Published: August 20, 2002
Bidder Reels in Tiffany Fish Lamp for $128,800 at Fontaine’s
PITTSFIELD, MASS. – A strong selection of important lighting led the way – including several rare Tiffany lamps – at Fontaine’s summer auction August 16-17.
Furnishings from the Romano estate, a banking family from Oak Park, Ill., were also among the more than 1,200 rdf_Descriptions offered.
More than 400 lots were served up for the catalogued session on Saturday, while Friday’s “Discovery Sale” featured more than 800 lots, including some from the Romano estate. Highlights from that estate included a dozen examples of RJ Horner furniture, including a partners’ desk and grandfather clock and a large painting by the Russian artist Adolph Schreyer.
The top lot of the auction was a rare Tiffany Favrile and bronze fish lamp on a blown metal pumpkin base which realized $128,800, slightly above its high estimate. Also underlining the strong prices across the board was a Handel Poppy lamp, featuring an 18-inch diameter shade reverse painted with vibrant red, pink and orange poppies, which sold for $56,000. Highlighting furnishings from the Romano estate was an RJ Horner grandfather clock, which also sold for $84,000.
The auction grossed $2.4 million. A complete review of the auction will appear in a future issue of Antiques and the Arts Weekly.
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