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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. Carefully selected for surface condition, the collection represents a cross-section of early American country antiques.

View lots from the collection here.

For additional items from this collection see lots 1000-1018 in the Americana online sale.

2. The Pamela and Brian Ehrlich Collection, Mystic, Connecticut, Part I

The Ehrlich’s 1777 Mystic, Connecticut home was built by Nathan Stanton, a member of one of the founding families of the area, and it spoke to them, guiding the direction of their collecting to focus on New England––especially on New London County, Connecticut. This region was uniquely situated to serve as a crossroads of Colonial America, with influences from all of New England decorative arts coming together to create a ‘quirky,’ recognizable style.”

Beyond being collectors, the Ehrlichs became researchers and storytellers with the aim of passing on an appreciation and love for American art and history to future generations.

They write: “It has now come time to pass on a portion of our life to you who share our interests. We offer a part of our hearts.”

View lots from the collection here.

For additional items from this collection see lots 1019-1043 in the Americana online sale.

3. The Collection of Tom and Carolyn Porter, Delaware, Ohio

The Porter collection is largely composed of colorful Pennsylvania and Ohio furniture, folk art, and decorations including a variety of polychrome boxes, woodenware, fraktur, Ohio sewer tile pottery dogs, and slip-decorated and mocha wares.

View lots from the collection here.

For additional items from this collection see lots 1044-1191 in the Americana online sale.

4. The Collection of Pamela Boynton, Groton, Massachusetts

Pam’s focus on 18th and early 19th century New England painted furniture and smalls, all with original surface, is characteristic of her well-known eye for quality and condition.

View lots from the collection here.

For additional items from this collection see lots 1192-1263 in the Americana online sale.

5. The Collection of August Knapp, Hudson, Ohio

Gus Knapp, a well-known Hudson, Ohio, dealer and artist, saved a number of pieces for his own enjoyment including fine polychrome painted Ohio and Pennsylvania furniture and boxes. In addition to painted boxes and folk art, he also loved unusual early lighting and metal ware and shared his collection through loans to regional museum exhibitions.

View lots from the collection here.

For additional items from this collection see also lots 1264-1324 in the Americana online sale.


The Collections of William McKeever and Pamela and Brian Ehrlich will be offered on November 2, and the Collections of Tom and Carolyn Porter, Pamela Boynton, and August Knapp will be offered on November 3.

Previews for the auction will be held on Wednesday, October 30, from 12PM – 5PM; Thursday, October 31, from 12PM – 7PM; and Friday, November 1, from 10AM – 5PM in the Marlborough Gallery.

About Skinner

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“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

Colored Stones Lead The Way | $2.5 million Jewelry auction at Skinner

Important Sapphire and Diamond Ring, Cartier, c. 1950s, sold for $873,000

BOSTON, MA – September 19, 2019. The top lot of Skinner’s September 17, 2019 Important Jewelry auction was a remarkable twin stone Kashmir sapphire ring by Cartier.

Antique Ruby and Diamond Ring, sold for $171,000

Owned by one family since the 1950s, the ring soared to more than double its pre-sale estimate to $873,000. The sapphires were a classic example of the cornflower-blue stones from the famed Kashmir mines, before they closed in the 1880s.… Read More

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