E. Howard & Co. astronomical regulator No. 46 clock soars to a record $230,100 at Fontaine's An E. Howard & Co. astronomical regulator No. 46 clock in fine condition, with clean running movement and a walnut case with original finish, sold for $230,100 at an auction held Nov. 17 by Fontaine’s
A five-bird automaton clock with French movement, signed Japy Freres, showing five birds perched in a tree, three of the birds animated and a spiral spinning glass rod at the bottom simulating running water, rose to $12,980; and a Parkinson & Frodsham mahogany grandfather clock, 93 inches tall, in beautiful condition and with the original finish, topped out at $10,620.
An E.N. Welch hanging regulator with 11-inch porcelain dial, black Roman numerals and pinwheel regulator movement in a large walnut case with carved crest commanded $10,620; and a three-weight rosewood Vienna regulator clock with eight-inch sunken porcelain dial and black Roman hour numerals and fancy hands, in a rosewood case with pierce carved crest, hit $9,145.
Following are highlights from the second session, which featured antiques, furniture and a few more clocks. All prices quoted include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.
A beautiful 16th century oil on wood panel portrait of a woman wearing a jeweled hair piece, pearl necklace and ruffled collar, attributed to Agnolo Bronzinio (It., 1503-1572), went for $35,400; and a 19th century bronze figural grouping by Russian sculptor E.A. Lanceray depicting a young North African water carrier in period dress accompanied by mules finished at $22,420.
A 12-piece R.J. Horner winged griffin dining room set consisting of a table (with eight leaves), china cabinet, sideboard , server and eight dining chairs (including two armchairs, six side chairs) sold for $20,650; and a Tiffany Studios Tyler table lamp with 18-inch shade having a wavy form with graduated geometric background in green glass, 25 ½ inches tall, made $17,700.
Another Tiffany table lamp also did well – a Colonial lamp with 16-inch Domical shade having four rows with large panels of green striated glass, on a rare bronze Tiffany lamp base, 20 inches tall ($11,800). The same amount was realized for a rosewood carved cherub half tester bed having a massive headboard with double burled panels and original finish, 118 inches tall.
A quarter sawn oak Waterbury hall tree clock with a lift-top seat, wavy arms and legs, leaf carvings and scrolling back frame with beveled mirrors and figural coat hooks, 87 inches tall, rose to $12,980; and a mahogany winged griffin hall rack with an arched crest with swirling carved leaf and rosettes, beveled mirror in the back and six large brass coat hooks made $11,210.
A circa-1850 rosewood rococo elaborately carved cabinet base etagere, attributed to Bembe & Kimball, with fruit carved legs, floral carvings on the front and floral and scrolled carved mirrored top climbed to $11,210; and a Galle cameo and bronze lion table lamp with bronze base by Frederich Gornik (Austrian, 1895-1925), 25 inches tall, also went for $11,210.
Fontaine’s Auction Gallery has two auctions planned for winter 2013. A Discovery Auction will be held in January and a two-session Antiques & Clocks Auction (similar to the one held Nov. 17) in mid-February. Quality consignments are still being accepted for these two sales.