PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A Seth Thomas No. 8 office double-dial calendar clock with exceptional finish and in excellent condition, and a late 18th / early 19th century English triple fusee animated bracket clock that plays a selection of four different tunes on the hour, are expected top lots in Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s Antique & Fine Arts Auction, scheduled for Saturday, March 25. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The auction will begin promptly at 11 a.m. Eastern time.
Fontaine’s has built a reputation for its sales of rare clocks, but despite the fact that the two clocks described are strong candidates for top lot of the sale, this actually will be an eclectic auction with a broad mix of merchandise. In all, 250 lots will come up for bid, to include fine clocks and watches, 19th and 20th century lighting and American oak and Victorian furniture.
The Seth Thomas calendar clock (below), 67 inches tall, has the original 14-inch painted metal dials and black Roman hour numerals and is housed in a large, beautiful walnut case with burled walnut trim panels and original canopy top. It’s expected to bring $40,000-$60,000.
The English bracket clock features a dial arch with an animated scene of a seated violinist playing, a dancing man in the center and sailing boats in the harbor in the front. It has an estimate of $25,000-$35,000.
An unsigned oil on canvas portrait painting of George Washington, attributed to Thomas Sully (British/Pennsylvania, 1783-1872), 37 inches by 33 inches (in the frame), should garner $20,000-$30,000. Sully, like many aspiring American portrait painters, studied briefly under Gilbert Stuart.
An early 20th century leaded window (below) boasting exceptional quality and vivid colors, impressive at 46 inches wide by 78 inches tall, should reach $4,000-$6,000.
A rare, circa 1915, bucking bronco carousel horse, one of only three known and in exceptional, restored condition, with glass eyes, cast-iron horse shoes and maker-signed “C.W. Parker, Leavenworth, Kansas,” is expected to gallop off for $10,000-$15,000, while an outside jumper carousel horse by Marcus Charles Illions (1874-1949), also in exceptional restored condition, with gold leaf highlights, should hit $5,000-$7,000.
Fine French clocks will come up for bid frequently throughout the day. A French figural conical pendulum mystery clock, 54 inches tall, with a large spelter sculpture of an iron worker titled Le Travail, after Charles Perron, and a movement signed A.R. Guilmet, Paris, has an estimate of $12,000-$15,000.
Tops in the jewelry category is a Van Cleef & Arpels fleurette necklace having a marked 18K white gold chain with five floral seven-diamond clusters, 16½ inches long, in the original signed boxes. The lot is expected to bring $12,000-$15,000.
For details contact Fontaine’s Auction Gallery at 413-448-8922 or email email@example.com.