Fontaine’s Auction Gallery To Offer March 7 Auction To Beat Winter Blues

  • PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts
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  • March 05, 2020

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An expected top lot is this R.J. Horner 10-piece mahogany dining set ($20/30,000) with figural nude maiden bust pilasters, shelf supports and table legs.

People are getting antsy for spring and in a buying mood. An early opportunity to whet one’s appetite for antiquing and spring redecorating will be at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery with an auction on Saturday, March 7, at 11 am. The sale runs the gamut from advertising items to Oriental rugs, good artwork, lighting, clocks, carved furniture and a whole lot more.

This auction will feature 385 lots of antiques and fine art, including Victorian, figural carved, and Midcentury furniture, 19th and 20th century lighting, a large clock collection, gold and diamond jewelry, porcelains, fine silver, 19th and 20th Century paintings, Black Forest items, art glass and cameo glass, Asian and Russian items, bronze and marble statuary, weathervanes, country store and advertising items, music boxes, jukeboxes and victrolas, violins, duck decoys, antique toys, slot machines and more.

 “For this March auction, we’ve decided to show our fun side. Instead of showcasing one or two great objects, we are focusing overall on mid-range priced items that will have universal appeal across the board,” said John Fontaine, owner of Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. “We’ve got nice paintings, some really fine pieces of R.J. Horner furniture along with gorgeous pieces of jewelry and even a snazzy vintage Vespa scooter.”

An expected high point of the auction will be an R.J. Horner 10-piece, figural carved mahogany dining set ($20/30,000) comprising a sideboard, large banquet table with chairs, a china cabinet and a server. The set features figural nude maiden bust pilasters, shelf supports and table legs with matching pierced filigree carved crests. Another R.J. Horner piece crossing the block is an elaborate, two-part hall bench with mirror ($3/5,000) with open carved cherub crest over a rectangular beveled mirror, framed in swirling filigree, 87 by 60 by 21 inches.

This H.P. Hood & Sons Milk porcelain sign ($5/7,500), having a 30-inch diameter, retains vibrant, unfaded colors.

Fontaine’s is practically synonymous with good clocks and highlighting a large clock collection in this sale is a Walter Durfee, number 5, oak 9-tube grandfather clock ($6/8,000) with a large brass dial having a 12-inch silvered chapter ring, standing 100 inches tall.

Vintage advertising is a perennially popular collectible and a colorful and folksy example that will cross the block is an H.P. Hood & Sons Milk porcelain sign ($5/7,500) with vibrant, unfaded colors, 30 inches in diameter signed on the bottom, “American Valve & Enameling Corp.”

Buyers fighting off cabin fever will find plenty in this auction to inspire a future decorating project from a 72-inch oak S-roll top desk ($4/6,000) having inset panels on all sides, 57 by 72 by 38 inches, to a grouping of four antique Oriental rugs ($4/6,000) having floral patterns with one prayer rug having a tree of life rising up in the center. Also on offer are a Pairpoint “Lansdowne” lamp with three sailing vessels pictured on the shade ($3/5,000), 22½ inches tall, and a lithograph by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864-1901), “Moulin Rouge - La Goulue” ($4/6,000), 33 by 24 inches.

Jewelry will shine bright here, including an assorted lot of yellow gold cufflinks and tie pins ($3/5,000); a 14K white gold diamond halo ring with 13 mine-cut diamonds ($2,5/3,500) and an 18K yellow gold, ruby, emerald and diamond necklace ($2,5/3,500).

Rounding out the auction will be a French figural “Three Graces” clock ($1,8/2,200) on a marble base and measuring 26 inches tall; an oil on canvas painting attributed to Franz Schrotzberg (Austrian, 1811-1889), depicting Leda and the Swan, estimated at $3/5,000, and a 1963 Piaggio Vespa 150 Scooter ($2,5/3,500) in baby blue paint.

A Walter Durfee 9-tube oak grandfather clock ($6/8,000), number 5, features a large brass dial having a 12-inch silvered chapter ring. The clock stands 100 inches.

Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is the oldest operating auction gallery in Western Massachusetts. It has earned the trust of collectors, investors and gallery owners worldwide. All cataloged lots receive nationwide exposure to the firm’s database of more than 24,000 select buyers. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery has been voted “Best Antique Auction Gallery” eight times by the public.

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 the January 18, 2020 auction.

The firm will buy outright or accept on consignment fine antiques, collections or entire estates. Call (413) 448-8922 and ask to speak with John Fontaine, or you can send Mr. Fontaine an email to info@fontainesauction.com. For more information about the company and the upcoming auction schedule, visit www.fontainesauction.com. Updates are posted frequently.

Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is located at 1485 West Housatonic Street (Route 20), Pittsfield, Mass. For more information, visit www.FontainesAuction.com or call 413-448-8922.

 

Fontaine's Auction Gallery
1485 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
info@fontainesauction.com
413-448-8922.
https://fontainesauction.com
About Fontaine's Auction Gallery

Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is the oldest operating auction gallery in Western Massachusetts. It has earned the trust of collectors, investors and gallery owners worldwide. All cataloged lots receive nationwide exposure to the firm’s database of more than 20,000 select buyers. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery has been voted “Best Antique Auction Gallery” eight times by the public. 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 John Fontaine, or you can send Mr. Fontaine an e-mail to info@fontainesauction.com. For more information about the company and the upcoming auction schedule, visit www.fontainesauction.com. Updates are posted frequently.


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