PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Fontaine’s Fine and Decorative Arts auction, scheduled for Saturday, January 28, starting at 11 am Eastern time, will tick all the boxes for major collecting categories. It will showcase Tiffany lighting and leaded glass windows as well as diamond jewelry, paintings, bronzes, silver tea services, American and European furniture and porcelain. The 550-lot auction sourced fine material from estates as far away as Los Angeles and Florida as well as across New England. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
As is usually the case, glamorous and beautifully executed designs from Tiffany Studios will take center stage; there are more than 75 lots of Tiffany items in the January 28 auction. Standouts include a circa-1910 Curtain Border floor lamp, estimated at $80,000-$120,000 and impressed with the legend “Tiffany Studios, New York, 5364” on the shade and “Tiffany Studios, New York, 375” on the base; and a circa-1910 Peony floor lamp, estimated at $70,000-$90,000, its shade impressed with the words “Tiffany Studios, New York, 1505-14” and the words “Tiffany Studios, New York, 379” on the base. Other notable items of Tiffany lighting include a circa-1905 Moorish and Turtle-Back chandelier, estimated at $60,000-$80,000; and a circa-1901 Poppy table lamp, estimated at $50,000-$70,000.
Also featured is a circa-1853 Tiffany & Co. sterling silver seven-piece tea and coffee service, embellished with Grecian and classical imagery and estimated at $30,000-$50,000; and a circa-1898 Tiffany Studios Agate favrile glass cabinet vase with an estimate of $3,000-$5,000.
The jewelry selection features a top-notch Los Angeles estate collection of pieces featuring yellow diamonds. It will be led by an 18K white gold, yellow gold and diamond ring centered on a 12.04-carat Fancy Intense yellow square radiant cut diamond accented by round brilliant diamonds. It carries an estimate of $30,000-$50,000. A fine companion piece is an 18K white gold, yellow gold and diamond necklace composed of radiant cut Fancy light yellow diamonds framed by round brilliant diamonds, totaling 58.4 carats. The necklace has an estimate of $20,000-$30,000.
While much of the auction material comes from fine estates throughout New England, it’s not unusual for Fontaine’s to accept consignments from elsewhere. This auction spans two coasts, from Los Angeles to Florida and many states in between. A signed William Lester Stevens (American, 1888-1969) oil on canvas Village in the Winter, estimated at $20,000-$30,000, comes from a fine private collection in Florida but its subject matter is decidedly more in keeping with New England. The framed painting has already been attracting much presale interest online.
To consign, call Fontaine’s Auction Gallery at 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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