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Superb Private Collections Highlight European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction at Skinner This January

Selection of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Lots on Offer

Selection of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Lots on Offer

BOSTON, MA – December 19, 2014 – Skinner kicks off the new year with a robust auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts on January 10th in Boston. From several important private collections, including the Stillwell Collection of Doulton, Part II, in addition to a wonderful selection of Fine Silver, more Fine Ceramics, furniture, paintings, glass and sculpture, discover an array of treasures to add to a collection or enhance your space.

Fine Ceramics

On the heels of its first auction of the Stillwell Collection of Doulton in October, Skinner is pleased to offer Part II of this remarkable assemblage. Captivated by the beauty and artistry of the late 19th and early 20th century, collectors Linda and Al Stillwell gathered exceptional vases and figures in highly decorated Doulton stoneware from all over the globe, including numerous examples by celebrated artists such as George Tinworth and Hannah and Florence Barlow.

A large Martin Brothers Stoneware “Wally” Bird Jar and Cover, England, 1882 (Lot 218, estimated between $10,000 and $15,000) is sure to excite in its first appearance at auction. Also highlighting the auction’s largely English offerings in fine ceramics are strong collections of Wedgwood: the Barron Collection; the Twinight Collection, and two private Midwest collections of Fairyland Lustre.

German porcelain includes a striking, late 19th/early 20th century hand-painted plaque depicting Mary Magdalene, after Pietro Antonio Rotari (Lot 596, $800 to $1,200), in addition to an extensive Meissen Blue Onion pattern dinner service (Lot 275, $900 to $1,300).

The Estate of Sir Alasdair Munro of Lindertis, BT

Skinner presents the opportunity to own a piece of a Scottish castle with The Estate of Sir Alasdair Thomas Ian Munro. Munro (1927-2014). The sixth Baronet of Lindertis was born in London and moved to Vermont in the mid-20th century, where he became an importer of Scottish antiques and the director of the St. Andrew’s Society of Vermont. An intriguing 18th century collection, the assortment features over fifty lots of furniture, fine porcelain and family portraits.

Mildred Watkins Sterling Silver and Enamel Box, Cleveland, Ohio, mid-20th century (Lot 130, Estimate $2,000-$4,000)

Mildred Watkins Sterling Silver and Enamel Box, Cleveland, Ohio, mid-20th century (Lot 130, Estimate $2,000-$4,000)

Fine Silver

More than 160 lots of American, English, Russian and Continental silver shine in the January auction. Leading a section of American silver are examples from Tiffany & Co., including two inscribed silver presentation pieces, c. 1864, given to Capt. D.B. Barton of the Steamship Columbia (Lot 66, $800 to $1,200); a beautiful custom-made Gebelein sterling silver flatware service, Boston, c. 1934 (Lot 114, $5,000 to $7,000); as well as a sterling silver and enamel box by well-known mid-century Cleveland silversmith Mildred Watkins (Lot 130, $2,000 to $4,000).

Russian silver is well-represented by two colorful pieces of enameled silver by Feodor Rückert (Lots 60 and 61, $500 to $700 and $1,000 to $1,500). Strong continental silver includes a six-piece Jean Puiforcat .950 Silver Tea and Coffee Service, Paris, c. 1925 (Lot 46, $12,000 to $18,000), while a pair of George II Sterling Silver Bowls, 1747-48, highlights English silver at auction (Lot 2, $2,000 to $4,000).

Joseph Auguste Rousselin (French, 19th Century), La Foire de la St.-Martin à Pau (Lot 459, Estimate $30,000-$50,000)

Joseph Auguste Rousselin (French, 19th Century), La Foire de la St.-Martin à Pau (Lot 459, Estimate $30,000-$50,000)

Furniture & Decorative Arts

An excellent selection of 80 lots of furniture is led by an attractive, late 19th century Herter Brothers Aesthetic Movement rosewood mirrored dresser (Lot 567, $3,000 to $5,000)  and two mid- to late- 19th century Anglo-Indian rosewood pieces (Lots 739 and 740, $2,000 to $3000 and $1,000 to $1,500).

Two large-scale oil paintings on offer  include Joseph Auguste Rousselin’s  La Foire de la St.-Martin à Pau, 1885 (Lot 459, $30,000 to 50,000) and Georges de Geetére’s The Harem Guard (Lot 732, $20,000 to 30,000).

Among exquisite glass items at auction are a set of eight 18th century English stained lead glass panels depicting the tale of Robin Hood (Lot 508, $2,000 to 4,000). Exceptional sculpture and bronze figures – exemplified by a Charles-Rene Saint-Marceaux seated figure (Lot 649, $800 to $1,200) – round out the auction’s decorative arts offerings.

Previews, Catalog and Bidding

Previews for the auction are free and open to the public, and will be held on Thursday, January 8, from noon to 5 P.M., and Friday, January 9, from noon to 8 P.M. Illustrated Catalog #2776B is available from the Subscription Department, at 508-970-3240, or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online, at, both during and after the sale. The Skinner website enables users to view every lot in the auction, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in realtime, through SkinnerLive!

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 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 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 the website at, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.



Stuart Slavid
Director of European Furniture & Decorative Arts

Fine Musical Instruments California Consignment Days | January 2015

Fine Italian Violin, Joannes Franciscus Pressenda, Turin, c. 1835 sold for $315,000.00

Meet with Skinner Fine Musical Instrument Department Director, Jill Arbetter, for a complimentary verbal assessment of your stringed or fretted instruments. Jill Arbetter will be holding consignment days in West Hollywood and San Francisco California in January 2015.

These events are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, although we strongly recommend booking an appointment in advance.

West Hollywood

Monday January 12, 2015

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Tuesday January 13, 2015

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San Francisco

Friday January 16, 2015

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Saturday January 17, 2015

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ZaoWou-Ki in the Journal of the Print World


As a regular contributor to theJournal of the Print World I have had the opportunity to explore a broad range of topics of my choosing. These are often based on the works that we’ve offered here at Skinner:  some of the ones that I’ve found especially interesting. January’s  Journal of the Print World issue features several articles related to printmaking in China. On that theme, I’ve examined the career of ZaoWou-Ki, a Chinese artist who spent most of his career in France. … Read More

The Holiday Auction at Skinner Marlborough in December

Louis Vuitton Leather and Brass-mounted Coated Canvas Hard-side Jewelry Travel Case (Lot 1604, Estimate   $800-$1,200)

MARLBOROUGH, MA – December 9, 2014 – Skinner is hosting The Holiday Auction in its Marlborough, MA Gallery on Thursday, December 18th at 10:00 a.m. and an online only auction of Jewelry, Silver & Textiles with bidding open from December 11th through the 19th. Both auctions may be viewed in person at the Marlborough Gallery on December 16th and 17th or online starting December 11th.

The Holiday Auction features George III, Classical Arts & Crafts and Mid-Century Modern furniture, Asian works of art, Moorcroft pottery and English and French ceramics. … Read More

Discover the Value of Your Fine Art Photography

Photography Specialist Michelle Lamunière

Mondays, beginning in January!

2 PM – 4 PM by appointment

Skinner Boston Gallery 63 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116

With the photography market attracting more attention than ever, Skinner has expanded its offerings in the area of photographic works. Schedule an appointment for a complimentary verbal auction evaluation with Photography Specialist Michelle Lamunière and discover the value of your fine art photographs.

Contact Us: 508-970-3264

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The “New” Harvard Art Museums

The Harvard Art Museums, during renovation and expansion, showing the Calderwood Courtyard and the new glass roof (January 30, 2014). Photo: Peter Vanderwarker.

I was recently one of the lucky few invited to preview the renovated Harvard Art Museums, where I worked prior to coming to Skinner in 2013. In 2008 the doors of the historic Fogg Art Museum, built in 1927, closed. Since then, the museum staff and their many collaborators have worked tirelessly to re-conceptualize the museums’ role for the future both on campus and across the globe, and to create with the architect Renzo Piano a new building that will fully serve its mission of teaching through works of art.… Read More

Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers Names George Lewis as Western Massachusetts Representative

George Lewis

BOSTON, MA – November 25, 2014  George Thomas Lewis will provide appraisal and consignment services to the Western Massachusetts region on behalf of New England’s foremost auction house Skinner, Inc. Lewis is a longtime resident of Northampton, MA, where he established and ran his business, George Thomas Lewis & Co., for over 35 years. The business specialized in estate liquidations and antiques, and Lewis built a strong reputation in the region for integrity, thoroughness, and professionalism.… Read More

December 2 | First Tuesdays in Marlborough

Robin S.R. Starr, Vice President Director of American & European Works of Art
Discover the value of your fine art

Tuesday, December 2nd 1:30PM – 4PM

Skinner Marlborough Gallery 274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA 01752

Discover the value of your fine art at our monthly consignment event. Appraisers specializing in American & European fine paintings, prints, photography, works on paper, and sculpture will provide complimentary verbal auction evaluations.

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My Grandfather’s Clock: The Many Names of This Floor-standing Timekeeper

“Grandfather’s Clock/Song and Chorus” by Henry Clay Work came out in 1876

To a small child, the stately “Grandfather clock” standing majestically in the corner more closely resembles a furniture skyscraper than a timekeeper.  The iconic term “Grandfather clock” brings to mind antiquity, beautiful furniture, and mechanical marvels. But it is not the way scholars refer to these clocks. In fact, the name came from a popular song.

Henry Clay Work’s “Grandfather’s Clock/Song and Chorus” came out in 1876.… Read More

Bidsquare Auctions Art Experiences to Aid Doctors Without Borders

Worcester Art Museum Private Tour for 6 and One-year Family Membership, Worcester, Massachusetts
Value: $700
Starting bid: $300

Chicago, IL: Bidsquare, the online bidding platform for over 35 leading auction houses, announces Bidsquare Cares: a holiday benefit auction of art experiences to aid the Ebola workers of Doctors Without Borders. Bidding opens at on Black Friday, November 28th at 12:00PM EST, and closes on Monday, December 8th at 12:00PM EST.

Up for grabs are 35 one-of-a-kind art and city experiences from the leading auction houses that created Bidsquare: Brunk Auctions, Cowan’s Auctions, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Pook & Pook, Inc., Rago and Skinner, Inc.… Read More

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