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First Tuesday | May 1 | Marlborough

 

 

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough 

Tuesday, May 1  | 1:30PM – 4PM

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

Experts Available in April:

Sam Gilliam (American, b. 1933) Yellow Fan-White Float (Sold for $267,000)

Robin S.R. Starr – Director of American & European Works of Art will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for Skinner’s 2018 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. Robin has noted that in the current market Post-War and Contemporary Art is particularly strong.

 Stuart Slavid – Director of Fine Ceramics, Fine Silver and European Furniture & Decorative Arts is promising yet another successful year for his department, and you can be a part of it!  Stuart’s specialty areas are: English and Continental ceramics of the 18th through 20th centuries, Wedgwood pottery, fine silver, and so much more.

Kaitlin Shinnick – Senior Specialist of Fine Jewelry will be appraising Fine Jewelry, Antique Jewelry, Gemstones and watches.  Our Fine Jewelry Department regularly holds four auctions yearly and are actively seeking consignments of Fine Jewelry.  Whether antique or contemporary, Kaitlin is available to evaluate your luxury goods.  

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

Set of Cased Aluminum Cake Toppers, early 20th century (Sold for $923)

 

Skinner Marlborough Gallery
274 Cedar Hill Street
Marlborough, MA

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

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

Preview Important Jewelry | New York City April 24 & 26

Join us in New York City to preview the May 15th Important Jewelry Auction.  Appointments are required; please contact the department for available times and location.

TUESDAY, APRIL 24 & THURSDAY, APRIL 26 

REQUEST APPOINTMENT

For more information, please contact:

Victoria Bratberg Director of Fine Jewelry vbratberg@skinnerinc.com 617.874.4305… Read More

Q & A With Katie Banser-Whittle | Skinner New York Regional Director

What drew you to auction?

I was always a bookish kid drawn towards museums and theater. My career in the arts began during college working at art galleries on Royal Street in New Orleans. Although the experience was gratifying, I had always been interested in furthering my education and curious as to what other opportunities the art world had to offer. While completing my Art History graduate degree in London, I was lucky enough to hold positions at the National Gallery and V&A before moving to New York to work in the American Paintings and Sculpture department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.Read More

Parker’s Revenge Revealed: Archaeology on a Revolutionary War Battlefield | April 25 | Marlborough

Image Courtesy of Don Troiani

Parker’s Revenge Revealed: Archaeology on a Revolutionary War Battlefield

A Lecture by Dr. Meg Watters

Wednesday, April 25, 6PM

On the morning April 19th, 1775, British troops marched from Boston to Concord, Massachusetts, to destroy supplies stockpiled in the town to form a provincial army. As the British soldiers reached the town of Lexington, militia had formed on the common. A shot was fired, and the British regulars fired into the militia killing eight and wounding ten.Read More

Beyond Time: Skinner’s April sale of Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments

https://skinnerlive.auctionserver.net/view-auctions/live-sale/id/395

Rare Tiffany & Co. No. 2 Astronomical Master Regulator, c. 1880

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. presents an auction of Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments featuring antique tools and diverse scientific apparatus as well as timepieces of all types in its Marlborough Gallery on April 20 at 10AM.

Previews will be held on April 18, 12PM–5PM, April 19, 12PM–7PM, and April 20, 8AM-9:30AM.

 The top lot is the imposing 96-inch Tiffany & Co.Read More

Tools: Their History & Symbolism | April 18 | Marlborough

Lot 428: 16th Century Italian Iron Plane, c. 1550.  Estimate: $12,000-$16,000

Tools: Their History & Symbolism

A Lecture by Laurent Adamowicz, Author of Codes & Symbols of European Tools

Wednesday, April 18, 6PM

This illustrated talk takes a look at Laurent Adamowicz’s research on antique tools and the codes and symbols associated with them over the centuries. Adamowicz will discuss how they relate to Europe’s history of conflicts, wars, secret societies, and religious and political allegiances. 

 

Lot 447: Master Compagnon Varloper or Jointer Plane, c.

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European Decorative Arts, Ceramics & Silver Featured in April Online Auction

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. presents an online auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston Gallery, with bidding open from April 2 through 13. Comprising over 600 lots and offering an expansive selection of fine silver, European furniture and decorative arts of the 17th through early 20th centuries.

Lot 1010: George II Sterling Silver Cake Basket

Fine Silver

Over 250 lots of silver with a broad range of flatware and hollowware from the United States, England, and Europe.Read More

Louis Vuitton Trunks Conjure Visions of Railway and Steamship Travel

Louis Vuitton Upright Wardrobe Trunk, sold for: $9,840

Founded in 1858, Louis Vuitton, the then four-year-old Parisian luxury goods maker introduced its first trunk in the gray-toned “Trianon” canvas. To further distinguish themselves against their imitators and competition, the firm subsequently released the striped “Rayée” canvas and checkered “Damier” canvas before finally releasing the iconic “Monogram” canvas in 1892.Read More

Wine Tasting | April 17

Pre-Auction Wine Tasting

Tuesday, April 17, 2018   | 4:30PM – 6PM

RSVP ONLINE

Meet the specialists from the Fine Wines & Rare Spirits department and taste highlights from our Spring online sale (open for bidding April 17 – 25) at Lower Falls Wine Company. 

Limited availability, please RSVP.

Contact Us: finewines@skinnerinc.com

2366 Washington Street Newton Lower Falls MA

 

 

 

 

 

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First Tuesday | April 3 | Marlborough

 

 

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough 

Tuesday, April 3  | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Jane Prentiss, and Chris Barber will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions. 

 

Experts Available in April:

Sam Gilliam (American, b. 1933) Yellow Fan-White Float (Sold for $267,000)

Robin S.R. Starr from American & European Works of Art will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for Skinner’s 2018 auctions.Read More

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