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Skinner Announces Strong Results for September Fine Jewelry Auction

Sold for $54,120. Arts & Crafts 18kt Gold, Tourmaline, and Sapphire Necklace, Tiffany & Co.

Sold for $54,120. Arts & Crafts 18kt Gold, Tourmaline, and Sapphire Necklace, Tiffany & Co.

BOSTON, MA – September 17, 2014Skinner, Inc. achieved strong results for its Fine Jewelry auction on September 9th, grossing a total of $2.48 million. Highlights included rare Arts & Crafts pieces and signed jewelry by Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Tiffany & Co.

Victoria Bratberg, Director of Fine Jewelry at Skinner observed, “We were pleased to see such a high level of excitement and competitive bidding. The results prove once again that really outstanding pieces of jewelry are always in demand.”

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Benefit Auction for Campaign for Catholic Schools

A private New England collection on the block to benefit Campaign for Catholic Schools brought in over $400,000 for the organization. Arts & Crafts jewelry from the collection proved to be desirable as three rare pieces of Arts & Crafts Tiffany jewelry inspired heated bidding. A standout from this trio – a stunning 18kt gold, tourmaline, and sapphire necklace – sold for $54,120.

Sold for $34,440. Important Archive from Descendants of Frank Gardner Hale
Sold for $34,440. Important Archive from Descendants of Frank Gardner Hale

Mary Myers, Vice President of Development for Campaign for Catholic Schools stated, “We are tremendously grateful to the wonderful couple who donated their beautiful jewelry to help urban children receive a quality Catholic education. Thanks to them, and the people who supported the auction, funds will go toward school improvements, new academics, scholarships and teacher support. We’re appreciative of all the people at Skinner, especially Gloria Lieberman, for their role in making the auction a huge success. It’s a great day for Catholic Schools.”

Frank Gardner Hale Collection

Further demonstrating excitement for fine Arts & Crafts pieces, the auction achieved excellent results for a superb collection from the descendants of Frank Gardner Hale, one of the most influential figures in the American Arts & Crafts movement. The collection contained 33 lots of rare plaques, panels, jewelry and more. An important archive, encompassing Hale’s designs, photographs, notes and models of his works featured among the auction’s top-selling lots, fetching $34,440 and smashing its pre-sale estimate by thousands.

Bratberg observed, “We saw spirited bidding not only for the individual pieces, many of which are extremely rare, but for the archive material as well – a testament to degree of interest in Hale and his work.”

Additional Highlights

More than tripling its high estimate, an Art Deco Tiffany & Co. Kashmir sapphire ring, set with a cushion-cut sapphire, mounted in platinum and gold, sold for $116,850, emerging as the auction’s top lot. Also drawing excitement from bidders was a rare, early .830 silver and labradorite necklace by Georg Jensen, which brought $20,910.

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About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, as well as in Coral Gables, Florida, with an international audience of bidders participating in person, by phone, and online through the SkinnerLive! online bidding platform. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at www.skinnerinc.com, find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/skinnerauctions, or follow us on Twitter @SkinnerInc.

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Contacts

Victoria Bratberg
Director of Fine Jewelry
617-874-4313
jewelry@skinnerinc.com

September 26 | Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets Gallery Walk

Shakhrisabz Suzani, Uzbekistan, early 19th century (Lot 183, Estimate $8,000-$10,000)
Friday, September 26th, 6PM in Boston

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Reception: 5:30PM Gallery Walk: 6PM

Skinner Boston Gallery 63 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116

Join us for a tour of auction highlights

All are welcome to attend a free event at the Skinner Boston Gallery. Lawrence Kearney, Department Director, will present highlights from the September 28, 2014 Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets auction.

The auction features over 300 lots of antique rugs, carpets, and textiles from the Caucuses, Persia, Anatolia, India, Central Asia, and China, including an early Shakhrisabz Suzani in excellent condition, a collection of early shawls, an early Chinese rug, a Star Kazak, and a first-rate group of 19th century furnishing carpets.… Read More

Skinner to Auction Fine Oriental Rugs, Carpets, and Textiles on September 28

Serapi Carpet, Northwest Persia, late 19th century (Lot 115, Estimate $10,000-$12,000)

BOSTON, MA – September 11, 2014 Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 12PM in Boston, featuring over 300 lots of antique rugs, carpets, and textiles from the Caucuses, Persia, Anatolia, India, Central Asia, and China.

Notable lots include an early Shakhrisabz Suzani in excellent condition, a collection of early shawls, a “Star” Kazak, a first-rate group of 19th century furnishing carpets, and an early Chinese rug.… Read More

October 9 | Lecture: “The Herreshoff Legacy”

Kurt Hasselbalch, Curator of the Hart Nautical Collection, MIT Museum
Thursday, October 9, 2014 6PM, Boston

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Join us for a special lecture: “The Herreshoff Legacy”

Given by Kurt Hasselbalch, Curator of the Hart Nautical Collection, MIT Museum

Reception: 5:30PM Lecture: 6PM

Skinner Boston Gallery 63 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116

The event is free and open to the public.

Yachting undeniably reflects America’s maritime culture. Nathanael Greene Herreshoff was a premier yacht designer, builder and the earliest MIT student to achieve fame in these fields.… Read More

September 18 | Fine Art Gallery Walk

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925), Study of a Man's Head, c. 1878 (Lot 416, Estimate $200,000-$300,000)
Thursday, September 18th, 6PM in Boston

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Reception: 5:30PM Gallery Walk: 6PM

Skinner Boston Gallery 63 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116

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Robin Starr, Department Director, and Michelle Lamunière, Fine Photography Specialist, will present works from the September 19, 2014 American and European Works of Art and Fine Prints & Photography auctions.

A number of fine paintings will make their first appearance on the block on September 19th;  many of these have been in private collections for decades.… Read More

Skinner Appoints Fine Spirits Consultant Joseph Hyman

Joseph Hyman

BOSTON, MA – September 3, 2014 – Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce the hire of Joseph Hyman as a consultant for the auction house’s expanding fine spirits category.

As the first brick and mortar auction house to offer exceptional beers at auction, Skinner is looking forward to forging a parallel path as the auction house of choice for consignors and collectors of fine spirits, with the addition of Mr. Hyman.

Hyman, a resident of Boston, comes to Skinner with over 15 years of experience as a whisky consultant, including more than two years as head of Whisky & Rare Spirits at Bonhams New York.… Read More

A Piece of American History: The Ishi Arrowhead

Historic Ishi Glass Point

For those who love history, there is often nothing as satisfying as owning an historical artifact. Whether it is fine art or a practical tool, we learn about history and our collective past through material culture. Interacting with an historical artifact can bring about excitement and awe, especially if the piece has a compelling story behind it.

Skinner regularly offers objects with interesting provenance at auction. In our American Indian & Ethnographic Art auction on September 6, 2014, one piece in particular stands out: a rare, historic glass arrowhead (Lot 189, Estimate $7,000 – $9,000) made by Ishi, the last surviving member of the Yahi tribe in California.… Read More

Fresh-to-Market American & European Art on the Auction Block at Skinner, September 19

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925), Study of a Man's Head, c. 1878 (Lot 416, Estimate $200,000-$300,000)

BOSTON, MA – September 2, 2014 On Friday, September 19, 2014, Skinner, Inc.  will host an exceptional two-part auction, kicking off at 12PM with American & European Prints & Photography, and continuing at 4PM with American & European Works of Art featuring Paintings & Sculpture. The auctions feature a strong selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, photography, and works on paper ranging from the Old Master prints through modern and contemporary offerings.… Read More

Skinner Presents Sophisticated and Beautiful Jewelry at Auction in Boston, September 9

Lot 467 – Arts & Crafts 18kt Gold, Tourmaline, and Sapphire Necklace, Tiffany & Co. – Estimate: $40,000 – $50,000

BOSTON, MA – August 28, 2014 – Sophisticated and beautiful jewelry comes to the auction block at Skinner, Inc. on September 9, 2014 in Boston. A private New England collection, being sold to benefit the Campaign for Catholic Schools, features three rare pieces of Tiffany jewelry from the Arts & Crafts movement, among dozens of other desirable pieces on the block for a worthy cause. Fine diamonds and colored gemstones will also inspire bidders, as will signed pieces by Cartier, Schlumberger, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Tiffany & Co.Read More

Contemporary Works on Offer to Support Boston’s Photographic Resource Center

Untitled, David Levinthal (Lot 203, Estimate $1,500 - $2,500)

My relationship with the Photographic Resource Center (PRC) dates back to my days as a graduate student at Boston University. I had the good fortune to be awarded a research fellowship to administer the 2001 Leopold Godowsky, Jr. Color Photography Awards, which honor the co-inventor of Kodachrome film. The international awards recognize excellence in the field of contemporary color photography, and that year the focus was on Africa.… Read More

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