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August Americana 2020

Welcome to August Americana at Skinner! Our three online sales offer all that you’ve come to expect this time of year, and more. We’ve showcased some highlights in the flyer, and explore the rest online.

The Kolar Collection online


Skinner is honored to be offering the Kolar Collection as the centerpiece of our annual August Auction. Carefully assembled over decades by collector, scholar, and author John Kolar, the collection is an impressive grouping of painted furniture, Windsor chairs, folk art, pottery, and weathervanes from 18th and 19th century America. The collection is especially strong in the decorative arts of rural Pennsylvania and Ohio – exuberant paint-decorated dower chests, painted boxes including examples by the Compass Decorator and the Checkerboard artist, watercolor fraktur, and glazed redware.


August Americana online


The August Americana sale features over 600 lots from a wide range of consignors. Three centuries of American-made furniture spanning the late 17th through late 19th centuries highlight the sale. Well crafted pieces from all over the Northeast include the Carved “MH” Hadley chest, a Massachusetts-made walnut veneer high chest in old surface, and a cherry chest of drawers made in the Deerfield, Massachusetts, area, with an impressively scalloped top. There are several pieces from a collection assembled with a fastidious eye for early surfaces, and a selection of early Pennsylvania furniture including tall clocks and case pieces from two private collections.

As is always the case, this August’s Americana offerings are brightened by a variety of colorful folk art objects and painted furniture. Paint-decorated and grain-painted pieces include a four-drawer chest from Vermont, and a simple and elegant painted dressing table with understated decoration. More color is added by a large selection of hooked rugs, painted boxes of many shapes and sizes, and a group of gilt and molded copper weathervanes.


Shaker Collections online

AUGUST 11–20

Shaker from two family collections makes up the core of about 180 lots of Shaker and Shaker-related material. Two large case pieces are the anchors of each collection – a yellow-painted cupboard over drawers from Hancock or New Lebanon, and a ten-drawer butternut Trustee’s chest from Enfield. But smalls and small furniture are abundant, too – pantry boxes in many sizes and colors, buckets, carriers, pails, candlestands and chairs. The lover of antiques with a modern aesthetic will surely find something worth their attention here.


Please contact the department at americana@skinnerinc.com or 508.970.3200 for condition reports & private preview availability.

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