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Over 500 lots of quality antiques and decorative accessories will be sold by Fontaine's, Feb. 7
Over 500 lots of antique furniture and decorative accessories will be sold at a multi-estate sale slated for Feb. 7 by Fontaine's Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. A second session, starting at 5 p.m., will feature about 100 antique firearms.
By: Ken Hall
“This is going to be a great, diversified sale, in all the major categories,”
The main session will be packed with furniture pieces by names like John H. Belter, J & JW. Meeks, RJ.Horner, Herter Bros and Alexander Roux; Arts & Crafts, to include numerous examples by Stickley; fine art, much of it by noted, listed artists; lighting, to include lamps by Tiffany, Handel, Pairpoint, Gorham, Chicago Mosaic and others; pottery and metalwork by Grueby, Rookwood and others; and many fine decorative accessories.
The 100 lot firearms session should also draw intense interest, from vintage weapons enthusiasts. Just a few anticipated highlights: a French Charleville musket with 39-inch barrel and lock marked “St. Etinne;” a Colt 1860 Army pistol with matching numbers and low Serial # (34,741); a Springfield model 1842 U.S. percussion musket; and a Model 1841 U.S. percussion rifle, Robbins & Lawrence contract.
Period furniture will dominate the main session. Expected top lots include a pierce-carved rosewood rococo etagere by J.H. Belter; a Waltham oak 9-tube Gothic grandfather clock; a gorgeous walnut pedestal attributed to Herter Brothers; two J.H. Belter side chairs, both laminated rosewood; two oval marble-top tables attributed to Thomas Brooks; and an R.J. Horner winged griffin partner's desk.
Also offered will be a Thomas Brooks Renaissance Revival walnut partner's desk; a rosewood dressing table with chair attributed to Alexander Roux; a magnificent 10-piece mahogany figural carved dining suite by R.J. Horner; a nice mahogany Chippendale-
Stickley pieces will have paddles wagging in the Arts & Crafts portion of the session. Top lots should be an L.&J.G. Stickley #736 strap hinge sideboard; two Gustav Stickley Morris chairs; a Gustav Stickley #547 magazine stand; a 9-piece Gustav Stickley dining room set; an L.&J.G. Stickley #22 splay leg drink stand; a Gustav Stickley #439 Mission oak tea table; and a Gustav Stickley #424 lunch table.
Additional Stickley pieces slated to cross the block include a Gustav Stickley #820 Mission oak server; an L.&J.G. Stickley #551 oak drop-leaf serving table; an early Gustav Stickley mitered mullion large one-door china cabinet; a Gustav Stickley #814 half-Mission oak sideboard; a Gustav Stickley #369 Mission oak drop-arm Morris chair; a Gustav Stickley nine-piece dining set; and additional pieces.
Also in Arts & Crafts, Limbert furniture will include a #234 cut-out tabouret table and a #451 1/2 oak mirrored back sideboard. Several Weller Dickensware incised scenic vases will come under the gavel, as will Old Hickory furniture pieces; a Newcomb pottery mug; a Rookwood poppy vase; a Grueby tile trivet in footed bronze frame; and a lovely Wheatley matte green geometric beehive vase.
Antique lighting is sure to illuminate the crowd. Selected lots include a Tiffany Studios three-light lily lamp; a figural rococo gasolier; a Pairpoint director's lamp; a Handel 10-inch Mosserine harp floor lamp; a Handel scenic table lamp; a Pairpoint puffy floral and hummingbird table lamp; a Pairpoint puffy floral garland table lamp; and a Handel 18-inch obverse panel table lamp with jungle birds scene.
Other lots from antique lighting include a Gorham 16-inch stylized leaded table lamp; a Pairpoint floral “Pompeii” table lamp; an elaborate leaded glass table lamp; a Moe Bridges “Flying Goose” reverse painted table lamp; a Handel lamp with sunset lakeshore scene on the shade; a Pairpoint puffy Papillon (butterfly) table lamp; a Chicago Mosaic leaded acorn table lamp; and additional consignments.
Decorative accessories will provide a wonderland of wild and wonderful objects. Featured lots will include a Jacob & Sons inlaid cylinder music box on a table; a Mettlach 5-liter incised stein; a nice selection of Tiffany Favrile artglass; a heavily carved figural Cartel clock; Lladro #344 showing soccer figures (Futbolistas);
Other accessories will include several mechanical banks; a gilt bronze Art Nouveau woman-signed baslet; a platinum emerald and diamond ring; a Boehm porcelain day lily; a Victorian alabaster and marble bust; a Kirk Repousse sterling silver set, A Jensen sterling silver set; a pair of floral tapestry porcelain bronze mounted vases; a double-comb Symphonion music box; and a Mettach figural scene cameo plaque.
Fine art will include a watercolor and pencil on stretch paper by Marion Kavanagh Wachtel (Calif., 1870-1954), titled After the Rain; several works by Louis Icart; a watercolor marine painting with sailboat silhouettes by John Whorf (Mass./Calif., 1903-1959); an oil on canvas work by Harry Shokler (N.Y., 1896-1978), titled Farm on Galway Bay; and a pair of vintage signed Bally posters.
Additional works of art will include an oil on canvas coastal scene by Paul Weber (N.Y./Penn., 1823-1916); an oil on canvas scenic work by Francois Ferenc Gall (French, 1912-1987), titled At the Pier; an oil on canvas seascape by Wilhelm Karl Ferdinand Arnesen (Danish, 1865-1948); and an oil on canvas painting by Frank W. W. Topham (United Kingdom, 1838-1929), titled St. John's Day, Venice.
Also from the fine art group: an oil on canvas seashore scene by Ivan F. Choultse (Russian, 1874-1937); an oil on board work by Salvatore Rosa (Italian, 1615-1673), titled The Torrent; a scenic oil on board by M. Fleicher, titled Tromville; a School of Inness late summer landscape, oil on board; and an oil on board done in 1967 by Frederic Edwin Church (N.Y., 1876-1975), of a scene with a waterfall.
Next up for Fontaine's Auction Gallery will be a cataloged estate auction on Saturday, March 7; a full cataloged auction on Saturday, April 4 (to feature a “Rosalie” marble-top table by J.H. Belter and a selection of R.J. Horner furniture); and a two-session Spring Antique Clock Auction on Saturday, May 9 (about 450 vintage clocks will cross the block, including an E. Howard #61 astronomical regulator).
Fontaine's Auction Gallery is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call them directly, at (413) 448-8922, or you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Full-color images of the lots described in this story for the Feb. 7 auction have been posted for view on the Fontaine's website. To see them, click on www.fontainesauction.net.
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Ken Hall writes pre-sale and post-sale press releases for auction houses, for a fee ($250 US$). He writes, submits and tracks stories for clients. Submissions are published in trade magazines, posted on industry websites and appear in local newspapers.