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Antiques, Clocks & Fine Art Auction Featuring Items from the Collection of Dr. David Livingston

Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 11 A.M. Previews: Friday 10 A.M. - 5 P.M. Saturday 8 A.M. - 11 A.M. Previews are also available on Fontaine's extensive website
    PITTSFIELD, MA, October 22, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- This auction will feature 300 quality Antiques & Fine Art items, including an extensive clock collection by E. Howard & Co., Seth Thomas, Walter Durfee, Ansonia, E.N. Welch, U.S. Clock Co., Elmer O. Stennes, Chelsea, Ingraham, S. B. Terry, French mystery clocks, French Industrial, Animated, Annular & Laterndluhr, fine watches by Patek Phillipe, Ulysse Nardin & Breguet, 19th & 20th century lighting by Tiffany Studios, Duffner & Kimberly, Handel, Wilkinson, Pairpoint, etc. American oak & Victorian furniture by R.J. Horner, Pottier & Stymus, J.H. Belter, Herter Bros. etc., fine art paintings, bronze & marble statuary, Asian Items, Royal Vienna, art glass, gold & diamond jewelry, fine silver, automatons, music boxes, porcelains, KPM plaques, Russian Silver, Black Forest items, plus related accessories.

An expected star of the furniture category is a 12 Pc. R.J. Horner Carved Oak Man Of The Mountain Dining Room Set. The 60 in. mountain man dining room table has a filigree carved apron with winged horses and mythical faces should hit $50,000 - $75,000 In the mountain man theme, lot 34 a Signed "R. J. Horner" carved mahogany mountain man 3 Door Bookcase with Carved frieze with mythical face, floral baskets, and swirling filigree is expected to bring $12,000 - $15,000.

When you talk about Fontaine's you know you will always find great lighting, this auction is no exception featuring lighting by Tiffany Studios, Duffner & Kimberly, Handel, Wilkinson, Pairpoint, etc. The expected top lot of the 19th & 20th-century lighting category would be a signed "Tiffany Studios, New York, 1063" Tiffany Studios Dore 12 Light Lily Lamp $20,000 - $30,000. Lot 100 a 22 in. Duffner & Kimberly Leaded Poppy Border Table Lamp should make $15,000 - $25,000.
Numismatists and Jewelry buyers will be interested in the chance to bid on a collection of custom made jewelry featuring a 14K yellow gold money clip with 1911 U.S. $10 Indian head coin. This collection expected to earn $4,000 - $6,000. Lot 90, a German 18th Century Silver Trophy Urn signed on the bowl, top of base and on the rim, each with 3 hallmarks including a scripted number "13 Lot" silver purity mark (13/16 Lot is .812 fineness), this mark is consistent with early German silver hallmarks of the 19th century and earlier. In overall very good condition is expected to hammer at $15,000 - $25,000.

Yet at this auction clocks are expected to be the main attraction, including an extensive collection of clocks by E. Howard & Co., a Complete set of Howard No. 70 wall clocks including the extremely rare "Kosmic" model from the Collection of Dr. David Livingston, Seth Thomas, Walter Durfee, Ansonia, E.N. Welch, U.S. Clock Co., Elmer O. Stennes, Chelsea, Ingraham, S. B. Terry, French mystery clocks, French Industrial, Animated, Annular & Laterndluhr, fine watches by Patek Phillipe, Ulysse Nardin & Breguet.

Top of the clock lots is a Rare E. Howard No. 38 Wall Regulator Clock. Original 14 in. painted metal dial signed in shadowed block letters "E. Howard & Co., Boston" with original finish, the case is in excellent condition with no losses or repairs; has original setup label inside of the case and is expected to gavel for $40,000 - $60,000.

An E. Howard Astronomical No. 74 Gravity Escapement Regulator Clock. Inside of the maintaining power wheel is inscribed "LPE 1874, Cleaned 3-1884 LPE, Put up in Supt's (Superintendent's) Office 3-1892 LPE, CLD 1-1900 LPE"; Based on the inscriptions this clock hung in the Howard; LPE continued to maintain the clock over the years. "LPE" are the initials for L.P. Emerson who worked in the precision department at E. Howard & Co. from c.1850-1900. It is most likely this clock was an early prototype for the eight clocks ordered by the Naval Observatory for the 1874 Transit of Venus Expedition. This clock has very rare jeweled lifting faces that are not found in Howard gravity escapements, is expected to sell for $35,000 - $50,000.

One of only six known examples, a very rare E. Howard No. 70 "Kosmic" Wall Regulator Clock. Original 12 in. painted metal dial signed "Kosmic, E. Howard & Co., Boston - Pat. June 9th, 85" In excellent condition and accompanied by a copy of the Kosmic Patent of 1885 should bring $25,000 - $35,000.

A Patek Phillipe Model 3880 Skeletonized 18K Wrist Watch Purchased At Tiffany & Co., New York accompanied by original Patek leather bound case & original Tiffany blue box. is expected to hammer at $30,000 - $45,000. Lot 9 a French Bronze Mantle Clock - An Allegory of Industry, an excellent large bronze sculpture with a figure of "Industry" seated on a locomotive titled "Progress" is estimated at $12,000 - $15,000. United States Clock Co., NY Walnut Floor Standing Astronomical Regulator should chime in at $15,000 - $25,000.

The action will begin at 11 a.m. eastern time at Fontaine's Auction Gallery, 1485 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield Massachusetts. This auction features 300 items, with live, internet, phone and absentee bidding. Internet bidding will be facilitated by four platforms: LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable, eBay Live & Previews will be held on Friday 10 A.M. - 5 P.M. and Saturday 8 A.M. - 11 A.M.

Fontanne'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 19,000 select buyers. Seven times Fontanne's Auction Gallery has been voted Best Antique Auction Gallery by the public for over 7 years in a row.

Fontanne'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 all the upcoming auctions.

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 e-mail to For more information about the company and the upcoming Saturday, November 11th auction, please visit Updates are posted often.

Fontanne's Auction Gallery
1485 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 USA
Telephone: 1 (413) 448-8922
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