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Discovery Interiors Auction at Skinner in October

Steiff Peter Rabbit, Germany, early 20th century (Lot 101, Estimate $2,000-$3,000)

Steiff Peter Rabbit, Germany, early 20th century (Lot 101, Estimate $2,000-$3,000)

Featuring Lionel Trains, British Gold Sovereigns, Ephemera & Collectibles

MARLBOROUGH, MA – October 2, 2015 – Skinner is hosting a live Discovery Interiors auction in its Marlborough, MA Gallery on Thursday, October 8th at 10 AM.  The auction may be viewed in person at the Marlborough Gallery on October 6th from 12 to 5 PM and October 7th from 10AM to 7 PM or online at any time.

The auction comprises nearly 700 lots of furniture, decorative arts, ceramics, artwork, glass and pottery as well as over fifty lots of Lionel trains and accessories, thirty-four British gold sovereigns, WWI era posters, Steiff animals and more.

Kerry Shrives, Senior Vice President of Skinner, Inc., notes, “Preview an auction in person at our Marlborough gallery to see the breadth of antiques, fine art and collectibles available to bid on and buy. Our specialists are available to answer questions about the items on offer and bidding at auction.”

Approachable and fun, these auctions offer something for every buyer. Collectors, dealers, and art or antique enthusiasts will find antique and vintage furniture, fine, and decorative art and accessories that add richness and depth to any home or workspace.

Lionel Trains (Lot 58, Estimate $400-$600)

Lionel Trains (Lot 58, Estimate $400-$600)

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

View the catalogs online at Each lot is available to view in person, and specialists welcome previewer’s question in person, via phone, or email regarding auction material or the auction process, an experience distinctively designed for a fuller, more rewarding client experience. Previews for Discovery – Interiors will be held on Tuesday, October 6th from 12 PM to 5 PM and on Wednesday, October 7th from 10 AM to 7 PM. View driving directions.

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Selection of Gold Sovereign Coins

Selection of Gold Sovereign Coins

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, Asian art, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate and privately consigned 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 New York City and Coral Gables, Florida, with bidders participating in person, by phone, and online. Join auctions live with SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare. For more information and to read our blog, visit, Find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Skinner to Present Exceptional Offering of Silver, Ceramics & Decorative Arts in October

Group of Louis Vuitton Monogram Steamer and Garment Trunks (Lots 487, 489, 843)

Group of Louis Vuitton Monogram Steamer and Garment Trunks (Lots 487, 489, 843)

Two-day Auction Spotlights Superb Collections of Decorative Arts, Wedgwood, Fine Silver, and More

BOSTON, MA – October 2, 2015 – Skinner, Inc. announces an outstanding two-day auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, taking place October 9th and 10th in Boston. Eight hundred and fifty lots, distributed evenly over the two days, showcase a wide range of fine furniture, ceramics, bronze works, sculpture, silver, glassware, and more, with many examples hailing from significant private and museum collections.… Read More

The design history of Coe Hall, a Long Island great country house

Late George III Needlepoint Settee, England, 19th century, with later components, (LOT 526, $800-1,200)

Renaissance Revival Andirons, late 19th/early 20th century, (Lot 454, Estimate $3,000-5,000)

On Saturday, October 3rd, a symposium entitled “Gilding the Coasts: Art and Design of Long Island’s Greatest Estates” will be held at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, New York, a Smithsonian affiliate, to explore the artful design and preservation of Long Island’s greatest country houses. This event is in conjunction with an exhibition by the same name at the museum.  … Read More

Shell As Gemstone: Marguerite Stix Jewelry

Marguerite Stix Seashell Ring

Marguerite Stix, 1956

Born and raised in Vienna, Marguerite Stix was hugely influenced by the Weiner Werkstatte workshop composed of artisans working in all different mediums  and lead by Josef Hoffmann. Marguerite was considered his protégé and spent her early years surrounded by some of Vienna’s top artists including Klimt and Schiele. During this period her work was primarily ceramics, sculptures and watercolors. With the onset of WWII she and her family were forced to flee Vienna.… Read More

Artistic Expression Is Ever Present In Antique Oriental Rugs

Silk Heriz Rug

One of the most compelling aspects of antique Oriental Rugs is the sheer range of artistic expression they are capable of:  from the crudest Turkish Tulus — little more than a patterned sheepskin made of knotted wool — to the most refined Persian workshop weaving.  The full range of rug art is represented in the our Fine Oriental Rug & Carpets Auction on Saturday, September 26th in Boston.

Complete Yomud Tent Band, West Turkestan, mid-19th century (Lot 85, Estimate $4,000-5,000)

At one end of the aesthetic continuum are tribal weavings, of which this Turkoman tent-band (Lot 85) is a rare and beautiful example.… Read More

Jewelry Consignment Days | October 2015
New York, Boston and Palm Beach

Meet with Skinner appraiser Victoria Bratberg, Director of Fine Jewelry

Meet with Skinner appraiser Victoria Bratberg, Director of Fine Jewelry

Reserve an appointment with Director of the Fine Jewelry DepartmentVictoria Bratberg, for a consignment evaluation. Skinner presents four fine jewelry auctions annually and regularly realizes outstanding prices at auction.

New York City

Tuesday, October 6 | 10AM-5PM

Skinner New York 415 Madison Avenue Suite 1418 New York, NY 10017


Wednesday, October 7 | 10AM-5PM

Skinner Boston Gallery 63 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116

Palm Beach

Thursday, October 15 | 10AM-4PM

The Brazillian Court 301 Australian Avenue Palm Beach, FL 33480

Appointments: 617-874-4313 jewelry@skinnerinc.comRead More

The William C. Rives Collection: Remarkable Connections in Southeast Asian Paintings

Alix Ayme (1894-1989), River Landscape of Luang Prabang (Lot 42, Estimate $25,000-$30,000)

Alix Ayme (1894-1989), River Landscape of Luang Prabang (Lot 42, Estimate $25,000-$30,000)

In March of 1999, William C. Rives purchased what he thought was a beautiful and outstanding painting at an auction in Singapore. The painting was by Alix Aymé, and was of a tranquil river landscape in Luang Prabang, Laos (Lot 42 in the September 19th Asian Works of Art auction). Rendered with sensitive brush strokes and an exquisite color palette, the painting depicts a woman dressed in pink, standing on a bridge overlooking the Nam Khan river, where boats skim across the surface of the water which in turn reflects the mountains and sky above.… Read More

Korean artist Chun Kyungja’s (b. 1924) A Black Woman in Atlanta

Chun Kyungja (b. 1924), A Black Woman in Atlanta, Korea, 1987 (Lot 466, Estimate $650,000-$700,000)

Chun Kyungja (b. 1924), A Black Woman in Atlanta, Korea, 1987 (Lot 466, Estimate $650,000-$700,000)

One Of Many Paintings Portraying Beautiful Women

Skinner is privileged to offer the portrait, “A Black Woman in Atlanta” painted by the Korean female artist Chun Kyungja (b. 1924). It is estimated to sell at auction for $650,000-700,000, and will be offered on Saturday, September 19th at the Asian Works of Art Auction at Skinner in Boston.… Read More

Collecting Trends: Modern and Contemporary Paintings

Agnes Martin (Canadian/American, 1912-2004) Blue Flower, 1962 (Lot 397, Estimate $1,500,000-$2,000,000)

Agnes Martin (Canadian/American, 1912-2004) Blue Flower, 1962 (Lot 397, Estimate $1,500,000-$2,000,000)

Highlights of Skinner’s May 29th  Fine Paintings and Sculpture auction included three works by modern artists that each exemplify important aspects of mid-20th century art. The artist’s international origins—Canada, Russia, and Venezuela—are fittingly emblematic of the global nature of today’s art market.… Read More

Skinner Offers Asian Works of Art at Auction in Boston September 19th

Chun Kyungja (b. 1924), A Black Woman in Atlanta, Korea, 1987 (Lot 466, Estimate $650,000-$700,000)

Chun Kyungja (천경자) (b. 1924), A Black Woman in Atlanta, Korea, 1987 (Lot 466, Estimate $650,000-$700,000)

Including Fine Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Southeast Asian Art

BOSTON, MA – September 8, 2015 –Skinner, Inc. will hold an important Asian Works of Art auction of over 600 lots on Saturday, September 19. Featuring Chinese jades, paintings, and ceramics, Korean traditional and contemporary paintings, and modern Japanese prints and ceramics, the sale will coincide with the annual Fall Asia Week in New York.… Read More

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