of red and orange poppy flowers with black enamel centers, fetched $21,780. Also, a mahogany R.J. Horner nine-tube grandfather clock with a dial signed Tiffany and a painted disk on the back signed “Walter H. Durfee, hit $18,150.
A bronze animated European locomotive industrial clock with a case in the form of a steam locomotive on a marble base with gilt rails, a thermometer, compass and barometer, made $22,990; while a French industrial mystery swinger clock in the form of a hot air balloon (below), with a man in a wicker basket retrieving an anchor acting as a pendulum bob, rose to $14,520.
A Robert Houdin, Paris, glass dial mystery clock with signed brass hairspring movement and a front-mounted escapement that engaged a large crown wheel which rotated a series of rods and gears, realized $20,570. Also, a three-piece French bronze clock set with a 4-inch brass champlevé dial and a brass eight-day spring-driven movement signed “Japy Freres,” topped out at $14,520.
For details contact Fontaine’s Auction Gallery by email at www.FontainesAuction.com or call 413-448-8922.
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