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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

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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