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Skinner expert appraisers and auctioneers discuss antiques, fine art, and collectibles. Keep up on market trends and get collecting tips from antiques experts. Discover the stories behind the art and antiques Skinner offers at auction.

Elizabeth Y. Turner, G.G. Appointed Regional Director for Skinner

Skinner is pleased to announce the return of Beth Turner as the Regional Director for Northern New England. She had previously been an appraiser in the Fine Jewelry Department. In her new role, Beth will provide appraisal and auction evaluation services and manage client relations with individuals, fiduciaries, not-for-profit organizations, and museums. She will advise collectors and consignors in Maine, northern New Hampshire, and northern Vermont.

Northern New England Regional Director Beth Turner

In addition to extensive experience and special qualifications in jewelry, Beth has a broad base of knowledge as a generalist appraiser. She brings over 20 years of experience to the process of examining, describing, and photographing objects. This extensive background enables her to provide a timely response to those who need an efficient assessment of their personal property, family heirlooms and other treasured objects.

Beth grew up in Pennsylvania and traveled widely in the United States and Europe as a child. Since her father was a history professor, these trips emphasized museums and historic sites and started her on her eventual career path.

After completing a master’s degree, Beth moved to California, and with a friend opened an antique store focusing on American decorative arts. After returning to the east coast and settling in Maine, she pursued graduate gemology credentials and began a long career as a jewelry appraiser, both privately and at Skinner. 

Her experience on both coasts as a store owner and manager, as well as a scholar and appraiser, gives her a broad prospective on the dynamic antiques and collectibles market.

Among the mentors and colleagues who helped her build her expertise, Beth particularly credits Peter J. Theriault, former staff writer of the jewelry and horology column for the Maine Antique Digest and an independent jewelry appraiser. “He put my name forward as a specialist in the jewelry department at Skinner and provided gemological knowledge and encouragement throughout my career.”

Gloria Lieberman, Director Emerita of the Fine Jewelry Department at Skinner, is another person whose generous knowledge and guidance were instrumental in helping Beth to establish her career path when Beth worked at Skinner’s as a jewelry appraiser from 1999 to 2002.

While fine jewelry is a continuing focus of interest, Beth has expertise in the wide range of antiques that the Northern New England region offers. She notes that “Emerging trends and areas of interest among collectors and consignors in our area include nautical art and antiques and mid-century modern pottery, furniture and paintings.” Half-million-dollar objects she has handled range from a 10-carat diamond to a Russian painting.

Beth fully appreciates that family jewelry and other possessions often evoke very personal and emotional associations. Advising clients on how to best realize the full financial potential of their belongings is Beth’s primary goal. She knows how important it is to establish a trusting personal and professional relationship with her clients and feels that this part of her job is just as important as determining monetary value. 

Beth’s interests are as wide-ranging as her professional pursuits. She enjoys cooking, gardening, swimming and especially sailing. She plans to participate in the 3 mile swim across the Penobscot Bay from Northport to Islesboro this summer to benefit LifeFlight of Maine.

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Pre-Auction Wine Tasting

Pre-Auction Wine Tasting

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 | 5:30PM-7PM

Please join Skinner Specialists Marie Keep and Anna Ward to taste a selection of wines from the upcoming online auction featuring 1000 lots of Fine Wines & Rare Spirits. RSVP below to attend.

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Lower Falls Wine Co.2366 Washington Street, Newton, MA

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Join Us! American & European Works of Art Gallery Receptions

Thursday, January 23 | 5PM

Enjoy wine & hors d’oeuvres as you preview the American & European Works of Art auctions.

Friday, January 24 | 11AM

The festivities continue with a petite brunch of pastries and mimosas.

Free and open to the public. RSVP below.

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Auctions on View:

Fine Prints & Multiples | January 23 at 6PM Fine Photographs | January 23 at 6PM Fine Paintings & Sculpture | January 24 at 12PM

Skinner Boston Gallery63 Park Plaza, Boston

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First Tuesday | January 7 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, January 7 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Jonathan Dowling, Judith Dowling, Adam Tober & Kaitlin Shinnick will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions.

Robin S.R. Starr – Director of American & European Works of Art, will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for upcoming auctions. She is looking forward to seeing examples by listed, sought-after artists, as well as iconic works of fine art photography from the 19th through 21st centuries, with market interest over $1000.… Read More

Miami Consignment Days | January 4 & 5

Meet with Skinner experts Stuart Slavid, Robin Starr and Dan Ayer in the greater Miami area to offer verbal evaluations and accept consignments of your fine art, European antiques and modern design. House calls are available on Saturday, January 4 and Sunday, January 5 on a limited basis.

To request an appointment, please contact Stuart Slavid at 508-970-3278, or at sslavid@skinnerinc.com, or click the button below.

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Asian Art Consignment Day | Boston

Large Cloisonne Vase and Stand, Japan, Hayashi workshop. Sold for $9,840 on September 14, 2019

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18

The Asian Works of Art Department is now inviting consignments for upcoming auctions. Department specialists will be available by appointment to offer verbal evaluations and accept consignments in the Boston Gallery on December 18 between 10AM and 3PM.

To request an appointment, please call 617-350-5400 or email info@skinnerinc.com.Read More

Our Staff reveal their favorite pieces ahead of our upcoming Gentleman’s Auction

The Gentleman’s Auction online, open for bidding through December 5, is curated with an eye for masculine flair and to pique the interest of all gentlemen. The sale tempts with cross-departmental offerings and a broad spectrum of hand-picked items selected to fit a wide range of interests and budgets. 

We caught up with Skinner’s own gentlemen, sale specialist Chris Barber, along with Richard Kenworthy and Sam Sutner, to ask them to curate their “likes” from the nearly 150 lots on offer.… Read More

Connoisseurs Collections from Across the United States Reach a Wide Bidder Base

$4.6m Week for Skinner

BOSTON, MA – November 25, 2019 – Auctions, in quick succession, of American Furniture & Decorative Arts, Historic Arms & Militaria, American Indian & Ethnographic, and Fine Wines & Rare Spirits Art resulted in a $4.6M week for Skinner with over 3,900 registered bidders vying for material across many collecting categories. Skinner is recognized as a source for fresh to market estate material.… Read More

First Tuesday | December 3 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, December 3 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Stuart Slavid & Judith Dowling will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions.

Robin S.R. Starr – Director of American & European Works of Art, will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for upcoming auctions. She is looking forward to seeing examples by listed, sought-after artists, as well as iconic works of fine art photography from the 19th through 21st centuries, with market interest over $1000.… Read More

Gallery Talk: Bauhaus Summers on Cape Cod

Juliet Kepes, Gyorgy Kepes, Connie Breuer and friends in Wellfleet, circa early 1960s. Image courtesy of Julie Kepes Stone. Join us: Bauhaus Summers on Cape Cod

presented by Peter McMahon

Starting in the late 1930s, in the back woods of Wellfleet, a group of self-taught American designers collaborated with some of Europe’s most influential avant garde architects to create the outer Cape’s unique modern houses. This illustrated presentation will explore this history, as well as current efforts to save a group of important abandoned houses, and to repurpose them as a platform for new creative work.Read More

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