The unreserved collection of Randy Gottesfeld will be sold Jan. 11th by Fontaine's Auction Gallery Around 300 lots of quality fresh-to-the-market items will be sold in a catalogued auction on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield, Mass.
News-Antique.com - Dec 18,2013 - (PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Exactly 300 lots of quality fresh-to-the-market items will be sold in a catalogued auction on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield. Headlining the auction will be items from the home, shop and personal collection of Randy Gottesfeld of Gaslight Time in Brooklyn, N.Y., at 11 a.m. (EST).
After acquiring and restoring his historic Brooklyn brownstone in the 1970’s, Randy’s interest turned to 19th century lighting and continued with clocks thus giving his store the well known name Gaslight Time. After 40 years Randy has decided to retire and Fontaine’s Auction Gallery has been commissioned to sell the unreserved collection he has amassed over 4 decades.
This diversified auction will include 19th century furniture by John H. Belter, J & J.W. Meeks, Alexander Roux, R.J. Horner and Herter Brothers, exceptional 19th century lighting and chandeliers, marble and bronze statuary, porcelains, art glass, cameo glass, sterling silver, jewelry and watches, leaded windows, paintings, pottery and hundreds of decorative accessories.
A subsequent Feb. 22 auction will feature the lamp collection of Mr. Gottesfeld (Part 2). This will include dozens of 19th century lighting fixtures, as well as matching sets of hundreds of etched glass and cut glass gas shades of all descriptions.
In the Jan. 11 auction, three lots figure to slug it out for top achiever of the sale. The first is a Tiffany Studios leaded stained glass window titled The Resurrection and the Life. The window measures about 53 inches by 35 inches and depicts Jesus standing before a kneeling woman holding a goblet in her lap. The window, signed L.C. Tiffany (N.Y.) is expected to change hands for $60,000-$80,000.
The second is a massive, 16-foot leaded wisteria architectural dome, containing 24,000 pieces of leaded glass in eight large arched panels with iron framework along the edges. Each panel contains 3,000 individual pieces and depicts beautiful purple wisteria, with leaves and stems on an opaque and blue background. The dome, structurally sound and ready to install, should hit $40,000-$60,000.
The third is a five-piece parlor set by the renowned 19th century American furniture maker John H. Belter, in the Fountain Elms pattern. The pierced carved and laminated mahogany set features a sofa (51 inches tall by 68 inches wide), two armchairs and two side chairs. The set, having a carved crest with overflowing cornucopia is expected to hammer for $40,000-$60,000.
Another lot that could reach or even exceed the $20,000 mark is an International Watch Company perpetual calendar 18kt rose gold men’s wristwatch (est. $10,000-$20,000). The spring drive, 64-jewel, 7-day automatic winding movement has a lever escapement, with balance wheel exposed through a clear sapphire glass back. The original leather alligator skin band is included.
Two lots from the lamps and lighting category have identical pre-sale estimates of $10,000-$15,000. One is a magnificent 16-arm bronze and onyx gas and electric chandelier, 5 feet high by 3 feet in diameter, with beautiful spiral and leaf decorated center post. The other