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Jewelry Under the Tent Consignment Event | Marlborough, MA

Art Deco Platinum, Diamond, Emerald, and Enamel
Brooch, Charlton & Co., sold for $27,060


Join us on Wednesday, August 12, to have your jewelry evaluated for our autumn auctions! Skinner’s Jewelry department will be hosting an outdoor consignment day at our Marlborough Gallery from 10am to 4pm.

Have you been wondering when the best time would be to sell jewelry? It’s now. Following our highly successful June auctions, we are currently accepting consignments for our Fine and Important jewelry auctions. The jewelry market is the best it has been in years, and we see high prices across all categories. Antique and period jewelry, diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and signed pieces are especially sought after by collectors.

To request an appointment please contact us at or 617.874.4313. To help us keep everyone safe appointments will be required. We ask that all guests wear masks and only one guest per appointment.


Skinner Marlborough
274 Cedar Hill Street
Marlborough, MA 01752

Auction results from recent jewelry consignment days:

Antique Sapphire and Diamond Ring, sold for $339,000
Van Cleef & Arpels “Three Wise Monkeys” Brooch,
sold for $13,750
Art Deco Platinum, Ruby,
and Diamond Ring,
sold for $35,670

A Fortune for a Fake? Shenanigans, Chicanery & Skullduggery in the Art Market | Virtual Talk August 10

Virtual Talk by Robin S.R. Starr


Join us on Zoom for the talk A Fortune for a Fake? Shenanigans, Chicanery & Skullduggery in the Art Market by Robin S.R. Starr, Skinner Vice President and Director of American & European Works of Art. Listen in to what promises to be an informative and highly engaging talk on the art market.

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

The Fascination with Chinese Export Silver

Three-piece Chinese Export Silver Tea Set, Shanghai, late 19th/early 20th century, Tuck Chang & Co., sold for $8,575

Following a blossoming of interest in the 1960s, Chinese export silver has never been more collectible than it is today. The demographics of the market, however, have changed. The days of American collectors ruling the roost has given way to Chinese collectors, demonstrating their willingness to out-pay and outbid all others.… Read More

Virtual First Tuesday | August 4

Join us for First Tuesday online!


See what hidden treasures our experts may be able to reveal

We invite you to join us online for our Virtual First Tuesday on August 4. Skinner specialists from all departments will be on hand to evaluate items via 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

August Americana 2020

Welcome to August Americana at Skinner! Our three online sales offer all that you’ve come to expect this time of year, and more. We’ve showcased some highlights in the flyer, and explore the rest online.

The Kolar Collection online


Skinner is honored to be offering the Kolar Collection as the centerpiece of our annual August Auction. Carefully assembled over decades by collector, scholar, and author John Kolar, the collection is an impressive grouping of painted furniture, Windsor chairs, folk art, pottery, and weathervanes from 18th and 19th century America.… Read More

Tiffany & Co. Enameled Silver at the Columbian Exposition of 1893

Looking West From Peristyle, Court of Honor and Grand Basin of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition (Chicago, Illinois)

Beginning in the 19th century, as the popularity and accessibility of international travel increased substantially, countries began hosting international fairs and exhibitions to drive both commerce and tourism. Luxury goods makers like Tiffany & Co. used these fairs not only as a way to market their pieces to a wide audience, but also showcase their skills in hopes of attracting international press and prestige.… Read More

Skinner Appoints Christopher Fox as Director of Historic Arms & Militaria

Christopher D. Fox, Director of Historic Arms & Militaria

Christopher Fox has enjoyed a lifelong interest in early American military history. After studying anthropology and archaeology at the University of Michigan, Chris spent a long and fruitful career as Curator of Collections at the Fort Ticonderoga Museum. He has written and lectured on numerous topics, including 18th century engraved powder horns, weapons, uniforms, and related military items.Read More

British & Dutch Furniture and Art from the George Way Collection Featured in July Skinner Auction

MARLBOROUGH, MA – July 15, 2020  – Skinner will present an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts featuring Fine Silver, Ceramics, and the George Way Collection in an online auction open for bidding from July 20 through July 28. With over 600 lots on offer, the sale will feature an expansive selection of fine silver and ceramics as well as European furniture and decorative arts of the 17th through the early 20th centuries.… Read More

George Way: The Collector You Always Wanted to Know | Virtual Talk July 23

Virtual Talk by Historian Patrick Grenier Collector George Way


Patrick Grenier met George Way in 2009 when he was the Director of Visual Arts at Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island. They formally worked together for six years on three separate exhibitions at Snug Harbor. Patrick then continued working with George to create a comprehensive inventory and educational programming on this collection and advised George up until his passing in 2019.… Read More

Jewelry from Exceptional New England Estates | 2.4 Million Dollar Jewelry Auctions at Skinner

Dreicer & Co. Diamond Sautoir Necklace, c. 1910s, sold for $75,000 and Dreicer & Co. Diamond Pendant Drop, c. 1910s, sold for $100,000

Jewelry from three distinguished New England estates lead the way at Skinner’s Important and Fine Jewelry auctions. From the estate of Mary Weld Pingree, founder of The Pingree School and once described as “Boston’s richest girl,” was a remarkable diamond sautoir by Driecer & Co.… Read More

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