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Skinner Gentleman’s Auction Offers Unique Holiday Gift Ideas

Jim Marshall (American, 1936-2010), Duane Allman, (Lot 1093, Estimate $800-$1,200)

Jim Marshall (American, 1936-2010), Duane Allman, (Lot 1093, Estimate $800-$1,200)

Intriguing & Luxurious Items Available for Online Bidding through December 2

BOSTON, MA – November 25, 2015 – Building on the success of the two previous Gentleman’s Auctions, Skinner is pleased to announce the 2015 Gentleman’s Auction, a highly curated online auction running from November 18th through December 2nd. With cufflinks, watches, desk accessories, whiskey, furniture and more, you’ll discover exceptional gift ideas at a range of price points for even the most discerning gentleman on your list – or, for yourself!

Gift-givers can avoid long lines on Black Friday and bid with privacy and convenience at any time during the 15-day online auction.

For the Stylish Man About Town

Led by a Corum Bubble Casino Roulette Watch (Lot 1004, Estimate $2,000-$3,000), the auction begins with a series of lots featuring accessories for the well-dressed man. Several watches, cufflinks and a Platinum and Gold Navy Pin (Lot 1007, Estimate $400-$600) get the auction started, and later in the listing you will find Two Gold-plated Lighters (Lot 1058, Estimate $400-$500) and a Sterling Silver Cigar Case and Silver-plate Collapsible Cup (Lot 1061, Estimate $50-$75).

Corum Bubble Casino Roulette Watch, Switzerland, c. 2003 (Lot 1004, Estimate $2,000-$3,000)

Corum Bubble Casino Roulette Watch, Switzerland, c. 2003 (Lot 1004, Estimate $2,000-$3,000)

With a Cased Set of French Target Pistols (Lot 1008, Estimate $3,000-$5,000), a mounted Bronze and Hardstone Archaic-style Axe (Lot 1013, Estimate $100-$200) and even the engine component to an Alexi M. Isayev S-75 Surface-to-air Missile System (Lot 1012, Estimate $3,000- $5,000), a wide range of armaments are available for bidding.

For the Gentleman’s Study

Moving indoors to the sanctuary of the gentleman’s library or study, this auction offers many options for desk or the walls.

A Silver-plate Duck Head-form Paper Holder (Lot 1019, Estimate $30-$50), Trout/Bronze Medal of The Society of Medalists (Lot 1017, Estimate $300-$500) or Three Fowling Prints by Aiden Lassell Ripley (Lot 1018, Estimate $800- $1200) evoke the spirit of the outdoorsman. For those with an aesthetic leaning towards the Orient, a pair of Ash-glazed Storage Jars (Lots 1022 and 1023, Estimates vary) or Woodblock Prints (Lots 1026 and 1027, Estimates vary) may fit the bill.

For the seafaring gentleman, highlights include a Chelsea “Mariner” Ship’s Bell Clock (Lot 1041, Estimate $250-$350), Ironsides Centennial Ship’s Horn and a Plain Ship’s Horn (Lot 1043, Estimate $1,500-$2,000) or Two Burnell Poole Yachting Prints (Lot 1044, Estimate $300-$500). Perhaps some Stewart T. Coffin Wooden Puzzles (Lots 1048 to 1051, Estimates vary) or a 1971 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe (Lot 1053, Estimate $1,000-$1,500) will satisfy the inquisitive gentleman in your life.

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, George T Stagg, Kentucky (Lot 1064, Estimate $600-$800)

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, George T Stagg, Kentucky (Lot 1064, Estimate $600-$800)

Several bottles of fine whiskey are available for bidding, including a selection of Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Bourbon and Rye (Lots 1062 through 1066, Estimates vary), Van Winkle Bourbon and Rye (Lots 1068 through 1071, Estimates vary) and Glenmorangie Sauternes Wood Finish 15-Year-Old Scotch (Lot 1073, Estimate $350-$450). Of course, to accompany these fine libations, we offer a Victorian Sterling Silver Flask (Lot 1074, Estimate $400-$600), a Pair of English Colorless Cut Glass Decanters (Lot 1080, Estimate $100-$200) and Twelve Sterling Silver Cocktail Picks and Eight Silver or Silver-plate Bottle Tags (Lot 1075, Estimate $50-$75) among other drinks-related accoutrements.

A fine selection of Mid-Century Modern furniture rounds out the auction, with selections designed by Charles Webb (Lots 1101 and 1102, Estimates vary), Four Lane Modern Tables (Lot 1100, Estimate $600-$800) and Kartell Stacking Drawers Designed by Simon Fussell (Lot 1097, Estimate $200-$225). Of course, you can tie the whole room together with any of the Shirvan (Lot 1106, Estimate $500- $700), Senneh (Lot 1107, Estimate $600-$800), or Kazak (Lot 1108, Estimate $600-$800) rugs.

 Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

Previews for the auction will be held at Skinner’s Boston gallery on Wednesday, November 18th, from noon to 5 PM; Thursday, November 19th, from noon to 7 PM; and Friday, November 20th, from noon to 5 PM. The Catalog for sale #2869T is available for viewing or download on the Skinner website. Prices realized will be available online, at both during and after the sale. The Skinner website enables users to view every lot in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time, through SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare.

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 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 the website at, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.



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Important 31.25 ct. Diamond and Natural Pearls Featured at Skinner Fine Jewelry Auction, December 8

Platinum and Diamond Clip Brooch, Suzanne Belperron (Lot 427, Estimate $20,000-$30,000)

Platinum and Diamond Clip Brooch, Suzanne Belperron (Lot 427, Estimate $20,000-$30,000)

BOSTON, MA – November 24, 2015 – Skinner, Inc. presents its fourth Fine Jewelry auction of 2015 on December 8th in Boston. The auction will feature over 500 lots of diamonds, colored stones, and antique and period jewelry. The centerpiece of the auction is a remarkable collection of diamonds, colored stones, and natural pearls from one of the leading families of the Gilded Age.… Read More

Fine Jewelry Preview | New York City

Important Diamond, Type IIA, 31.25 cts., D color, VVS2 clarity (Lot 498, Estimate $2,000,000-$3,000,000)

Important Diamond, Type IIA, 31.25 cts., D color, VVS2 clarity (Lot 498, Estimate $2,000,000-$3,000,000)

Tuesday December 1, 2015, 12-7 PM

Preview highlights from the December jewelry auction featuring several extraordinary lots from an important private collection and over 400 lots of period and contemporary jewelry by Tiffany, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Bulgari.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Roosevelt Hotel Sutton Suite – 2nd Floor 45 East 45th Street & Madison Avenue New York, NY 10017

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Rethinking Your Interior

Claude Conover (1907-1994) Lilit Vase (Lot 462, Estimate $3,500-$4,500)

Jorgen Hovelskov Harp Chair (Lot 539, Estimate $2,000-$3,000)

Creating a design that reflects how you want to live while representing your interests

My first interiors were all of one period of design, they fit together beautifully and were seamless in design. I have come away from that experience bringing those pieces of history that delight me. For me, it was the rich colors and organic forms of Art Nouveau pottery. It led me into a life-long interest of beautiful objects made from clay.… Read More

Skinner’s 20th Century Design  Auction on December 5th to Feature Private Collections

Jorgen Hovelskov Harp Chair (Lot 538, Estimate $2,000-$3,000)

Jorgen Hovelskov Harp Chair (Lot 538, Estimate $2,000-$3,000)

Boston, MA – November 14, 2015Skinner, Inc. will host its semiannual 20th Century Design auction on December 5th, featuring a wide range of decorative arts and furniture. Over 600 lots of silver, paintings, sculpture, art glass, metalwork, and furniture from 1895 to the present provide for a wide range of collecting opportunities, and three significant collections will be offered.… Read More

Rare Notes From George and Martha Washington Found in Battle, Resurface Again 150 Years Later

Washington, George (1732-1799) Autograph Receipt Signed, Philadelphia, June 1787. (Lot 76, Estimate $4,000-$6,000)

Washington, George (1732-1799) Autograph Receipt Signed, Philadelphia, June 1787. (Lot 76, Estimate $4,000-$6,000)

Martin L. Stone was mustered into service with the Pennsylvania Volunteers in October of 1861. He was ultimately captured by Confederate forces at the Second Battle of Deep Bottom in mid-August 1864, and in the intervening years he undoubtedly witnessed profound human suffering. His memories, like those of so many veterans, are lost forever.

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Audubon’s Quadruped Folio Highlights His Message of Conservation

Audubon, John James (1785-1851) and Reverend John Bachman (1790-1874) The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. New York: by J.J Audubon and V.G. Audubon, 1845-1851 (Lot 93, Estimate $200,000-$300,000)

Armadillo from Audubon, John James (1785-1851) and Reverend John Bachman (1790-1874) The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. (Lot 93, Estimate $200,000 – $300,000)

An independent Audubon Society has decided to de-accession one of the great masterpieces of 19th century natural history book illustration. The Society has a mission: to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.… Read More

Country Americana, Studio & Tribal Art at Skinner Marlborough in November

A Selection of Carved Folk Art Animal Figures


A Selection of Carved Folk Art Animal Figures

MARLBOROUGH, MA – November 4, 2015 – Skinner is hosting a live auction of Country Americana in its Marlborough, MA Gallery on Thursday, November 19th at 10:00 a.m. and an online only auction of Studio & Tribal Art with bidding open from November 12th through the 20th. Both auctions may be previewed in person at the Marlborough Gallery on November 17th and 18th or online at any time.… Read More

Photography on the Battlefield

Photographer’s tent at Antietam National Battlefield

On a recent trip to Maryland, my husband and I visited the national park at Antietam, the site of a ferocious one-day battle on September 17, 1862, in which 23,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed, wounded, or went missing. We were fortunate to be there at the tail end of a week and a half series of lectures and living history events commemorating the 153rd anniversary of the encounter. Our visit began with a fascinating overview of the role of the United States Sanitary Commission in improving the lives of the soldiers, especially at the front lines (we were surprised to learn that over two-thirds of the 622,000 men who lost their lives in the Civil War died from disease rather than from battle).… Read More

American Indian & Ethnographic Art Auction at Skinner in Boston on November 7th

Yankton/Hunkpapa Beaded Buffalo Hide Double Saddlebags, c. 1870 (Lot 143, Estimate $8,000-$12,000)

Yankton/Hunkpapa Beaded Buffalo Hide Double Saddlebags, c. 1870 (Lot 143, Estimate $8,000-$12,000)

BOSTON, MA – November 3, 2015 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of American Indian & Ethnographic Art on November 7th, featuring a wide range of art from Africa and Oceana, the American Plains, pieces from the Northwest Coast, Woodlands and Southwest, as well as textiles and pottery.

“I pride myself in finding exciting and unusual art objects from the around the world for every auction,” said Douglas Deihl, Director of American Indian & Ethnographic Art at Skinner.… Read More

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