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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.

Inspired Living – Creating Timeless Interiors

ONLINE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15 AT 5PM

Skinner welcomed Phillip Thomas, Founder and Principal of Phillip Thomas Inc., a New York-based design firm, for a behind-the-scenes look into the warehouse to view furniture, objects, and works of art. Phillip created “get the look” interior vignettes with pieces from our December 13–22 Modern & Post-Modern Design online auction.

On December 15, Phillip will be joining Skinner’s Director of 20th Century Design, Dan Ayer on Zoom for a free-flowing and casual conversation that covers the process of design, inspiration and getting your home ready for guests.

Please register at the button below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Interior Vignettes by Phillip Thomas

View the lookbook PDF in fullscreen and download it to your computer.


Phillip Thomas’s work has been featured in Architectural DigestElle Decor, House Beautiful, Interior Design, Luxe, Mansion Global, NYC&G, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among many others.  

First Tuesday | December 7 | Marlborough & Online

Join Us in Marlborough or online for First Tuesday!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7 | 1:30-4PM

Skinner experts specializing in fine art, fine photographs, antiques, tribal art, Asian antiques, and fine spirits 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.

Can’t make it to Marlborough?Read More

Character Ceramics: Antique Toby Jugs

The toby jug has been a novelty in English pottery for over 250 years. The term toby jug refers to a pottery tankard in the form of a seated figure or the head of a famous person. The first of these were produced in the 1760’s by various potters including Ralph Wood I of Burslem, Thomas Whieldon of Fenton and John Astbury of Shelton. The quality of modeling and use of translucent underglaze enamels are quite evident in these examples.

The source of the name “toby” is uncertain though there are multiple theories.… Read More

Expressionism in Regionalist Prints
Thomas Hart Benton's Threshing

Both Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood eschewed pure abstraction, and by any polar model both artists must be viewed as representational rather than Modernist. For both Benton and Wood narrative takes precedence, and Regionalist art is often perceived as a form of propaganda supported by the government during the Great Depression and in the lead up to World War II.i As one of Jackson Pollock’s teachers, Thomas Hart Benton was continually berated for his seemingly anti-Modernist stance.… Read More

November 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

Skinner’s American Furniture Sale to Feature the Beacon Hill Collection of John and Marilyn Keane

The November sale features highlights from a lifetime of collecting, including 18th and early 19th century American furniture and paintings from the China Trade.

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner Auctioneers will host a live auction of Important Americana on Friday, November 19, 2021. The sale consists of the extraordinary Beacon Hill Collection of John and Marilyn Keane, devoted collectors of early American craftsmanship and committed philanthropists well-known to the Boston arts community.… Read More

Records Tumble in Skinner’s Historic Arms & Militaria Auction

MARLBOROUGH, MA — Skinner’s Historic Arms & Militaria auction, under the leadership of Christopher Fox, was met with great enthusiasm and posted strong results well exceeding presale expectations, with a final sale total of $757,784 including buyer’s premium. The October 29 live sale held at Skinner’s Marlborough gallery was headlined with the William Rose Colonial and Revolutionary War Arms Collection Part I and saw extremely active bidding in the gallery, by telephone and absentee, as well as online.… Read More

First Tuesday | November 2 | Marlborough & Online

Join Us in Marlborough or online for First Tuesday!

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 | 1:30-4PM

Skinner experts specializing in fine art, antiques, modern design, tribal art, Asian antiques, clocks, jewelry, fine spirits, musical instruments, and coins & currency 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.Read More

Manchester, NH Consignment Day | November 3

Meet with Skinner Specialists in Manchester, NH

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3

Skinner is inviting consignments for upcoming 2021-2022 auctions. Meet with Skinner specialists in Manchester, NH, on November 3 for a complimentary auction evaluation and consignment of your fine artjewelry, asian art & antiques, and coins & currency.

Please get in touch with us to request an appointment, and a member of our team will contact you directly for an appointment time.… Read More

Virtual Gallery Walk | Historic Arms & Militaria

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 5PM

Join Skinner’s Director of Historic Arms & Militaria, Chris Fox on Zoom for an informal tour of highlights from the October live & online auctions. Chris will discuss information on the objects and their collectors, and answer participant questions.

Please register at the button below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.… Read More

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