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Pre-Auction Wine Tasting | August 8

MONDAY, AUGUST 8 | 4PM-6PM | NEWTON, MA

Please join Bonhams Skinner Fine Wine and Rare Spirits Specialists Marie KeepLouis Krieger and Joseph Hyman to taste a selection of wines and spirits culled from our upcoming August online auction. Whether you’re interested in back vintage Bordeaux and Burgundy, hidden gem producers from the Loire and Pacific Northwest or looking to broaden your whiskey palate, this is one tasting you won’t want to miss!

RSVP TO ATTEND

Lower Falls Wine Co.
2366 Washington Street, Newton, MA

Questions? Contact Us:
finewines@skinnerinc.com

First Tuesday | August 2 | Marlborough & Online

Join Us in Marlborough or online for First Tuesday!

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 | 2:00-4:30PM

We invite you to join us in person in Marlborough or online for our First Tuesday on August 2. For a virtual appraisal, submit your items anytime by the 2nd and Bonhams Skinner specialists from all departments will be on hand on Tuesday to evaluate items and respond by email.

For those attending in person in Marlborough, please SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT.… Read More

Bonhams Skinner Announces Major Americana Auctions Featuring Items from the Collections of Renowned Antiquarians

Two August auctions paint a vivid picture of American life through objects from the 16th – 19th centuries

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Bonhams Skinner is pleased to announce two upcoming auctions of Americana this August. An eclectic range of historical American antiques will feature across both sales, including museum-worthy items from early and influential collectors associated with several New England institutions and The Rushlight Club.… Read More

Summer is for Entertaining!

Phillip Thomas, Bonhams Skinner’s Designer in Residence, and Founder of Phillip Thomas Inc., speaks on summer entertaining with pieces from our upcoming European Décor and Design online auction.

“Summer is for entertaining!

I love any reason to throw a get together whether it is cozy fall cocktails, a festive holiday dinner in the winter, or a spring brunch when everyone is relieved to see the earth waking up and the flowers burst open to bring us color again but SUMMER, summer is my favorite!… Read More

Cape Cod Consignment Day | August 2

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 | CHATHAM, MA

Bonhams Skinner is inviting consignments for upcoming 2022-2023 auctions. Meet with Bonhams Skinner experts in Chatham, MA on August 2 for a complimentary auction evaluation and consignment of your jewelry, silver, fine art, modern design, and European antiques. 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

Pueblo Storytellers in Historical Figurative Pottery

Helen Cordero, born in 1915 at Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, is credited with the reinvention of the Cochiti figurative pottery tradition that started a revolution in contemporary Pueblo ceramics. Pueblo people in the Southwest have been making clay figures since ancestral times, but these forms were not widely practiced throughout the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. But in the late 1950s, Cordero began making pottery figures modeled after long-established figurine forms of the Singing Mother, or a seated female figure holding a child.… Read More

First Tuesday | July 5 | Marlborough & Online

Join Us in Marlborough or online for First Tuesday!

TUESDAY, JULY 5 | 1:30-4PM

We invite you to join us in person in Marlborough or online for our First Tuesday on July 5. For a virtual appraisal, submit your items anytime by the 5th and Bonhams Skinner specialists from all departments will be on hand on Tuesday to evaluate items and respond by email.

For those attending in person in Marlborough, please SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT. There is a 3 item maximum per person.… Read More

Niho Palaoa and Pre-Contact Hawai’ian Arts
David Howard Hitchcock (American, 1861-1943), Big Island of Hawaii.Sold for $30,750

Whaling was extremely important to the development of many countries in the early nineteenth century because of the fat that lit lamps and greased machines, leading to the Industrial Revolution. Prior to the arrival of whaling crews in 1820, Hawai’i had a much different relationship with the whale. When overfishing became an issue in the Atlantic, many whalers turned to the Pacific and started docking in Hawai’i.… Read More

Art in Your Home

Phillip Thomas, Bonhams Skinner’s Designer in Residence, and Founder of Phillip Thomas Inc., speaks on art in your home with pieces from our June 29, 2022 Modern & Contemporary Art auction.

“There is nothing that brings a space ALIVE like a fabulous piece of art whether that be a painting, sculpture, or even a collection. You can have the most beautiful architecture or furniture but until you layer in meaningful pieces, items that are special to you, it is not complete.… Read More

June Auctions Feature Impressive Lots from Old Masters to Pop Art

MARLBOROUGH, MA — Bonhams Skinner will host a live auction of Modern & Contemporary Art on June 29, 2022, starting at 10 a.m. in the Marlborough gallery. The sale will include paintings, sculpture and works of art on paper from the 20th and 21st centuries. Highlights include incredible works from Yayoi Kusama, Robert Rauschenberg, Tom Wesselmann and more. Coinciding with the Modern and Contemporary Auction will be a timed online auction of European Fine Art running from June 20-30, 2022, featuring around 50 paintings and drawings from the Old Masters to the 20th century.… Read More

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