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Harry Jackson Sculpture and Abstract Expressionism

Who would have thought that a budding Abstract Expressionist in the 1940s would become one of the most famous sculptors of the American West just a decade later?  That is the story of Harry Jackson, whose bronzes are beloved by collectors and enthusiasts of Western art.

Harry Jackson (American, 1924-2011)Stampede (Lot 278, Estimate: $80,000 – $120,000)

As a young man, Harry Jackson served as a combat artist in the Marine Corps during World War II.… Read More

Highlights from American & European Works of Art at Skinner on January 25th

BOSTON, MA – January 14, 2019 – On Friday, January 25, Skinner presents an outstanding two-session auction of Prints, Multiples & Photographs and Paintings & Sculpture with over 350 lots spanning Old Masters through contemporary offerings. 

Harry Jackson (American, 1924-2011) Stampede (Lot 278, Estimate: $80,000 – $120,000)

Paintings & Sculpture

An exceptional selection of bronze sculptures is spearheaded by an important group of western bronzes by Harry Jackson, including early works Stampede (Lot 278, Estimate: $80,000-120,000) and Range Burial (Lot 279, Estimate: $50,000-70,000) among others from the collection of Joseph Thomas Alvarez III.… Read More

5 Questions with Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist Kate Leland

Skinner’s specialist in Modern & Contemporary Art, Kate Leland, helps to produce three major auctions annually, appraising and cataloging paintings, sculpture, and works on paper for a wide variety of Skinner clients. Kate joined Skinner in 2016 after serving in curatorial and administrative roles at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.… Read More

Looking at Sculpture: A Hands-on Evening with Conservator Rika Smith

Harry Jackson (American, 1924-2011)Stampede (Lot 278, Estimate: $80,000-120,000)

January 24, 2019 | Reception 5:30PM, Gallery Walk 6PM

Boston Gallery | 63 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

Rika Smith, art conservation expert in cast bronze sculpture, will join us for an evening of conversation about all things bronze.

Using artworks presented for the Fine Arts & Painting auction on January 25, 2019 by Isidore Bonheur, Harry Jackson, and Mimmo Paladino, we will examine the sculptures to identify casting methods, finishing techniques, and types of patination.… Read More

Rare Annie E. Aldrich and Sarah Tutt Marblehead Pottery Vase

Rare Annie E. Aldrich and Sarah Tutt Marblehead Pottery Vase, Marblehead, Massachusetts, c. 1909, sold for $303,000 on December 14, 2018.

Dr. Herbert Hall started the Marblehead Pottery in 1904, as therapy for patients at his Devereux Sanitarium. His therapeutic workshop evolved into a business, and in 1915, Arthur Baggs took over the production operation and continued to produce the pottery until 1936. 

In 1909, this vase was designed by Annie E.… Read More

Jared Bowen’s Top Picks from the Gentleman’s Auction

This edition of The Gentleman’s Auction features a generous contribution from WGBH’s Executive Arts Editor Jared Bowen. Jared adds a personal touch to the auction by curating a section of objects related to his “likes.” Here are his top picks: 

World War I ‘Public Warning’ Poster

Public Warning poster

History is fascinating to me, but never more so than when you have access to tangible materials like this sobering Public Warning poster from World War II.… Read More

The Gentleman’s Auction with WGBH’s Jared Bowen

Jared Bowen, Executive Arts Editor at WGBH

Throughout the past year, the team that runs The Gentleman’s Auction here at Skinner has invited collaboration with local Gentlemen of note. This time around, in a sale timed to coincide with the holidays, we are pleased to welcome Jared Bowen into the fold. Jared is Executive Arts Editor at WGBH and is the Emmy award-winning host of Open Studio with Jared Bowen, a weekly program covering all aspects of the arts.… Read More

Currier and Ives: America Envisioned

Before cable news and Instagram, Americans saw the top stories of the day, in politics and popular culture, through the colorful images of Currier and Ives. The lithographs of Currier and Ives are iconic representations of American life from 1850 to 1900. They are arguably the most popular, widely reproduced prints in history, continuing to appear on items from calendars and holiday greeting cards to dinnerware.

A Four-Oared Shell Race, 1884.

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3 Reasons Framed Art is a Good Entry into Collecting

Lot 1177 Autumnal Landscape at Sunset by William Charles Baker: This piece has so many bright colors that would make it really stand out from a wall. It’s also large enough to make a real statement to any decor.

Whenever I have my hands really into staging a furniture and decorative arts auction in the Marlborough preview and auction rooms, I am always thrilled to find how effective hanging the artwork at the end of the process can be in tying the whole look of the room together.… Read More

5 Questions with Skinner Jewelry Specialist John Colasacco

Fine Jewelry Specialist John Colasacco

John is a specialist in our Fine Jewelry department, nurturing a lifelong interest in jewelry with particular expertise in antique and period pieces. His love of antiques began in the flea markets, tag sales, and antique shops of his native Westchester County, New York, appreciating the beauty and simplicity of 18th century English silver. While studying at Boston University, John explored his interest in the auction world by joining Skinner’s Boston gallery team part-time in 2002 and the Jewelry Department in 2005.… Read More

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