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Rare Annie E. Aldrich and Sarah Tutt Marblehead Pottery Vase

Rare Annie E. Aldrich and Sarah Tutt Marblehead Pottery Vase, Marblehead, Massachusetts, c. 1909 (Lot 95, Estimate: $10,000-20,000)

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

How to Recognize a Photo-reproduction

Are you looking at a work of art, but can’t decide whether you’re looking at an original painting or a reproduction? Don’t panic. To bust the vast majority of repros all you need to do is look closely.

Ask yourself if there a reason the work looks suspicious? Maybe the colors look a little off, like an old Kodachrome slide or that faded poster that used to hang in your dorm room? Maybe the texture of the surface seems wrong; it looks like the paint is applied with heavy impasto (meaning thick, loose, brushstrokes) but the surface is flat as a pancake?… Read More

The Marvill Collection: Power, Magic, Mystery, and Design

Skinner thanks Frank Maresca, co-founder of the Ricco/Maresca Gallery in New York City for penning an introduction to the catalog for the Marvill Collection featured in the November 3 American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction

If I had to choose one word to describe Mickey and Jill Baten in their lifelong commitment to collecting art, it would be “fearless.” It is a word that not only implies the lack of fear but, more significantly, the presence of courage; a willingness to venture into the unknown with one’s own instinct and conviction as guides.… Read More

First Tuesday | November 6 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough 

Tuesday, November 6  | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Kaitlin Shinnick, & Christopher D. Fox will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions. 

Experts Available in November:

Sam Gilliam (American, b. 1933) Yellow Fan-White Float (Sold for: $267,000 on January 26, 2018)

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.Read More

Ahearn and Post Collections Lead Skinner Historic Arms & Militaria Auction

MARLBOROUGH, MA – October 3, 2018 Skinner is pleased to announce the November 2, 2018 auction of Historic Arms & Militaria. The bi-annual sale offers collectors material of historical interest from the American Revolution through World War II, including artillery, pistols, muskets, rifles, swords, powder horns, and uniforms.

British Pattern 1756 Long Land Service Musket Marked to the 4th Regiment of Foot, or the Kings Own Regiment, c.

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