Rare E. Howard & Company astronomical regulator clocks will headline Fontaine's November 14 auction Two rare and highly desirable E. Howard & Company (Boston) astronomical floor regulator clocks (a No. 43 and a No. 68) could conceivably combine to sell for $300,000 or more at Fontaine's Nov. 14 sale
News-Antique.com - Oct 31,2015 - PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Two rare and highly desirable E. Howard & Company (Boston) astronomical floor regulator clocks (a No. 43 and a No. 68) could conceivably combine to sell for $300,000 or more at Fontaine's Auction Gallery's big two-session clock and antique auction slated for Saturday, November 14th, in the firm's gallery at 1485 Housatonic Street in Pittsfield.
The No. 43 Howard clock, 105 inches tall, has a 14-inch reverse painted glass astronomical dial with a sweep minute hand and five-hour numbers, housed in a beautiful carved walnut floor standing case with shell carved crest over a figural maiden's head (est. $150,000-$200,000).
The No. 68 clock, also 105 inches tall, features the original 14-inch painted metal dial, signed “E. Howard & Co.”, with a case in superb original finish but with a replaced crest (est. $75,000-$125,000). Both clocks boast brass eight-day, weight-driven, time only signed movements.
The action will get underway at 11 a.m. Eastern time, featuring more than 475 items with live, internet, phone and absentee bidding. Internet bidding will be facilitated by three platforms: LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and EBay.com.
Clocks from several prominent collections will come up for bid, with examples by E. Howard & Co., Seth Thomas, Ansonia, Ithaca, Elmer O. Stennes, Foster Campos, Chelsea, Atkins, Walter Durfee, J.J. Elliot, Waltham, William Gilbert, F. Kroeber, New Haven, Waterbury, Eli Terry, E.N. Welch, E. Ingraham, Tiffany & Co., Sessions and LeCoultre.
Also sold will be English, French silk thread, industrial, mystery, annular and animated clocks, plus watches, chronometers, barometers and related accessories. The auction will not be dedicated exclusively to horology and timepieces, however. Also sold will be silver, paintings, furniture, estate jewelry and lamps by renowned makers such as Tiffany, Pairpoint, Handel and Duffner & Kimberly.
In addition to the Howards, one other clock in the sale has the pedigree that could launch it into the six figures. It's a Chinese triple fusee animated bracket clock with 6-inch porcelain dial and black Roman hour numerals (est. $75,000-$125,000). The animated mechanism has horizontal and vertical rods simulating falling rain, plus carved wood acrobats that appear and disappear.
A George Jones (N.Y.) astronomical regulator with a 17-inch silvered dial with Roman hour numerals and top-quality brass 8-day weight-driven, time-only astronomical movement, all in a massive, heavily carved, floor-standing case, should bring $60,000-$80,000; and an oak R. J. Horner 9-tube grandfather clock with 12-inch silvered dial signed “Tiffany & Co.” and an arched silvered moon phase dial signed “Walter H. Durfee” (R.I.), should hammer for $15,000-$25,000.
A bronze animated locomotive industrial clock with a case in the form of a steam locomotive on a black marble base with gilt rails, a stick thermometer, a compass, an aneroid barometer and wheels that are animated by a spring-driven movement mounted under the train, should realize $25,000-$35,000; and a French industrial animated steam engine clock in a tri-tone bronze and marble case and a dial signed “J.E. Caldwell & Co.” (Philadelphia) should hit $15,000-$25,000.
Tiffany table lamps are a staple at many Fontaine's auctions,