19th/20th Century Fine & Decorative Arts to Kick off Fall Season At Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, Sept. 25

  • PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts
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  • September 20, 2021

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An auction highlight is this Tiffany Studios “Gabriel Blowing His Horn” leaded glass window ($70/90,000), circa 1916, measuring 51½ by 49 inches (framed).

Fontaine’s Auction Gallery will shine a light on impressive fine and decorative arts from the 19th and 20th Centuries at its auction on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 11am. The sale includes 500 lots, consisting of works by Tiffany Studios, Duffner & Kimberly, Handel, Pairpoint, Gorham, Whiting, Tiffany & Co., Gustav Stickley, Daum Nancy, Émile Gallé, Rene Lalique, Royal Vienna, KPM, R.J. Horner etc. 

“Buyers come to us for certain things, and that list includes Tiffany lighting, art glass, leaded glass windows, clocks, American and European furniture, fine silver, and marble/bronze statuary, to name a few,” said John Fontaine, owner of Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. We will have standouts in all the collecting categories we are renowned for, and then some.” 

 The auction will kick off with an iconic example of art glass, a Tiffany Studios “Peacock” and “Gooseneck” Favrile glass vase ($15/25,000), which is said to be one of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s most original forms, inspired by the Persian rosewater sprinklers he esteemed. The Peacock versions of this vase were made with five types of glass, two of them being aventurine (glass flecked with gold particles). 

Expected to be the big standout item in the auction is a striking leaded and acid-etched glass window by Tiffany Studios, “Gabriel Blowing His Horn,” ($70/90,000), circa 1916, that measures 51½ by 49 inches (framed). The window proportions and glass craftsmanship are sublime and the window has quite a visual presence that seems realistic while highlighting the supernatural essence of the angel portrayed. 

Tiffany Studios lamps, of course, will be well received in this auction and highlights include a “Nasturtium” floor lamp ($60/$80,000), circa 1910, standing 68 inches tall and having a 22-inch diameter shade; a “Geranium” table lamp ($60/$80,000), circa 1905, with an illuminated blown glass base; and a “Poppy” table lamp ($50/75,000) circa, 1910. 

A Tiffany Studios “Nasturtium” floor lamp ($60/$80,000), circa 1910, in leaded glass with patinated bronze, stands 68 inches tall.

Besides Tiffany, collectors are also drawn to other renowned makers’ lamps such as a circa 1915 Duffner & Kimberly “Wisteria” table lamp ($30/$40,000); an early 20th Century Handel “Arab & Camel” table lamp ($8/12,000); and a Pairpoint Murano “Orchid” table lamp ($6/8,000). 

A shining spot in the auction is the sterling silver category with several beautiful and ornate sets and centerpieces, led by a Gorham Mfg. Co. “Maintenon” dinner service ($25/35,000), 20th Century, including a footed cake, a well meat platter, a water pitcher, a covered tureen and more; an English centerpiece ($20/30,000) that is embellished with repoussé motifs of scrollwork, flowers and foliate, each of the bowls with cartouches decorated with castles, and a Tiffany & Co. “Chrysanthemum” tea and coffee service, circa 1891-1902 ($20/30,000). Also on offer is a Whiting Mfg. Co. sterling silver and enamel punch bowl and ladle with grapevines ($8/12,000), late 19th Century. 

The scions of American furniture will be well represented with offerings ranging from an R.J. Horner & Co. 12-piece “Atlas” mahogany dining set ($20/30,000), circa 1890, comprising a table, server, sideboard, china cabinet and eight chairs to a Gustav Stickley/Harvey Ellis drop-front desk ($8/12,000), circa 1903, in oak with pewter, copper & fruitwood inlays.. 

Rounding out the auction will be a Regina Style 35 changer music box ($20/30,000), late 19th Century, having filigree carving; an after Alexander Phimister Proctor (American, 1862-1950) patinated bronze sculpture ($15/25,000) titled “Buckaroo,” 26 inches tall; and a Karl Griesbaum book-form automaton singing bird box with gilt sterling silver, enamel and gems ($12/15,000). 

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. 

Consignments are currently being accepted for the fall and winter auctions. Fontaine’s is actively seeking quality items for all upcoming auctions, to include furniture, lighting, art glass, 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. 

The firm will buy outright or accept on consignment. 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. 

An English sterling silver centerpiece ($20/30,000), late 19th Century, is embellished with repoussé motifs of scrollwork, flowers and foliate, each of the bowls with cartouches decorated with castles, 13 by 40 by 20½ inches.

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Fontaine's Auction Gallery
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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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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