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Exceptional Antiques Auction 8:00 AM PT - May 21st, 2011 2 weeks offered by Fontaines Auction Gallery 1485 West Housatonic St. Pittsfield, MA 01201

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Exceptional Antiques Auction 8:00 AM PT - May 21st, 2011 2 weeks offered by Fontaines Auction Gallery 1485 West Housatonic St. Pittsfield, MA 01201

Time: May 21, 2011 all day
Location: Fontaines Auction Gallery 1485 West Housatonic St. Pittsfield, MA 01201
Street: 1485 West Housatonic St.
City/Town: Pittsfield, MA 01201
Website or Map: http://www.liveauctioneers.co…
Phone: 413-448-8922
Event Type: live, and, internet, auction
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Latest Activity: May 12, 2011

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Exceptional Antiques Auction
8:00 AM PT - May 21st, 2011
2 weeks

offered by
Fontaines Auction Gallery
1485 West Housatonic St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201

 

 

 

Antique furniture, lighting, clocks, decorative accessories, fine art, jewelry will change hands.

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – What is being appropriately billed as an Exceptional Antique Auction has been planned for Saturday, May 21, by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, in the firm’s spacious showroom at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield. Offered will be over 500 lots of antique furniture, vintage lighting, fine art, decorative accessories, period furniture, clocks, estate jewelry, watches and more.

“We’re calling it an exceptional auction because the merchandise truly is exceptional,” said John Fontaine of Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. “These lots have been culled from better estates and collections in Massachusetts and beyond, resulting in a tremendous opportunity for people looking to redecorate, purchase investment-grade antiques or add to their collections.”

Folks unable to make it to the event may bid online through LiveAuctioneers.com (which they can access by logging on to the Fontaine’s website, www.FontainesAuction.net). Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Previews will be held on Thursday, May 19, from 10-5; Friday, May 20, from 10-5; and Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. until the start of sale, at 11 a.m.

Period furniture pieces are certain to juice up the crowd, beginning with a 12-piece R.J. Horner figural carved dining set, the best such set Fontaine's has offered in its 40-year history. The set is complete and has the excellent original finish. Next is a Wooten extra grade three-hinge cabinet secretary (76 inches tall, 44 inches wide). The piece boasts a highly carved gallery with burled panels, ebonized trim and incising. Also sold will be a large figural umbrella stand depicting an almost lifesize carved dog seated beside a rustic carved tree stump (33 inches tall).

Several other pieces by the renowned craftsman R.J. Horner will be sold, to include a winged griffin oak corner china cabinet with a mirrored back and triple curved glass front; an oak three-door Atlas bookcase with large figural carvings of muscular men on the sides; and a figural carved mahogany two-part hall tree with an open carved cherub crest over a beveled mirror.

The name Tiffany will be chanted frequently throughout the day. Tiffany lamps will include a dichroic swirling lemon leaf table lamp with 18-inch geometric shade and heavily mottled background glass; a turtleback desk lamp with a fine bronze base and leafy platform; and a nice student lamp with a fine bronze base and beaded and coiled rope twist embellishment. And so much more...

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Bob Burke (Fontaine's Auction) Comment by Bob Burke (Fontaine's Auction) on May 12, 2011 at 2:38pm
Liveauctioneers.com May 21, 2011  Exceptional Antiques



Exceptional Antiques Auction 550 Lots
8:00 AM PT - May 21st, 2011
9 days  (If bidding ONLINE - please signup for the auction early)
http://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/24469

Auction House Preview
PREVIEWS: FRIDAY, MAY 20th, 2011 FROM 10am - 5pm EST & SATURDAY, MAY 21st, 2011 FROM 8am - 11pm EST

Fontaines Auction Gallery
1485 West Housatonic St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
www.fontainesauction.net

Admin Contact
James O'Brien
jobrien@fontaineauction.com
413-448-8922


Take a look at some of the outstanding antiques up for auction:

Lot 150

Tiffany Dichroic Swirling Lemon Leaf Table Lamp. 18in geometric shade with heavily mottled green and yellow dichroic background glass and a yellow/green swirling lemon leaf border over a 5 row lower brick border. Both glasses in this shade show as a pale green with white mottling when the shade is unlit and hold a deep gold glow when the shade is lit. On a fine dore bronze and faux turtleback 3 base with an excellent patina and color; a 3 socket cluster and original heat cap top off this wonderful base. Signed Tiffany Studios New York 587; Shade signed and numbered 470. Estimate $15,000 - $18,000  http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/8841356

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Lot 213

Monumental R.J. Horner Figural Mahogany Dining Room Set. 12 Pc. Figural carved set includes a selection of the best American carved pieces of its time. Monumental R.J. Horner Figural Mahogany Dining Room Set. 12 Pc. Figural carved set includes a selection of the best American carved pieces of its time. The set is in a deep untouched original finish and in mint condition; the solid carving and variations, shown in each of these pieces, highlight the peak of one of the greatest furniture makers. Circa 1890.

The 60" R.J. Horner Figural Mahogany Dining Room Table features massive legs with winged maiden busts, acanthus leaf carvings at the waist over a curved base with bell flower blossoms on the sides and hairy paw feet; solid deeply carved center pedestal, scroll carved apron with mythical lion's heads, stranded leaf and vine pattern with bows in between. Complete with 3 leaves measuring 14". Stands 31 ½" high.

The R.J. Horner Figural Mahogany Dining Room Sideboard has large winged griffins supporting the bevel mirrored back, muscular mountain men with goat's heads at the waist, the 2 door panels have 3 figural putti in a medallion over a gargoyle head centered in scrolling floral, ribbon and leaf carving. 2 wide drawers with figural fronts and 3 smaller drawers set between the partitions with oversized lion's head pulls. The pierce carved crest has a center medallion with large winged putti and mountain men on the outside; complete with unusual paw feet, centered with faces. 95"H x 73"W x 29".

R.J. Horner Figural Mahogany Dining Room China Cabinet. Beautiful double door bow front china cabinet with figural maiden busts over scrolling pilasters and acanthus leaf carving holding lion's heads on the front. The frieze has a pair of winged griffins with an urn in between foliage carvings and centered between lion's heads; pierce carved crest with center medallion, winged putti and eagle finials. 87"H x 55"W x 19".

The R.J. Horner Figural Mahogany Dining Room Server has a pair of standing mountain men supports, the outside arm holds up the top, the inside arm hold a ram's head with drapery, scroll carving on the sides over a cluster of summer fruit with exposed feet and a serpentine lower shelf. The bow front top has a center drawer with a pair of winged griffins and an urn in between foliate carvings and centered between lion's heads; backsplash is topped with a pierce carved crest with a center medallion, winged putti and stylized fleur-de-lis corners. 61"H x 54"W x 23"D./body>
Bob Burke (Fontaine's Auction) Comment by Bob Burke (Fontaine's Auction) on May 2, 2011 at 3:53pm

Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is still actively seeking quality consignments for the May 21 Exceptional Antique Auction and all future sales. The firm also buys antiques and entire estates outright. For more information, or to consign an item, estate or collection, you may call (413) 448-8922 and ask to speak with John Fontaine. Or, e-mail him at info@fontaineauction.com.

For more information about Fontaine’s Gallery and the May 21 auction, please log on to www.FontainesAuction.net.

Bob Burke (Fontaine's Auction) Comment by Bob Burke (Fontaine's Auction) on May 2, 2011 at 3:53pm
Audiophiles will be intrigued by the Reginaphone Style 246 floor model disc player (including 50 discs), with mahogany case and two doors in front; and an oak Victor Model “V” phonograph, with an oak case and paneled horn, in excellent working condition. Again, for lighting purposes, a perfect complement would be an Andre Hunebelle art glass fish lamp with a deep amber glass shade with a nouveau border (13 inches by 9 inches).
Bob Burke (Fontaine's Auction) Comment by Bob Burke (Fontaine's Auction) on May 2, 2011 at 3:52pm

Bronzes are surefire crowd-pleasers, and this sale’s got several worth mentioning: a fine figural bronze of a hoop dancer by Georges Morin (Ger., 1874-1928); a monumental bronze of a Kabyle hunter returning from his hunt, by Arthur Waagen, executed circa 1883-1898; and a 58” bronze after Giovanni Bologna of a flying Mercury figure with his helmet, staff and winged feet.

Returning to furniture, the name John Henry Belter in synonymous with fine American furniture, and this auction has several Belter examples. These include a Henry Clay pattern sofa, rosewood triple arched back with scroll carvings on the crest rail; and a cornucopia laminated rosewood side chair boasting a pierce carved scrolling back and a good, clean original finish.

Need a table? This sale’s got over a dozen to choose from, including a mahogany 60-inch round acanthus carved dining table with split pedestal base and four oversize legs; and an inlaid rosewood game table with octagonal rosewood top and checkerboard inlay. The table can be illuminated by an Anthony Hart 16-inch cherry blossom table lamp. The shade has an irregular bumpy form with clusters of flowers and berries. The lamp has a great matching light-up base.

Bob Burke (Fontaine's Auction) Comment by Bob Burke (Fontaine's Auction) on May 2, 2011 at 3:52pm

Other Tiffany pieces will include a great bronze inkwell with the fine figure of a crab, its claws reaching forward, pinching the coiled handles of the inkwell pot mounted with an oyster shell; a six-arm chandelier with 88 Tiffany iridescent glass prisms hanging from the bronze fixture; a cypriote glass vase, 7 inches tall, with a textured surface; and a favrile quilted green and opalescent bowl with 12-inch rim.

From the vintage clocks category comes two examples of note: an E. Howard #81 oak grandfather clock boasting a silvered chapter ring with black movement and Graham’s dead-beat escapement; and a Gilbert #12 oak standing regulator with black open moon hands.

Wonderful vases will be served up in abundance, to include a Legras onion-form cameo vase, signed, 12 ½ inches tall, cut with deep green leaves and branches; a Moser hand-decorated smoke glass vase with a bulbous body, 8 ½ inches tall; a Galle cameo cut vase with a fiery red and orange pattern, 7 inches tall; a Webb enameled bulbous glass vase with butterfly and satin glass finish, 5 ¼ inches tall; and a Charles Schneider cameo glass vase with nice teardrop body.

Also sold will be a Steuben calcite and jadeite 15 inch round centerpiece with beautiful glass platform.

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