Auctioneers and Appraisers

Kerry Shrives

Senior Vice President
Director of Information & Technology
Director of Fine Judaica

Kerry Shrives

Senior Vice President
Director of Information & Technology
Director of Fine Judaica

Skinner Inc.






Kerry Shrives has more than 20 years experience as an appraiser and auctioneer of fine arts & antiques, having joined Skinner as a cataloger in the European Furniture and Decorative Arts department in 1989.

From 1993 until 2011, Kerry was the director of the Discovery department, overseeing monthly auctions of eclectic, affordable estate furnishings and decorative arts from the last three centuries. Under her stewardship, the Discovery department sold, on average, twenty thousand lots annually in its monthly auctions and won the Best of Boston award for the “Antiques: West of Boston” category in her final year. In 1994, she established the Judaica department, giving Skinner the distinction of being one of the few auction houses specializing in antique Judaica.

Kerry is a regular commentator and contributor to a variety of publications and broadcast media outlets, including The Boston Globe, Yankee Magazine, Maine Antiques Digest, and National Public Radio. She regularly conducts benefit events for non-profit and commercial organizations nationwide. Since 1996, Kerry has been a regular participant in the Public Television series, Antiques Roadshow.

Kerry has also played a key role in operations at Skinner. Her deep knowledge of the auction business and entrepreneurial nature have helped to grow Skinner’s presence internationally. Kerry led the introduction of online initiatives, introducing the company’s first interactive website and real-time internet bidding for all Skinner auctions. As the Director of Information and Technology, she manages the IT infrastructure for Skinner and is continually evaluating how to use technology to improve the customer experience and maintain competitive advantage.

Kerry is a member of the Furniture History Society, the Decorative Arts Society, the Victorian Society, and the Friedman Society. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Smith College, and earned a Master’s degree in the History of Art from the University of London. Kerry is also an alumna of the Attingham Study Programme.


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Appraisal Videos

Watch Kerry Shrives on the PBS TV series Antiques Roadshow:

1879 René de Saint-Marceaux Bronze
APPRAISED VALUE: $15,000-$20,000 (2012)

Roycroft Copper Vase, ca. 1910
APPRAISED VALUE: $2,500-$6,000 (2013)

Daniel Chester French Bronzes, ca. 1898
APPRAISED VALUE: $20,000-$30,000

1928 Demetre Chiparus “Persian Dancers” Bronze
APPRAISED VALUE: $100,000-$150,000

Jean-Léon Gérôme Bronze and Marble Figure, “Woman With a Veil, ” ca. 1890
APPRAISED VALUE: $60,000-$80,000

Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse Bronze, ca. 1855 “Danseur Napolitain a la Mandoline”

1924 Paul Troubetzkoy Sculpture

Tiffany Studios “Saxifrage” Candlestick, ca. 1905
APPRAISED VALUE: $15,000-$20,000

Alfred Daguet Letter Box, ca. 1910

18th-Century Dutch Silver-Mounted Tanach
APPRAISED VALUE: $8,000-$10,000

Gustav Stickley Lamps, ca. 1913
APPRAISED VALUE: $5,000-$8,000

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