E. Howard & Co. No. 48 astronomical regulator clock could hit $100,000 or more at Fontaine's, May 17 More than 325 lots of antique clocks, many of them rare examples by makers such as E. Howard & Company, Seth Thomas and Ansonia will come up for bid Saturday, May 17, at Fontaine's in Pittsfield, Mass
News-Antique.com - May 02,2014 - PITTSFIELD, Mass. – More than 325 lots of antique clocks – many of them rare examples by makers such as E. Howard & Company, Seth Thomas, Ansonia, Ithaca, Elmer O. Stennes, Foster Campos, Chelsea, Atkins, Walter Durfee, J. J. Elliot, Waltham, William Gilbert, F. Kroeber, New Haven, Waterbury, Sessions, E. Terry, E. N. Welch, E. Ingraham and Tiffany & Co. plus French silk thread, French industrial, mystery, annular, animated, English fusee, tall case, banjo and shelf clocks, barometers and related accessories, will all come up for bid in an auction on Saturday, May 17th, at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield.
Fontaine’s has become synonymous with blockbuster antique clock auctions and in recent years has established several new world records for fine examples. In November 2013, an E. Howard & Co. No. 68 floor standing astronomical regulator that was descended from the original family sold at Fontaine’s for $277,300. It was a new world auction record for an E. Howard clock at auction, besting the previous mark of $230,100, also set by Fontaine’s a year earlier.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the expected top lot of the May 17 sale is an E. Howard example – a No. 48 astronomical floor standing regulator expected to fetch $100,000-$150,000. The clock boasts the 14-inch painted iron astronomical dial, pierced diamond hands and signed movement, in a beautifully refinished walnut case with carved crest.
Another E. Howard clock is also expected to get paddles wagging. It’s a No. 60 wall regulator with a 14-inch signed silvered dial, incised Roman hour numerals, Arabic five-minute markers outside, original pierced diamond hands and a signed brass weight-driven time-only movement. The clock, in a carved walnut case with broken pediment crest, should bring $50,000-$75,000.
A signed Pottier & Stymus carved parlor floor clock housed in a Renaissance Revival rosewood case that’s 81 inches tall carries a pre-sale estimate of $30,000-$50,000. The clock has gilt spade hands and applied brass Roman numerals, with an original French movement signed “L’Marti & Cie.” The top of the case has a bronze figural bust of Cleopatra with long hair flowing below her headdress.
A French industrial animated steam engine clock in a tri-tone bronze and rouge marble case, 16 ˝ inches tall by 14 ľ inches wide, should hammer for $15,000-$25,000. The case is in the form of a steam pump engine, with a piston in the center front driven by a large flywheel and governor assembly at the top. The clock, in working condition, has a nice gilt, silvered and brown patina.
A magnificent carved R. J. Horner oak 9-tube grandfather clock, 101 inches tall, with a dial signed by the movement maker (“Elliot, London”) and retailed by Dureay & Potter (N.Y.) has a pre-sale estimate of $50,000-$75,000. The large brass dial has a silvered 12-inch chapter ring with applied brass hour numbers. The case is in the original finish and has an arched bonnet top.