Skinner

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Fine Art

Fine Art at Skinner encompasses paintings, sculpture, drawings, printmaking, and photography from the 17th century through contemporary works.

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From the luminous beauty of a Fitz Henry Lane seascape to the intimate emotional appeal of a Rembrandt etching, fine art satisfies the very human need to express and experience the world through visual means. The category is as broad and diverse as the places and eras from which the artwork derives, and the artwork brings to life culture, history, aesthetics and culture.

Skinner has brought many excellent examples of American and European fine art to auction, including paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe, Childe Hassam, N.C. Wyeth, Yves TanguyWillem Claesz Heda, Irving Ramsey WilesWilliam Bradford, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Karel Appel and many others. Notable sculpture includes the sale of works by Edgar Degas, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Alexander Calder, and Harry Bertoia; prints, drawings, multiples, and photography include works by artists from Albrecht Dürer to Pablo Picasso to Edward Weston. Skinner also handles fine Asian art at auction, from Japanese woodblock prints to contemporary Chinese paintings.

Whatever the medium, from painting to photography, Skinner fine art specialists, led by department director Robin Starr, are deeply knowledgeable and hold great appreciation for the artwork we bring to auction. We understand how these works fit into the canon and also can assess their true value in today’s highly competitive worldwide marketplace.

Skinner has an impressive record of obtaining outstanding results at auction. Fitz Henry Lane’s Manchester Harbor, which sold for $5.5 million, A.T. Hibbard’s Winter in New England, and Robert Spear Dunning’s Opulent Still Life with Peaches and Honeycomb all set record prices realized at auction for these artists.

Whether you are a seasoned collector or possess one or two pieces that have been handed down through your family, contact Skinner to learn about consigning your fine art at auction.

 

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