Two Chinese animated bracket clocks will headline Fontaine's Feb. 27th auction in Pittsfield, Mass. Two Chinese animated bracket clocks – one a rare two-sided model, the other a triple fusee example – are expected to sell for $50,000-$100,000 each at Fontaine's Feb. 27 auction in Massachusetts.
News-Antique.com - Feb 14,2016 - PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Two Chinese animated bracket clocks – one a rare two-sided model, the other a triple fusee example – are expected to sell for $50,000-$100,000 each at Fontaine's Auction Gallery's cataloged antique and clock auction scheduled for Saturday, February 27th , in the firm's gallery at 1485 Housatonic Street in Pittsfield, beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern time.
The two-sided clock, which is set up for two time zones, has a Chinese theme on one side and a Western theme on the other. Both sides have 6-inch porcelain dials. The gilt bronze clock has an animated, two-tier revolving carousel of figures at the top, rotating clockwise. The upper tier has a border of red and clear rhinestones, a palm tree umbrella that opens to expose the upper figures, plus glass rods resembling a fountain.
The triple fusee clock, housed in a carved teak wood bracket case, is in beautiful condition, with the original finish. It has a series of rods that rotate, emulating falling rain, while a row of ducks swim right to left in the front. All the while, a pair of carved wood Chinese acrobat figures on a platform appear from behind one door and disappear behind another door, as they dance and flip.
The auction will feature more than 500 quality lots, including antique clocks from several fine collections and private estates, antique furniture (by renowned makers such as John H. Belter, J. & J. W. Meeks and R.J. Horner), watches, chronometers, barometers, lamps, fine art glass, historical and political items, toys, banks, estate oil paintings, statuary, musical items and more.
The clocks will include makers such as E. Howard & Co., Seth Thomas, Ansonia, Ithaca, Elmer O. Stennes, Foster Campos, Chelsea, Atkins, Walter Durfee, J.J. Elliot, Waltham, Wm. Gilbert, F. Kroeber, New Haven, Waterbury, Eli Terry, E. N. Welch, E. Ingraham, Tiffany & Company, Sessions and LeCoultre. Sold will be French silk thread clocks, industrial clocks, mystery clocks, annular clocks, annular and animated clocks, English fusee clocks and more – a broad selection.
Clock collectors and horologists will instantly recognize the name E. Howard & Co. (Boston). They are a staple at many Fontaine's auction and this sale is no exception. Examples include a street post clock so stately and large (140 inches tall) it will only be available for pick-up by the buyer from the estate location (est. $15,000-$25,000); and a No. 82 grandfather clock, also quite impressive in size at 100 inches tall and housed in a fine mahogany case (est. $10,000-$15,000).
A full-sized violin by Giovanni Battista Ceruti of Italy dated 1801, with two bows, sporting an amber finish with nice patina and contained in a suspension case, is expected to change hands for $25,000-$50,000. From the fine art category, a fine quality watercolor study of a familiar scene by the renowned Western artist Frederic Remington (Am., 1861-1909), titled A Dash for the Timber (1889), of two riders shooting over their shoulders, should hammer for $15,000-$25,000.