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First Tuesday | November 7 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, November 7 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Skinner experts will provide complimentary verbal auction evaluations during our monthly consignment event on the first Tuesday of each month.

Experts Available in November:

Kerry Shrives | Generalist

Robin Starr | Fine Art

Kaitlin Shinnick | Jewelry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skinner Marlborough Gallery 274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA

First come, first served.… Read More

Printing in Paradise: The Story of Early Printing in Hawai‘i (and Why Massachusetts Matters)

Hawai‘i is closer to Massachusetts than you may think. Discover how the Bay State became a hotbed of early Hawaiian printing with the American Antiquarian Society’s curator of books, Elizabeth Watts Pope. She will show treasures from the AAS research library to illustrate the little-known but fascinating history of the earliest printing on the Hawaiian Island and its Massachusetts connections.

The story begins almost two hundred years ago when a book was one of the direct causes that prompted missionaries (both Native Hawaiians and U.S.… Read More

Grapes and grain: Skinner’s autumn Fine Wines and Spirits auctions offer a bountiful harvest

The event is comprised of two auctions: Fine Wines and Spirits, Auction 3050B, to be held in Boston at 63 Park Plaza at 6 PM on November 8; and Fine Wines, Rare Spirits, and Ales, Auction 3036T. This online-only timed auction will run from October 25 through November 3. Many of the collections from which the over 1800 lots have been drawn are represented in both auctions.

The Richard Elia collection includes a wide array of wines ranging from France to California to Madeira and points in between.… Read More

Ingenuity abounds: Skinner’s October 27 auction of Clocks, Watches and Scientific Instruments

 

Ingenuity abounds: Skinner’s October 27 auction of Clocks, Watches and Scientific Instruments starts with a classic 1934 Buick sedan. It ends with an antique treadle scroll saw.In between are 500 lots including timepieces of every description, myriad scopes and meters, and inventive devices for almost every scientific or technical pursuit.

One of the most anticipated watches is one of the most recent: a Tornek-Rayville TR-900 Dive Watch, mid 1960s (Lot 27, estimate $30,000-50,000).… Read More

Fine Art Consignment Day | New York City

Thursday, October 26 | New York City

By appointment only.

 

Skinner’s Fine Art department is inviting consignments for the January 26th, 2018 auction. Experts from Skinner will be available to evaluate items in the New York office on October 26th by appointment.

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Skinner New York 415 Madison Ave, New York

Contact Us:

paintings@skinnerinc.com 508.970.3206… Read More

An Endless Variety of Warmth & Light | Collecting Antique Hanukkah Lamps

A theme running through mid-winter celebrations across cultures is warmth and light, and the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah is no exception. Celebrated each year for eight nights and days beginning on the 25th day of Kislev, Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights.

Hanukkah commemorates the fight for religious freedom led by Judah Maccabee against the Seleucid Empire. After the Maccabean victory, when the Holy Temple in Jerusalem was rededicated,  it was found that there was scant little oil left to fuel the Eternal Lamp.… Read More

What to Collect: Contemporary Folk Art

James Eaton Polychrome Metal Weathervane Sculpture, America, 2002 (Lot 4, Estimate: $800-1,200)

The objects of everyday life, folk art, are the carved and decorated objects (weathervanes, whirligigs, and paintings) often made outside of urban areas by itinerant or self-taught artists and craftspeople. These naive and sometimes primitive objects are often colorful, highly individual and whimsical interpretations of utilitarian or decorative forms.… Read More

How to Buy American Victorian Furniture: A Guide for New Collectors

Victorian Furniture | Ebonized Mahogany Chair

I’m seeing a trend in the Boston area when it comes to Victorian homes. Home-buying opportunities abound, and I’ve met more than a few “young collectors” who speak admiringly of the ornate woodwork, beautiful hardwood floors and unique build-ins of their new Victorian homes. Although they realize they purchased gems, what they might not have thought about is how affordable it is to furnish their new homes with period designs.

I’ve overheard it said that Victorian antiques and Boston don’t agree – but that’s certainly not true in my experience. New York City housed the biggest powerhouses of design and manufacture in latter part of the 19th century, including Herter Brothers and Pottier & Stymus, but Boston had plenty of purchasing power, and museums and collections are plentiful here. Most importantly for collectors, great buys can be had if you know what to look for.

Searching for Fine Art, Antiques and Collectibles at Auction with Skinner Lot Alert

Lot Alert

Keeping up with what is being offered at auction can be challenging. Over 50 auctions take place in Massachusetts each year, meaning that there are tens of thousands of antiques and collectibles being bought and sold. How can one person keep track of them all and avoid missing out on the interesting, possibly obscure, or rare antique they’re seeking?

5 Tips for Bidding with Success in Online Auctions

This mahogany and gilt-brass French portico clock, c. 1860, sold for $1,230 in a Skinner online auction

Believe it or not, Skinner held its first online-only auctions in 1999. At the time, bidders experienced a platform built on an emerging technology.  Fast-forward to 2014, and it’s hard to find a collector or even occasional buyer who hasn’t participated in online auctions.

The main feature of an online-only auction is that bidding takes place online over an extended period of time – there’s no human auctioneer at a podium.… Read More

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