Fontaine's two-session auction on Saturday, April 22 will feature 325 lots in an array of categories An exceptional Victorian carved walnut 3-piece marble-top bedroom set attributed to John Jelliff and a gorgeous 14-inch Tiffany Studios domical leaded glass Daffodil lamp shade will be sold April 22.
News-Antique.com - Apr 04,2017 - PITTSFIELD, Mass. – An exceptional Victorian carved walnut three-piece marble-top bedroom set attributed to John Jelliff, a gorgeous 14-inch Tiffany Studios domical leaded glass Daffodil lamp shade, a heavily carved R. J. Horner figural mahogany bookcase and a stunning set of four J & R Lamb Studios stained glass windows will all cross the auction block Saturday, April 22nd.
They’re just a few of the expected top lots in Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s two-session Antiques & Fine Art Auction, online and in the firm’s gallery at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield, beginning at 10 am Eastern time. Internet bidding will be provided by via LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, EBay.com and FontainesLive. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
The auction will be packed with 325 pieces of quality antiques and fine art, to include 19th and 20th century lighting, fine clocks and watches, American oak and Victorian furniture, paintings, bronze and marble statuary, Royal Vienna, art glass, gold and diamond jewelry, fine silver, porcelains, KPM plaques, leaded windows, Black Forest items and fine old Louis Vuitton trunks.
Also offered will be Arts & Crafts pieces, country store and co-op collectibles, phonographs, tapestries and related accessories. Previews will be held on Friday, April 21st, from 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, April 22nd, the date of sale, from 9-11 am. Preview will continue through the discovery session. Fontaine’s is already looking ahead and seeking quality consignments for auctions planned for May 20th, June 17th and August 12th.
With pre-sale estimates of $20,000-$30,000 each, the John Jelliff bedroom set and the Tiffany Studios Daffodil lamp shade are the auction’s expected top lots, and for good reason. The Jelliff set (queen-size bed, dresser and commode) is in remarkable condition, with exceptional carvings. The Tiffany lamp shade boasts beautiful golden daffodil flowers in mottled yellow glass.
The Horner bookcase, impressive at 77 ˝ inches tall by 92 ˝ inches wide, is carved with serpent griffins, seashells and filigree on the frieze, with a center section having two doors with glass panels. The set of four J & R Lamb Studios stained glass leaded windows, crafted circa 1900, are 72 inches tall by 23 inches wide and show figures of large winged angels kneeling in the clouds.
Both lots carry estimates of $12,000-$15,000. A Horner piece with a more reasonable estimate is the mahogany winged griffin carved sideboard, attributed to Horner, in great shape and deeply carved throughout (est. $5,000-$7,000). Also up for bid will be a rare Gustav Stickley oak work cabinet, two doors over two drawers, with the original fine finish (est. $4,000-$6,500).
Decorative items will feature a carved carrara marble sculpture of St. Agnes, 68 inches tall, wearing long robes and a crown and holding a lamb, from the Daprato Rigali Studios, (est. $7,500-$12,500); and a lovely pair of Austrian cobalt porcelain urns, 17 ˝ inches tall, both with hand-painted figural scenes and gilt and enamel filigree highlights (est. $4,500-$6,500).
Clocks have always been the backbone of Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s business, and