Stuart Slavid joined Skinner in 1989 as director of the Fine Ceramics department, specializing in English and Continental ceramics of the 18th through 20th centuries. Stuart is internationally recognized as one of the foremost authorities on Wedgwood pottery, and his life-long passion for English pottery and ceramics characterizes the strength of Skinner’s fine ceramics department.
In addition, Stuart is a recognized expert in Asian material, particularly silver, porcelains and ivories. A former partner in his family’s antiques business, which specialized in European and Asian antiques, Stuart dealt in Chinese and Japanese furniture, paintings, porcelain, and silver starting in the early 1970s, and exhibited at major antique shows across the United States. In recent years, Stuart brought the Sataloff collection of Chinese export silver to auction. The sale of this exceptional collection, which Stuart built as a dealer earlier in his career, was a milestone for Skinner.
In 1993, Stuart was appointed director of Skinner’s European Furniture & Decorative Arts department. For the first four years of his tenure, this department also included Asian Works of Art. Under his stewardship, Asian art grew until it was spun off into its own department in 1997. Stuart also oversees the Silver department, which hosts bi-annual auctions with the best in American, English, Continental and Asian silver.
As a leading auctioneer and general appraiser at Skinner, Stuart often lectures, conducts benefit auctions, and can be seen regularly on the PBS series The Antiques Roadshow. He belongs to a number of professional organizations, including the China Students’ Club of Boston, the Wedgwood Societies of New York and Boston, and is on the board of directors of the American Ceramic Circle and the Wedgwood International Seminar.
Stuart’s vast knowledge and experience have helped position Skinner as a major world force in the sale of fine European and Asian material to national and international clients alike.
Watch Stuart Slavid on the PBS TV series The Antiques Roadshow:
Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Bowl, ca. 1930
APPRAISED VALUE: $10,000 – $20,000
Royal Doulton Sung Ware Bowl, ca. 1930
APPRAISED VALUE: $3,000-$5,000
1887 KPM Plaque of Caravaggio’s “Penitent Magdalene”
APPRAISED VALUE: $6,000-$8,000
19th-Century Majolica Rabbit Plates and Mugs
APPRAISED VALUE: $9,000-$11,600
1879 Whiting Sterling Epergne
APPRAISED VALUE: $12,000-$15,000
Meissen Nodder, ca. 1860
APPRAISED VALUE: $8,000-$12,000
19th-Century Palissyware Fish Platter
APPRAISED VALUE: $2,500-$3,500