250 quality antique lots in a variety of categories will come up for bid on March 25th at Fontaine's A Seth Thomas No. 8 office double-dial calendar clock with exceptional finish and a late 18th/early 19th century English triple fusee animated bracket clock will be part of Fontaine's March 25th sale.
Travail, after Charles Perron, and a movement signed A.R. Guilmet (Paris), has an estimate of $12,000-$15,000; while a Guilmet torsion pendulum clock with a silvered and gilt pyramidal bronze case, depicting a brick lighthouse on a black marble base, should fetch $6,000-$8,000.
Three outstanding French clocks post identical estimates of $8,000-$12,000. The first is a three-piece French annular clock set on a white marble base, with standing gilt bronze nude female figures (The Three Graces) and a matching pair of six-light candelabra. The second is a pair of bronze Napoleon silk thread mantle clocks, two-tone green-brown and gilt bronze, depicting a scene of Napoleon riding his horse through the Alps, very rare and made circa 1840.
The third is a three-piece bronze and champlevé clock set with relief brass dial retailed by “Mitchell Vance & Co.” (N.Y.), with a French brass eight-day spring-driven movement signed “Japy Freres,” and matching pair of covered side urns. Also offered for sale will be a rococo figural hour repeater carriage clock with gilt bronze case with fancy filigree, cornucopias and figural putti (est. $6,000-$8,000).
What would a Fontaine’s auction be without a clock made by E. Howard & Co. (Boston)? Up for bid will be an E. Howard No. 59 wall regulator with original 8-inch painted metal dial, signed, in an oak case and in excellent condition with a good professional refinish (est. $5,000-$7,000). In the American furniture category, a circa 1850 Bembe & Kimbal rosewood rococo étagère with an elaborate carved cabinet base and scroll carved mirrored top, should finish at $8,000-$12,000.
Staying with American furniture, a massive signed R.J. Horner sideboard, 104 inches tall by 86 ½ inches wide, with a large bonnet top with scroll and seashell crest, swirling filigree in the frieze and griffin heads at the corners, is estimated at $6,000-$8,000; and a carved oak hall bench with a back panel having an overhanging cornice top with figural mountain men bust pilasters, and a large inset back panel with an Egyptian scene of a camel, figures and palm trees, should hammer for $7,000-$9,000.
Tops in the jewelry category is a Van Cleef & Arpels fleurette necklace having a marked 18kt white gold chain with five floral seven-diamond clusters, 16 ½ inches long, in the original signed boxes. The lot is expected to bring $12,000-$15,000. Also offered for sale will be a beautiful Cartier diamond and sapphire 18kt white gold cocktail ring, Pave set with diamonds and irregular cut sapphires. The ring, signed “Cartier,” is expected to slip onto a new finger for $5,000-$7,500.
Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is actively seeking quality items, to include furniture, lighting, clocks and watches, paintings, porcelains, bronze and marble statuary, Asian items, art glass and cameo glass, Russian objects, silver, musical, coin-op, advertising, toys, banks, gaming and carousel items for future sales. Consignments are currently being accepted for all the upcoming auctions.
The firm will buy outright or accept on consignment fine antiques, collections or entire estates. Call (413) 448-8922 and ask to speak with