250 quality antique lots in a variety of categories will come up for bid on March 25th at Fontaine's A Seth Thomas No. 8 office double-dial calendar clock with exceptional finish and a late 18th/early 19th century English triple fusee animated bracket clock will be part of Fontaine's March 25th sale.
BigNews.Biz - Mar 06,2017 - PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A Seth Thomas No. 8 office double-dial calendar clock with exceptional finish and in excellent condition, and a late 18th / early 19th century English triple fusee animated bracket clock that plays a selection of four different tunes on the hour, are expected top lots in Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s Antique & Fine Arts Auction, scheduled for Saturday, March 25th.
The auction will be held in Fontaine’s showroom, located at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield, beginning promptly at 11 am Eastern time, as well as online, via LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, EBay.com and FontainesLive. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
Previews will be held on Friday, March 24th, from 9 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, March 25th, the date of sale, from 9-11 am.
Fontaine’s has built a reputation for its sales of rare & unique clocks, but despite the fact that the two clocks described are strong candidates for top lot of the sale, this actually will be an eclectic auction with a broad mix of merchandise. In all, 250 lots will come up for bid, to include fine clocks and watches, 19th and 20th century lighting and American oak and Victorian furniture.
But also offered will be paintings, bronze statuary, Royal Vienna, art glass, gold and diamond jewelry, fine silver, porcelains, KPM plaques, Black Forest items, country store and coin-op, carousel horses, phonographs, Disney animation cels, Persian rugs and tapestries, decorative items and related accessories. All items may be viewed now, online, at FontainesAuction.com.
The Seth Thomas calendar clock, 67 inches tall, has the original 14-inch painted metal dials and black Roman hour numerals and is housed in a large, beautiful walnut case with burled walnut trim panels and original canopy top. It’s expected to bring $40,000-$60,000. The English bracket clock features a dial arch with an animated scene of a seated violinist playing, a dancing man in the center and sailing boats in the harbor in the front. It has an estimate of $25,000-$35,000.
An unsigned oil on canvas portrait painting of George Washington, attributed to Thomas Sully (Br./Pa., 1783-1872), 37 inches by 33 inches (in the frame), should garner $20,000-$30,000. Sully, like many aspiring American portrait painters, studied briefly under Gilbert Stuart (circa 1807). Also, an early 20th century figural leaded landing window boasting exceptional quality and vivid colors, impressive at 46 inches wide by 78 inches tall, should reach $4,000-$6,000.
Collectors of carousel horses, rejoice. An extremely rare, circa 1915 bucking bronco carousel horse, one of only three known and in exceptional, restored condition, with glass eyes, cast iron horse shoes and maker-signed “C. W. Parker, Leavenworth, Kansas,” is expected to gallop off for $10,000-$15,000; while an outside jumper carousel horse by Marcus Charles Illions (1874-1949), also in exceptional restored condition, with gold leaf highlights, should hit $5,000-$7,000.
Fine French clocks will come up for bid frequently throughout the day. A French figural conical pendulum mystery clock, 54 inches tall, with a large spelter sculpture of an iron worker titled Le