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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

Nuances in Numismatics

1862/1 3 Cent Silver Trime (Lot 1027, Estimate: $300-500)

While much of numismatics and connoisseurship focuses around type, years, mintages, and condition, there are other nuances worth considering while enjoying coin collecting. Many individuals build their collections around a type that they enjoy, whether that be the Morgan dollar series, Barber coinage, or period, such as the early Federal era. From here, they attempt to collect each year, mintmark, and major/minor variety, sometimes with a focus on pieces in mint state, other times just what they can afford at

1884-CC GSA Morgan Dollar (Lot 1086, Estimate: $100-200)

the time.… Read More

First Tuesday | September 4 | Marlborough

 

 

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough 

Tuesday, September 4  | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Stuart Slavid, & Suhyung Kim will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions. 

Experts Available in September:

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

Country Americana | A Specialists Perspective

Skinner monthly Discovery auctions are approachable and keenly followed by seasoned and novice buyers alike for their affordability and diverse, eclectic offerings.  A recent Country Americana auction featured a broad and eclectic selection of 18th, 19th, and 20th-century furniture, folk art, ceramics, metalwork, fine art, and textiles. Department specialist Kyle Johnson weighs-in on some of the areas where he saw strong auction results.  

 

Six Graduated Painted Firkins, 19th century (Lot 18, Sold for: $1,599)

Six Graduated Painted Firkins, 19th century

  This group of six graduated buckets hammered for $1,300, outperforming the expected $600-800 estimate.… Read More

Now Inviting Consignments | Fine Musical Instruments

Skinner has been hosting dedicated, live auctions of Fine Musical Instruments in Boston continuously for over thirty years, and remains the only full-service auction house in America to do so. Skinner’s Fall Fine Musical Instruments Auction will showcase a selection of classical string instruments and their bows, vintage fretted instruments, and a wide array of lutherie materials, tools, and books.

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Gérôme Rediscovered

Gérôme, Jean-Léon (French, 1824-1904) Evening Prayer, to be offered at Skinner September 21

 A newly-rediscovered oil painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme, Evening Prayer, will be offered by Skinner in the American & European Works of Art auction on September 21, 2018. The painting has been authenticated by Dr. Emily Weeks, whose essay follows below. A full description of the work with provenance, along with Dr.Read More

Americana Exceptionalism

A legacy of beauty, ingenuity, and craftsmanship in Skinner’s August Americana auctions

Rare Early Red-painted Pine Hanging Cupboard with Glazed Watch Window and Silver Pocket Watch, 18th century (Lot 28, Estimate: $4,000-6,000)

Skinner’s tradition of notable Americana sales continues with auctions on August 12 & 13 and an online auction August 6-14.  The two-day and online sales comprise nearly 1500 lots of fine American folk art, furniture, ceramics, and maritime antiques.  Day 1 kicks off the auction with two outstanding collections, the Collection of Gail and Don Piatt and the Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art, Part I.  The Piatt collection features a delightful array of fine country antiques with an emphasis on early New Hampshire painted furniture, samplers, lighting, decorative arts, and painted miniature smalls.  Highlights include:

Watercolor Lipe-Lambert Family Record, William Murray, Vermont, 1806 (Lot 278, Estimate: $6,,000-8,000)

The Kern collection is encyclopedic in its representation of New England folk art.… Read More

Passion & Scholarship: The Folk Art Collection of Arthur & Sybil Kern

I. Gilbert (New York, act. Early to Mid-19th Century) Portraits of a Man and Woman from Cazenovia, New York (Lot 348, Estimate: $10,000-15,000)

 

A Lecture by Suzanne and Michael Payne

Saturday, August 11, 5PM

Skinner welcomes Suzanne and Michael Payne, long-time friends and self-described kindred souls of “Collector-researchers” Arthur and Sybil Kern. The Paynes will discuss highlights from the Kern collection segment of the upcoming August Americana auction, and the aesthetic force of American folk art.… Read More

Accepting Consignments | Important Jewelry & Fine Jewelry Collections

Wednesday, August 1 | New York City

By appointment only.

Skinner’s Fine Jewelry department is inviting consignments for upcoming autumn auctions. Fine Jewelry expert Kaitlin Shinnick will be available to evaluate items and accept consignments in the New York office on August 1.

REQUEST APPOINTMENT

Skinner New York 415 Madison Ave, New York

Contact Us:

jewelry@skinnerinc.com 617.874.4313

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