PITTSFIELD, Mass. – An exceptional Victorian carved walnut three-piece marble-top bedroom set attributed to John Jelliff, a gorgeous 14-inch Tiffany Studios domical leaded glass Daffodil lamp shade, a heavily carved R. J. Horner figural mahogany bookcase and a stunning set of four J & R Lamb Studios stained glass windows will all cross the auction block Saturday, April 22, at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The auction will be packed with 325 pieces of quality antiques and fine art, to include 19th and 20th century lighting, fine clocks and watches, American oak and Victorian furniture, paintings, bronze and marble statuary, Royal Vienna, art glass, gold and diamond jewelry, fine silver, porcelains, KPM plaques, leaded windows, Black Forest items and fine old Louis Vuitton trunks.
With estimates of $20,000-$30,000 each, the John Jelliff bedroom set and the Tiffany Studios Daffodil lamp shade are the auction’s expected top lots, and for good reason. The Tiffany lamp shade (above) boasts beautiful golden daffodil flowers in mottled yellow glass. The Jelliff set (below) is in remarkable condition, with exceptional carvings.
The Horner bookcase, impressive at 77 1/2 inches tall by 92 1/2 inches wide, is carved with serpent griffins, seashells and filigree on the frieze, with a center section having two doors with glass panels.
The set of four J. & R. Lamb Studios stained glass leaded windows, crafted circa 1900, are 72 inches tall by 23 inches wide and show figures of large angels kneeling in the clouds.
Both lots carry estimates of $12,000-$15,000. A Horner piece with a more reasonable estimate is the mahogany winged griffin carved sideboard, attributed to Horner, in great shape and deeply carved throughout (est. $5,000-$7,000). Also up for bid will be a rare Gustav Stickley oak work cabinet, two doors over two drawers, with the original fine finish (est. $4,000-$6,500).
Decorative items will feature a carved carrara marble sculpture of St. Agnes, 68 inches tall, wearing long robes and a crown and holding a lamb, from the Daprato Rigali Studios, (est. $7,500-$12,500); and a lovely pair of Austrian cobalt porcelain urns (below), 17 1/2 inches tall, both with hand-painted figural scenes and gilt and enamel filigree highlights (est. $4,500-$6,500).
Clocks have always been the backbone of Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s business, and this sale’s got some nice ones, to include a three-piece French mystery swinger clock set titled Idylls of Spring (below), by Geo Maxim (est. $8,000-$12,000); and a large French marble and bronze annular dial mantel clock set on a rouge marble base, with gilt bronze mounts and feet (est. $6,000-$8,000).
Louis Vuitton trunks are always a big hit with collectors. Each one is rich in travel, history and lore. There are a few in the auction, including an orange leather custom shoe trunk once owned by the J. P. Morgan family (est. $8,000-$12,000). Another is a large wardrobe trunk with monogram canvas exterior, wood straps and brass tacks, in nice shape (est. $6,000-$8,000).
For details contact Fontaine’s Auction Gallery at 413-448-8922 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.