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First Tuesday | April 2 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough 

Tuesday, April 2 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Michael Evans, Kaitlin Shinnick, Robin S.R. Starr, & Chris Barber will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions. 

Experts Available in April:

Michael Evans – From the American Indian & Ethnographic Art Department, Michael is interested in appraising a variety of art, artifacts, and decorative objects from American Indian, African, Inuit, Oceanic and Asian tribal cultures.  Skinner holds two live American Indian & Ethnographic Art auctions each year as well as Tribal Art online auctions and is seeking consignments for future auctions.

 

Kaitlin Shinnick – Senior Specialist of the Fine Jewelry department will be appraising Fine Jewelry, Antique Jewelry, Gemstones and watches.  The Jewelry Department regularly holds four auctions yearly and are actively seeking consignments of Fine Jewelry.  Whether antique or contemporary, Kaitlin is excited to have the opportunity to evaluate and possibly consign your luxury goods.  

 

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. Post-War and Contemporary Art is particularly strong in the current market.

 

Chris Barber – Our Generalist this month is from the American Furniture & Decorative Arts Department. He is particularly seeking folk art, American furniture, marine art, early ceramics, blown and historic glass, early metalwork, and early silver.

 

Skinner Marlborough Gallery
274 Cedar Hill Street
Marlborough, MA

First come, first served. No appointment is necessary. Photos accepted for larger or fragile objects. 

The next Skinner First Tuesday event will be May 7, and appointments are always welcome.

Limit of 3 objects per person.  Contact Us: events@skinnerinc.com

Georg Jensen Silver and Wedgwood Ceramics Highlight Skinner Auction

European Furniture & Decorative Arts in Boston on April 13

[BOSTON], MA – March 21, 2019 Skinner will hold an auction on April 13, 2019, of European Furniture & Decorative Arts. With over 600 lots on offer, the auction features fine ceramics, silver as well as furniture & decorative arts from the 18th through 20th centuries.

Pair of Wedgwood Encaustic Decorated Krater Vases and Covers, England, early 19th century, (Lot 68, Estimate: $5,000-7,000)

Wedgwood & British Ceramics

Skinner is pleased to offer Milikins Collection of Wedgwood.… Read More

On the Surface: Monochrome Glazes and Bubble Structure in Chinese Ceramics

Chinese monochrome-glazed ceramics have been attracting western collectors since the 18th century. The collecting frenzy was ignited by the French and soon followed by the Americans of the Gilded Age. For the immensely varied hues spanning the whole color spectrum from white to black, monochrome ceramics were collected and used as a vibrant design element to decorate their chateaux, mansions, and hotels. Many terms have been coined to indicate the Chinese glazes, such as ‘ding ware’ for the creamy white; ‘blanc-de-Chine’ for the ivory white; ‘celadon’ for the grayish-green; ‘sang-de-boeuf’ for the deep red; ‘peachbloom’ for the soft pastel pink; ‘clair-de-lune’ for the delicate pale blue; and ‘Imperial yellow’ for the egg-yolk yellow; to list a few.… Read More

Vintage Modern Design Open House at Skinner Auctions

Saturday, March 30 | 2PM – 4PM

Explore behind-the-scenes at Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers with a specialist led tour of an unparalleled variety of furniture and decorative arts to meet today’s interior design trends. Learn how approachable and affordable buying mid-century modern is at auction with an up-close look and discussion of examples by iconic US and International designers and manufacturers spanning the 20th century.… Read More

Inviting Consignments in the Midwest | Fine Musical Instruments

Skinner has been hosting dedicated, live auctions of Fine Musical Instruments continuously for over thirty years, and remains the only full-service auction house in America to do so. Skinner’s Fine Musical Instruments department routinely offers exceptional bowed and fretted string instruments, including antique violins, violas, cellos, and their bows, as well as vintage guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Whether a single item or an entire collection, Skinner invites you to consign your Fine Musical Instruments today.Read More

Pre-Auction Wine Tasting Events

Meet the specialists from the Fine Wines Department and taste highlights from the upcoming April 4th Fine Wines & Rare Spirits auction.

 Pre-Auction Wine Tasting

  Friday, March 29 | New York City | 5PM-7PM

Join us to taste a selection of vintage white and red Burgundy including Dauvissat Les Clos 1995, First Growth and Premier Grand Cru Classe Bordeaux; Chateau Haut Brion 1967, side by side Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1966 & 1978 and Petrus 1972 as well as vintage Port including Smith Woodhouse 1947.… Read More

Speedmaster: The Evolution of Calibers 321 and 861 | Gallery Talk April 11

Omega Speedmaster Reference 2998-3, c. 1962 (Estimate: $8,000-12,000)

THURSDAY, APRIL 11 | RECEPTION 5PM, TALK 6PM

A talk with Bernhard Stoeber, a third generation watchmaker and one of the last technicians to work with the Lemania calibers. Born into a family of watchmakers, Stoeber is an expert watchmaker with over 40 years of experience working for the Swiss watch industry in Europe, USA, and China. He has worked for leading companies in the industry, including Omega, Movado Group, and Rolex.Read More

Greenwich Talk & Fine Art Consignment Day | March 2019

Robin S.R. Starr, Director of American & European Works of Art

Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers, in Partnership with The Greenwich Arts Council Present:

PRINTS AT AUCTION: A Presentation by Robin S.R. Starr

THURSDAY, MARCH 21 | 7PM

Robin S.R. Starr, Director of American & European Works of Art, will present on why one collects prints, a discussion about the rudiments of print media and issues that affect value, plus expert advice on the art of buying fine art prints and multiples.… Read More

Exploring Chinese Textiles | Gallery Walk

DETAIL | Five Embroidered Belt Purses, China, 19th/20th century (Lot 409, Estimate: $500-700), Part of the London textile collection of Nancy Murphy

 

Thursday, March 21| Reception 5:30PM, Gallery Walk 6PM

Join specialist Helen Eagles from the Asian Works of Art Department for a gallery walk and discussion about the Chinese textiles from the London textile collection of Nancy Murphy featured in the March 22 Asian Works of Art auction.Read More

Skinner Offers Asian Art from Private Collections at Auction on March 22, 2019

Boston, MA – March 4, 2019 – Skinner presents an Asian Works of Art auction featuring 500 lots of Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian art and antiques. Coinciding with Asia Week New York, the sale features five important private collections: Chinese monochrome ceramics, Gandharan and Sino-Tibetan Buddhist sculpture, Japanese Satsuma ware, and Chinese textiles. Collected over an extended period, each illustrates the highly selective tastes of the collector.… Read More

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