PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Fontaine’s Auction Gallery will shine a light on impressive fine and decorative arts from the 19th and 20th centuries at its auction on Saturday, September 25 at 11 am Eastern time. The sale includes 500 lots of works by Tiffany Studios, Duffner & Kimberly, Handel, Pairpoint, Gorham, Whiting, Tiffany & Co., Gustav Stickley, Daum Nancy, Emile Galle, Rene Lalique, Royal Vienna, KPM, and R.J. Horner, among others. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The auction will kick off with an iconic example of art glass: a Tiffany Studios Peacock and Gooseneck Favrile glass vase, estimated at $15,000-$25,000. It is said to be one of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s most original forms, inspired by the Persian rosewater sprinklers he esteemed. The Peacock versions of this vase were made with five types of glass, two of them being aventurine (glass flecked with gold particles).
The likely big standout item in the auction is also by Tiffany Studios — a striking circa-1916 leaded and acid-etched glass window, Gabriel Blowing His Horn, estimated at $70,000-$90,000. The window has a strong visual presence that seems realistic while highlighting the supernatural essence of the angel portrayed.
Tiffany Studios lamps, of course, will be well-represented in this auction. Highlights include a circa-1910 Nasturtium floor lamp estimated at $60,000-$80,000; a circa-1905 Geranium table lamp with the same estimate; and a circa-1910 Poppy table lamp, estimated at $50,000-$75,000.
Besides Tiffany, collectors are also drawn to other renowned makers’ lamps, such as a circa-1915 Duffner & Kimberly Wisteria table lamp, estimated at $30,000-$40,000; an early 20th-century Handel Arab & Camel table lamp, estimated at $8,000-$12,000; and a Pairpoint Murano Orchid table lamp estimated at $6,000-$8,000.
A shining spot in the auction is the sterling silver category with several beautiful and ornate sets and centerpieces, led by a 20th-century Gorham Mfg. Co. Maintenon dinner service estimated at $25,000-$35,000, an English centerpiece embellished with repousse motifs of scrollwork, flowers and foliate, estimated at $20,000-$30,000; and a Tiffany & Co. Chrysanthemum tea and coffee service, estimated at $20,000-$30,000.
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