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Discovery – Interiors and Studio Paintings online at Skinner in April

Frederick Lynch (American, b. 1935)  Tablepiece (Inspected) (Lot 1190, Estimate $800-$1,200)

Frederick Lynch (American, b. 1935) Tablepiece (Inspected) (Lot 1190, Estimate $800-$1,200)

MARLBOROUGH, MA – March 31, 2015 – Skinner is hosting a live Discovery – Interiors auction in its Marlborough, MA Gallery on Thursday, April 9th at 10 A.M. and an online-only auction of Studio Paintings with bidding open from April 2nd through the 10th. Both auctions may be viewed in person at the Marlborough Gallery on April 7th and 8th or online at any time.

Discovery – Interiors features eclectic offerings which include an array of decorative accessories and furnishings from Jacobean-style to mid-century modern and spanning the globe from the Americas, Europe and Asia. Offerings from American, European and contemporary artists in a variety of media are the focus of Studio Paintings online. Kerry Shrives, Senior Vice President of Skinner, Inc., notes, “Whether you are an experienced or budding collector, or furnishing a home, the April Marlborough auctions offer choices culled from several of Skinner’s flagship specialty departments.”

Cased Model of a Carriage, 19th/20th century (Lot 156, Estimate $600-$800)

Cased Model of a Carriage, 19th/20th century (Lot 156, Estimate $600-$800)

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. And, the online auction format makes it possible for bidders to participate whenever and wherever they are.

Discovery Auctions were named the Best of Boston for antiques west of the city, awarded by Boston magazine in 2011.

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 and Studio Paintings online will be held on Tuesday, April 7th from 12 P.M. to 5 P.M. and on Wednesday, April 8th from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. View driving directions.

Mid-century Teak Dining Table and Two Chairs (Lot 135, Estimate $400-$600)

Mid-century Teak Dining Table and Two Chairs (Lot 135, Estimate $400-$600)

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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.

Inspired Offerings of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets at Skinner on March 28

Central Anatolian Rug (Lot 104, Estimate $8,000-$10,000)

BOSTON, MA – March 24, 2015 Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce its auction of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets on Saturday, March 28th, featuring 329 lots that comprise a strong selection of early collectible rugs, Central Asian embroideries, Kashmir shawls, antique decorative carpets and more.

In addition to the auction preview, interested collectors can join Lawrence Kearney, Director of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets, for a gallery walk on March 27th, from 5:30–8:00 P.M. … Read More

Antique Carpets & Modern Furniture

Harry Bertoia 'Bird' chair, Knoll ottoman, and Koch & Lowry chrome swing lamp on 1880 Karaja carpet (Lot 163, Estimate $8,000-$10,000).

“The soul of the apartment is the carpet”, Edgar Allen Poe famously declared in his 1840 essay on interior design, The Philosophy of Furniture. He goes on to say that not only do the colors in the room take their cues from the carpet, but “the forms and scale” as well. He extols the virtues of patterns “with no meaning” (especially, “the Arabesque”), and writes many an unkind word about overcrowded designs and gaudiness of color.… Read More

Fine Oriental Rugs Gallery Walk | March 27

Harry Bertoia 'Bird' chair, Knoll ottoman, and Koch & Lowry chrome swing lamp on 1880 Karaja carpet (Lot 163, Estimate $8,000-$10,000).
Friday, March 27, 2015

Join us for a tour of auction highlights


Reception: 5:30PM Gallery Walk: 6PM

A beautiful Oriental rug has the power to captivate the imagination with its intricate patterns and delicate colors. Join Skinner specialist Lawrence Kearney for a Fine Oriental Rugs auction preview and guided gallery walk discussion and learn how to bring antique Oriental rugs into your home as the centerpiece of any design concept from classic to modern.… Read More

Country Americana, Jewelry & Silver at Skinner Marlborough in March

Carved and Painted Wood Carousel Horse Head, (Lot 173, $600-$800)

MARLBOROUGH, MA – March 17, 2015 – Skinner is hosting a live auction of Country Americana in its Marlborough, MA Gallery on Thursday, March 19th at 10:00 A.M. and an online only auction of Jewelry and Silver with bidding open from March 12th  through the 20th. Both auctions may be viewed in person at the Marlborough Gallery on March 17th and 18th or online at any time.

Country Americana features Chippendale, Federal, country and reproduction furniture, folk art, weathervanes, game boards, ceramics, glass and more.… Read More

Sugar and Spice…

Stenciled Round Spice Box, Patent Package Co., Newark, New Jersey, 19th century (Lot 482, Estimate $150-$250)

Despite the seemingly mundane individual details of this late 19th century spice box, there is an intrigue to this little domestic piece. With eight smaller containers inscribed with their respective contents, this not uncommon item found its way onto the cover of our March Country Americana catalog.

Spices and the vessels which store them have always held an important role in more than just our kitchens. Since the beginning of recorded time, we can find references to spices and their various uses.… Read More

Dazzling Jewels on the Block at Skinner on March 17th

Antique Gold and Chalcedony Torpedo Earpendants (Lot 300, Estimate $3,500-$4,500)

BOSTON, MA – March 12, 2015Skinner, Inc. presents its first Fine Jewelry auction of 2015 on March 17th in Boston. Over 550 lots will be on the block, spotlighting antique and period jewelry as well as contemporary pieces by Tiffany, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari and more.


A standout among the diamond jewelry at auction is a signed platinum and diamond ring by Sterle, the famed 1950s “couturier of jewelry,” featuring full- and baguette-cut diamonds, as well as a ropework shank (Lot 584, Estimate $25,000–$35,000).… Read More

Consign with Skinner in San Francisco | March 2015

Art deco diamond and gem-set brooch, J.E. Caldwell & Co (sold for $46,800)
Consign with Skinner in San Francisco

Scheduling appointments for March 19-21, 2015

Register online for an appointment on Saturday March 21st at The Hotel Drisco or schedule an individual house call March 19-24.


The Hotel Drisco 2901 Pacific Ave San Francisco, CA 94115

Stuart Slavid, Director of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, Fine Silver and Fine Ceramics, and Karen Keane, Chief Executive Officer and expert in Americana and Folk Art are currently scheduling consignment appointments in San Francisco on Saturday March 21.… Read More

In Defense of Snow


I have a confession to make.  When you’re not shoveling it or raking it off your roof, the snow is actually beautiful. You may think I have an acute case of cabin fever, but let me explain before you deem me to be a total nut job.

I grabbed two young friends and my snow shoes and headed to the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum on a snowy Thursday.  Many of the smaller works near the museum’s entrance were buried beneath mountains of the white stuff, but there was still plenty to see, and all of it was transformed. … Read More

American Indian & Ethnographic Art Takes Center Stage at Skinner, March 14

Two Historic Lakota German Silver Pendants Owned by Famed Chiefs Red Cloud and Spotted Tail (Lot 190, Estimate $20,000-$30,000)

BOSTON, MA – March 2, 2015 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of American Indian & Ethnographic Art on March 14th, featuring a wide range of art from Africa, Polynesia, New Guinea and abroad, as well as American Plains Indian material,pieces from the Northwest Coast, Woodlands and Southwest, and textiles and pottery.

“Both new and seasoned collectors will find a variety of intriguing items to match their tastes and budgets,” said Douglas Deihl, Director of American Indian & Ethnographic Art at Skinner.… Read More

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