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Atget and Abbott: Documenting Changing Urban Landscapes

Atget, Bar de Cabaret, Paris, 1910-1911, printed later by Berenice Abbott (Lot 110, Estimate: $1,000-1,500)

Skinner’s September 21 Fine Photographs auction opens with two special groups (both vintage and later prints) of images by Eugène Atget and Berenice Abbott. Atget (1857-1927) is remembered for documenting historical aspects of the city of Paris as it was being transformed by modernization. His work inspired Abbott (1898-1991) to focus on the changing buildings and neighborhoods of the city in her project Changing New York.… Read More

The Collection of George and Jackie Bernheimer

The antique and estate jewelry presented in the Fine Jewelry Collections online auction was lovingly assembled over more than four decades by George and Jackie Bernheimer.  Their interests were primarily in unusual colored stones, snake rings, and moonstones, especially those sculpted into cameos and intaglios.  The inspiration for collecting jewelry was initiated by gifts from George’s parents, Paul and Louise, who were best-known for their splendid Harvard Square gallery, Bernheimer’s Antique Arts (1963-1992); which was an off-shoot of the one of the most prominent art businesses in Europe, the renowned L.… Read More

Important Jewelry at Auction September 25th in Boston

Art Deco Platinum and Diamond Bracelet, Cartier (Lot 66, Estimate: $100,000-150,000)

BOSTON, MA – September 11, 2018 – Skinner is pleased to announce September 25th as the date for our second Important Jewelry auction of the year. Collectors and buyers who wait in anticipation of this event will be pleased with the breadth and content of this auction, featuring over 400 lots of diamonds, colored stones, and antique and period jewelry. 

Art Deco Jewelry

Our Important Jewelry auction features several exceptional examples of Art Deco design from the 1920s and 1930s.… Read More

Byeongpung | Korean Folding Screens

Popular in Korea, folding screens were created to decorate rooms and for use as a backdrop to enhance the festive mood for special events such as weddings, birthdays and holidays. Adorned with symbolic images with auspicious meaning folding screens have long been loved; and more recently become a study subject among art historians, who see them essential in understanding Korean art and culture of the late Joseon period.

Eight-panel Sipjangsaengdo Folding Screen, Korea, 19th/20th century, (Lot 531, estimate $1,200-1,500)

Skinner offers four Korean multi-panel folding screens from the 19th and 20th centuries in the September 14, 2018, Asian Works of Art auction in Boston.Read More

The Dory Previn Collection

Dory Previn

Skinner’s September 21, 2018, Fine Paintings & Sculpture Auction will include a selection of artwork from the collection of singer-songwriter Dory Previn. Previn was a composer, lyricist, author, playwright, recording artist, and performer. Her early successes came in Hollywood while working for MGM, where she wrote songs for films, usually as a lyricist teaming up with her then-husband, composer and conductor André Previn.… Read More

The Hot Bid Interviews Judith Dowling on the Record-setting Fencai Vase

Sold for $24.7 Million. Monumental Fencai Flower and Landscape Vase, China, Imperial Qianlong period.

 The Hot Bid’s Sheila Gibson Stoodley recently spoke with Skinner Director of Asian Works of Art, Judith Dowling about the record-setting Chinese Vase sold by Skinner. 

 

What you see: A monumental Fencai Imperial vase dating to the Qianlong period. Skinner sold it in 2014 for $24.7 million– a record for any Chinese work of art sold in the Western world.Read More

Skinner 2018 Consignment Events

Join us in these New England cities for a complimentary auction evaluation of jewelrysilver, coins & currency, American & European works of art, sculpture, and musical instruments and the opportunity to consign property to upcoming Skinner auctions.

New Haven, CT | September 12, 2018

Providence RI | October 10, 2018

Portland ME | November 14, 2018

Chatham MA | December 12, 2018 

Appointments by reservation only.… Read More

Gallery Walk | Highlights from the Dory Previn Collection

Joby Baker (Canadian/American, b. 1934) Dory and the Monster (Lot 344, Estimate: $2,000-2,500)

An Evening of Art & Anecdotes with Joby Baker

Wednesday, September 19, 5:30PM

Skinner welcomes Joby Baker, the widower of Dory Previn who will discuss Dory’s art collection, music, and poetry as we tour the gallery and view her works.

This event is held in conjunction with a preview of Skinner’s September 21st auction of American & European Works of Art.… Read More

Rediscovered Gérôme Leads Skinner September 21 Fine Art Auction

BOSTON, MA – August 23, 2018 – On Friday, September 21, Skinner presents an outstanding two-session auction of Prints, Multiples & Photographs and Paintings & Sculpture with over 350 lots spanning Old Masters through contemporary offerings. Robin S. R. Starr, Vice President and Director of American & European Works of Art, notes, “We’re excited about the depth and breadth of the works in the September auction, from a rediscovered Gérôme masterpiece to a considerable number of fresh to the market works from private collections, including of the composer, lyricist, author, playwright, recording artist, and performer, Dory Previn.” 

Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, 1824-1904) Evening Prayer (Lot 266, Estimate: $400,000-600,000)

Paintings & Sculpture

The marquee lot of the sale is by Jean-Léon G érôme.… Read More

Important Jewelry | Preview in New York City

Art Deco Platinum and Diamond Bracelet, Cartier (Lot 66, Estimate: $100,000-150,000)

Skinner Jewelry specialists Kaitlin Shinnick and John Colasacco will be hosting a preview of Important Jewelry being offered in our September 25 Boston auction

The September auction features over 400 lots of diamonds, colored stones, antique and period jewelry. Highlights include several exceptional examples of Art Deco design from the 1920s and 1930s, vintage and contemporary jewelry by prestigious makers Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, David Webb, Jean Schlumberger and Aldo Cipullo.… Read More

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