A folk-carved stone sculpture of two people seated side-by-side, by Tennessee artist William Edmondson could take top lot honors Feb. 11, 2012 during a diverse antique sale by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. The 26-inch tall garden sculpture is expected to bring between $40,000 and $60,000. It is just one of 400 quality cataloged lots slated to cross the block at the firm’s Pittsfield, Mass., facility and online courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com.
In addition, there will be music boxes, pottery, bronzes, firearms, a collection of fine sterling, antique slot machines, jewelry and hundreds of related and decorative accessories such as a relief molded Art Nouveau bronze urn with female figures in the forest, signed by French artist Alexander Vibert (estimated to sell for $8,000 to $12,000).
Offered will be period furniture pieces by such renowned makers as John H. Belter, J.& J.W. Meeks, Alexander Roux, R.J. Horner, Thomas Brooks, Herter Brothers, Wooten Desk Company and others. Also sold will be a clock collection, fine lighting, artwork, art glass, cameo glass, Lalique, porcelain plaques and cut glass.
The lamps and lighting category will feature an 18-inch Handel reverse painted floral poppy table lamp boasting a conical shade and reverse painted with vibrant clusters of red and orange poppy flowers (believed to be valued at $30,000 to $50,000); and a 26-inch Duffner & Kimberly Renaissance hanging dome with bell-shaped shade decorated with lovely striated glass (which may bring $7,000 to $9,000).
Fine art will include an original oil on ledger paper Impressionist landscape painting by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (Fr., 1796-1875), rendered from a hilltop near Lannion, France and showing two women enjoying the view (est. $20,000-$40,000); and a splendid autumn landscape with cows by Massachusetts artist William Lester Stevens (1888-1969), (estimated at $5,000 to $7,000).
Furniture lots by R.J. Horner are certain to get bidders buzzing. They include a 9-piece figural oak dining room set featuring a large sideboard with deep figural carved panels (estimated at $15,000 to $25,000); a mahogany winged griffin desk with rectangular top (believed to be valued at $5,000 to $7,000); and a massive oak griffin sideboard with beveled mirrors on the back (which should sell for between $5,000 and $7,000).
Other furniture pieces of note will include a walnut extra-grade carved Renaissance Wooton desk having a fancy carved gallery with ebony trim and stylish corner pieces, 76 inches tall (estimated at $15,000 to $25,000); and a pair of left and right rosewood meridiennes (sofas in which one arm is higher than the other), by John H. Belter in the “Henry Clay” pattern (estimated at $5,000 to $7,000).
From the slot machines and firearms categories come a Caile Eclipse upright 25-cent oak slot machine made by Caile Brothers of Detroit, refinished and in very good working condition (estimated at $15,000 and $25,000); and a cased Colt Model 1849 revolver (circa 1853) presented to John L. Miller, a Confederate colonel who died from battle wounds May 6, 1864 (estimated at $10,000 and $15,000).
Music, anyone? Set to cross the block are a Regina Style 35 mahogany 12-tune disc changer that plays 15 ½ inch discs on a double comb (circa 1900) in fine working order and with 25 extra play discs (which could bring $15,000 to $17,000); and a mahogany Steinway music room grand piano, Model B, 6 feet 10 inches long, featuring classic style and heavy graining (estimated to sell for between $8,000 to $12,000).
Rounding out just some of the day’s expected top lots are an impressive mahogany figural carved grandfather clock, 103 inches tall, with gilt dial and a silvered chapter ring with applied Arabic numerals (estimated to sell for $8,000 to $12,000); and a museum-quality model American steam yacht, titled Corsair (based on the original, owned by J.P. Morgan), in a mahogany display case.
“We had a good, solid year in 2011, but signs point to an even better year in 2012,” said John Fontaine, CEO of Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. “For this sale we were fortunate to have secured quality, fresh-to-the-market consignments not just from Massachusetts, but from across the country — Illinois, Michigan, Texas, California and Washington. I’m expecting a great sale.”
In addition to life and online bidding, phone and absentee bids will also be accepted with a full catalog available at FontainesAuction.net.
More Resources For Collectors & Sellers
18-in. Handel reverse painted floral poppy table lamp with conical shade (est. $30,000-$50,000).
Oil on ledger paper painting by noted French artist Jean-Baptiste Corot (est. $20,000-$40,000).
Regina Style 35 mahogany 12-tune disc changer, with 25 15 ½ in. discs (est. $15,000-$17,000).
Caile Eclipse upright 25-cent oak slot machine, refinished and working (est. $15,000-$25,000).
Walnut extra-grade Renaissance Revival Wooton desk in excellent shape (est. $15,000-$25,000).
Impressive mahogany figural carved grandfather clock, 103 inches tall (est. $8,000-$12,000).