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Fontaine’s Exceptional Antique Auction Tomorrow, 5/21

by John Werry on May 20, 2011

press release:

The following Monumental R.J. Horner Figural Mahogany Dining Room Set. 12 Pc. Figural carved set will be offered at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery in Pittsfield MA, on May 21st 2011 at 11am EST. The set includes a selection of the best American carved pieces of its time. The set is in a deep untouched original finish and in mint condition; the solid carving and variations, shown in each of these pieces, highlight the peak of one of the greatest furniture makers. Circa 1890.

What is being appropriately billed as an Exceptional Antique Auction has been planned for Saturday, May 21, by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, in the firm’s spacious showroom at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield. Offered will be over 500 lots of antique furniture, vintage lighting, fine art, decorative accessories, period furniture, clocks, estate jewelry, watches and more.

“We’re calling it an exceptional auction because the merchandise truly is exceptional,” said John Fontaine of Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. “These lots have been culled from better estates and collections in Massachusetts and beyond, resulting in a tremendous opportunity for people looking to redecorate, purchase investment-grade antiques or add to their collections.”

Folks unable to make it to the event may bid online through LiveAuctioneers.com (which they can access by logging on to the Fontaine’s website, www.FontainesAuction.net). Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Previews will be held on Thursday, May 19, from 10-5; Friday, May 20, from 10-5; and Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. until the start of sale, at 11 a.m.

The 60″ R.J. Horner Figural Mahogany Dining Room Table features massive legs with winged maiden busts, acanthus leaf carvings at the waist over a curved base with bell flower blossoms on the sides and hairy paw feet; solid deeply carved center pedestal, scroll carved apron with mythical lion’s heads, stranded leaf and vine pattern with bows in between. Complete with 3 leaves measuring 14″. Stands 31 ½” high.

The R.J. Horner Figural Mahogany Dining Room Sideboard has large winged griffins supporting the bevel mirrored back, muscular mountain men with goat’s heads at the waist, the 2 door panels have 3 figural putti in a medallion over a gargoyle head centered in scrolling floral, ribbon and leaf carving. 2 wide drawers with figural fronts and 3 smaller drawers set between the partitions with oversized lion’s head pulls. The pierce carved crest has a center medallion with large winged putti and mountain men on the outside; complete with unusual paw feet, centered with faces. 95″H x 73″W x 29″.

R.J. Horner Figural Mahogany Dining Room China Cabinet. Beautiful double door bow front china cabinet with figural maiden busts over scrolling pilasters and acanthus leaf carving holding lion’s heads on the front. The frieze has a pair of winged griffins with an urn in between foliage carvings and centered between lion’s heads; pierce carved crest with center medallion, winged putti and eagle finials. 87″H x 55″W x 19″.

The R.J. Horner Figural Mahogany Dining Room Server has a pair of standing mountain men supports, the outside arm holds up the top, the inside arm hold a ram’s head with drapery, scroll carving on the sides over a cluster of summer fruit with exposed feet and a serpentine lower shelf. The bow front top has a center drawer with a pair of winged griffins and an urn in between foliate carvings and centered between lion’s heads; backsplash is topped with a pierce carved crest with a center medallion, winged putti and stylized fleur-de-lis corners. 61″H x 54″W x 23″D.

Set of 8 R.J. Horner Figural Mahogany Dining Room Chairs with inverted medallion backs, figural maiden busts on the sides over acanthus leaf carving and swirling leaves on the thick crests; serpentine seat rails, carved cabriole legs and claw feet. The two armchairs are garnished with figural griffin supports carved with the finest detail. Losses to upholstery, frames are excellent! 2 Armchairs are 45″ high and the side chairs are 42 ½” high.

Lot: 213

Monumental R.J. Horner Figural Mahogany Dining Room Set. 12 Pc.

$75,000 – $125,000

Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is still actively seeking quality consignments for the May 21 Exceptional Antique Auction and all future sales. The firm also buys antiques and entire estates outright. For more information, or to consign an item, estate or collection, you may call (413) 448-8922 and ask to speak with John Fontaine. Or, e-mail him at info@fontaineauction.com.

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