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Antique Lighting to Shine in First of Three Big Fontaine’s Auction Gallery Sales

by Special to WorthPoint (03/14/13).

This 18-inch Handel Jungle Bird table lamp with parrots and foliage in the shade is among the several pieces of antique lighting that will highlight the upcoming March 23 sale to be hosted by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – An auction featuring more than 400 quality lots of antique furniture, Arts & Crafts items, antique lighting—by Tiffany, Handel, Gorham, Moe Bridges and others—as well as paintings, bronzes and sterling silver is just of three scheduled for this year at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery.

The other two auctions, which will also be held at the firm’s spacious showroom located at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield, will be on April 27—which will feature antique clocks—and Sept. 21, which will be highlighted by music-related items.

Internet bidding for all three cataloged auctions will be provided by both Artfact and LiveAuctioneers. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

The March auction will also include porcelains, music boxes, art glass and cameo glass, marble statuary, jewelry and hundreds of related accessories. Previews will be held on Friday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday, March 23, the date of sale, from 8 a.m. until the first gavel comes down around 11 a.m. Many items may be viewed online.

Furniture items in the sale will include a beautiful walnut Renaissance Revival credenza with oval artwork inlays in each door, a Gustav Stickley drop-arm Morris chair with slat-board design and black upholstered cushion, a nicely carved walnut slant-front desk in great shape and a heavily carved R.J. Horner figural oak sideboard with cupids and inlaid mirror.

This Carrara marble sculpture by G. Trentanove of a baby sitting on a pillow, clutching a flower, is another lot that should draw attention in the auction.

Antique lighting will feature an Austrian cold-painted bronze Arab lamp with a Middle Eastern man on a camel under a palm tree, a 20-inch Tiffany Studios Daffodil lamp shade accented in green and yellow, a Tiffany Studios hanging Acorn lamp shade with peach and gold accenting and a Handel 18-inch Jungle Bird table lamp with parrots and foliage on the shade. 

Decorative accessories will include a Joe Descomps bronze and ivory figural work titled “Throwing the Ball” and showing a blond female preparing her throw and wearing a black dress, a set of six “Chateau des Tuileries” Sevres portrait plates smartly housed in a cloth-lined wooden case and bronze figural group of two people (one of them on a horse) by Albert Moritz Wolf.

Addiitonally, a carrara marble sculpture by G. Trentanove of a baby sitting on a pillow and holding a chrysanthemum in its hand, a large French porcelain vase by N. Vivien with gold accenting and showing colorfully rendered birds and flowers, and a custom replica of the Heart of the Ocean diamond-studded necklace with a robust blue sapphire stone will cross the block.

For more information about these auctions, call 413.448.8922, e-mail to info@fontaineauction.com or visit the Fontaine’s Auction Gallery website.

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