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Auction Preview: American Furniture & Decorative Arts at Skinner

BOSTON, MA, February 12, 2019 – Skinner will present a live auction of Americana in our Boston Gallery on March 2nd. The auction features 465 lots representing a broad offering of American Furniture, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts from collections across the country.

Presidential Portraits and George Washington

Jane Stuart (Rhode Island/Massachusetts, 1812-1888) Portrait of George Washington After Gilbert Stuart (Lot 49, Estimate: $15,000-25,000)

A compelling group of material relating to George Washington, from various consignors, speaks to Washington’s widespread popularity and influence before his death in 1799, and the decades of reverence for his memory after it.… Read More

Coins & Currency: Highlights of Skinner February Auction

MARLBOROUGH, MA – January 28, 2019 – Coins and currency are seen not only as a utilitarian tool for commerce but also as miniature works of art. These small sculptures and engravings historically feature gods and goddesses, rulers, and allegorical figures, rendered in an artistic manner. The Skinner February auction, online from February 13-22, of coins and currency highlights some of the most desirable and beautiful of these designs.… Read More

Winter Fine Wines & Rare Spirits Auction at Skinner

[BOSTON], MA – January 28, 2019 In the first department offering of 2019, the January auction (open for bidding January 30-February 7) features a New England Cellar, a single-owner collection largely accumulated and curated upon release from local retailers. This pedigreed compilation features storied vintage Champagne (Krug, Cristal, Eric Rodez), pristine lots of First Growth Bordeaux (Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Cheval Blanc), Burgundy (Comtes Lafon, Meo Camuzet), a deep strain of exemplary Italian producers (Sassicaia, Valdicava’s Madonna del Piano and Rinaldi) and California darlings Kistler and Peter Michael.… Read More

Highlights from American & European Works of Art at Skinner on January 25th

BOSTON, MA – January 14, 2019 – On Friday, January 25, Skinner presents an outstanding two-session auction of Prints, Multiples & Photographs and Paintings & Sculpture with over 350 lots spanning Old Masters through contemporary offerings. 

Harry Jackson (American, 1924-2011) Stampede (Lot 278, Estimate: $80,000 – $120,000)

Paintings & Sculpture

An exceptional selection of bronze sculptures is spearheaded by an important group of western bronzes by Harry Jackson, including early works Stampede (Lot 278, Estimate: $80,000-120,000) and Range Burial (Lot 279, Estimate: $50,000-70,000) among others from the collection of Joseph Thomas Alvarez III.… Read More

European Decorative Arts the Focus of Skinner January 12th Auction

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will hold an auction on January 12, 2019, of European Furniture & Decorative Arts. With over 500 lots on offer, the auction features fine ceramics and silver as well as European furniture and decorative arts of the 18th through 20th centuries.

Collection of Hungarian Silver from the Estate of Francis M. Bator (Lot 32, Estimate: $3,000-5,000; Lot 34, Estimate: $2,000-3,000; Lot 27, Estimate: $2,000-3,000; Lot 28, Estimate: $2,000-3,000; Lot 26, Estimate: $2,000-3,000)

This sale features a collection of 17th to 19th century Hungarian Silver from the estate of prominent White House economist, writer, and professor Francis M.… Read More

Twentieth Century Unlimited

Skinner’s December 14 auction offers a comprehensive selection of furniture and decorative arts of the 20th century, a time span of unparalleled creativity.

George Nakashima (1905-1990) Walnut Triple Chest of Drawers, New Hope, Pennsylvania, mid-20th century (Lot 429, Estimate: $8,000-12,000)

BOSTON, MA – December 9, 2018 Skinner presents a notable sale of 20th Century Design on Friday, December 14 at 10AM. The sale of over 500 lots is rich in renowned names and objects, plus unheralded treasures by modern masters waiting to be discovered.… Read More

Currier and Ives: America Envisioned

Before cable news and Instagram, Americans saw the top stories of the day, in politics and popular culture, through the colorful images of Currier and Ives. The lithographs of Currier and Ives are iconic representations of American life from 1850 to 1900. They are arguably the most popular, widely reproduced prints in history, continuing to appear on items from calendars and holiday greeting cards to dinnerware.

A Four-Oared Shell Race, 1884.

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Magic Carpets: Skinner December 9 auction of fine oriental rugs and weavings offers rich variety

MARLBOROUGH, MA – November 26, 2018 – Skinner’s upcoming auction features the second part of the renowned Ronnie Newman Collection of Early Oriental Rugs. Also offered will be over 150 rugs of widely varied ages, sizes and origins consigned by other collectors.

Pieces from the Newman collection were the highlights of Skinner’s October Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets auction, where rare 17th and 18th century rugs and mats attracted vigorous bidding, and achieved excellent results.… Read More

5 Questions with Skinner Jewelry Specialist John Colasacco

Fine Jewelry Specialist John Colasacco

John is a specialist in our Fine Jewelry department, nurturing a lifelong interest in jewelry with particular expertise in antique and period pieces. His love of antiques began in the flea markets, tag sales, and antique shops of his native Westchester County, New York, appreciating the beauty and simplicity of 18th century English silver. While studying at Boston University, John explored his interest in the auction world by joining Skinner’s Boston gallery team part-time in 2002 and the Jewelry Department in 2005.… Read More

Auctions, Antiques & The Contemporary Interior | Phillip Thomas, Inc. + Skinner

Skinner welcomes Phillip Thomas, founder and principal of Phillip Thomas Inc. for a collaboration on the catalog for the October 13th European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction.

Auctions are incredible resources for interior designers and their clients. Nevertheless, for many people, the idea of buying at auction can be daunting. There is often great value to be found; however, there is also the commitment of purchasing something that is not returnable and that cannot be taken on approval to try in your home.… Read More

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