Karen M. Keane

Partner, Chief Executive Officer

Karen M. Keane

Partner, Chief Executive Officer

Skinner Inc.




As CEO of Skinner, Inc., Karen Keane oversees the operation of one of the world’s leading auction houses, the largest in New England. Karen was instrumental in the establishment of Skinner as a world-class auction gallery in Boston, as well as the company’s expansion into specialty areas that include Fine Musical Instruments, Science & Technology, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Fine Wines, and Judaica.

Karen brings her lifelong passion for art, antiques and the study of material culture to bear for Skinner’s business. In addition to running the company, she is also one of firm’s most versatile appraisers, possessing a broad knowledge of furniture, and fine and decorative arts. Her specialty areas include American Furniture and Decorative Arts, Americana, and Folk Art. Karen is USPAP certified by the Appraiser’s Association of America. She is also a formidable presence at the auction podium, and became the company’s first female auctioneer early in her career.

Karen is also a familiar face and leading appraiser on the PBS Emmy Award-winning TV series Antiques Roadshow. Sought-after by the media, Karen is a regular contributor to art and antiques publications, symposiums, web sites, and blogs. She lectures and conducts benefit auctions and appraisal events for non-profit and for-profit institutions nationwide. Karen holds a Master’s degree in Art History from Boston University. She is a former overseer of the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA and she currently sits on the board of trustees of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design appointed by Governor Charlie Baker.

Appraisal Videos

Watch Karen Keane on the PBS TV series Antiques Roadshow:

L. & J.G. Stickley Oak Rocking Chair, ca. 1915
APPRAISED VALUE: $800 – $1,200

Ebenezer Hartshorn Queen Anne High Chest, ca. 1740
APPRAISED VALUE: $10,000 – $15,000

Venetian Hand-carved Rocking Chair, ca. 1880
APPRAISED VALUE: $1,500 – $2,000

George & Mira Nakashima Chairs & Table
APPRAISED VALUE: $13,000 – $17,000

Hispano-Moresque Vargueña Taquillón, ca. 1760
APPRAISED VALUE: $10,000 – $15,000

George Nelson Desk, ca. 1952
APPRAISED VALUE: $6,000 – $8,000

Art Deco Pier Table & Hall Mirror

Regency Secretary Bookcase, ca. 1815

1837 New York Grain-painted Pine Lock Box
APPRAISED VALUE: $1200-$1,800

1890 American Folk Art Carved Wooden Figure
APPRAISED VALUE: $5,000-$7,000

Bronze Reproduction, ca. 1980

Classical Boston Mixing Table, ca. 1820
APPRAISED VALUE: $2,000-3,000

Lap Desk with General Artemas Ward Archive
APPRAISED VALUE: $2,000-$4,000

Longwy Ceramic Charger, ca. 1930
APPRAISED VALUE: $800-$1,200

Tall Chest & Shaker Box
APPRAISED VALUE: $11,000-$13,500

Folk Art Carved Panel, ca. 1900
APPRAISED VALUE: $3,000-$5,000

Renaissance Revival Center Table, ca. 1880
APPRAISED VALUE: $3,000-$5,000

English Architect’s Desk, ca. 1730
APPRAISED VALUE: $4,000-$15,000

Georgian-Style Secretary Bookcase
APPRAISED VALUE: $3,000-$8,000

Moe-Bridges Table Lamp, ca. 1900
APPRAISED VALUE: $1,200-$1,800

Pennsylvania Tall Chest, ca. 1795
APPRAISED VALUE: $3,000-$5,000

Boy Scout Neckerchief Slides

Franz Bergman Bronze Figure, ca. 1910
APPRAISED VALUE: $1,500-$2,000

Folk Art Oil Painting, ca. 1880
APPRAISED VALUE: $8,000-$12,000

Louisiana Work Table, ca. 1830
APPRAISED VALUE: $8,000-$12,000

Ohio Folk Portaits, ca. 1820

Art Nouveau Swan Lamp, ca. 1890
APPRAISED VALUE: $12,000-18,000

Victorian Oak Sideboard, ca. 1870
APPRAISED VALUE: $2,000-3,000

Venetian Gilded Bergère, ca. 1850

Belding Bros. & Co. Thread Spool Display Cabinet, ca. 1880
APPRAISED VALUE: $2,000-$4,000

Massachusetts William & Mary Gateleg Table, ca. 1690

Gustav Stickley Dining Room Set
APPRAISED VALUE: $8,000-$12,000

Tiffany Vases, ca. 1910

French Cartonnier Bureau Plat Movie Prop, ca. 1920
APPRAISED VALUE: $8,000-$20,000

Salesman Sample Ice Box, ca. 1890

Empire Mahogany Marble-Top Table & Portrait Painting
APPRAISED VALUE: $10,800-$16,200

Paul Sormani Vitrine de Milieu, Paris, ca. 1890
APPRAISED VALUE: $12,000-$25,000

New York Empire Card Table, ca. 1825
APPRAISED VALUE: $1,000-$2,000

Paul Sormani “Table Ambulante,” ca. 1867
APPRAISED VALUE: $4,000-$10,000

Austrian Enamel & Ebonized Cabinet, ca. 1900
APPRAISED VALUE: $20,000-$30,000

Aesthetic Movement Painted Pier Mirror, ca. 1900
APPRAISED VALUE: $1,000-$1,500

Rhode Island Highboy Base, ca. 1750
APPRAISED VALUE: $2,000-$4,000

Egyptian Revival Folk Art Library Table, ca. 1922

Aesthetic Movement Plant Stand, ca. 1880
APPRAISED VALUE: $6,000-8,000

1971 George Nakashima Conoid Bench

19th & 20th-Century Inkwell Collection
APPRAISED VALUE: $3,000-$5,000

Aesthetic Movement Library Table, ca. 1870
APPRAISED VALUE: $6,000-$8,000

20th-Century Reproduction Federal Sideboard
APPRAISED VALUE: $1,500-$2,000

John Henry Hopkins & Family Portrait, ca. 1825
APPRAISED VALUE: $25,000-$30,000

Nakashima-Style Table, ca. 1950


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