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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 This is the fourth example Skinner has recently offered of this rare timepiece, originally made for the U.S. Navy and withdrawn because of the radium used in the dial.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

Skinner appoints Michael R. Evans as Director of Tribal Arts – Brings global experience to Boston auction house

BOSTON, MA (November 20, 2017) – Michael Evans joins Skinner as the new Director of Tribal Arts. He brings global experience of many kinds to one of the most international of Skinner’s specialty departments, which offers a rich variety of art, artifacts, and decorative objects from American Indian, African, Inuit, Oceanic and Asian tribal cultures.

Evans was born and raised in New Zealand, where he completed his undergraduate and graduate studies with a concentration in art history.… Read More

South Florida Events | November 17 – 19

Lunch and Learn – “Rediscovering History Through Objects”

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 | 12PM – 1:30PM

Joel Bohy, Director of Historic Arms and Militaria at Skinner Auctioneers, presents “Rediscovering History Through Objects.” This Lunch and Learn event is part of a series that is open to Museum members and their guests. Lunch is included. Registration is required. New members are welcome!

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Perfect pitch: Skinner’s Fine Musical Instruments Auctions hit the high notes, from classic violins to groovy guitars.

Skinner Inc.’s Department of Fine Musical Instruments will offer two auctions this month. Parts of the J. Geils collection, from the estate of the Grammy-nominated rock musician, will be included in both.

Auction 3051B, Fine Musical Instruments, will be held in the Boston gallery, 63 Park Plaza, at 12 PM on Sunday, November 19. It will feature classical and vintage instruments and related music material. Included will be highlights from the estate of J.… Read More

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