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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.

First Tuesday | August 3 | Marlborough

Join Us Under the Tent in Marlborough for First Tuesday!

TUESDAY, AUGUST 3 | 1:30-4PM

Skinner experts specializing in fine art, jewelry, and antiques will be on hand to evaluate up to three items per person and accept consignments for upcoming auctions.

Please plan to arrive at your scheduled time. We are scheduling several people per 30-minute time block to reduce wait times.

Photos accepted for larger or fragile objects.

SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT


The next Skinner First Tuesday event will be September 1.

Can’t make it to Marlborough? Request an auction evaluation online.

Skinner Marlborough
274 Cedar Hill Street
Marlborough, MA

Contact Us:
events@skinnerinc.com
508.970.3000

Providence Consignment Day | August 11

Meet with Skinner Specialists in Providence, RI

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11

Skinner is inviting consignments for upcoming 2021 auctions. Meet with Skinner specialists in Providence, RI on August 11 for a complimentary auction evaluation and consignment of your JewelryFine Art, Silver, Fine Vintage & Contemporary Watches, and Coins & Currency. Appointments required. Please contact us to request an appointment and a member of our team will contact you directly for an appointment time.… Read More

Art. Action. Auction. | Preview Reception & Open Studio Tour

Preview Reception & Open Studio Tour

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28 | 5-7PM

Skinner is honored to host “Art. Action. Auction.,” a no buyer’s premium sale held to support Boston-based Artists For Humanity, celebrating their 30th anniversary of challenging convention and making a bold and equitable impact in the artistic world for under-resourced, young, working artists. Conceptualized by Skinner staff in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, Skinner has committed to match up to $25K in auction sales.… Read More

July Regional Consignment Days | Maine & Westchester

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.… Read More

Chinese Kangxi Porcelain – A Concise Field Guide

Building on the forms and techniques of ceramic production of the Ming dynasty and preceding what is considered the pinnacle of Chinese ceramics production, the Yongzheng period, the Kangxi period (1661-1722), is a landmark in the chronology of Chinese ceramics.

Chinese porcelain collectors and connoisseurs consider Kangxi ceramics to have the most variation—artistic expression combined with impressive techniques. Perhaps you are curious how to identify antique Chinese porcelain or are considering starting or adding to a collection.Read More

English Parian Ware: The Statues of the People

Wedgwood Carrara Figure of Milton, England, 19th century

Parian ware is a type of porcelain produced to imitate carved marble. As it could be cast and molded, the material was ideal for mass production at a scale and cost not possible with carved stone. Unglazed white bisque porcelain was popular in the late 18th century at the Sevres factory in France and Derby in England, each producing very sophisticated bisque figural groups. By the 1820s several other firms were in production, including Worcester, Rockingham, Coalport, and Minton.… Read More

5 Questions with European Specialist Emily Stegner

Emily Stegner joined Skinner in 2021 as a European Furniture & Decorative Arts specialist, focusing on Fine Silver. She is responsible for cataloging, researching, and marketing a diverse array of objects for the European department. Before joining Skinner, Emily worked in Sicily as a Finds Specialist for the American Excavations at Morgantina: Contrada Agnese Project. She also had the pleasure of cataloging Historic Beverly’s archaeological collection to make it usable for research.… Read More

The Cyrus B. Allen Elgin Patent Cutlass Pistol: The U.S. Military’s First Official and Most Unusual Percussion Handgun

In the world of military firearms firsts, few guns are as visually unique as the Elgin Patent Cutlass Pistol. The roots of the pistol’s design extend back into the 17th century when a handful of English and European gun makers made and marketed to the public and commercial enterprises swords that incorporated flintlock pistols in their hilts, and blunderbusses and pistols with folding bayonets or daggers attached to their muzzles. Weapons of this type survive in notable numbers, showing that they enjoyed some popularity.… Read More

Virtual First Tuesday | July 6

Join us for First Tuesday online!

AUCTION EVALUATION DAY | TUESDAY, JULY 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 July 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

Boston Fine Art & Jewelry Consignment Day | June 29

Boston Consignment Day

Fine Art & Jewelry | Tuesday, June 29 | Skinner Boston

Have you been wondering when the best time would be to sell jewelry and fine art? It’s now. Following our highly successful spring auctions, we are currently accepting consignments for upcoming 2021 sales.

Skinner specialists will be holding appointments at our Boston Gallery on June 29 to evaluate your items for auction and accept consignments. Reserve your appointment below.… Read More

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