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Tiffany Glass, George Nakashima, and Swingline Collection Furniture Lead Skinner 20th Century Design Auction

Louis C. Tiffany Red Favrile Exhibition Vase, (Lot 72, sold for $33, 210)

Skinner’s 20th century Design auction was well received in Boston on December 14. Its success repeats the consistent pattern of Skinner sales: famous names and iconic objects, intermingled with obscure masterpieces and unexpected treasures.

The top lot of the auction, as well as many other pieces in the top ten, came from the fresh-to-market Nan Edwards collection of high-quality art nouveau glass.… Read More

First Tuesday | February 6 | Marlborough

 

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, February 6 | 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 February:

Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946-1989) Calla Lily, 1988 (Sold for $24,600)

Robin S.R. Starr and  Michelle Lamunière from American & European Works of Art will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for Skinner’s 2018 auctions.… Read More

Top 15 Book and Movie Picks for 2017: Art, Antiques & Auctions

Who has time to read anymore? In the fast-paced auction business, we still manage to snatch a few minutes to curl up with a good book or check out an interesting film. Antiques appraisers, auctioneers and everyone else here at Skinner wanted to share our favorite fiction, nonfiction, and movies from the past year with you. Plus, if you’ve got an antique lover or art history buff in your life, these art, antiques & auction-themed books and movies could make some great last-minute holiday gifts.… Read More

20th Century Design Q & A

Richard Tucker (American, 1903-1979), Ladies of the Night, (Lot 272, Estimate: $1,200-1,800).

Jane Prentiss, director of 20th Century Design will be available to answer questions and provide market insight during a 20th Century Design Q& Join us for a reception, preview and opportunity to learn more about the designs from the Arts and Crafts Movement, highlights from The Nan Edwards Art Glass Collection, Mid-century Modern, including the Irving and Doris Kanin Collection, Scandinavian design furniture, studio works by George Nakashima, pottery by Claude Conover and Makoto Yabe, paintings, sculpture, and furniture by Paul Evans, Moser, Webb, with lighting completing the design experience.… Read More

Measuring Up: Skinner’s October 27 Auction of Clocks, Watches, and Scientific Instruments Attracts Both Mainstream Buyers and Niche Collectors

Tornek-Rayville TR-900 Dive Watch, c. 1965. Sold for $123,000

The top lot of the sale was a Tornek-Rayville TR-900 Dive Watch, c. 1965, (Lot 27, estimate $30,000-50,000). This is the fourth example Skinner has recently offered of this rare timepiece, originally made for the U.S. Navy and withdrawn because of the radium used in the dial. Consigned by the original owner, it sold for $123,000.

The extensive John F. Gelson collection of watches and watch components provided an important core of the auction.… Read More

First Tuesday | December 5 | Marlborough

 

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, December 5 | 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:

Robin S.R. Starr and Elizabeth Haff from American & European Works of Art will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for Skinner’s 2018 auctions.  … Read More

20th Century Unlimited: Skinner’s 20th Century Design Auction on December 14

offers furniture, ceramics, glass and decorative material for novice and connoisseur alike

Jane Prentiss, Director of 20th Century Design, notes that over 500 lots have been organized chronologically, from iconic Arts & Crafts items through art deco, mid-century modern in all its manifestations, post-modern and contemporary pieces.

The sale takes place on Thursday, December 14 at 11AM at Skinner’s Boston gallery, 63 Park Plaza.… Read More

Tribal Treasures: Skinner’s December 2 American Indian and Ethnographic Art Sale Is Global in Content and in Appeal

This auction ranges from prehistoric to present day, American Indian to African tribal, the Pacific to the Caribbean. The sale takes place on Saturday, December 2 at 10 AM at Skinner’s Boston gallery, 63 Park Plaza. Previews will be held on Thursday, November 30, 12 PM to 5 PM; Friday, December 1, 12 PM to 7 PM; and Saturday, December 2, 8 AM to 9:30 AM.

Several important collections are featured, as well as numerous rarities and oddities. Douglas Deihl, department director, sums up: “The auction has great material with broad appeal and excellent provenance, offered at reasonable estimates.”

Hethuska Society Painted Hide, (Lot 203, Estimate: $60,000-80,000)

Among the most notable pieces are two American Indian textiles at the intersection of folk art and history:

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Diamonds and Period Jewelry from Private Collections featured at Skinner Auction

BOSTON, MA – November 21, 2017 – Please join Skinner on December 5th for our annual holiday auction of Fine Jewelry. Collectors and buyers who wait in anticipation of this auction will be pleased with its breadth and content, featuring over 500 lots of diamonds, colored stones, and antique and period jewelry.

Platinum and Diamond Necklace, Hammerman Brothers, Estimate: $80,000-100,000

Diamonds and Colored Stones Sapphires from the legendary Kashmir mines are rare in the market, and Skinner is pleased to offer a 6.37 cts.… Read More

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