PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nearly 100 works by Tiffany & Co. and Tiffany Studios are leading Fontaine Auction Gallery’s first sale of the new year.
The Fine & Decorative Arts auction on Saturday, January 29, features 502 lots of important 19th and 20th century fine and decorative arts including lighting, silver, American and European furniture pieces, leaded-glass windows, art glass, fine art, Asian art and antiques, jewelry, and marble and bronze statuary.
Ninety lots of Tiffany Studio lamps and other Tiffany items will be offered, including the top lot: an early 20th century Byzantine floor lamp, with an estimate of $150,000-$250,000. Fontaine’s said the 2,000 small copper-foiled glass tiles that decorate the leaded glass lamp’s shade and are arranged in circular- and diamond-shaped motifs are consistent with Tiffany’s Byzantine desk set pieces.
Other Tiffany highlights include an early 20th century Tiffany Studios Clematis chandelier, with an estimate of $80,000-$120,000; a Nasturtium table lamp, circa-1905, also with an estimate of $80,000-$120,000; a Tiffany & Co. sterling silver tilting teapot, with an estimate of $1,500-$2,500; and a Tiffany Studios pulled feather favrile glass and bronze vase, with an estimate of $800-$1,200.
Based on early bidding, several items are particularly popular with collectors: a Newcomb College Pottery floral vase that has already surpassed its high estimate of $1,500; a Rookwood Pottery landscape plaque that has also surpassed its high estimate of $1,500; a Jumeau “Long Face” bisque head doll, circa 1880, with an estimate of $5,000-$7,500; and an 18-karat gold pill box, with an estimate of $1,000-$2,000.
Other highlights include a patinated bronze by Italian mannerist Giambologna depicting the goddess of the sea, Amphitrite, with an estimate of $15,000-$25,000; an 18th-century oil on canvas, The Immaculate Conception of Los Venerables, after Bartolome Esteban Murillo, with an estimate of $8,000-$12,000; and a Hertz Brothers figural carved oak banquet table from the late 19th-century, with an estimate of $12,000-$15,000.
For more information, call 413-448-8922 or visit Fontaine’s Auction Gallery.