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Fine Musical Instruments Consignment Day | Coral Gables

Adam Tober, Director, Fine Musical Instruments

Adam Tober, Director, Fine Musical Instruments

Thursday February 18, 10AM-4PM

Skinner is seeking consignments for our May, 22, 2016 Fine Musical Instruments auction. Reserve an appointment with expert appraiser Adam Tober for a complimentary verbal auction evaluation.

Appointments recommended, walk-ins welcome
House calls are available on Wednesday, February 17

Skinner Coral Gables Office
130 Miracle Mile, Suite 220
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Request Appointment

305.503.4423
Florida@skinnerinc.com

Discovery Interiors online Featuring Modern Design, February 4th through 12th

Fred Stodder Modernist Ceramic Vase, America, late 20th century (Lot 1206, Estimate $300-$500)

Fred Stodder Modernist Ceramic Vase, America, late 20th century (Lot 1206, Estimate $300-$500)

MARLBOROUGH, MA – February 3, 2016 – Skinner is hosting an auction of Discovery – Interiors online from February 4th through 12th. Bidders are invited to view items and meet with specialists in person on February 9th and 10th, or anytime online.

This online auction features over 300 lots of Modern Design, with examples of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Mid-Century modern and contemporary furniture, ceramics, Bakelite jewelry, glass and fine art.… Read More

American Indian Gallery Talk |The Van Kirke & Helen Nelson Collection

Blackfoot Trade Blanket with Beaded Hide Strip, c. late 19th century (Lot 103, Estimate $15,000-$20,000)

Blackfoot Trade Blanket with Beaded Hide Strip, c. late 19th century (Lot 103, Estimate $15,000-$20,000)

Skinner is proud to present a single-owner auction of The Van Kirke and Helen Nelson Collection of American Indian Art. While the Nelsons, as Montana residents, emphasized material from the Blackfeet and Crow tribes, their collection encompasses fine examples from a broad cross-section of Plains and Plateau American Indian material culture.… Read More

Outstanding American Indian Art Auction at Skinner

Blackfoot Beaded and Painted Antelope Hide Shirt, c. 1870 (Lot 131, Estimate $125,000-$175,000)

Blackfoot Beaded and Painted Antelope Hide Shirt, c. 1870 (Lot 131, Estimate $125,000-$175,000)

BOSTON, MA – January 20, 2016 – Skinner is proud present a single-owner auction of The Van Kirke and Helen Nelson Collection of American Indian Art on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 10AM in its Boston gallery.

Dr. Van Kirke Nelson (1931–2015) and Helen Nelson

“Van Kirke Nelson was a USC college student working as a camp counselor on the shores of Flathead Lake when he discovered the West—its wildness, its history, and its people.… Read More

The New England Landscapes of Albert Bierstadt

Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902)  Lighthouse, Newport, Rhode Island (Lot 251, $40,000-$60,000)

Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902) White Mountain View with Red Glow of Fire or Reflected Light (Sold for: $22,140)

For many, Albert Bierstadt’s name is synonymous with grand panoramas capturing the awe-inspiring landscapes of the American west. However, the German-born artist actually had roots on the east coast, was raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and painted throughout New England and upstate New York. His works gained wide popularity in his lifetime, and by the mid-1860s he had constructed a magnificent home at Irvington-on-Hudson.… Read More

John Beasley Greene and the Artistry
of 19th Century Photographic Processes

John Beasley Greene (American, 1832-1856)  River Bank, Algeria, 1855-56. (Lot 76, Estimate $3,000-$5,000)

I’m a bit of a process geek when it comes to nineteenth-century photography. Technology advanced in such rapid and interesting ways during the early years of the medium’s existence. Photographers were constantly experimenting with, combining, and improving upon formulas for making negatives and developing and fixing images. A good example of these innovations—a salt print (Lot 76, Estimate $3,000-5,000) made from a waxed paper negative by the French-born American archaeologist John Beasley Greene (1832-1856)—is one of the highlights of Skinner’s January 22 Fine Prints & Photographs auction.Read More

Andy Warhol Lecture | January 21 | Boston

[Detail] Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Flowers/A Portfolio of Ten Works, Suite of 10 screenprints 1970 (Lot 70, $400,000-$600,000)

Andy Warhol = Nobody’s Fool

A Lecture by Trevor Fairbrother

Thursday, January 21, 6PM

Fairbrother, an independent art historian and curator, formerly with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Seattle Art Museum, has organized multiple exhibitions of Warhol’s art. In this lecture, he considers the weird fascination with, and bewildering legacy of, this great pop artist nearly thirty years after Warhol’s death.Read More

Alexander Calder’s Path to Abstraction

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976)  Self Portrait, c. 1924 (Lot 350, Estimate $60,000-$80,000)

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) Self Portrait, c. 1924 (Lot 350, Estimate $60,000-$80,000)

Alexander Calder was an artistic “jack of all trades,” working in metal, from jewelry to large-scale public sculptures, in paint, as a theatrical set designer, and as a lithographer. What makes Calder – in any medium – so compelling is his wit and energy. Skinner’s Fine Paintings & Sculpture auction on January 22, 2016 features four lots of Calder’s work.Read More

Works by Andy Warhol Highlight Skinner’s American & European Fine Art Auction on January 22

[Detail] Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Flowers/A Portfolio of Ten Works, Suite of 10 screenprints 1970 (Lot 70, $400,000-$600,000)

[Detail] Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Flowers/A Portfolio of Ten Works, Suite of 10 screenprints 1970 (Lot 70, $400,000-$600,000)

BOSTON, MA – January 5, 2016 – On Friday, January 22, 2016, Skinner, Inc. will host an exceptional two-part auction, kicking off at 12PM with Fine Prints & Photographs and continuing at 4PM with Fine Paintings & Sculpture. The auctions showcase a strong selection of works of art ranging from Old Master prints through Modern and Contemporary offerings.… Read More

A Racing Relic of Fine Silver

View of William Wallace and passenger in Fiat car no. 25 at starting line during the 1905 Ormond-Daytona races in Florida. Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library

View of William Wallace and passenger in Fiat car no. 25 at starting line during the 1905 Ormond-Daytona races in Florida. Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library

Before the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500, some of the earliest automobile inventors, owners, and enthusiasts went to race in Ormond Beach, Florida. Races there began in 1902, but by the 1903 and 1904 races, world records were being broken and Ormond Beach was nicknamed the “Birthplace of Speed.” Motorcycle and automobile owners and racers brought vehicles that used gasoline, steam, and electricity from across the United States as well as France, Germany, and England.… Read More

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