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Skinner expert appraisers and auctioneers discuss antiques, fine art, and collectibles. Keep up on market trends and get collecting tips from antiques experts. Discover the stories behind the art and antiques Skinner offers at auction.

Kentucky Consignment Days | April 20-22



Meet with Skinner experts  for a verbal evaluation and possible consignment of your fine art & antiques at Liberty Hall in Frankfort, KY. The cost for verbal appraisal is $10 for one item or three items for $25. All proceeds will go towards the Liberty Hall Historic Site. Walk-ins welcome, reservations recommended.


House calls are available in Frankfort and surrounding cities on a limited basis on April 20, 21 and 22.

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April First Tuesday | Marlborough


Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, April 4 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Skinner experts will provide complimentary verbal auction evaluations during our monthly consignment event on the first Tuesday of each month.

Experts Available in April:

Christopher Fox, Americana ♦ Michelle Lamuniere, Fine Photographs ♦ Robin S.R. Starr, American & European Works of Art ♦ Kaitlin Shinnick, Fine Jewelry

Skinner Marlborough Gallery 274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA

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Fine Jewelry Appraisal Day | Chatham



By Appointment Only.

Reserve an appointment with Skinner’s Fine Jewelry Department for a complimentary verbal auction evaluation and possible consignment of your Fine Jewelry for our upcoming June 27 auction. Skinner presents four fine jewelry auctions annually and regularly realizes outstanding prices at auction.

For appointments contact:

Fine Jewelry Department


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Skinner Presents April Auction of Fine Silver, European Furniture & Decorative Arts

Prosper Roussel Patinated and Gilt-bronze Jewel Casket and Cover, France, second quarter 19th century (Lot 176, Estimate: $6,000-8,000)

Prosper Roussel Patinated and Gilt-bronze Jewel Casket and Cover, France, second quarter 19th century (Lot 176, Estimate: $6,000-8,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts & Fine Silver in its Boston Gallery on Friday, April 7 at 10AM. With over 650 lots on offer, the auction will feature an expansive selection of fine silver and European fine and decorative arts of the 16th through early 20th centuries.… Read More

Lecture | Heavy Breathing & Plain White Paper


Heavy Breathing and Plain White Paper, or How to Become and Expert on Antique Silver

A Lecture by Janine E. Skerry, Curator of Metals, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation



How can one assess the state of a fine old silver tankard or tablespoon when caught unexpectedly at an auction or antiques store without a trusty XRF apparatus nearby? Join Janine Skerry in the pursuit of silver connoisseurship fundamentals on the fly as techniques like heavy breathing and the use of plain white paper are explained.… Read More

Rustic & Refined Country Americana On Offer at Skinner, March 23

Anglo/American School, 18th/19th Century   Portrait of a Gentleman (Lot 10, Estimate $1,500-2,500)

Large Carved Wood Owl Figure, 20th century (Lot 45, Estimate

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner, Inc. is hosting a live auction of Country Americana on March 23 at 10AM. The auction will feature approximately 450 lots of rustic and refined pieces of Americana furniture, signs, paintings, wrought iron, glass, pewter, and wooden wares.

Flora and Fauna

The auction offers a wooden menagerie, highlighted by a large carved wood owl (Lot 45, Estimated between $800-1,200) and a carved and painted eagle (Lot 4, $1,000-1,500) along with a dozen other carved and painted whales, dolphins and shorebirds.… Read More

From State Park to National Jewel: The Story of the Esperanza Diamond

The 'Esperanza' Diamond (Lot 507, Estimate: $100,000-150,000)

The ‘Esperanza’ Diamond (Lot 507, Estimate: $100,000-150,000)

In 2015, Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont Colorado visited the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. For an $8 fee, visitors are allowed to dig for diamonds in the “Pig Pen,” a 37-acre field which gets its name from the all the mud created after a rainfall.  She and her boyfriend visited the park on a whim.  It was a hot and sunny day, and within twenty minutes of her arrival, Oskarson was in search of some shade.… Read More

Outstanding Private Collections, The Esperanza Diamond, and Artist-Designed Jewelry Lead Skinner’s March Fine Jewelry Auctions

Artist-designed Surrealist 23kt Gold ‘Microbes’ Pendant, Max Ernst, c. 1974 (Lot 84, Estimate: $10,000-15,000)

BOSTON, MA – March 2, 2017 – Skinner presents its first Fine Jewelry auctions of 2017 with two exceptional auctions occurring in March. The live auction on Tuesday, March 21 will feature over 500 lots of antique, period, and contemporary jewelry, highlighted by the collections of Leah Gordon and Carol Ferranti.… Read More

Lecture | Silk Brocades, Embroidery, and Kesi


Silk Brocades, Embroidery, and Kesi

A Lecture by artist Jon Eric Riis



Considered by many to be the nation’s leading contemporary tapestry artist, Jon Eric Riis has perhaps more than any other artist taken the ancient craft of hand-woven tapestry to the level of important contemporary fine art. Often imbuing his subject matter with highly critical social and cultural ideas, Riis’ provocative art is as important for its content as it is for its stunning execution and unmatched technical prowess.… Read More

Exquisite Collections of Chinese Textiles & Jade Lead Skinner’s Asian Works of Art Auction, March 18

Rare Pair of Lemon Yellow-glazed Wine Cups, China, Yongzheng (1723-35) period (Lot 281, Estimate $30,000-50,000)

Embroidered Lady’s Informal Robe, China, 19th century (Lot 119, Estimate: $2,000-3,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner’s upcoming Asian Works of Art auction features 568 lots with special strengths in the areas of textiles, jade, Chinese paintings, and ceramics. The auction will take place at Skinner’s Boston Gallery on Saturday, March 18 at 11AM, coinciding with the end Asia Week in New York.

Chinese Textiles

The textiles in this auction are especially notable.… Read More

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