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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

DETAIL | Wedgwood Numbered First Edition Copy of the Portland Vase, England, 18th century, sold for $147,000 on July 15, 2016

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.… 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

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

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