Unnoticed atop a fountain for 300 years, de Vries bronze masterpiece may set $8M auction record

Christie’s says it has discovered a previously unrecorded 17th masterpiece by the Dutch master sculpture Adriaen de Vries (1550-1626): a bronze mythological figure supporting the globe, which is estimated to bring between $8 million and $11 million at a July 7 sale. Dating to 1626, the work may possibly be the last fully autographed work executed by the artist. Discovered last year on a routine Christie’s valuation, the bronze stood unrecognized for at least 300 years atop a fountain in the center of an anonymous European castle courtyard. Read More +

Massachusetts’ finest estates and collections coming May 21, 2011

More than 500 lots of top market antique furniture, vintage lighting, fine art, decorative accessories, period furniture, clocks, estate jewelry and watches, including a 12-piece R.J. Horner figural carved dining set is set to light up a May 21 sale in Pittsfield, Mass. The sale is punctuated by several pieces from Tiffany studios. A key find is a bronze inkwell with the fine figure of a crab, its claws reaching forward, pinching the coiled handles of the inkwell pot mounted with an oyster shell.
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Sir Daniel Donohue’s ‘white glove’ collection of fine antiques and precious objects grosses $4 million

The collection of Sir Daniel Donohue, a single-owner estate sold April 4-5, attracted a crowd of more than 200 people to Bonham’s Los Angeles saleroom, many of whom traveled from abroad to participate. The remarkable two-day  sale brought more than $4 million and featured nearly 1,000 lots. The entire collection will be sold at four different auctions during the next three months.
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Seminar and appraisal event for Tiffany and other lamps to follow Fontaine’s discovery auction

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is offering a free one-day seminar and appraisal on the lamps of Tiffany and other 20th century lighting, to be held March 21, in the firm’s gallery facility, located at 1485 South Housatonic Street in Pittsfield. Fontaine’s has been the scene of numerous auctions that featured rare and vintage lamps and lighting fixtures. Read More +