Fontaine’s February auction realizes $2.2M

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A gorgeous rosewood laminated marble-top center table, by J & J.W. Meeks, in untouched all-original condition, sold for $48,875 at an Exceptional Antique Auction held Feb. 23 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. The sale took place in the firm’s spacious gallery at 1485 W. Housatonic Street. Meeks table AT 4-16.jpgThe Meeks table was the day’s top lot of the more than 1,000 sold.

The top lot of the sale was this gorgeous rosewood laminated marble-top center table by J. & J.W. Meeks, in untouched original condition ($48,875).

The Meeks table had its original white marble top and a floral reticulated carved skirt. The legs and center basket boasted excellent detail.
The day’s second-top lot was an exceptional Tiffany Studios acorn leaded glass table lamp. It soared to $40,250. The lamp had a 22-inch amber shade, shading to a yellow brick background, with purple/green acorns.

Other highlights from the sale follow. All prices quoted include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Hall tree AT 4-16.jpgBlack Forest carved mountain goat hall tree, with excellent detail, color and patina ($12,650).

A massive four-piece Renaissance walnut marble-top bedroom suite, with double-crested canopy bed and bookmatched burl panels in a nice original finish changed hands sold for $39,675. The set comprised a bed, armoire, dresser and commode. Also, a monumental Renaissance Revival three-piece bedroom suite – with queen-size bed, armoire and dresser, all in burled walnut – gaveled for $37,375.

A figural carved Tiffany & Co. nine-tube oak Horner grandfather clock, with original elite nine-tube Westminster & Whittington chime three-weight movement in good working condition, chimed on time at $32,775. The oak case had its original finish and was in excellent shape. An eight-day, two-weight Biedermeier lantern regulator clock with original mahogany case and porcelain dial hit $16,675.

An original oil-on-canvas landscape painting by George Inness (American, 1854-1926), measuring 26 1/2 inches by 31 inches (framed) and signed lower right by the artist, fetched $11,500; and a pair of oil-on-canvas paintings (On the Cauterskill), in matching period frames, by the New York artist John Henry Dolph (1835-1903), rose to $10,350. One was signed on verso by the artist, and dated (1866).

Tiffany lamp AT 4-16.jpgTiffany Studios acorn leaded glass table lamp, with 22” shade and in very good condition ($40,250).

Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s next sale will be a huge weekend event planned for May 10-11, in the Pittsfield showroom. On May 10, more than 500 lots of quality antiques will be sold, starting at 11 a.m. On May 11, more than 500 lots of Adirondack and Old Hickory will be offered, also starting at 11 a.m. Then, on June 14, Fontaine’s Auction Gallery will hold an important Spring Antique Clock Auction. More than 300 lots of rare and vintage antique clocks will be sold at auction.

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