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Colored Stones and Important Jewelry featured at Skinner Auction

BOSTON, MA – April 27, 2018 – Skinner is pleased to announce May 15th as the date for our first 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.

Rare Colombian Emeralds

Platinum, Emerald, and Diamond Necklace, c. 1905 (Lot 128, Estimate: $100,000-125,000)

Our Important Jewelry auction features several exceptional Colombian emeralds.… Read More

Archive of Photographer Walker Evans’s Largely Unseen Personal Collection at Auction

BOSTON, MA — In 1935, the Farm Security Administration commissioned a team of photographers to document the devastating effects of the Great Depression. Among these was Walker Evans, who is widely recognized as one of the most influential figures in the history of American documentary photography for his poetic – and now iconic – view of America.

Walker Evans (American, 1903-1975) Robert Frank’s Stove, Nova Scotia, 1971 (Lot 154, Estimate: $2,500-3,500)

Evans’s career stretched from the late 1920s to the early 1970s, creating an all-encompassing body of work.… Read More

The Endurance of Walker Evans | May 9 | Boston

The Endurance of Walker Evans

A lecture by Belina Rathbone

Walker Evans (American, 1903-1975) Table Setting and Chairs, Muriel Draper’s Apartment, New York, 1934 (Lot 25, Estimate: $3,000-5,000)

Wednesday, May 9, 5PM

Rathbone will discuss the enduring power and influence of Walker Evans’s photography, and the consistency of his vision throughout his career, as demonstrated by the works in the Harry Lunn Gallery collection.… Read More

Beyond borders: Skinner’s May 5 American Indian & Ethnographic Art Auction

Presents art and artifacts from Africa to the Great Plains, the tundra to the tropics

 

Songye Power Figure, Mankishi, (Lot 78, Estimate $60,000-80,000)

The allure of non-Western art and artifacts for early modernist artists such as Picasso and Matisse is well known. Ethnic creations continue to have the same appeal for collectors around the world.

This auction features significant African art, painstakingly acquired over many years by connoisseurs with deep scholarly insight.… Read More

American Indian & Ethnographic Art Gallery Walk | May 4

Painted Wood Board, Kwoi, Purari Delta, Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea, early 20th century (Lot 32, Estimate: $8,000-12,000)

Friday, May 4, 2018

Join us for an informal tour of auction highlights

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Reception: 5:30PM Gallery Walk: 6PM

Join specialist Michael R. Evans from our American Indian & Ethnographic department for an informal tour of highlights for the May 5th auction of 380 lots of impressive examples of American Indian & Ethnographic craftsmanship.… Read More

Anatolian Village Weaving | April 29 | Boston

Central Anatolian “Memling” Gul Rug, Turkey, c. 1850 (Lot 1, Estimate: $2,500-3,000)

Anatolian Village Weaving

 

A Lecture by Samy Rabinovic 

 
Sunday, April 29th

Samy Rabinovic was born in Istanbul in 1940, and grew up in a house filled with rugs (his uncle was Director of the Anglo-Persian Rug Company), but felt no particular attraction to them. His real passion at the time was chemistry. After obtaining an advanced degree in Polymer Sciences from the University of Massachusetts in 1969, Samy worked for Rohm and Haas (now owned by Dow Chemical) for many years, becoming head of Research and Development in their Plastics Division in France from 1975 through 1984.… Read More

Tools: Their History & Symbolism

A Lecture by Laurent Adamowicz 

Author of Codes & Symbols of European Tools

This illustrated talk, delivered on April 18, 2018, takes a look at Laurent Adamowicz’s research on antique tools and the codes and symbols associated with them over the centuries. Adamowicz will discuss how they relate to Europe’s history of conflicts, wars, secret societies, and religious and political allegiances.

Laurent Adamowicz holds a BA in International Affairs from ESCP-Europe in Paris, an MBA from the Wharton School, a Master of Arts in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University in New York, and is a Senior Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.Read More

Vintage Wine & Spirits for Every Budget

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First Tuesday | May 1 | Marlborough

 

 

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough 

Tuesday, May 1  | 1:30PM – 4PM

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

Experts Available in April:

Sam Gilliam (American, b. 1933) Yellow Fan-White Float (Sold for $267,000)

Robin S.R. Starr – Director of American & European Works of Art will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for Skinner’s 2018 auctions.Read More

Preview Important Jewelry | New York City April 24 & 26

Join us in New York City to preview the May 15th Important Jewelry Auction.  Appointments are required; please contact the department for available times and location.

TUESDAY, APRIL 24 & THURSDAY, APRIL 26 

REQUEST APPOINTMENT

For more information, please contact:

Victoria Bratberg Director of Fine Jewelry vbratberg@skinnerinc.com 617.874.4305… Read More

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