The David Marshall Collection will headline Fontaine's Saturday, Oct. 19th sale in Pittsfield, Mass. The David Marshall Collection will headline a cataloged antique auction slated for Saturday, Oct. 19, by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. Over 400 lots will be sold, without reserve.
News-Antique.com - Oct 09,2013 - (PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – The David Marshall Collection – a massive compilation of fine, museum-quality, 19th century American antiques gathered over the course of more than 30 years – will headline a cataloged antique auction slated for Saturday, Oct. 19, by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield. Over 400 lots will be sold, without reserve.
As the owner of the Antique Room in Brooklyn, N.Y., Marshall presided over one of the greatest collections of antiques in New York. Over 30-plus years, he bought and sold furniture pieces by some of America’s top cabinetmakers, such as Thomas Brooks, George Hunzinger, John Jeliff, John H. Belter, Daniel Pabst, Alexander Roux, Herter Bros. and Pottier & Stymus.
Furniture by R.J. Horner was always available. Some of the pieces in the Antique Room found their way into museums. Most recently, a Gothic Revival desk and bookcase, stenciled by J. & J.W. Meeks, is now in the American galleries at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Items from the Antique Room, plus select pieces from Mr. Marshall’s personal collection, will be sold.
Born in Atlantic City, N.J., David Marshall came to Brooklyn, at first to study advertising at the Pratt Institute, then design at Cooper Union. At age 40 he left a highly successful career in advertising on Madison Avenue to enter the antiques business. His collection of Gothic Revival and Egyptian Revival antiques has been featured in the pages of many interior design magazines.
Items in Mr. Marshall’s collection set to come under the gavel at Fontaine’s will include Victorian marble statuary, Parian (fine biscuit white porcelain) figures, oil paintings, lighting, cameo glass, art glass, porcelains, sterling silver, garden urns, leaded windows and hundreds of decorative accessories. All of it will be sold to the highest bidder, beginning at 11 a.m. (EST).
An expected top lot of the sale is a Tiffany Studios Red Tulip table lamp with 16-inch domical shade having vibrant deep red tulip flowers with mottled green stems and hints of blue in the background, signed Tiffany Studios (N.Y., 1906). The lamp, on a bronze Tiffany base with four lobed feet on the sunken platform, is 21 ½ inches tall. It should gavel for $50,000-$75,000.
Also from Tiffany is an 18-inch Dogwood table lamp with a shade containing confetti glass and an all-over four-petal white mottled glass dogwood pattern with pink striations (est. $30,000-$50,000). The shade sits on a 4 ¼ inch wheel with reticulated heat cap, and the base and shade are both signed Tiffany Studios. It has a bronze library base with a lemon-shaped design.
Another Tiffany lamp expected to do well is a leaded Swirling Lemon Leaf table lamp, 25 inches tall, with a brick bordered geometric background pattern in four rows from the top, and six rows from the lower rim with a wide five-inch center containing a swirling lemon leaf pattern (est. $15,000-$25,000). The lamp rests on a lovely bronze base with artichoke designed platform.