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Tiffany Studios lantern lights up $133,100

From Tiffany Studios' lanterns and lamps to Tiffany gemstone bracelets and iridescent art glass globe, Fontaine's Action Gallery's Feb. 28 sale was rich with Tiffany items that changed hands.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A Tiffany Studios Moorish-style hall lantern, 34 inches tall, with

Tiffany Moorish-style lantern

The sale’s top lot was this Tiffany Studios Moorish-style hall lantern with tapered cylindrical form, 34 inches tall, $133,100. (All photos courtesy Fontaine's Auction Gallery)

an excellent original overall gilt finish, lit up the room when it finished at $133,100 during a cataloged auction held Feb. 28 at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery located at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield, Mass.

The hall lantern was the top lot in a sale that grossed $1.1 million. Coming into the auction with a presale estimate of $20,000 to $30,000, the unsigned hall lantern had a tapered cylindrical form, a fiery amber, gold and opaque glass geometric fish scale body, a 12-point feathered crown, a domical top and lower door, and a border of 25 amber jeweled cabochons (12 on the crown, 9 on the dome above the crown).

Many of the sale’s 400 lots sailed past their estimates as bidders fought over Tiffany Studios floor lamps, hanging lamps, table lamps and pendants; Tiffany Favrile glass vases and cabinet pieces; lamps by Duffner & Kimberly, Handel and Pairpoint; art glass shades; and bronze creations by artists like Harriet Frishmuth, Stanislas Grimaldi and Vassili Grachev. Following are additional highlights of the auction. All prices quoted include a 21 percent buyer’s premium.

Nearly everything from Tiffany Studios proved irresistible to bidders. A Tiffany Parasol table lamp with a large, 24-inch saucer-shaped shade having a 12-row geometric pattern in dark mottled green glass soared to $48,400; while a Tiffany Tulip table lamp with domical shade having a background with blue translucent hammered textured glass hit $39,325. A double-signed Tiffany drop-head Dragonfly floor lamp, 64 inches tall and having a 22-inch domical shade with an opaque and yellow mottled background with jeweled amber glass cabochon highlights with damage finished at $66,550; and a Tiffany bronze counterbalance desk lamp with a trumpeted artichokestyle base and signed “L.C.T.” on the base, made $29,040.

A signed Tiffany & Co. 18 kt yellow gold, diamond and gemstone bracelet, 7 1/4 inches long, with 21 bezel set large carved green gemstone center mounts bordered by more than 400 pavé set diamonds, reached $38,720; while a large, 13-inch Tiffany Favrile iridescent art glass globe in the King Tut pattern changed hands for $16,940. A Tiffany turtleback bronze hanging hall lantern with a rectangular form and a pyramid top, pierced decorated with three coils in each top panel and the original ceiling canopy, 24 inches tall, used as an outside porch light, breezed to $30,250; and a set of four Tiffany figural bronze wall sconces, rare and unusual, with an inverted figural dolphin holding a scallop shell in its mouth commanded $29,040.

Two bronze creations from Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (Conn./N.Y., 1880-1980), one titled “Reflections” (16 inches tall), and the other “The Star “(19 inches tall), hammered for $19,360 and $15,730, respectively. The former, signed and dated (1930) was a bronze nude figure of a woman, standing on a round plinth, with daffodils. The latter was also a figural nude bronze. A bronze grouping signed by Vassili Grachev (Russian Federation, 1831-1905), 20 inches long, a snow-covered scene of a troika drawn by a team of horses passing a peasant in a sled riding in the opposite direction, fetched

Walnut partner's desk

The star lot of the furniture category was this walnut marble-top partner’s desk and chair, $21,780.

$12,705; and a 19th century bronze sculpture of a man riding in a horse-drawn, two-wheel carriage, by Stanislas Grimaldi, titled “Tilbury” (1886), brought $14,520. The star lot of the furniture category was a monumental walnut marble-top partner’s desk and chair that ended up bringing $21,780. The desk had a black marble top inset with a gadrooned and leaf-carved walnut top border. The sides of the desk had large, full-standing female figures leaning forward. The carved walnut chair had bowed arms and legs with large standing maidens.

Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s upcoming schedule includes a Cataloged Discovery Auction slated for April 25 in the Pittsfield gallery, followed by a major auction on May 30. For more information on either the sales or consigning, visit or call 413-448-8922 and ask to speak with John
Fontaine, or e-mail

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