Exceptional set of eight Tiffany Studios multi-layered glass windows brings $356,950 at Fontaine's An exceptional set of eight multi-layered glass windows, executed by the Tiffany Studios in New York in 1913 and depicting The 8 Beatitudes of Jesus, sold for $356,950 at Fontaine's Sept. 10th auction
News-Antique.com - Sep 29,2016 - PITTSFIELD, Mass. – An exceptional set of eight multi-layered glass windows, executed by the Tiffany Studios in New York in 1913 and depicting The 8 Beatitudes of Jesus (from Matthew 5: 3-10), sold for $356,950 to take top lot honors at cataloged antique auction held Sept. 10th by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, in the firm’s Pittsfield facility located at 1485 West Housatonic St.
The windows used multiple layered glass, including drapery, enamel decorated and cameo cut glass. Each 48 inch by 24 inch window depicted an angel figure with blue banners and purple cameo cut scripture. Each one was housed its original bronze frame. One was signed in cameo, “Tiffany Studios, New York, 1913,” while one window frame was signed “Tiffany Furnaces.”
The set of windows was the undisputed star in an auction that grossed just under $1.5 million and attracted approximately 2,300 registered bidders; 125 in the gallery, 1,950 registered to bid online, via LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable.com, Ebay Live and Fontaine’s Live (driven through www.FontainesAuction.com). Phone and absentee bidding made up the additional 225 bidders and was brisk throughout the day.
The auction featured 665 lots in a wide range of categories. Offered were antique lamps by top makers such as Tiffany Studios, Handel, Duffner & Kimberly, Pairpoint etc.; clocks and watches, music boxes, period furniture, original paintings, bronze and marble statuary, art glass, jewelry, fine silver, porcelains, gold & diamond jewelry, Asian objects and related accessories.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted are inclusive of the 21 percent buyer’s premium.
The runner-up top lot was a gorgeous Tiffany Studios curtain border floor lamp with a 24-inch domical shade having a geometric staggered brick pattern top section in fiery orange glass with a green diamond pattern below. The lamp was in excellent condition, very clean with nice original patina and no panels at all to the various shade panels. The 88-inch-tall lamp went for $60,500.
A pair of large Chinese teak and porcelain floor screens, having a 31-inch diameter porcelain center panel decorated with a cherry blossom tree, penjing tree, peonies, cranes and flying birds, overall 68 ½ inches tall by 47 inches wide, changed hands for $54,450. The screens displayed Chinese character inscriptions and seal marks on the front and impressed markings on the back.
One of the more unusual (and desirable) items for bid was a complete Flying Eagle and Indian head cent collection, with each coin in uncirculated condition and the entire group housed in an acrylic display. There were 61 coins in all, from 1857 to 1909-S, without the overdate. Included were copper-nickel and bronze coins with each of their variations. The set gaveled for $57,475.
A Seth Thomas No. 12 oak regulator clock with a quality 14-inch signed silver dial and a brass, 8-day weight-driven, time-only movement, housed in a massive 72-inch tall oak case with carved crest and base, chimed on time for $26,620. A pair of carved figural marble sphinxes, 34 inches tall, with large maiden’s heads and busts and