News-Antique.com - Mar 12,2016 - MONROE, CT- Over 500 lots of antiques and fine art will be sold at Fairfield Auction in their upcoming auction running online March 18th-23rd. The diverse sale includes paintings, Americana, European furniture and decorative arts, rare maps, modern prints, photography, fine jewelry and Asian art, but is highlighted by the clocks and music boxes.
Music once filled Joe Teagarden's Ridgefield home and now it will fill the Monroe gallery of Fairfield Auction, ready for sale. Teagarden collected the best he could find over his 30 year retirement and lovingly restored and maintained every piece. Some fifty clocks and music boxes will be sold in all.
Highlights among the disk machines are the coin-operated Regina Corona with leaded glass front and the imposing Polyphon Mikado, standing 86" high. A scarce Regina folding top machine plays 27" disks and sells with a custom-made oak disk storage cabinet. A Kalliope bell box playing 13 1/4" disks and a Regina serpentine box playing 15 1/2" disks should also do well. Other disk machines of interest include a Symphonion musical tall clock as well as a Kalliope upright and two Kalliope Christmas tree stands, one with bells.
Capital created one of the most unusual machines of the era, playing a "cuff" shaped cylinder. This sale includes an example of both their model "B" and "C" machines.
Several Swiss cylinder music boxes will also be sold. Of particular interest is a Paillard overture box with a "fat" 13" cylinder in exceptional condition. Another machine expected to do well is a Mermod Freres interchangeable machine with three 17 1/2" cylinders, each playing six tunes. Several other cylinder music boxes including two early key-wind machines will also be sold.
Featured clocks include an impressive Wehrle flute clock, a 42" French figural swinger and a fine miniature Vienna rosewood regulator. An Austrian Empire mantle clock with music box base and an Elliot chiming tube tall clock will also go under the gavel. A small George IV mantle clock by Benjamin Vulliamy and a fine English bracket clock with chime on eight bells should also do well.
Local estates yielded several exceptional paintings for this auction. Will Barnet's best known early work, "Idle Hands" leads the category. It was exhibited at The National Academy in 2011 as part of "Will Barnet at 100". Also discovered in a local home was Eastman Johnson's gem "Gone Asleep", depicting a young boy asleep among the hay after filling his belly with fresh cherries. It is estimated at $20,000/30,000. Other American works of interest include a portrait of the river cruiser "Middletown" by Antonio Jacobsen, an untouched Adirondack view by George W. Waters,a harbor scene by Louis Aston Knight, a pair of large oils by Franklin Briscoe and a farm scene by Kruseman Van Elten.
European works are lead by Marianne Von Werefkin's "Autour des Pommiers", an 18" x 24" oil depicting apple picking at the shore of Lake Geneva and dated 1916. A pair of large views of Rio de Janeiro by German