PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A rare Tiffany Studios 18-light Lily lamp, a Gustav Becker astronomical floor regulator clock and a carved Carrara marble sculpture of a standing nude woman by Italian artist Pasquale Romanelli (1812-1887) are expected top lots at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s next Antiques & Fine Art Auction planned for Saturday, Sept. 9, starting at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Up for bid will be 275 lots of high quality antiques and fine art items, to include 19th and 20th century lighting by Tiffany Studios, Handel, Duffner & Kimberly, Suess and others; fine clocks and watches; American figural carved and Victorian furniture; Asian items; paintings; marble and bronze statuary; Royal Vienna; art glass; gold and diamond jewelry; fine silver and porcelains.
With a presale estimate of $40,000-$60,000, the Tiffany Studios 18-light Lily lamp could very well end up the top lot of the auction. The lamp boasts 18 signed L.C.T. art glass shades having a ribbed and trumpeted form, all in good condition. The lamp is 21 inches tall and has a 10 inch diameter base.
The Gustav Becker astronomical floor regulator is rare to the point that it’s assumed to be a one-of-a-kind piece, with a top-grade case and fine quality movement. It has been in the same family since the 1920s and was made circa 1875-1877, most likely for display at the 1876 Centennial International Exhibition in Philadelphia. The 109 1/2-inch-tall clock should hit $30,000-$45,000.
The carved Carrara marble sculpture by Pasquale Romanelli is monumental, at 60 inches tall, in perfect condition with no damage or repairs. The standing woman is rendered with light garments blowing in the wind, and roses, tulips and other flowers around her feet and in her outstretched hand. The work, inscribed “P. Romanelli,” has an estimate of $30,000-$45,000.
The fine furniture category will be led by a pair of dining room sets by R. J. Horner, both with estimates of $15,000-$25,000. One is a 15-piece carved mahogany winged griffin set with a 78-inch-wide sideboard, a 78 ½ inch tall bonnet top china cabinet, a 60-inch split pedestal dining table and 12 chairs. The other is an 11-piece carved oak winged griffin set boasting a large sideboard, bonnet top china cabinet, 60-inch split pedestal dining table and eight dining chairs.
For lamps and lighting, a Tiffany Studios turtle back hanging lamp with an 18-inch shade having a geometric brick pattern in fiery orange glass, a five-row border and seven-row domical top, has an estimate of $15,000-$20,000; and a pair of pure white marble and bronze lamps, 38 ½ inches in height and having a fluted urn form with bronze handles, should hammer for $10,000-$15,000.
A large, hand-blown Tiffany Studios Stalactite shade, 12 3/4 inches tall, having a vertical two-tone green leaf and vine pattern with 11 large four-petal flowers with millefiori centers, should achieve $10,000-$15,000.
An oil on wood panel scenic landscape of Mexico City (below) by Conrad Wise Chapman (1842-1910), titled on the back, Mexico, From the Hacienda of Morales, signed lower left, is expected to sell for $20,000-$25,000; and a large oil on canvas Old Master painting attributed to the Dutch artist Johannes Lingelbach (1622-1674), a scenic view of a busy courtyard in front of a large cathedral with mountains in the background, 62 inches by 54 inches, should command $10,000-$15,000.
Tops in the fine jewelry category is a dazzling Van Cleef & Arpels 18K yellow gold and Alhambra 20 motif necklace with white coral, 33 1/2 inches long (est. $12,000-$15,000.
For details contact John Fontaine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-448-8922.