PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Fontaine’s Auction Gallery will present its next Fine and Decorative Arts auction on Saturday, May 20, starting at 11 am Eastern time. It will feature more than 500 lots of 19th- and 20th-century lighting, art glass, leaded glass windows, silver, porcelain, marble and bronze statuary, paintings, American and European furniture, clocks, watches and jewelry. The auction will feature private collections from Texas, New York, Michigan, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, Ohio and Massachusetts. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Setting the tone for what bidders can expect to see in the sale is a circa-1910 Tiffany Studios Acorn & Bell leaded glass table lamp, estimated at $20,000-$30,000. It has a 14in shade and its base is impressed with the phrase “Tiffany Studios, New York, 68752.”
Fine examples of antique Tiffany lamps in desirable forms and patterns are increasingly harder to find, but Fontaine’s buyers seldom walk away disappointed as the house always seems to have choice offerings. Also featured in the May 20 auction is a circa-1900 Favrile glass decorated table lamp, estimated at $60,000-$80,000. Coming out of the Linda L. Bean collection, the lamp is in a pleasing hue of green with iridescent swirls of purple, white and other colors. The shade is engraved “F2663” and the oil font is marked “591984 / Pat. 10, 19, 97.”
Tiffany’s Daffodil shades are a perennially popular pattern, and Fontaine’s has a fine circa-1910 Daffodil table lamp, estimated at $50,000-$75,000. It stands 27in tall, has a Twisted Vine base and a 20in shade impressed with the words “Tiffany Studios, New York, 1497” and a base impressed with the words “Tiffany Studios, New York, 443.”
Tiffany lighting examples are abundant in the Fontaine’s lineup, but examples from other prestigious makers are on offer, too. A case in point is the early 20th-century R. Williamson & Co. floral leader glass and patinated metal chandelier that has matching sconces and hanging lights, estimated at $15,000-$25,000.
Statement piece jewelry will make a strong showing early in the auction in the form of a platinum and diamond ring that has an estimate of $50,000-$75,000. The piece is centered by a 4.01-carat princess cut diamond of G color and VS1 clarity and is accented with more than one carat of diamonds.
The presence of Tiffany designs from the height of the Art Nouveau era is not limited to lighting. The May 20 sale includes several grand leaded glass landscape windows with religious iconography, attributed to Tiffany Studios, including Jesus Christ At The Well and Samaritan Woman At The Well, which clearly were meant to be displayed together. Both windows are circa 1895, measure 77½ by 36in and carry individual estimates of $20,000-$30,000.
Rounding out the auction highlights are a circa-1935 Camille Faure (French, 1874-1956) covered vase with flowers in enameled copper and marked “C. Faure, Limoges,” estimated at $18,000-$22,000; a late 19th-century, life-size bronze sculpture of Mercury after Giambologna, estimated at $12,000-$15,000; and a winter landscape by the late American artist William Lester Stevens that has an estimate of $5,000-$7,500. In Fontaine’s January auction, a painting of a village winter scene by Stevens performed above its estimate.
Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is actively seeking quality items for upcoming auctions. To inquire about consigning, please call 413-448-8922 and ask to speak with John Fontaine, or email Mr. Fontaine at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the company, please visit www.fontainesauction.com.
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