Rare antique Chinese animated triple fusee bracket clock could bring $750,000 at Fontaine's May 21st A rare antique Chinese animated triple fusee bracket clock, running and striking with all animated mechanisms working, is expected to sell for between $500,000 and $750,000 at Fontaine's on May 21st.
News-Antique.com - May 04,2016 - PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A rare antique Chinese animated triple fusee bracket clock, running and striking with all animated mechanisms working, is expected to sell for between $500,000 and $750,000 at a cataloged antique auction planned for Saturday, May 21, at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, in the firm’s showroom at 1485 Housatonic Street in Pittsfield, at 11 a.m. Eastern time.
The clock is both beautiful and functional. The hourly mechanism activates swimming ducks and spinning glass rods resembling a waterfall. A cluster of glass rods forms another waterfall in the top of the large-size gilt bronze case. The clock has a 6 ˝ inch porcelain dial with black Roman numerals, and red jeweled characters that read “Da Ji” (Great Prosperity). It is 36 ˝ inches tall.
The clock is the expected top earner in a 500-lot auction that will feature not just a superb clock collection, but watches, music boxes, lamps (by Tiffany, Duffner & Kimberly, Unique, Bigelow & Kennard, Suess, Handel and others), paintings, bronzes and marble statuary, art glass, jewelry, fine silver, porcelain, Royal Vienna, Lalique, sterling and gold items, bird boxes and automatons.
Also sold will be exceptional period furniture, by makers such as J. H. Belter, J. &. J.W. Meeks, R. J. Horner, Herter Brothers, Mitchell & Rammelsberg, Karpen and John Jeliff.
Remarkably, the auction’s expected second top lot is also a Chinese triple fusee animated bracket clock. In beautiful condition, the clock features a carved teakwood bell-form bracket case with beveled front door glass, a hexagonal Chinese pagoda mounted on the top and animated acrobats, and rotating rods simulating rainfall. It’s expected to fetch $50,000-$100,000.
Anything bearing the Tiffany name is bound to attract attention. A Tiffany Studios Arrowroot table lamp with a signed 20-inch diameter conical shade should realize $35,000-$40,000; and a mahogany Tiffany & Company and Walter Durfee nine-tube grandfather clock, 108 inches tall and in excellent shape, should rise to $12,000-$15,000.
Other grandfather clocks will feature a monumental mahogany nine-tube example with signed movement by Elliot (London), and a brass dial with fancy gilt pierced filigree in the center, 104 inches tall (est. $15,000-$25,000); and an oak R. J. Horner grandfather clock with silvered dial and Roman hour numerals, signed Walter H. Durfee of Providence, R.I. (est. $15,000-$20,000).
Astronomical regulators are also a big hit with clock collectors. Two examples with identical pre-sale estimates of $10,000-$15,000 are a George Jones No. 8 astronomical floor regulator with a massive 17-inch silvered bronze dial, in a beautiful floor-standing walnut case; and a Swinden & Sons (Birmingham, England) astronomical regulator in a lovely mahogany floor-standing case.
Turning to original artwork, an unsigned oil on canvas portrait of George Washington, after Gilbert Charles Stuart (Mass., 1755-1828) and attributed to Thomas Sully (Br./Am., 1783-1872) is expected to garner $20,000-$40,000; and an oil on board impressionist landscape painting with figures by the French artist Alfred Sisley (1839-1899), signed, should sell for $15,000-$30,000.
Two jewelry lots both show pre-sale estimates of $20,000-$25,000. One is a Cartier marked 950 platinum and diamond