PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Exactly 300 lots of quality fresh-to-the-market items will be sold in a cataloged auction on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield, Mass. Headlining the auction will be items from the home, shop and personal collection of Randy Gottesfeld of Gaslight Time in Brooklyn, N.Y., at 11 a.m. (EST).
After acquiring and restoring his historic Brooklyn brownstone in the 1970s, Gottesfeld’s
interest turned to 19th century lighting and continued with clocks, thus giving his store the name “Gaslight Time.” After 40 years Gottesfeld has decided to retire and Fontaine’s has been commissioned to sell the unreserved collection he has amassed.
This diverse sale includes 19th century furniture by John H. Belter, J & J.W. Meeks, Alexander Roux, R.J. Horner and Herter Brothers, 19th century lighting and chandeliers, marble and bronze statuary, porcelains, art glass, cameo glass, sterling silver, jewelry and watches, pottery and decorative accessories.
A subsequent Feb. 22 auction will feature Gottesfeld’s lamp collection (Part 2), including dozens of 19th century lighting fixtures, as well as matching sets of etched glass and cut glass gas shades of all descriptions.
In the Jan. 11 auction, three lots figure to slug it out for top achiever of the sale. The first is a Tiffany Studios leaded stained glass window titled “The Resurrection and the Life.” The window measures about 53 inches by 35 inches and depicts Jesus standing before a kneeling woman holding a goblet in her lap. The window, signed L.C. Tiffany (N.Y.) is expected to change hands for $60,000-$80,000.
The second is a massive, 16-foot leaded wisteria architectural dome, containing 24,000 pieces of leaded glass in eight large arched panels with iron framework along the edges. Each panel contains 3,000 individual pieces and depicts beautiful purple wisteria, with leaves and stems on an opaque and blue background. The dome, structurally sound and ready to install, should hit $40,000-$60,000.
The third is a five-piece parlor set by the renowned 19th century American furniture maker John H. Belter, in the Fountain Elms pattern. The pierced carved and laminated mahogany set features a sofa (51 inches tall by 68 inches wide), two armchairs and two side chairs. The set, having a carved crest with overflowing cornucopia is expected to hammer for $40,000-$60,000.
Also slated to be sold Jan. 11 will be a large and vibrant Tiffany blue iridescent leaf and vine art glass vase, with a silvered iridescent surface and purple highlights, signed L.C. Tiffany, 8 ½ high x 9 ¾ wide (est. $6,000-$8,000); and a standard grade, two-hinge Wooten desk (est. $5,000-$7,000). The fine two-door cabinet secretary has a Renaissance Revival carved gallery.
In addition to live and Internet bidding, phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, iCollector.com and Invaluable.com (the new name for Artfact.com).
For more information, contact 413-448-8922 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.FontainesAuction.com.