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The Whimsy of Staffordshire Bocage Figures

Pair of Staffordshire Bocage Cows, England, c. 1815-25 (Lot 401, Estimate: $500-700)

A bocage, says Wikipedia, can refer to a terrain of mixed woodland and pasture, a small forest or a decorative element of trees and leaves. English and continental porcelain figures of the eighteenth century often had trees and leaves, both as an ornamental and colorful backdrop to figures and importantly as an added stabilizer to support the figures during kiln firing. 

By the 19th century, the production and firing of English earthenware were far more consistent, and often these trees were added more for their ornamental appeal than necessity.… Read More

Inside the Head of a Collector: Neuropsychological Forces at Play

Talk by Collector Shirley M. Mueller, MD | Friday, October 11

Dr. Shirley Mueller will be speaking about her book, Inside the Head of a Collector: Neuropsychological Forces at Play. Join us in the Boston Gallery for the reception starting at 5:30PM, followed by the talk at 6PM.

This event is held in conjunction with the October 12 European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction.

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Shirley M. Mueller, MD is an internationally known collector and scholar of Chinese export porcelain, as well as a physician board-certified in Neurology and Psychiatry.… Read More

Portrait Paintings of Korea

Portrait paintings are prevalent in Korea, especially during the Joseon period (1392-1897). Kings, sadaebu intellectuals, loyal vassals, elders and ancestors, monks, and even notable women were portrayed often with representative belongings to characterize the depicted. The Joseon society treated such portraits as persons incarnate; works enshrined in sacred places such as ancestral shrines and temple halls to worship, pay respect, or reminisce.… Read More

Portland Consignment Day | September 11

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 | 10AM-3PM | PORTLAND, ME

Skinner is inviting consignments for upcoming 2019 auctions. Meet with Skinner experts in Portland, ME on September 11 for a complimentary auction evaluation and consignment of your JewelryFine Art, Fine Silver, European Antiques, American Antiques, and Coins & Currency. Appointments required. Please register and a member of our team will contact you directly for an appointment time.Read More

Hearts of the Forke Collection

The Early Americana Collection of Marilyn & Don Forke | Featured in August Americana Detail | Black-painted Bannister-back Heart and Crown Armchair, reportedly Cheshire, Connecticut, mid-18th century (Lot 90, Estimate: $1,500-2,500)

The symbol of LOVE, the HEART, became the symbol of Don and Marilyn Forke’s life together and their antiques collection. They loved each other, their children, family, friends, and God! Their love of learning, history, and New England inspired them to design and build an authentic New England home in Nebraska.Read More

Fairyland Vase Brings $61,500 at Skinner European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction

Detail | Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Temple on a Rock Vase and Cover, England, c. 1920, sold for $61,500 on July 13, 2019

BOSTON, MA – July 22, 2019. Skinner held an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, with ceramics and fine silver in Boston on July 13, 2019. The sale saw active participation from bidders in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia competing for items online, by telephone, in the room, and via partner platforms.… Read More

European Furniture Sold to Benefit Museums | July 13 at Skinner

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will hold an auction on July 13, 2019, of European Furniture & Decorative Arts. With over 500 lots in the sale encompassing fine silver, ceramics as well as furniture and decorative arts there is an item for both discerning collectors and novice buyers. Styles range from classic Georgian silver and early oak furnishings to elegant Belle Epoque tables and mantel clocks. Explore works from the 17th to the 20th century and see how you can mix periods and styles to create individual design-schemes in your own home.… Read More

A Charmed Life: Eugenio Praga and Paganini

Italian Violin and Bow, Eugenio Praga, Genoa, 1892 (Lot 104, Estimate: $30,000-50,000)

Four centuries of music-making tradition cross the auction block at Skinner, with works of Hendrik Jacobs, Giovanni Battista Gabrielli, Charles François Gand, and Eugenio Praga. With approximately 360 lots on offer, including a broad selection of violins, violas, violoncellos, and their bows, the June 2 auction will also feature a collection of contemporary classical and flamenco guitars, in addition to vintage fretted instruments by Gibson and C.F.… Read More

5 Essentials for Entertaining

Deputy Director of Jewelry and all-around and bon vivant John Colasacco enacted a “takeover” of The Gentleman’s Auction. John’s lifelong interest in antique and period jewelry is matched by his love of antiques — particularly the accoutrements of entertaining. With his passion and trained eye, John appraises decorative arts & silver for the PBS series Antiques Roadshow.

Cocktail glasses can be both both stylish and versatile

Vintage Cocktail Glasses

I love how they look, you can find unique sets almost anywhere, or you can mix and match.Read More

First Tuesday | June 4 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, June 4 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Karen Keane, Jonathan Dowling & Kaitlin Shinnick will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions.

Experts Available in June:

Robin S.R. Starr – Director of American & European Works of Art, will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for upcoming auctions. She is looking forward to seeing examples by listed, sought-after artists, as well as iconic works of fine art photography from the 19th through 21st centuries, with market interest over $1000.… Read More

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