PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Fontaine’s Auction Gallery will welcome the spring season with a two-day auction. The sessions will take place on consecutive weekends, with each sale offering 350 lots. The first session is scheduled for May 22, starting at 11 am Eastern time, and the second will occur May 29, also starting at 11 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The May 22 session will include 19th and 20th century lighting, art glass, leaded glass windows, timepieces, marble and bronze statuary, and American and European furniture. The second session, on May 29, will offer paintings, fine silver, porcelains, gold and diamond jewelry, American and European wood carvings and art pottery.
Tiffany Studios items are always a solid performer, and the sale features more than 60, including a circa-1905 Moorish chandelier estimated at $40,000-$60,000, and a 12-light Lily table lamp estimated at $30,000-$50,000. Leaded glass windows will include a Tiffany Studios Sunset and Evening Star stained glass window, estimated at $40,000-$60,000. Several by John La Farge are also on offer, including a pair of leaded so-called “chunk jewel” glass windows, estimated at $20,000-$30,000.
Leading the clock selection is a monumental 1793 English carved oak tall case clock, estimated at $80,000-$120,000; and a circa-1890 carved mahogany R.J. Horner & Co. grandfather clock, estimated at $50,000-$75,000.
Fine and decorative arts offerings in the May 21 lineup include a William Randolph Barbee marble bust of Venus, estimated at $30,000-$50,000; The Outlaw, a silver sculpture, after Frederic Remington, estimated at $20,000-$30,000; and a circa-1942 Carlo Scarpa A Macchi glass bowl, estimated at $30,000-$40,000.
The May 29 will showcase several fine European paintings, including an oil on board Paris street scene by Edouard Leon Cortes, estimated at $20,000-$30,000, and a Vladimir Egorovich Makovsky oil on canvas laid on board, titled Figures by the Water, and estimated at $20,000-$30,000.
Jewelry figures prominently in second auction, and features a 14K white gold marquise diamond ring, estimated at $20,000-$30,000, and an 18K gold, diamond, kunzite, and topaz necklace, estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
Among the unusual and striking items in the second session is a circa-1730 Lithgow family silver hilted sword, estimated at $20,000-$30,000, and accompanied by a letter from the Massachusetts Historical Society, noting its research. Also making a strong design statement is a carved fruitwood cherub mirror from the studio of Valentino Panciera Besarel, estimated at $10,000-$15,000. From the same artist’s studio comes a circa-1865 carved wood standing figure on a plinth.
Rounding out the auction will be a pair of E.F. Caldwell bronze candle stands, estimated at $20,000-$30,000, and a pair of circa 1830 porcelain urns attributed to Tucker Factory, estimated at $15,000-$25,000.
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