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Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers Names George Lewis as Western Massachusetts Representative

BOSTON, MA – November 25, 2014  George Thomas Lewis will provide appraisal and consignment services to the Western Massachusetts region on behalf of New England’s foremost auction house Skinner, Inc. Lewis is a longtime resident of Northampton, MA, where he established and ran his business, George Thomas Lewis & Co., for over 35 years. The business specialized in estate liquidations and antiques, and Lewis built a strong reputation in the region for integrity, thoroughness, and professionalism. Karen Keane, Skinner CEO, said, “George has years of experience working with objects of value and is known for his courteous demeanor and personal service. We are delighted to have him represent Skinner in Western Massachusetts.”

George Lewis

George Lewis

In his new role, Lewis will provide Western Massachusetts with convenient access to the full range of Skinner consignment and appraisal services. He will work with estate personal representatives, estate settlement professionals, and individuals to bring antiques and fine art to a worldwide marketplace. Lewis graduated from Ohio University and went on to obtain his Ph.D. at Temple University in Pennsylvania. He makes frequent presentations to area historical societies and civic groups on the topics of antiques and their values. He also contributes his time and expertise to benefit auctions sponsored by religious and other nonprofit organizations. For over 20 years, he has served as auctioneer for “The Future Begins Here,” a major fundraising event which supports a consortium of youth organizations in Holyoke, MA. He draws on an extensive academic background and professional training, including USPAP certification in personal property appraisal. For more information, or to schedule an estate evaluation or appraisal, contact George Lewis at 413-727-2721 or glewis@skinnerinc.com.

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 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 www.skinnerinc.com, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

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December 2 | First Tuesdays in Marlborough

Robin S.R. Starr, Vice President Director of American & European Works of Art
Discover the value of your fine art

Tuesday, December 2nd 1:30PM – 4PM

Skinner Marlborough Gallery 274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA 01752

Discover the value of your fine art at our monthly consignment event. Appraisers specializing in American & European fine paintings, prints, photography, works on paper, and sculpture will provide complimentary verbal auction evaluations.

First come, first served. No appointment necessary.… Read More

My Grandfather’s Clock: The Many Names of This Floor-standing Timekeeper

“Grandfather’s Clock/Song and Chorus” by Henry Clay Work came out in 1876

To a small child, the stately “Grandfather clock” standing majestically in the corner more closely resembles a furniture skyscraper than a timekeeper.  The iconic term “Grandfather clock” brings to mind antiquity, beautiful furniture, and mechanical marvels. But it is not the way scholars refer to these clocks. In fact, the name came from a popular song.

Henry Clay Work’s “Grandfather’s Clock/Song and Chorus” came out in 1876.… Read More

Bidsquare Auctions Art Experiences to Aid Doctors Without Borders

Worcester Art Museum Private Tour for 6 and One-year Family Membership, Worcester, Massachusetts
Value: $700
Starting bid: $300

Chicago, IL: Bidsquare, the online bidding platform for over 35 leading auction houses, announces Bidsquare Cares: a holiday benefit auction of art experiences to aid the Ebola workers of Doctors Without Borders. Bidding opens at bidsquare.com on Black Friday, November 28th at 12:00PM EST, and closes on Monday, December 8th at 12:00PM EST.

Up for grabs are 35 one-of-a-kind art and city experiences from the leading auction houses that created Bidsquare: Brunk Auctions, Cowan’s Auctions, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Pook & Pook, Inc., Rago and Skinner, Inc.… Read More

December 5 | Join Jane Prentiss for a gallery walk

George Nakashima (1905-1990) Conoid Bench, American black walnut and hickory, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1973 (Estimate $30,000-$40,000)
Friday December 5th, 6:30PM in Boston

Reception: 6PM Gallery Walk: 6:30PM

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Skinner Boston Gallery 63 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116

Join Jane Prentiss for a tour of auction highlights

The December 6th auction features an impressive collection of 20th Century Design. This colorful auction showcases fine examples of art glass, furniture, and metalwork, and also includes two notable private collections: The John Boyer Collection of Contemporary Paintings & Sculpture, and mid-century modern furnishings from the Mary Griggs Burke Estate.… Read More

Fine Jewelry Shines at Auction this Holiday Season

Art Nouveau Plique-a-Jour Enamel Table Clock, Eugene Feuillatre, France (Lot 230, Estimate $8,000-$10,000)

BOSTON, MA – November 20, 2014 – Skinner is pleased to announce its holiday Fine Jewelry auction on December 9. Find the perfect gift among over 700 selections on the block, including diamonds, signed pieces by Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels, a selection of fine watches, and much more.

Enjoy a sneak peak of some of the auction’s highlights in New York at a special Fine Jewelry preview event on Tuesday, December 2nd from noon to 7 P.M at The Culture Center (410 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY, 10024).… Read More

Curator Christopher Fox Joins Skinner American Furniture & Decorative Arts Department

Christopher Fox, Specialist, American Furniture & Decorative Arts, Skinner, Inc.

BOSTON, Mass. – November 17, 2014 –Skinner, Inc.is pleased to announce that Christopher Fox has joined the Skinner American Furniture & Decorative Arts Department. Working with Stephen Fletcher, Executive Vice President and Department Director, and Christopher Barber, Deputy Director, Mr. Fox will lend his considerable expertise and experience to Skinner appraisals and auctions of Americana.

In his previous position as Curator of Collections at Fort Ticonderoga Museum, Mr.… Read More

An Antiques Expert’s Story: Michelle Lamunière

Michelle Lamuniere, Specialist, Fine Photography, Skinner, Inc.

Guest blog post by Mary Curtis. Republished with permission from The Quill.

For the second time this year, the Pier Antique Show is once again hosting Appraisal Day on Sunday, November 23 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. All attendees, with a valid ticket to the show, are invited to bring one item to be appraised for free by one of three expert appraisers from Skinner, Inc.

This year’s sponsor, Skinner, Inc. is an internationally recognized auction house that hosts more than 60 auctions annually.

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Skinner’s First-Ever Gentleman’s Auction Offers Holiday Gift Ideas

Gucci Cased Twin Flasks, Italy, mid-20th century (Lot 63, Estimate $600-$900)
Intriguing & Luxurious Items Available for Online Bidding through December 1

BOSTON, MA – November 18, 2014 – Feeling stuck on what to gift the man who has it all this holiday season? Skinner is here to help, presenting its very first Gentleman’s Auction, a highly curated, online auction running from November 20th through December 1st. From gold cufflinks, antique maps and pocket watches, to rare ales and spirits, sporting prints, and much more, you’ll discover exceptional gift ideas at range of price points for even the most discerning gentleman on your list – or, for yourself!… Read More

The Burke House: Mid-Century Modern Architecture & Furnishings

Furnishings from the Burke House (Lots 423 and 424, estimates vary)

The Mary Griggs Burke Estate includes the furnishings of the Burke house, on Centre Island in Oyster Bay, New York overlooking Long Island Sound. Designed and furnished by Boston architect Ben Thompson, the home was featured in the book: Design Research: The Store That Brought Modern Living To American Homes. In 1956, the magazine Architectural Record reviewed the home for its architecture and elaborate Japanese-style garden.

Mary Griggs Burke was best known for her passionate collecting of Japanese ceramics.… Read More

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