American Indian & Ethnographic Art Gallery Talk Thursday, May 5 Reception: 5:30PM Gallery Talk: 6PM RSVP Join Douglas Deihl for a guided tour of highlights from the May 6th American Indian & Ethnographic Art auction. Exceptional Plains Indian clothing and objects stand out in the May American Indian & Ethnographic Art auction, highlighted by two masterpieces, a Blackfeet Man’s shirt and leggings, c. 1830 and a Plains Apache Woman’s Dress and Moccasins, c. 1850. The auction also features weavings, pottery and baskets, pre-Colombian art, and objects from the Northeast woodlands and Northwest coast of North America. This event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. Auction Preview Times: May 4, 12PM-5PM May 5, 12PM-7PM May 6, 8AM-9:30AM Skinner Boston Gallery 63 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116 Contact Us: email@example.com 508.970.3240
BOSTON, MA – April 29, 2016 – On Friday, May 13 Skinner, Inc. will host an exceptional two-part auction, kicking off at 12PM with Fine Prints & Photographs and continuing at 4PM with Fine Paintings & Sculpture. The auctions showcase a strong selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs, and works on paper ranging from Old Master prints through Modern and Contemporary offerings. In conjunction with these live sales, Skinner is holding its Fine Art online auction. Bidding will be open from May 9 through May 16; all of the works will be available for in-person inspection during the preview hours cited below. Prints and Multiples A fine selection of lithographs produced by the Associated American Artists (AAA) will be featured in the sale. From 1934 to1945, the AAA brought affordable fine art to the American public through the production of limited edition prints, sold for as little as five dollars, […]
Join us for First Tuesdays in Marlborough Tuesday, May 3 1:30PM – 4PM Skinner Marlborough Gallery 274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA Specialties include Fine Art, Jewelry and American Furniture & Decorative Arts First come, first served. No appointment necessary. Limit of 3 objects per person. Contact Us: firstname.lastname@example.org 508-970-3240 Event Details Please Note: First Tuesday will not be held in June or July. If you would like to schedule an appointment during this time please contact our Appraisal Services Department at 508.970.3299. We will resume our normal schedule in August.
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments Gallery Talk Thursday, April 28 Reception: 5:30PM Gallery Talk: 6PM RSVP Join Robert Cheney, Director of Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments for a guided gallery talk featuring a forensic look at a Simon Willard Eight-day Clock. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Skinner Marlborough Gallery 274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough MA, 01752 Contact Us: email@example.com 508-970-3240 Preview Times: April 27, 12PM-7PM April 28, 12PM-7PM April 29, 8AM-9:30AM Auction: Friday, April 29 | 10AM
BOSTON, MA – April 15, 2016 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of American Indian & Ethnographic Art at 10AM on May 6 in its Boston gallery, featuring a wide range of art from Africa and Oceania; American Indian material culture from the American Plains, Northwest Coast, Woodlands and Southwest; and related photography, paintings, and other artwork. “In this auction, Skinner will be presenting some of the finest Native American cultural artifacts ever offered in the company’s history,” said Douglas Deihl, Director of American Indian & Ethnographic Art at Skinner. “In addition to the outstanding Plains material in the sale, there are many other fine and unique items drawn from other major tribal cultures, both in North America and beyond.” African and Oceanic Art The auction will open with a small selection of tribal material including three Yoruba shrine figures, from the Abeokuta area of Nigeria and attributed to the Adugbologe family (Lots […]
MARLBOROUGH, MA –Skinner, Inc. will hold an auction of Historic Arms & Militaria featuring pistols and muskets, historic documents, and antique arms from the time of the American Revolution through World War II. Items on offer include artillery, swords, pistols, powder horns, uniforms, muskets, and rifles. The online-only sale will begin on April 21, 2016 at noon and will conclude on April 29, 2016 at 10AM; live previews will be held at Skinner’s Marlborough Gallery on Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28 from noon to 7PM, and on Friday, April 29 from 8AM to 9:30AM. A selection of early 19th century material on offer is highlighted by Lot 1072, a Pair of Silver Officer’s Epaulets (estimated between $300 and $500). In very good overall condition, the pair is one of several lots being sold to benefit the preservation of the collections of the Danvers Historical Society. Civil War-era arms […]
In 1972, the publisher Harry N. Abrams announced a program offering thirty limited edition black-and-white prints by ten eminent photographers. Each photograph (in editions of 99) was made from the original negative by the artist, assisted by a master printer from a custom lab. The photographers, representing a range of practices from photojournalism to creative photography, included Wynn Bullock, Eliot Elisofon, Ernst Haas, Philippe Halsman, Ken Heyman, Arnold Newman, Gordon Parks, Marc Riboud, Aaron Siskind, and Howard Sochurek. The project was conceived and directed by Peter Pollack, photo historian, curator, and author of The Picture History of Photography published in 1958. With Abrams Original Editions, noted Pollack, “limited signed editions of the best work by these photo craftsmen can be as successful as limited signed editions of fine etchings and lithographs have been in the art world.” Pollack was interested in providing income to the artists while building a market […]
Skinner to offer an historic example of a Blackfeet war chief’s shirt and leggings form the 1830s in its American Indian & Ethnographic sale on May 6, 2016. This will be the first time a complete suit from this period has been available for acquisition in North America in over a century.
The Violano-Virtuoso was invented by Henry Konrad Sandell, a contemporary of Thomas Edison, who arrived in Chicago via Sweden in 1888 at the age of twelve. In March 1905 Mr. Sandell applied for his patent for an electric self-playing violin. It was granted in December of 1905 and assigned to the Mills Novelty Company. The first instrument produced, the Automatic Virtuosa, only contained the violin. During that time, coin-operated player pianos were very popular so it didn’t take long for the Mills Novelty Company to realize that the violin by itself was not going to be marketable enough. Most of the Automatic Virtuosa violins were sent back to the factory to be retrofitted with a piano. When the Mills Novelty Company set out to produce this instrument they faced the task of finding a “true” violin that could be played for hours on end without losing its sound quality or […]
As a child growing up in the town of Concord, Massachusetts, I have always had a passion for the history and material culture of the events leading up to the start of the American Revolution. Years ago, I began going to local historical societies trying to find new documentation, as well as objects with a solid provenance to this period. Last year, I had the wonderful opportunity to look into the ground and see if we could find the location of the spot that the Lexington militia arrived on the Battle Road on April 19th 1775 to attack the retreating British column on their return from Concord. The archaeological dig, named the “Parker’s Revenge Project” was supervised by Dr. Meg Watters, Project Archaeologist. It began with research as to what the 18th century landscape might have looked like, what buildings might have been in the area, as well as some […]
In preparation for Season 6 of the HBO hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones, I recently began re-watching some earlier seasons (Who can remember everything otherwise?). Low and behold, I noticed something I never had previously in the first episode of Season 5, “The Wars to Come”. Being the art history nerd that I am, it was not another subtle plot point I missed the first go around, but a gold cup. Tyrion Lannister, having just arrived in Pentos, is shown drinking from a small gold cup with a distinct handle and repoussé scenes of bulls. As I am sure many astute viewers realized earlier, the cup is actually a reproduction of an ancient original found in a Mycenaean tholos tomb at Vapheio in Southern Greece, which is currently housed in the National Archeology Museum in Athens. The cup was discovered in 1888 by archeologist Christos Tsountas alongside another (one […]
Skinner’s April 8th European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction Offers Hard Rock Highlights to Take Home Hold on to your legwarmers! Time to get out the rugby shirts, oversized sweaters, and gold jewelry – in case you haven’t noticed, the fashion designs of the last few years are all trending toward the color-centric hairspray-induced 1980s, and these tokens of pop culture are influencing the interior design world as well. Materials in interior design that had once fallen by the wayside in the “grey is the new beige is the new grey” 1990s through early millennium timeframe are now gaining new and colorful flavor and vibrancy as what is old is now new again. Take marble, for instance, semi-precious stones and rock, and anything related, and flip through the latest design magazines, from Elle Décor to House Beautiful to Veranda, and you will see an explosion of interest in malachite, granite, […]