Lush assortment of treasures up for bid at Fontaine’s June 8

Lush assortment of treasures

A 20th century musical singing bird automaton music box and clock, 4in. x 2¼in. x 3½in. Estimate: $1,200-$1,500. Fontaine’s image

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Fontaine’s Auction Gallery will feature sparkling diamond jewelry, well-crafted clocks and furniture, and intricately decorated accessories at its sale on Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

This auction will include 350 lots of antiques and fine art, including Victorian, early American and mid-century furniture and accessories; 19th and 20th century lighting; gold and diamond jewelry, fine silver, 19th and 20th century paintings, art glass and cameo glass, Asian and Russian items, American art pottery, bronze statuary, porcelains, country store and advertising items, clocks, Lionel train sets and related accessories. The auction presents the contents of several fine Northeast estates.

Lush assortment of treasures

Highlighting the fine art category is this oil on canvas portrait of a gypsy woman after Theodor Aman, 15¾in. x 20in. with frame. Estimate: $400-$600. Fontaine’s image

“The auction ranges from fine art and antiques to elegant objects from such designer names as Tiffany and R.J. Horner and it even boasts a snazzy fire-red Corvette,” said John Fontaine, owner of Fontaine’s Auction Gallery.

The auction will have lots of sparkle and choice pieces crossing the block early on with a 173-piece Reed & Barton Francis I sterling silver flatware service ($3,000-$5,000) whose stout teapot and covered sugar have hand-chased filigree with large fruit-filled cornucopia and ribbons flanking the medallions on the front and back; a platinum and diamond wedding ring and band ($2,500-$3,500) set with a 1.32 carat round diamond in 14K white gold, and two platinum, gold and diamond brooches (below).

Lush assortment of treasures

These two platinum, gold and diamond brooches will sell as a single lot. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Fontaine’s image

By an hour in, the auction will be revving up with a fine example of a classic car, a 1995 Chevrolet Corvette coupe ($7,000-$10,000) finished in torch red paint and runs the gamut from elaborately decorated decorative items to clean lines and traditional pieces.

Traditional antiques and items embodying good design will dominate the auction, including a Tiffany Acorn shade on a Tiffany & Co. bronze base (below) with Aesthetic floral panels, 14 by 23 inches; and a monumental figural grandfather clock ($2,500-$3,500) with dial signed “New England Clock, Farmington, Conn. U.S.A.,” gilt brass Roman hour numerals and sub seconds dial, late 20th century, 56 by 91 inches.

Lush assortment of treasures

This Tiffany dichroic Acorn shade is set on a Tiffany & Co. bronze base with Aesthetic floral panels, 23 inches tall. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Fontaine’s image

Among the most elaborately decorated items in the auction is a Russian silver gilt and enamel teacup holder ($2,500-$3,500) in multicolored enamel and plique-a-jour and 84 standard silver (875/1000 silver), 4 inches tall. Another Russian lot crossing the block is a Soviet porcelain charger commemorating Joseph Stalin’s 70th birthday ($2,000-$3,000) centered by a profile portrait of the Soviet leader, 13½ inches in diameter.

The furniture category is led by an R.J. Horner mahogany two-door bookcase ($3,500-$5,000) having an overhanging cornice top with swirling filigree, winged horse heads and central urn carved in the frieze, 63½ by 57 by 18 inches, and a massive 12-foot carved oak console table ($2,000-$3,000) with six heavy ornate leg supports, acanthus carving, and turned and carved finials with cartouche shields at the bottom, 148½ by 36 by 25 inches.

Fans of bronze accessories will find a French brass hour repeater carriage clock with alarm ($1,500-$2,500) and a 2-inch brass dial signed by the retailer “Theodore B. Starr, New York,” 6¾ by 4¼ by 3¾ inches, and a 20th century musical singing bird automaton music box ($1,200-$1,500) with a fire-gilded relief bronze case having frolicking putti on all sides, an oval enamel painting on the lid of a reclining nude woman and an oval clock on the front, 4 by 2¼ by 3½ inches.

Lush assortment of treasures

A scrimshaw whale’s tooth with figure of a young woman holding a rose on one side, on the reverse is a portrait of a ship sailing at sea, 5½in. x 8in. x 4½in. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. Fontaine’s image

Rounding out the auction are a lot of four vintage posters ($1,000-$1,500), including a circus carousel poster and show and movie posters, and a pair of Genaro Alvarez mosaic side tables ($1,200-$1,500), triangular, with three large and colorful butterflies amid mosaics, 23½ by 14 by 20½ inches.

For details contact Fontaine’s Auction Gallery at 413-448-8922 or email