Tiffany, Pairpoint, Paintings, Clocks Perform Well At Fontaine’s Auction Gallery
Provenance and designer names carry gravitas when it comes to auctions and both always seem to be in generous supply at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. Its January 18 was no exception with fine lamps by Tiffany taking the lead. Rare Pairpoint models came in a close second, taking six out of the top 10 places in the sale.
“We had a very nice selection of Tiffany lamps that buyers really responded to and the Pairpoint lamp collection from noted collectors Ed and Sheila Malakoff, also sparked buyers’ interest,” said John Fontaine, owner of Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. “Many lots did better than expected, most selling over their estimates, which is more indicative of the overall strength and quality of the sale.”
Leading the parade of Tiffany lamps across the block was the sale’s top lot, a Tiffany Studios Peony Border floor lamp that retained its large leaded glass shade in a vibrant band of pink and red peonies. The 77-inch tall lamp sold for $151,250. A Tiffany Studios dichroic geometric table lamp with green mottled glass panels that change to fiery amber when lit earned $26,620. The latter had a 20-inch leaded glass shade signed on the inside rim, and topping a bronze twisted vine base, overall standing 27 inches tall.
From the Malakoff’s collection was a scarce Pairpoint Puffy “Owl” table lamp. The 21½-inch tall lamp handily bested its $25/40,000 estimate to realize $78,650. “This fine lamp is not only highly sought after for its detailed shade featuring a grey and white snow owl crouching on a branch, but its base, which Pairpoint custom made only for its owl shades, was one of the most unique Pairpoint created,” Fontaine said.
The owl lamp was but one of several fine Pairpoint lamps in the sale, like a rare Puffy “Orange Tree” table lamp that sold over its high estimate to make $33,880. The lamp was decorated with a 15-inch, reverse painted blown-out shade featuring butterflies, leaves, oranges and orange blossoms against a background of green leaves and branches.
Another high point in the lighting category was a pair of six-arm bronze gasoliers attributed to Cornelius and Baker that went for $27,225, selling comfortably within estimate. The gasoliers have floral, filigree and draping designs and the bottom has six busts of women reaching out and holding up doves, 48 by 40½ inches. A Duffner & Kimberly No. 519 quatrefoil leaded lamp with an intricate leaded glass shade having deep amber hues and green scrolling foliate designs around the border, 23½ inches tall, sold over high estimate at $18,150.
While lamps and clocks are perennial favorites at Fontaine’s, buyers can always count on finding scarce and unusual items here too. A lavishly decorated Armenian bible with a silver repousse cover went well over its $3/5,000 estimate to bring $48,400. Featuring hand painted pages and bound in silver-beaded mesh, the bible portrayed Jesus on the cover with a cross above a skull and crossbones, with Mary and Joseph standing on either side of him.
This Pairpoint Puffy “Owl” table lamp ($25/40,000) sold well over its high estimate, bringing $78,650.
Several fine paintings crossed the block, led by a signed Elliott Daingerfield (American, 1859-1932) oil on canvas, “Across the Pond,” that achieved $13,310 and a Leopold Carl Muller (German, 1834-1892) oil on canvas depicting a colorful and vibrant city square that took $12,100. Also highlighting fine art offerings was a bronze sculpture by Auguste Moreau (French, 1834-1917) that earned $8,167. The sculpture depicted a semi-nude woman wearing draping garments on her lower half and seated on a rock formation platform having birds and flowers, 33½ inches tall.
Unexpected surprises when lots go well over estimate are always cause to rejoice and this auction offered several, including a set of 12 intaglio cut amber glass goblets attracting 35 bids before finally selling for $6,655, well above the $600-800 estimate; a pair of ornate leaded glass windows selling more than double its high estimate for $4,537; a Tiffany Studios Favrile glass decorated decanter, also going for more than twice its high estimate at $6,050, and a French Empire silk thread mantle clock that easily outperformed its $700-900 estimate to bring $3,388.
Rounding out the auction were an animated porcelain and bronze clock showing a detailed fenced-in farm scene for $16,335 and a Van Cleef & Arpels 18K gold and diamond lady’s watch, having a mother-of-pearl dial and Swiss movement, which made $9,075.
Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is the oldest operating auction gallery in Western Massachusetts. It has earned the trust of collectors, investors and gallery owners worldwide. All cataloged lots receive nationwide exposure to the firm’s database of more than 24,000 select buyers. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery has been voted “Best Antique Auction Gallery” eight times by the public.
Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is actively seeking quality items, to include furniture, lighting, clocks and watches, paintings, porcelains, bronze and marble statuary, Asian items, art glass and cameo glass, Russian objects, silver, musical, coin-op, advertising, toys, banks, gaming and carousel items for future sales. Consignments are currently being accepted for the January 18, 2020 auction.
The firm will buy outright or accept on consignment fine antiques, collections or entire estates. Call (413) 448-8922 and ask to speak with John Fontaine, or you can send Mr. Fontaine an email to email@example.com. For more information about the company and the upcoming auction schedule, visit www.fontainesauction.com. Updates are posted frequently.