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Collecting Modern & Contemporary Art – How to Start

Walmar Wladimir Schwab (Swiss, 1902-2000) Abstract Composition, sold for: $492

Whether you would like to purchase a few artworks to fill wall space in a new apartment or you are interested in beginning a serious art collection, buying at auction can be a straightforward entry point. The process is rather transparent, and it is one of the few opportunities in the US art market to have an idea of pricing up front. Auction houses always provide an estimate of a work’s value—a range in which the specialists believe a work will sell.… Read More

Understanding Navajo Silver Jewelry

The art of silversmithing as practiced by the Navajo, Zuni, and other Pueblo Indians is a relatively recent cultural development. It was not until sometime between 1850 and 1870 that the Navajos acquired the skill of working in silver from the Mexican plateros (silversmiths) they encountered. From the Navajos, the art spread to the Zunis, and to a lesser degree to the other smaller tribes of the Pueblo groups. Although many tribes eventually learned the craft of silversmithing, none have developed it to the level of the Navajo, Zuni and later the Hopi.… Read More

First Tuesday | May 7 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, May 7 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Christopher Fox, Jonathan Dowling & Kaitlin Shinnick will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions. 

Experts Available in May:

Jonathan Dowling – From the multi-faceted Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments Department, Jonathan will be looking for wristwatches, pocket watches, clocks, and important historical and scientific material.  Bring in your timepieces and related collectibles for an auction evaluation and the opportunity to consign for future live and online sales.  

 

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The Don & Inge Cadle Collection

After a childhood in Denver, Colorado, Don Cadle attended Yale University in 1946, and after graduation, went on to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, earning a doctorate in History in 1953. Then followed three years in the Army in West Germany, where he worked in military intelligence, and where he met and married Ingebord, his life partner and co-collector of rugs.

Following his Army service, Don and Inge moved back to the U.S., where Don worked for a number of Federal Agencies, including the Bureau of the Budget and the Department of Commerce, ending up as the CFO for NASA.… Read More

244 Years Later: The Willard Buttrick Powder Horn

As a lifelong historian of the events of April 19th, 1775, I have been searching for related objects ever since I was quite young. One of those relics was the powder horn owned by Willard Buttrick, a member of Captain David Brown’s Concord Minute Company. I had read about the horn in a book published by the Town of Concord for the centennial celebration in 1875, although the printer had misspelled the name “William.” As a very important object from the fight that took place 100 years earlier, it was on display in the dinner tent for event visitors, the most distinguished being President Ulysses S.Read More

Wedgwood Jasperware: A 10-Point Primer

Wedgwood is ripe for collecting with examples manufactured in a variety of bodies, colors and subject matter over 260 years of production. To the novice, Wedgwood is often light blue jasper or perhaps a familiar dinner service from childhood. What they might not realize is the breadth of production or the fact that Wedgwood collectors span the globe. Follow these pointers to learn how to identify Wedgwood and what to look for in this collecting area.… Read More

How To Catch the Vintage Watch Bug—Without Breaking the Bank

A recent Instagram post of vintage wristwatches elicited a great response “goes to show you that a watch doesn’t have to have cost six figures to look like six figures. Love it.”

Collecting of any kind is fueled by a passion for design, quality, history, or by some unquantified pulse, and mechanical watches have a beauty, history, and utility that their owners can relate to on many different levels. To start collecting, focus on what speaks to you, what you appreciate visually, mechanically, or for the history that these pieces offer.… Read More

First Tuesday | April 2 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough 

Tuesday, April 2 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Michael Evans, Kaitlin Shinnick, Robin S.R. Starr, & Chris Barber will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions. 

Experts Available in April:

Michael Evans – From the American Indian & Ethnographic Art Department, Michael is interested in appraising a variety of art, artifacts, and decorative objects from American Indian, African, Inuit, Oceanic and Asian tribal cultures.  Skinner holds two live American Indian & Ethnographic Art auctions each year as well as Tribal Art online auctions and is seeking consignments for future auctions.Read More

On the Surface: Monochrome Glazes and Bubble Structure in Chinese Ceramics

Chinese monochrome-glazed ceramics have been attracting western collectors since the 18th century. The collecting frenzy was ignited by the French and soon followed by the Americans of the Gilded Age. For the immensely varied hues spanning the whole color spectrum from white to black, monochrome ceramics were collected and used as a vibrant design element to decorate their chateaux, mansions, and hotels. Many terms have been coined to indicate the Chinese glazes, such as ‘ding ware’ for the creamy white; ‘blanc-de-Chine’ for the ivory white; ‘celadon’ for the grayish-green; ‘sang-de-boeuf’ for the deep red; ‘peachbloom’ for the soft pastel pink; ‘clair-de-lune’ for the delicate pale blue; and ‘Imperial yellow’ for the egg-yolk yellow; to list a few.… Read More

Inviting Consignments in the Midwest | Fine Musical Instruments

Skinner has been hosting dedicated, live auctions of Fine Musical Instruments continuously for over thirty years, and remains the only full-service auction house in America to do so. Skinner’s Fine Musical Instruments department routinely offers exceptional bowed and fretted string instruments, including antique violins, violas, cellos, and their bows, as well as vintage guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Whether a single item or an entire collection, Skinner invites you to consign your Fine Musical Instruments today.Read More

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