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Our Staff reveal their favorite pieces ahead of our upcoming Gentleman’s Auction

The Gentleman’s Auction online, open for bidding through December 5, is curated with an eye for masculine flair and to pique the interest of all gentlemen. The sale tempts with cross-departmental offerings and a broad spectrum of hand-picked items selected to fit a wide range of interests and budgets. 

We caught up with Skinner’s own gentlemen, sale specialist Chris Barber, along with Richard Kenworthy and Sam Sutner, to ask them to curate their “likes” from the nearly 150 lots on offer.… Read More

Important Jewelry Preview | New York City

18kt Gold and Diamond Necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels, France, c. 1950s (Lot 57, Estimate: $15,000-20,000)

Join the Jewelry Department in New York City to preview the December 3 Important Jewelry auction. Private preview times are available by appointment only. Request an appointment for:

Tuesday, November 19Wednesday, November 20Thursday, November 21

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Questions? Contact us:jewelry@skinnerinc.com617.874.4313 Read More

First Tuesday | November 5 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, November 5 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Jonathan Dowling & Kerry Shrives will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions.

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

Skinner’s Fall Americana Auction is Alive with Color!

Skinner’s November 2 and 3 American Furniture and Decorative Arts auction is alive with color, great surfaces, in interesting history.  Carefully collected by William McKeever, Pamela and Brian Ehrlich, Tom and Carolyn Porter, Pamela Boynton, and August (Gus) Knapp, the auction offers a rare opportunity to acquire special objects that have seldom been seen before.

1. The Collection of Bill McKeever, Urbana, Ohio

The McKeever collection offers a variety of mostly 17th and 18th century New England furniture and related smalls, especially burl bowls.… Read More

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

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