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April Regional Consignment Days | Maine & Westchester

Maine & NYC landscapes

We invite you to join us online for regional consignment days in Maine and Westchester, New York. Skinner specialists look forward to evaluating items via email, and beginning the conversation about the advantages of selling at auction.

Gather information and images for up to three items of fine & decorative arts, furniture, jewelry, silver, watches & coins and much more. Send an email with the information and images at maine@skinnerinc.com, newyork@skinnerinc.com or at the buttons below.

Maine Monday | April 26

Regional Director of Northern New England Beth Turner will be on hand to evaluate items via email and accept consignments for upcoming 2021 auctions.

SUBMIT AN EMAIL REQUEST

Westchester Wednesday | April 28

Regional Director of New York Katie Banser-Whittle will be on hand to evaluate items via email and accept consignments for upcoming 2021 auctions.

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300-Piece Flora Danica Collection to Lead European Décor & Design Auction

The European Décor & Design auction offers nearly 500 lots of 18th to 20th century British and European furniture and decorative arts, British and European ceramics, and fine silver.

The auction begins with a selection of American silver hollowware and flatware, including an important Boston tankard, by Samuel Minott, circa 1760 (Lot 1001, Estimate: $4,000-6,000). Examples of Tiffany and Gorham’s offerings feature an unusual Tiffany three-piece berry set in fitted case (Lot 1016, Estimate $1,000-2,000), an extensive Gorham Versailles pattern flatware service in its original case (Lot 1021, Estimate: $7,000-9,000), to name just a few.… Read More

Rarity Rules at Asian Art Auction: Two-volume Tome Garners $137,500

BOSTON, MA – March 31, 2021. The Skinner March Asian Works of Arts auction offered various pan-Asian material ranging from Chinese ceramics and Japanese prints to a textile from Turkey and a stone funerary stele from Egypt. Fierce bidding that took place online in the last hours of the sale resulted in an exciting climax with many pieces selling for more than their estimated value.

One of only one hundred copies in the world, a near-pristine copy of Heber Bishop’s Investigations in Jade brought $137,500, including buyer’s premium.… Read More

April Americana at Skinner: Old Surfaces Abound; Two Connecticut Collections Featured

The April Americana online auction consists of over 850 lots of quality American furniture, decorative and folk art, and paintings from the 18th through early 20th centuries. The sale is gathered from collections built over decades, property from private collectors, talented members of the trade, and institutions; the auction contains breadth and depth and will give buyers quite a bit to look at, linger over, and love.

The Judi & Cy Stellmach Americana Collection

Skinner is honored to be offering Judi and Cy Stellmach’s well-known collection as a centerpiece of the April sale.… Read More

On View: Americana Gallery Walk

ONLINE EVENT | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7 AT 5PM

Join specialists Stephen Fletcher, Chris Barber, and Christopher Fox from our American Furniture & Decorative Arts department for an informal virtual tour of highlights for the April auction, brimming with impressive examples of American craftsmanship. The Skinner team will highlight items from the current auction, with information on the objects and their collectors, and answer participant questions.… Read More

Elizabeth Turner on LCTV Community Conversations

Community Conversations with Elizabeth Turner from LCTV on Vimeo.

Regional Director for Northern New England, Elizabeth Y. Turner was the guest for a recent broadcast on LCTV. Watch Beth’s conversation with Community Conversations host Marva Nesbit. They discuss Maine tourmalines, Kashmir sapphires, natural pearls, fabulous Maine jewelry finds sold at auction at Skinner, and for Women’s History month, Maine jewelry designer/maker Madeline Burrage.… Read More

Virtual First Tuesday | April 6

Join us for First Tuesday online!

AUCTION EVALUATION DAY | TUESDAY, APRIL 6

See what hidden treasures our experts may be able to reveal

We invite you to join us online for our Virtual First Tuesday on April 6. Submit your items anytime before the 6th and Skinner specialists from all departments will be on hand on Tuesday to evaluate items and respond by email.

Let’s get started: 

Step 1: Gather information and images for up to three items of fine & decorative arts, furniture, jewelry, silver, watches, coins and much more.Read More

The Prints of Pop

Pop Art takes its name from the integration of commercialized popular culture into art—it is closely associated with the New York art scene starting in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Pop Art was, in part, a response to the dominant movement preceding it: Abstract Expressionism. The AbEx artists such as Pollock, de Kooning, Frankenthaler, and Rothko rejected traditional representational art as elitist. In their view, most traditional art required viewers to have a sophisticated knowledge of history, religious iconography, literature, and classical mythology.… Read More

Great Finds: Jewelry | Online Event March 22

ONLINE EVENT | MONDAY, MARCH 22 AT 5PM

Join us for a casual, free-flowing conversation with Skinner jewelry experts Gloria Lieberman and John Colasacco — get their inside view. The discussion will touch on the jewelry auction highlights of the 2010s, and delve into the fascinating stories behind them. They will also share their perspectives on design and style, and how they would incorporate similar looks into their differing senses of fashion.… Read More

Musical Instruments Consignment Day | New York Area

Consign your musical instruments online!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17

Speak to Skinner’s Director of Fine Musical Instruments, Adam Tober, face-to-face via video call to have your musical instruments evaluated and to discuss consigning for upcoming 2021 auctions.

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Skinner’s expert musical instrument appraiser, Adam Tober, carefully evaluates the condition and researches the provenance of every musical instrument that comes through Skinner, from 18th and 19th century violins of Stradivarius, Balestrieri, Guadagnini and others to classic Martin guitars and Gibson mandolins.… Read More

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