|By Eric C. Rodenberg
CANAAN, N.Y. – Location. Location. Location.
Business 101 teaches location is a key element. Ralph Fontaine – to some degree – proves that point. Located in the Capital Region of Upstate New York, with a short ride from the Berkshires to the east, as well as Connecticut to the south and Vermont to the north.
And with the knowledge and experience of 23 years, Fontaine is celebrating the 23rd year of Ralph Fontaine’s Heritage Auctions with, of course another good antique sale. Fontaine’s Heritage Auctions will be hosting a multi-estate auction on Sept. 16 at the 11,000-square-foot galley on New York Route 22 outside Canaan, N.Y.
All together about 350 lots will be sold, Fontaine says. Many of the items at the sale came from a prominent estate in the southern Berkshire town of West Stockbridge, Mass.
Among the items being sold are a large regulator clock made by the E. Howard Clock Company, several pieces of older Tiffany, including a turn-of-the-20th-century desk set, and several pieces of Mission-style furniture. As a rarity, a collection of carved Inuit items will be sold.
Further highlighting this sale, are exceptionally fine Persian rugs, complemented by large Victorian furniture, including a marble-topped bedroom suite, a nicely carved-footed library table and a nice leaded-glass bookcase. Also, being sold on Sept. 16, is a fine inventory of garden pieces, both utilitarian and decorative. Among the latter is a “massive” 19th Century marble statue, Fontaine said.
Many of the garden selections are scheduled to sell between noon and 12:30 p.m., Fontaine said. The sale will begin at noon on Sept. 16. Fontaine will be hosting a preview at the gallery on Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Another preview will be offered immediately before the auction, at 11 a.m. on Sept. 16.
During his 23 years in business at Ralph Fontaine’s Heritage Auctions, Fontaine has become a specialist in antique furniture, clocks, lamps, paintings, sterling, china and pottery, in addition to a variety of estate-sale items and procedures.
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