| PITTSFIELD, MASS. — A beautiful Steinway Model D Centennial Concert Grand piano will most certainly be playing a prominent tune at a March 9 auction conducted by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery.
The name of the piano refers to the 1876 World’s Fair held in Philadelphia in honor of the 100th anniversary of U.S. independence. The model won “best concert grand piano” and this 1877 example is one of about 424 made over a seven-year period. It is estimated to sell in the $100,000 to $150,000 range.
“This auction is focused on quality and ticks off just about every box a buyer could want from clocks to musical instruments, American furniture and much more,” said John Fontaine, owner of Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. “The level of craftsmanship on offer here is second to none.”
Fontaine’s is so closely associated with fine clocks that it’s little surprise this auction is awash in quality offerings, starting with an E. Howard & Co. No. 43 astronomical floor regulator (estimated at $150/250,000) with its original and signed 14-inch painted metal dial, 105 ˝ inches tall, and a R.J. Horner mahogany rattail 9-tube grandfather clock ($50/75,000) with a 12-inch silvered dial signed “Joseph Jennens, Skinner Street, Clerkenwell, London,” 118 inches tall.
A stunning leaded glass window is also sure to have bidder’s attention. The intricate leaded library window measuring a sizeable 103 by 76 inches, with a cornice style top, fiery orange and green panels, figural winged griffins and a central crowned knight’s helmet over a shield and filigree is estimated to top $50,000.
Furniture offerings are also strong featuring a number of heavily carved and elegant pieces attributed to the prominent firm of Pottier & Stymus, which opened in New York City in 1859, making elegant furniture in a variety of styles ranging from Renaissance Revival to Egyptian Revival. The parade of European cellos across the block at Fontaine’s in recent months continues with another select grouping, led by a Carl Friedrich Lippold cello. Rounding out the auction will be a Saint Francis musical automaton clock attributed to Alexandre Theroude, circa 1850.
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