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Beat the Heat at First Tuesday | August 2 | Marlborough

German Violin, c. 1920, labeled Copy of Joseph Guarnerius made in Germany. Sold for: $1,599

German Violin, c. 1920, labeled Copy of Joseph Guarnerius made in Germany. Sold for: $1,599

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, August 2
1:30PM – 4PM

Skinner Marlborough Gallery
274 Cedar Hill Street
Marlborough, MA

Specialties include Fine Art, Photographs, Jewelry and Musical Instruments

First come, first served. No appointment necessary. Limit of 3 objects per person.

Contact Us:
events@skinnerinc.com
508-970-3240

Event Details

 

Consign with Skinner in California | Musical Instruments & Memorabilia

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Now accepting appointments in California for July 21-29

Skinner’s Director of Fine Musical Instruments, Adam Tober, will be in California from July 21-29 accepting consignments of fine violins, vintage guitars, Nudie suits and music memorabilia.

Contact Adam today to schedule your appointment or home visit for verbal evaluation and possible consignment for Skinner’s November 5 auction.

Request Appointment

Contact us: 508.970.3216 music@skinnerinc.com

 

 

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Summer Update from Fine Arts at Skinner

Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926)  Study of Water/An Oil Study Fragment (Lot 326, Estimate $60,000-$80,000)

In the face of an overall lukewarm spring art market season, a number of lots in Skinner’s May 13 Fine Paintings & Sculpture auction did outstandingly well. The strongest works spanned the 19th and 20th centuries and were spread out geographically across the globe, reflecting Skinner’s reach as an auction house with many areas of expertise.

Skinner is proud to announce its first sale of an oil-on-canvas work by Claude Monet, Study of Water/An Oil Study Fragment.… Read More

Music and Marquetry: A Late Victorian Steinway Piano Designed by Cottier & Co.

Late Victorian Steinway Marquetry Model B Piano, c. 1890 (Lot 512, Estimate $10,000-$20,000)

Late Victorian Steinway Marquetry Model B Piano, c. 1890 (Lot 512, Estimate $10,000-$20,000)

On July 15th, Skinner will offer an elegant late 19th century Steinway Marquetry Model B piano as Lot 512 in their European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction. The history of the origins of Steinway & Sons is now legendary. The kitchen of Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg’s home in Seesen, Harz, Germany, served as laboratory and workshop for the first handcrafted piano under his name, which debuted in 1836.… Read More

Fine Jewelry & Art Consignment Day | Providence

Edwardian Emerald and Diamond Brooch, sold $495,000.

Edwardian Emerald and Diamond Brooch, sold $495,000.

Thursday, July 21 | 11AM-4PM

Inviting Consignments

Skinner is welcoming advance reservations in the Providence area through Wednesday, July 20. Meet with expert appraisers Gloria Lieberman, Kaitlin Shinnick and Robin Starr for a complimentary verbal auction evaluation and possible consignment of your Fine Art & Fine Jewelry for our upcoming fall auctions.

Rhode Island Historical Society Aldrich House 110 Benevolent Street Providence, RI

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The Rare Flintlock Alarm Candle Clock

Flintlock Alarm Candle Clock, c. 1745 (Lot 547, Estimate $20,000-$40,000)

Flintlock Alarm Candle Clock, c. 1745 (Lot 547, Estimate $20,000-$40,000)

Those who have ever been slaves to the “snooze” button on cell phones or alarm clocks in the morning, will want to take a closer look at the Flintlock Alarm Candle Clock, one of 750 lots offered in Skinner’s European Furniture & Decorative arts auction on July 15, 2016 in Marlborough, MA. I am going to venture that when this clock was made, c. 1745, the mechanism likely functioned in such a way that the idea of a “snooze” button would not be necessary.… Read More

The Portland Vase: How Josiah Wedgwood Turned an Ancient Glass Masterpiece into a Ceramic Legacy

Wedgwood Numbered First Edition Copy of the Portland Vase, England, 18th century (Lot 365, Estimate $40,000-$60,000)

Wedgwood Numbered First Edition Copy of the Portland Vase, England, 18th century (Lot 365, Estimate $40,000-$60,000)

One of the most famous surviving Roman works of art, The Portland Vase, is a fused glass vase and was believed to have been made during the reign of Augustus, sometime between 27 BC and AD 14. It consists of two layers, a dark blue overlaid with a soft white. The relief was cameo cut by gem engravers of the highest order and is considered a masterpiece of its kind.… Read More

Special Collections of Fine English Ceramics Lead Skinner’s Auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in Marlborough, MA on July 15

Wedgwood Numbered First Edition Copy of the Portland Vase, England, 18th century (Estimate $40,000-$60,000)

Wedgwood Numbered First Edition Copy of the Portland Vase, England, 18th century (Estimate $40,000-$60,000)

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present a summer auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Marlborough Gallery on Friday, July 15 at 10AM. With over 750 lots on offer, the auction will feature Part II of the Troy Dawson Chappell Collection of 17th and 18th century English Pottery and Part I of the Paul Lauer Collection of Wedgwood, as well as an expansive selection of fine silver and European fine and decorative arts of the 16th through early 20th centuries.… Read More

Vintage Motor Vehicles, Calder Maquette Lead Skinner’s 20th Century Design Auction in Marlborough, MA on June 23

1937 Cord Phaeton 812 (Lot 11, Estimate $130,000-$140,000)

1937 Cord Phaeton 812 (Lot 11, Estimate $130,000-$140,000)

MARLBOROUGH, MA – June 10, 2016 – Skinner, Inc. presents its first 20th Century Design auction of 2016, at noon on June 23 in Marlborough, MA. In addition to a carefully curated selection of vintage Motor Vehicles, the auction will feature over 500 lots of fine and decorative art, including seating, sculpture, lighting, art glass, pottery, wall art, metalwork and jewelry, with highlights from some of the best designers of the 20th century.… Read More

A Collection Built Over Eight Generations: Historic Maritime Online

Carved Mug from the Maststep of the America, and an Early Blown Glass Bottle, early and mid-19th century (Lot 1142, Estimate $1,500-$2,500)

Carved Mug from the Maststep of the America, and an Early Blown Glass Bottle, early and mid-19th century (Lot 1142, Estimate $1,500-$2,500)

From the owner of a one-of-a-kind collection of Nautical Antiques that we are proud to offer in the single-owner auction Historic Maritime Online through June 9th:

“This collection of nautical antiques represents the contributions of eight generations of my family’s history. My ancestors came to Jamestown, Virginia, in the 17th century, and later settled in Isle of Wight County.… Read More

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