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Top 5 Fine Art & Antiques Blog Posts by Skinner Appraisers

Now that it’s June and summer is just around the corner, we’d like to celebrate by sharing some of the most popular blog posts of March, April and May. If you missed these Fine Art & Antiques articles before, now is your chance to check them out and join the conversation.

#5 The Mantua School, New and Old

Mantua School Violin by Balestrieriby David Bonsey, Director of Fine Musical Instruments at Skinner, Inc.



This two part series explores the Mantua school of violin makers, including Guarneri, Balestrieri, Dall’Aglio, Scarampella and Gadda. David Bonsey writes, “By the early 17th century, Mantua had become a strong cultural center in post-Renaissance Italy.” Read More

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#4 What’s Your Pembroke Table Worth?

Federal Inlaid Mahogany Pembroke Table


by Karen Keane, CEO of Skinner, Inc.

“Good, Better, Best” is a guiding principle behind understanding the value of antiques. Discover why three Pembroke tables realized different prices at auction. CEO Karen Keane writes, “The Pembroke table, named for the Earl and Countess of Pembroke who first commissioned this kind of piece, was a lightweight occasional table used for serving tea, dining, writing, games, and at bedside.” Read More

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#3 The Solar-Lunar Series: Handmade Pendants by Margret Craver


Modernist Necklace | Margret Craver


by Gloria Lieberman,  Vice President and Fine Jewelry expert at Skinner, Inc.

Jewelry by Margret Craver, a pioneer in the American Studio Jewelry movement, will be brought to auction for the first time on June 14, 2011. Gloria asks, “Which necklace in the Solar-Lunar series is your favorite?” So far, everyone has had a different answer! Pick Your Favorite Necklace

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#2 The Elegance & Style of Duke Ellington: Memorabilia at Auction

Duke Ellington Memorabilia Auctionby Garrett Sheahan, Discovery Department Specialist at Skinner, Inc.



Duke Ellington is widely considered to be one of the most influential figures in American jazz, and this post about a collection of memorabilia appealed to a wide readership. Garrett Sheahan asks, “What are your memories of Duke Ellington and his music?” Read More

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#1 Memories of the Wayside Inn

Wayside Inn in Autumnby Stephen Fletcher, Vice President and Director of American Furniture & Decorative Arts at Skinner, Inc.

The second annual Wayside Inn Antiques show in May was a huge success. Many people have fond memories of this special place. After sharing his own stories, Stephen asks, “What are your favorite memories of the Wayside Inn?”

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2 thoughts on “Top 5 Fine Art & Antiques Blog Posts by Skinner Appraisers

  1. I have a few old books some from the 1800s and early 1900s some have cloth and leather covers and one with cloth pages. I know they need proper care. I need help getting these books to place that will take care of them. Any input will help. Thank you, Lesia

    • Lesia, Books enjoy the same basic conditions found in inside most homes. Please keep them out of direct sunlight, in moderate temperature and humidity ranges, i.e., what people find comfortable. In dry climates, it may be necessary to run a humidifier to keep the moisture content of the air at about 50%. Never store books in a basement or attic. Basements are too damp, and attics are too hot. Any areas that might be prone to rodent infestation are also to be avoided. Finally, keep an eye out for silverfish, moths, and small beetles. The larvae of several of these common household insects eat paper, paste, and other book materials.

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