Strong results at Fontaine’s Antiques & Fine Art auction, September 14, 2019

Sorry, no new post this week. I’m on a treasure hunt with my son. Really.


Fontaine’s Auction, Pittsfield, MA, held an Antiques & Fine Art Auction, September 14, 2019. Included in the sale was a collection of Tiffany Favrile glass from a 90+-year-old woman from the suburbs of New York City. The results were strong because the selection was fresh-to-the-market, high-quality, and sold without reserve, attracting the interest of major collectors and dealers.

Tiffany Favrile inkwell, Fontaine lot #3

The top lot of the Tiffany Favrile collection was #3, a rare inkwell with gold Favrile applications and an iridescent Favrile insert. Estimated to sell for $3,000 – $5,000, it realized $21,780, including buyer’s premium. I was hoping to buy it, but soon realized that I didn’t have a chance when I looked around the audience and saw a major California collector sitting in the back. He wound up buying quite a few items.

Tiffany Studios Fish lamp, Fontaine’s lot #100

Fontaine also sold a selection of Tiffany Studios lamps. There was no doubt that lot #100 would be the star of the sale. It was a very rare Fish lamp, estimated to sell for $80,000 – $100,000. I don’t find this design to be very attractive, so I wouldn’t have bid regardless of the price. But guess what? I wasn’t consulted. (Can you believe that??) It doubled its low estimate, realizing $217,800, including buyer’s premium.

Picasso ceramic Taureau pitcher, Fontaine lot #95

Also in the sale was a rare Picasso, limited-edition, ceramic Taureau pitcher which sold within its pre-sale estimate of $30,000 – $50,000, realizing $54,450, including buyer’s premium. The surprise was that this pitcher was found in a clean-out of a Brooklyn, NY apartment. The consignors had no idea there was anything valuable. With their luck, it’s time for them to take some of the proceeds and buy a few lottery tickets.

For the complete results of the sale, click here.
November 8-10, 2019 Fri: 10 AM – 6 PM Sat: 10 AM – 5 PM Sun: 11 AM – 4 PM

No shows until May when we’ll exhibit at the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design show at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. It’s a beautiful show in a wonderful venue. The dates are May 14-17, 2020. So put it on your calendar and make plans to visit. You’ll thank me.

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