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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

First Tuesday | March 5 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough 

Tuesday, March 5 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Adam Tober, Kaitlin Shinnick & Christopher D. Fox will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions. 

Experts Available in March:

Christopher D. Fox – Our Generalist this month is a Specialist in the Militaria department and Associate Deputy Director of American Furniture & Decorative Arts.Read More

The Enduring Legacy and Likeness of George Washington and President’s Day

George Washington is one of the most recognizable figures in American history. Revered as the father of our country, America’s first Commander in Chief led the struggle for independence and served as the nation’s first president. His legacy remains a vivid part of our daily lives. There are countless counties across the United States named in his honor, a state, and the nation’s capital. We see his image nearly every day on the quarter and one dollar bill, and around the President’s Day holiday in February through a dazzling array of television and print advertisements for automobiles, furniture, and a vast sea of consumer goods specially priced in celebration of the holiday.… Read More

First Tuesday | February 5 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, February 5 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Walk in to the Skinner Marlborough Gallery from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5th for a free opinion of value from our specialists. Staff are on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions; we’ve had a number of extraordinary objects come our way through First Tuesdays. We are seeking a variety of items across the catagories of: Fine art, jewelry and gemstones, silver, bronzes, Asian art, Art glass and lamps, folk art and more can be brought-in for evaluation.… Read More

A Friendly Debate: Challenges of Provenance and Authenticity

Renowned for his large-scale sculptures, Henry Moore (British, 1898-1986) was also a prolific draughtsman, producing nearly 7,500 drawings over the course of his career. He made these drawings for a variety of purposes: as works of art in their own rights, as preparatory sketches for sculptures or prints, as nature studies, or as studies of the works of other artists. Moore made the drawing Reclining Figures, 1948-50, with the intention of using it as a study for a future print.… Read More

Harry Jackson Sculpture and Abstract Expressionism

Who would have thought that a budding Abstract Expressionist in the 1940s would become one of the most famous sculptors of the American West just a decade later?  That is the story of Harry Jackson, whose bronzes are beloved by collectors and enthusiasts of Western art.

As a young man, Harry Jackson served as a combat artist in the Marine Corps during World War II. He returned from the war seeking an outlet through his art for the intense experiences he had undergone, finding in color a way to express emotional content.… Read More

Highlights from American & European Works of Art at Skinner on January 25th

BOSTON, MA – January 14, 2019 – On Friday, January 25, Skinner presents an outstanding two-session auction of Prints, Multiples & Photographs and Paintings & Sculpture with over 350 lots spanning Old Masters through contemporary offerings. 

Paintings & Sculpture

An exceptional selection of bronze sculptures is spearheaded by an important group of western bronzes by Harry Jackson, including early works Stampede (Lot 278, Estimate: $80,000-120,000) and Range Burial (Lot 279, Estimate: $50,000-70,000) among others from the collection of Joseph Thomas Alvarez III.… Read More

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