Meeks table brings $48,875 at Fontaine's Feb. 23 sale A gorgeous rosewood laminated marble-top center table by J. & J.W. Meeks, in all-original condition, sold for $48,875 at an Exceptional Antique Auction held Feb. 23 by Fontaine's in Pittsfield, Mass.
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FONTAINE'S AUCTION GALLERY'S EXCEPTIONAL ANTIQUE AUCTION HELD FEB. 23rd
REALIZES $2.2 MILLION AT THE FIRM'S SHOWROOM GALLERY IN PITTSFIELD, MASS.
(Pittsfield, Mass.) - A gorgeous rosewood laminated marble-top center table by J. & J.W. Meeks, in untouched all-original condition, sold for $48,875 at an Exceptional Antique Auction held February 23 by Fontaine's Auction Gallery. The sale was held in the firm's spacious gallery, located at 1485 W. Housatonic Street in Pittsfield. The Meeks table was the day's top lot of the over 1,000 sold.
“By any measure this was a hugely successful auction,” said John Fontaine of Fontaine's Auction Gallery. “About 350 people packed the showroom, plus we had around 600 registered online bidders through eBay Live and nearly 250 phone and absentee bidders.” The sale grossed $2.2 million, Mr. Fontaine said, adding, “The high-end items did very well. The medium-level lots held their own.”
The Meeks table had its original white marble top and a floral reticulated carved skirt. The legs and center basket boasted excellent detail. The day's second-top lot was an exceptional Tiffany Studios acorn leaded glass table lamp. It soared to $40,250. The lamp had a 22” amber shade, shading to a yellow brick background, with purple/green acorns. Overall, the piece was in very good condition.
Other highlights from the sale follow. All prices quoted include a 15% buyer's premium.
A massive four-piece Renaissance walnut marble-top bedroom suite with double-crested canopy bed and bookmatched burl panels in a nice original finish changed hands for $39,675. The set comprised a bed, armoire, dresser and commode. Also, a monumental Renaissance Revival three-piece bedroom suite – with queen-size bed, armoire and dresser, all in burled walnut – gaveled for $37,375.
A figural carved Tiffany & Co. 9-tube oak Horner grandfather clock, with original elite 9-tube Westminster & Whittington chime 3-weight movement in good working condition, chimed on time at $32,775. The oak case had its original finish and was in excellent shape. Also, an 8-day, two-weight Biedermeier lantern regulator clock with original mahogany case and porcelain dial hit $16,675.
A rare oak Regina musical disc bell box with 24 discs made especially for this model (Ser. #2160027) played a sweet tune for $23,000. The piece, in excellent playing condition, was one of only 71 made. A single broken tooth in the comb was its only flaw. Also, a Regina Corona 27 disc changer music box, with dragon front case and original spindled gallery with carved finials, realized $21,850.
A rare Wooten standard grade lady's parlor secretary, one of only a few known examples of the parlor model and and featuring a high-style Renaissance case with original crest, burled panels and ebonized trim, achieved $17,250. Also, a Black Forest carved mountain goat hall tree, with a carved hawk with glass eyes at the top and a large mountain goat with glass eyes at the base, realized $12,650.
An original oil-on-canvas landscape painting by George Inness (American, 1854-1926), measuring 26.5”