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June 12 | The Andrews Shaker Collection Gallery Walk

Shaker Butternut and Pine Herb Cupboard, North Family, New Lebanon, New York, c. 1860 (Lot 106, Estimate $40,000-$60,000)

Shaker Butternut and Pine Herb Cupboard, North Family, New Lebanon, New York, c. 1860 (Lot 106, Estimate $40,000-$60,000)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Andrews Shaker Collection – A Gallery Walk

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Reception:  5:30PM
Gallery Walk: 6:00PM

Guided tour and discussion of selected highlights from The Andrews Shaker Collection hosted by Stephen L. Fletcher, Director and Christopher Barber, Deputy Director of American Furniture and Decorative Arts, Skinner, Inc. The event will feature Christian Goodwillie, Director and Curator of Special Collections, Hamilton College and author of Gather Up The Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection.

Skinner Marlborough
274 Cedar Hill Street
Marlborough, MA 01752

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May 4 | Lecture at Fruitlands Museum

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May 4, 2014 at 1PM

The Shakers: Models for Modernism, an illustrated lecture by Jean M. Burks, Senior Curator, Shelburne Museum

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The lecture is free with museum admission.

Fruitlands Museum 102 Prospect Hill Road Harvard, MA 01451 www.fruitlands.org

Sponsored by: Skinner

In conjunction with the presentation of The Andrews Shaker Collection at auction, on June 15th in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

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May 17 | Lecture at Fruitlands Museum

HAMILTON COLLEGE:  CHRISTIAN GOODWILLIE
May 17, 2014 at 1PM

Two Hundred Forty Years of Shaker Life in America, an illustrated lecture by Christian Goodwillie, Director and Curator of Special Collections, Hamilton College

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The lecture is free with museum admission.

Fruitlands Museum 102 Prospect Hill Road Harvard, MA 01451 www.fruitlands.org

Sponsored by: Skinner

In conjunction with the presentation of The Andrews Shaker Collection at auction, on June 15th in Marlborough, Massachusetts.… Read More

The Shot Heard Round the World: April 19, 1775

William Diamond’s Drum, Boston, 1774-5. Courtesy of The Lexington Historical Society. Photo by David Bohl.

Guest blog post by David F. Wood, Curator, Concord Museum. The Shot Heard Round the World:  April 19, 1775 will be on view at the Concord Museum through September 21, 2014. 

“By the rude bridge that arched the flood Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled Here once the embattled farmers stood And fired the shot heard round the world”

When Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote this famous stanza, he was referring specifically to events that occurred at Concord’s North Bridge on April 19, 1775.… Read More

How to Find the Perfect Passover Haggadah for your Seder

Sold for $450,000: Seder Haggadah shel Pesach, Pressburg, copied and illustrated by Aaron Wolf Herlingen, 1735

Each Passover, Jews around the world fulfill the commandment to retell the Israelites’ liberation from slavery in Egypt. In Hebrew, the word for this telling is Haggadah (plural: Haggadot), and the name of the ritual meal is Seder.

A Haggadah text supplies an outline of the order of the Seder along with poetry and songs. However, like much Jewish ceremonial art, each Haggadah may have its own distinct and fascinating characteristics. Jewish communities span the globe, and these different regions have developed their own interpretations of ceremonial art and texts over the past centuries.… Read More

Working the Line: An Exhibit at Harvard Art Museums

David Taylor, Border Monument No. 36, 2008. Archival inkjet print. Courtesy of James Kelly Contemporary.

If you enjoyed the recent National Public Radio series Borderland: Dispatches from the U.S.-Mexico Boundary, you might be interested in the work of Arizona-based photographer David Taylor currently on view at Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

The exhibition, which I initiated when I worked as a curator at the Harvard Art Museums, presents Taylor’s two-part project Working the Line.… Read More

May 2 | Lecture by Robert C. Cheney in Marlborough

Aaron Willard Jr. Alarm Timepiece, Boston, Massachusetts, c. 1815 (Lot   478, Estimate $7,000-$9,000)
Friday, May 2, 2014

The Pitfalls of Collecting Willard’s Patent Timepiece or “Banjo Clock”

Wine reception 5-6:30PM with lecture to follow

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An illustrated lecture by Robert C. Cheney, Director Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments. Held in conjunction with the Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments preview and sale.

Skinner Marlborough 274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA 01752

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April 25 | Asian Works of Art Reception

A Large Collection of Blue and White Porcelain, China, 18th and 19th centuries, from The Estate of Peter L. Rosenberg
Friday, April 25, 2014 at 5-7PM

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The Asian Works of Art Department  is pleased to invite you to a reception during our auction preview featuring The Estate of Peter L. Rosenberg.

Judith Dowling, Department Director, will be available to answer all your questions about  the upcoming auction.

Skinner Boston Gallery 63 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116

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From Han to Eternity: The Beauty and Value of Chinese Tomb Pottery

Model of a Watchtower, China, Han dynasty style (Lot 303, Estimate $3,000-$4,000)

In China, during the Han dynasty (206 BC through AD 220), burials commonly included tomb pottery. China’s tradition of pottery-making began in ancient times well before the Han dynasty, but by this time, improvements to pottery-making techniques allowed for extensive production of items for both daily and ceremonial use. These sophisticated new techniques eventually led to the three-colored glazed-ware (sancai) of the Tang dynasty as well as low-fired glazed-wares of the Ming and Qing dynasties.… Read More

Skinner Auction of Historic Arms & Militaria Features an American Civil War Collection

U.S. Model 1838 Ames Coehorn Mortar, c. 1865 (Lot 13, Estimate $15,000-$18,000)

BOSTON, MA – April 7, 2014 – Skinner, Inc. will hold an auction of Historic Arms & Militaria on May 3,2014 preceding its Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments auction. Over 300 lots of military antiques from the American Revolution through World War II will be offered, showcasing the collection of Peter F. Frazier and M. Prudence Fleck. An additional selection of over 200 lots of Clocks, Instruments, and Militaria will be offered online only from April 29 through May 6, 2014.… Read More

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