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Virtual First Tuesday | July 6

Join us for First Tuesday online!

AUCTION EVALUATION DAY | TUESDAY, JULY 6

See what hidden treasures our experts may be able to reveal

We invite you to join us online for our Virtual First Tuesday on July 6. Submit your items anytime before the 6th and Skinner specialists from all departments will be on hand on Tuesday to evaluate items and respond by email.

Let’s get started: 

Step 1: Gather information and images for up to three items of fine & decorative arts, furniture, jewelry, silver, watches, coins and much more.Read More

5 Questions with Skinner Photographs Specialist James Leighton

James Leighton joined the American & European Works of Art Department at Skinner as a Photographs Specialist in 2021. Prior to arriving at Skinner, he held a curatorial role in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

During his time at the museum, he organized the exhibition Georgie Friedman: Fragments of Antarctica (2019) and co-organized Elsa Dorfman: Me and My Camera (2020) and Ansel Adams in Our Time (2019).… Read More

Jeweled Creatures Great and Small

Whether it’s called zoomorphic personal ornamentation or critter glitter, animals of all kinds have been a recurring motif in jewelry history. Their natural beauty and unique traits have inspired countless pieces, from the scarab beetles of ancient Egypt to David Webb’s zebras and frogs.

The perennial fascination with animal themes is also because certain mammals, birds, reptiles and even insects are regarded as symbolic of virtues or desirable characteristics — “brave as a lion,” “wise as an owl,” “busy as a bee.”

In the ancient world, the Greeks, Persians and Romans followed the Egyptians in prizing jewelry with animal motifs.… Read More

A Life and Art Full of Contradictions

Can you name a renowned woman artist primarily associated with Taos, New Mexico?

Well, yes, there’s Georgia O’Keeffe. But there is also Agnes Martin.

The Canadian-born painter (1912-2004) had a life and career that were full of fascinating contradictions. She began painting traditional narrative themes, but made her name with art that has most often been classified as Minimalist. (She thought of herself as an Abstract Expressionist.) She lived off the grid in Taos, New Mexico – what was then a remote, unfashionable outpost – but became influential in the art world and a wealthy woman late in life.… Read More

Designing @Auction: “Get the Look” with Phillip Thomas + Skinner

Skinner welcomed Phillip Thomas, Founder and Principal of Phillip Thomas Inc., a New York-based design firm, for a behind-the-scenes look into the warehouse to view furniture, objects, and works of art. Phillip created “get the look” interior vignettes with pieces from our June 20th Century Design auction.

“Dining rooms are so often under-utilized spaces for an individual to tell their story and share their passions. I enjoy incorporating beautiful collections into my clients’ dining rooms.”

LOT PICKS: 1111, 1319, 1139, 1484, 1477, 1311, 1476, 1116

“The at-home bar has been making a comeback over the last few years in my designs.Read More

Designers Curate the Gentleman’s Auction

Interior designers Phillip Thomas, Prudence Bailey, Christina Roughan have helped curate a portion of the May 25 – June 3 Gentleman’s Auction. Read on to see what they picked.

Phillip Thomas’ Picks

Five Pottery Planters and Flowerpots (Lot 1038)

There is something so beautiful about even the simplest of pottery. The shapes and the colors of the glazes are always so captivating to me. I could see these pieces arranged on a table with beautiful specimen plants of equal interest.… Read More

Virtual First Tuesday | June 1

Join us for First Tuesday online!

AUCTION EVALUATION DAY | TUESDAY, JUNE 1

See what hidden treasures our experts may be able to reveal

We invite you to join us online for our Virtual First Tuesday on June 1. Submit your items anytime before the 1st and Skinner specialists from all departments will be on hand on Tuesday to evaluate items and respond by email.

Let’s get started: 

Step 1: Gather information and images for up to three items of fine & decorative arts, furniture, jewelry, silver, watches, coins and much more.Read More

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Art of Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder was an artistic jack of all trades. He worked in metal from jewelry to large-scale public sculpture; he painted in oils, watercolor, and gouache; was a theatrical set designer; and he was also a successful lithographer. What makes Calder so compelling in every medium is his wit and energy. His bright palettes and simple shapes visually bounce off of one another like an exuberant dance, and his child-like circus subjects capture all of the wonder and joy of the big top.… Read More

Skinner + AFH

Art. Action. Auction.

In Celebration of 30 Years of Artists For Humanity

Marlborough & Boston, MA – July 22 to August 3rd – Skinner, Auctioneers & Appraisers, has joined with Boston-based Artists For Humanity to raise money and awareness to support underrepresented, young, working artists. In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, this employee-fueled mission supports more diversity in the arts and arts businesses to build a stronger network for black, indigenous, and people of color in the arts industry.… Read More

The Muse of George Platt Lynes

George Platt Lynes was a highly influential photographer who laid the groundwork for a later generation of artists that explored male sexuality such as Robert Mapplethorpe and Herb Ritts. Considered radical at the time, his erotic photographs of the male nude are celebrated and widely exhibited today.

Self-Portrait, 1945. Estimate: $1,500-2,000

A prominent figure within fashion photography in the 1930s, Lynes created stylized photographs for high-profile publications including Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.Read More

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