Auction Report: Antique Duffner & Kimberly and Tiffany Lamps Highlight Fontaine’s Sale
This Tiffany Studios 20-inch Dragonfly table lamp with excellent 6-dragonfly shade is estimated to bring between $75,000 and $100,000 at a massive three-session auction on Nov. 21 hosted by Fontaine's Auction Gallery.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Antique lighting by Tiffany, Handel, Duffner & Kimberly, Pairpoint and others will highlight a massive three-session cataloged auction boasting nearly 525 lots to be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009.
The auction will also include many sought-after vintage clocks and watches, pieces of Arts & Crafts furniture and accessories, bronzes, coins, paintings, porcelains and more. The sale is being facilitated by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery.
A Duffner & Kimberly modern floral table lamp (est. $50,000-$75,000) and a Tiffany Studios Dragonfly table lamp (est. $75,000-$100,000) are the prizes of the show.
“Originally, this auction was envisioned as three separate sales, but in the end we decided to just combine them into one huge event, held on one day,” said John Fontaine of Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. “For that reason alone we expect a healthy turnout.” Online bidding will be facilitated via Artfact.com and the Fontaine’s Web site. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
Session I will kick things off with vintage clocks and watches, a category for which Fontaine’s has become renowned in the industry, thanks to semi-annual sales that have featured blockbusting top lots. Among the expected top lots include an E. Howard & Co. #60 astronomical hanging regulator (est. $75,000-$125,000) and a Howard & Davis astronomical regulator (est. $75,000-$125,000). Several fine examples of the E. Howard #61 astronomical floor standing regulator clocks were sold by Fontaine’s within a year, hitting prices of $195,500, $189,750, and $161,000.
This Duffner & Kimberly 22-inch #508 modern floral table lamp with a rare leaded shade is expected to bring between $50,000 and $75,000.
The name Howard will be very much in evidence at the Nov. 21 sale, with the aforementioned clocks figuring to dominate the session. The E. Howard & Co. #60 astronomical hanging regulator has a fantastic walnut case with burled trim and quality carvings and is in great condition. The Howard & Davis astronomical regulator has a signed 16-inch silvered dial and a massive quality brass movement.
Other clocks expected to do well include a large bronze French industrial automated locomotive clock with gilt bronze trimmings (est. $20,000-$30,000); a French conical marble and bronze clock, in excellent condition (est. $15,000-$20,000); an Aaron Willard Massachusetts shelf clock (est. $12,000-$15,000); and a signed Herter Brothers mantle clock in a heavily carved case (est. $5,000-$7,000).
Yet another E. Howard & Co. clock will come under the gavel: a Figure 8 #8 wall clock with black pierce diamond hands and original signed 11-inch dial (est. $12,000-$15,000). Vintage watches will feature a Tiffany & Co. minute repeater pocket watch with split-second chronograph (est. $8,000-$10,000) and a Verge Fusee ¼ hour dumb repeater watch with encrusted pearls (est. $6,000-$8,000).
Session II will feature some 375 lots of furniture, lamps, accessories and coins, with anticipated top achievers including a an early Gustav Stickley #6 chalet plant stand (est. $15,000-$25,000), a set of six mahogany R.J. Horner figural carved dining room chairs with oversize frames and maidens on the sides (est. $18,000-$25,000); a monumental 9-piece figural oak dining room set attributed to R.J. Horner (est. $15,000-$25,000); and a carved floral inlaid Herter Brothers ebonized parlor cabinet (est. $15,000-$25,000).
And early Gustav No. 6 chalet plant stand, with deep brown finish and original paper label, could realize between $15,000 and $25,000 at auction on Nov. 21.
Other stars of the furniture category include a 7-piece laminated rosewood parlor set by J.H. Belter in the Rosalie with Grapes pattern (est. $15,000-$25,000); an Egyptian Revival marble-top credenza (Allen Bros., Philadelphia, est. $15,000-$20,000); a carved 4-door walnut breakfront (est. $12,000-$15,000); and an oak game carved sideboard attributed to A. Roux (est. $10,000-$15,000).
The Tiffany Studios Dragonfly table lamp and Duffner & Kimberly table lamp will be the undisputed champs of the lamps category, but other lots to watch include a 12-inch Pairpoint Apple Tree reverse painted table lamp (est. $20,000-$30,000); a Tiffany Studios Apple Blossom table lamp (est. $18,000-$22,000); and a Handel reverse painted Daffodil table lamp (est. $12,000-$15,000).
Art glass will include an unusual conical form Galle leaf and bud cameo cut vase (est. $2,500-$3,500) and a bulbous form Mt. Washington Crown Milano goldfish vase with a trumpeted neck (est. $6,000-$8,000). Also sold will be a lovely original oil on canvas river valley scene by David Johnson (N.Y., 1827-1908), signed and dated (1866), relined and with visible touch-ups (est. $40,000-$60,000).
Rounding out the expected top lots of Session II: a huge walnut figural mantle with timepiece, heavily carved with large figural robed maidens (est. $20,000-$30,000); a nice Symphonion No. 192 mahogany music box with bells, playing 27-inch discs, in original finish and condition (est. $15,000-$25,000); and a Pierre-Francois Jumeau bisque head bebe doll, 19 inches tall (est. $4,000-$6,000).
Bridging Sessions II and III will be a number of gold coins, to include a pair of Walking Liberty $20 gold pieces (est. $2,000-$3,000). Session III will feature Arts & Crafts furniture, to include a Gustav Stickley #703 Ellis designed leaded 2-door bookcase with a long arched apron (est. $8,000-$12,000) and the aforementioned early Gustav No. 6 chalet plant stand with a deep brown finish and original paper label, lacking its original Grueby tile.
For more information, call Fontaine’s Auction Gallery at (413) 448-8922, e-mail to email@example.com or visit the Fontaine’s Web site.
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