PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Fontaine’s Auction Gallery will present a major two-day auction on September 24-25, containing more than 800 lots, with each session starting at 11 am Eastern time. It will include the collection of Howard and Arlene Lubkin of Rye Brook, New York, and Tiffany Studios lighting from private collections as well as several important estates. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The works of Tiffany Studios will be prominently featured in the sale, with more than 80 examples crossing the block in the Saturday, September 24 session. The grouping is led by a highly coveted circa-1910 Peony Border chandelier, estimated at $80,000-$120,000, which hails from a private collection in Chicago; and a circa-1905 Poppy table lamp from a Florida estate, with vibrant red poppies surrounded by blue and yellow background glass. Its estimate is $70,000-$90,000.
Not one but two fine examples of Tiffany Studios Dragonfly table lamps will be on offer. The first is estimated at $50,000-$75,000 and has yellow and amber toned leaded glass with a Pepper base, and the second has a sky blue and spring green leaded glass and an estimate of $40,000-$60,000.
Also highlighting the Tiffany offerings is a circa-1910 pair of Tiffany Studios leaded glass windows in the Gothic Revival style. Each ached-form window is framed in oak, measures 73 by 30in, and is decorated with leaves and grape clusters. The pair carries an estimate of $40,000-$60,000.
Shining standouts among the silver offerings will be a circa-1881 Victorian silver tray by John Hunt & Robert Roskell of London, estimated at $8,000-$12,000. It is set on four claw feet with animal heads having a berry cluster below, and it weighs approximately 144.37 troy ounces. Also of note is a 19th-century Continental repousse silver wine cooler having mermaid and serpentine handles. Its estimate is $7,000-$9,000.
The second session, taking place on Sunday, September 25, kicks off with a selection of fine art led by a lively, undated Jon Corbino (American, 1905-1964) oil on canvas titled Fishermen in the Harbor, estimated at $8,000-$12,000. Offered alongside it will be a 1907 Ernst Karl Eugen Koerner (German, 1846-1927) painting, Sunset Cityscape of Iraq, estimated at $10,000-$15,000, and a Joseph Gustave Cheret (French, 1838-1894) bronze of children frolicking, estimated at $8,000-$12,000.
The likely top lot among the jewelry offerings is a platinum bracelet graced with more than 45 carats of diamonds, which is estimated at $60,000-$80,000.
American furniture will be well represented in the auction lineup. Choices include a circa-1880 Mitchell & Rammelsberg Rococo Revival sideboard in carved oak, marble and glass. The impressive piece, which is signed, has an estimate of $6,000-$8,000.
Lighting fixtures on offer include several fine French examples, such as a pair of Ferdinand Barbedienne bronze and marble eight-light candelabra in patinated and gilt bronze with rouge marble, each marked “F. Barbedienne, Fondeur” and together estimated at $5,000-$7,500; and a late 19th-century French Louis XV-style bronze six-light figural chandelier with an identical estimate.
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