Fontaine’s Auction Gallery Kicks Off 2021 With Back-to-Back Auctions

  • PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts
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  • February 19, 2021

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A top lot was a circa 1905-10 Tiffany Studios “Dragonfly” table lamp having a “Pepper” base and measuring 18 inches tall that fetched $87,725

Boasting a curated selection of fine leaded glass lamps, vases, silver, sculpture and much more, Fontaine’s Auction Gallery started off the new year on a high note. The two-part Fine & Decorative Arts auction that ran January 23 and 30 grossed over $2 million. It saw two Tiffany Studios lamps tie for top lot status at $87,725 with a total of nearly 40 items performing above the $10,000 mark. “There was a diversified selection of 'Tiffany' items, from fine lamps to sterling silver, but we also saw strong performances across the board, including paintings, musical items and carved Black Forest pieces,” said John Fontaine of Fontaine’s Auction Gallery.

Unsurprisingly, the “Tiffany” name accounted for the top lots in both sessions of the auction, starting with two Tiffany Studios lamps that each fetched $87,725 on January 23. First up in the auction’s prime real estate — lot 100 — was a Tiffany Studios “Dragonfly” table lamp with a “Pepper” base, circa 1905-1910. It was followed up less than 20 lots later by a “Peony” floor lamp, circa 1910. In the second session, a 15-piece grouping of Tiffany & Co. “Chrysanthemum” sterling silver pieces sold comfortably over high estimate at $29,645.

Dominating the auction’s Top 10 list is a fine selection of even more Tiffany Studios table lamps, including a “Dogwood” table lamp that sold for $56,550, a “Tulip” table lamp at $48,400 and a “Spider” table lamp at $45,980.

Making sweet music in the auction were a trio of lots that crossed the block: a Mills Novelty Co. double violano-virtuoso, which can play violin and piano music for an hour on one nickel and has an electronic MIDI system, attaining $56,870, a Mermod Freres marquetry cylinder music box in rosewood and bronze at $30,250, and an Ideal Soprano cylinder music box in quarter sawn oak, embellished with filigree, mythological faces and acanthus ornaments, which fetched $26,620.

A group of 15 Tiffany & Co. “Chrysanthemum” sterling silver pieces performed above high estimate at $29,645.

Furniture is often hit or miss at auctions these days but seems to consistently do well at Fontaine’s, and this auction saw several standouts. A pair of Grohé Frères Louis XVI style satinwood and fruitwood cabinets with gilt bronze moldings and marquetry, surmounted by a rouge marble top, realized $24,800, an R.J. Horner & Co. figural hall bench in quarter sawn oak with a beveled mirror, featuring carved female caryatids, griffins, filigree and mythical faces, sold over its high estimate at $21,780, an Allen & Brother walnut bench outperformed its estimate to fetch $19,965, and a pair of Daniel Pabst walnut bookcases tripled the estimate to sell at $18,150.

The second session started off on a robust note and saw several lots outperform their high estimates, including a Black Forest carved dog umbrella stand that nearly doubled its high estimate at $28,435.

Fine art saw several paintings by listed artists do well, including a Guy Carleton Wiggins oil on canvas, “Fifth Avenue in Winter,” that brought $13,310, an unsigned 18th Century oil on panel, “Christ Carrying the Cross,” at $12,705, and a Benjamin Champney oil on board,  “The Homestead,” for $8,470.

A self-playing, coin-op Mills Novelty Co. Double Violano-Virtuoso, circa 1913-1915, that can play for an hour on one nickel brought $56,870.

Rounding out the auction was a group of rare and diverse items, including an American Mutoscope & Biograph Company mutoscope at $17,545, a Gustav & William Dentzel carousel giraffe at $12,100, a Murad Cigarettes double-sided porcelain flange advertising sign that nearly doubled high estimate to bring $7,260, and an Art Deco platinum, diamond and sapphire bracelet having a 1-carat European cut diamond, which performed well at $6,655. 

All prices reported include the 21 percent buyer’s premium.

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 being accepted for the May 22 auction, consisting of a large collection of Tiffany Studios items, fine and decorative arts, clocks, silver, coin-op and fine furniture. 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 fine art, 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.



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Fontaine's Auction Gallery
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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413-448-8922.
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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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