The contents of Somerset, an extraordinary country estate manor, will be sold by Fontaine's June 21 The contents of Somerset – an extraordinary English country estate manor located in West Stockbridge, Mass. – will be sold on Saturday, June 21st, by Fontaine's Auction Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass.
News-Antique.com - May 30,2014 - PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The entire contents of Somerset – an extraordinary English country estate manor located in West Stockbridge, Mass. – will headline a cataloged antique auction scheduled for Saturday, June 21st, by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, in the firm’s spacious gallery located at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield. The sale will begin promptly at 11 a.m., Eastern time.
Somerset holds an exceptional selection of the finest 19th century antiques and accessories, to include quality antique furniture, lighting (by makers such as Tiffany, Duffner & Kimberly, Handel and others), 19th and 20th century chandeliers, marble and bronze statuary, original oil paintings, porcelains, art glass, sterling silver, jewelry and hundreds of decorative accessories.
In all, around 400 items will come up for bid from Somerset, as well as other prominent local estates and collections. Previews will be held on Friday, June 20th, from 10-5, and on Saturday, June 21st, from 8 a.m. until the first gavel falls at 11 a.m. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the expected top lot of the auction is an antique clock – a category for which Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is renowned in the industry. Being sold is a 9-tube grandfather clock, housed in a beautiful figural carved oak “rat tail” case by R. J. Horner. The clock, 10 feet tall and with Westminster & Whittington movement, is estimated to gavel for $50,000-$75,000.
Lamps and lighting will feature a Tiffany Studios Arrowroot table lamp with 20-inch diameter conical form shade having 18 large arrowroot designs around the center of the shade in green glass, 26 inches tall and signed at the base (est. $25,000-$35,000); and a Quezal 12-light lily table lamp with original gold iridescent lily shades, 20 inches tall, signed (est. $8,000-$12,000).
R. J. Horner was one of America’s finest furniture makers of the 19th century, and his name will be chanted frequently on June 21st. A prime lot promises to be a figural carved “rat tail”oak hall bench, 105 inches in height, having a large pierced carved crest with center medallion flanked by winged maidens and griffins. The piece, in excellent condition, should bring $25,000-$35,000.
An R.J. Horner mahogany three-door “rat tail” maiden bookcase displaying large figural carved maidens with crossed arms and spiral carved serpent-like “rat tails” on the sides, 68 inches tall, with enhanced original finish, is expected to fetch $12,000-$15,000; and an R.J. Horner figural carved winged griffin mahogany partners desk with carved border top should command $8,000-$12,000.
A pair of Horner dining room sets is expected to attract keen bidding interest. One is a 10-piece figural winged griffin carved oak set with a large sideboard, serpentine china cabinet, server, split pedestal dining table, armchairs and side chairs (est. $15,000-$20,000); and a 16-piece oak dining set with sideboard, matching server, china cabinet, table and chairs (est. $8,000-$12,000).
In the bronze and marble category, a large carved marble sculpture of a fisherman, signed on the back “A. Cipriani”