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Pre-Auction Wine Tasting | Tuesday, November 5

Pre-Auction Wine Tasting

Tuesday, November 5 | 5:30PM – 7PM

Join Skinner Fine Wine Specialists Marie Keep and Anna Ward for a tasting of selected lots from the upcoming Fine Wine & Rare Spirits auction on Tuesday, November 5, from 5:30  7PM at Shy Bird in Cambridge, MA.

GET TICKETS HERE

Questions? Contact Us:
finewines@skinnerinc.com

Shy Bird
390 Third St.
Cambridge, MA 02142

Skinner’s Fall Americana Auction is Alive with Color!

Skinner’s November 2 and 3 American Furniture and Decorative Arts auction is alive with color, great surfaces, in interesting history.  Carefully collected by William McKeever, Pamela and Brian Ehrlich, Tom and Carolyn Porter, Pamela Boynton, and August (Gus) Knapp, the auction offers a rare opportunity to acquire special objects that have seldom been seen before.

1. The Collection of Bill McKeever, Urbana, Ohio

The McKeever collection offers a variety of mostly 17th and 18th century New England furniture and related smalls, especially burl bowls.… Read More

“The Collector’s Eye” | Gallery Walk with Director Lawrence Kearney

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 | SKINNER BOSTON | 5:30PM-7PM

A beautiful Oriental rug has the power to captivate the imagination with its intricate patterns and delicate colors. Join Skinner specialist Lawrence Kearney for a preview and guided gallery walk discussion of the October 27 Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets auction. The reception will begin at 5:30PM and the walk at 6PM.

All are welcome. This event is free and open to the public. Please let us know you will be attending at 508-970-3240 or events@skinnerinc.com, or by registering through the button below.… Read More

Pre-Auction Wine Tasting | October 10

Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 5:30PM – 7PM

Join Skinner specialists for a unique opportunity to taste and discuss wine from collections in our October online auction (open for bidding October 8-17) at Lower Falls Wine Company

Limited availability, first come, first served! Please RSVP.

RSVP HERE

Lower Falls Wine Company2366 Washington St.Newton Lower Falls, MA

Questions? Contact Us:finewines@skinnerinc.com

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First Thursdays | Skinner Wine Tasting Club

First Thursdays are back at International Wine Vault in Framingham, MA!

Beginning this year, First Thursdays will be meeting on a quarterly basis, not monthly. With the additional time to plan tasting line ups, we will be asking for an admission cost of $50, which can be contributed as a comparable bottle for the tasting. We ask that you include which bottle you plan to bring when signing up so that we can properly prepare for the tasting, making First Thursdays the truly collaborative, exciting group we have always intended it to be.… Read More

Providence Consignment Day | October 9

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9 | 11AM-3PM | PROVIDENCE, RI

Skinner is inviting consignments for upcoming 2019 auctions. Meet with Skinner experts in Providence, RI on October 9 for a complimentary auction evaluation and consignment of your jewelry, fine art, Asian art, modern design, and coins & currency. Appointments required. Please register and a member of our team will contact you directly for an appointment time. High-quality photos are recommended for large or particularly fragile items.Read More

The Whimsy of Staffordshire Bocage Figures

Pair of Staffordshire Bocage Cows, England, c. 1815-25 (Lot 401, Estimate: $500-700)

A bocage, says Wikipedia, can refer to a terrain of mixed woodland and pasture, a small forest or a decorative element of trees and leaves. English and continental porcelain figures of the eighteenth century often had trees and leaves, both as an ornamental and colorful backdrop to figures and importantly as an added stabilizer to support the figures during kiln firing. 

By the 19th century, the production and firing of English earthenware were far more consistent, and often these trees were added more for their ornamental appeal than necessity.… Read More

Old Lyme Consignment Day | October 8

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8 | 10AM-3PM | OLD LYME, CT

Skinner is inviting consignments for upcoming 2019 auctions. Meet with Skinner experts in Old Lyme, CT on October 8 for a complimentary auction evaluation and consignment of your jewelry, fine art and Asian art. Appointments required. Please register and a member of our team will contact you directly for an appointment time. High-quality photos are recommended for large or particularly fragile items.Read More

Inside the Head of a Collector: Neuropsychological Forces at Play

Talk by Collector Shirley M. Mueller, MD | Friday, October 11

Dr. Shirley Mueller will be speaking about her book, Inside the Head of a Collector: Neuropsychological Forces at Play. Join us in the Boston Gallery for the reception starting at 5:30PM, followed by the talk at 6PM.

This event is held in conjunction with the October 12 European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction.

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Shirley M. Mueller, MD is an internationally known collector and scholar of Chinese export porcelain, as well as a physician board-certified in Neurology and Psychiatry.… Read More

First Tuesday | October 1 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, October 1 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Stuart Slavid, Kaitlin Shinnick &Adam Tober 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

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