The Skeptic is a rare breed. A watcher of antiques-related shows on TV, the Skeptic has never stopped to think that she may own an object of antique value, despite her exposure to the miracles happening on PBS every Monday night.
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Who has time to read anymore? In the fast-paced auction business, we still manage to snatch a few minutes to curl up with a good book or check out an interesting film. Antiques appraisers, auctioneers and everyone else here at Skinner wanted to share our favorite fiction, nonfiction, and movies from the past year with you. Plus, if you’ve got an antiques lover or art history buff in your life, these art, antiques & auction themed books and movies could make some great last-minute holiday gifts.… Read More
The New York Times recently ran an article profiling Andrew Baseman, an interior designer in Manhattan who collects make-dos, or antique objects that have been creatively repaired rather than discarded.
The wide-eyed and hopeful Realist is separated from the Dreamer by the existence of a necessary trait when evaluating an antique in any way—an open mind.
It seems that the drive to collect beautiful things has disappeared, primarily with the forty and under crowd. They appear to be far more interested in gadgets than objects.
You may be wondering, “What is meant by the term Americana?” Americana incorporates a broad range of American furniture and decorative arts.
As a Skinner appraiser, I see all different kinds of people come through the door, lugging furniture, carrying paintings, or holding boxes of heirlooms, looking hopeful, perhaps nervous, or maybe even overconfident. I find that many fit into three groups: The Dreamers, The Realists, and The Skeptics.
I spent six months working in a jewelry store, learning more about materials like gold, silver, and diamonds. After all of this, I went to Bob Skinner with a proposal to start a jewelry department. He asked if I was a gemologist. I said, “No, I just took this week long course and I’m smart and honest.” He said, “You have the job.” I almost fainted.
Chinese export silver, so long sold and exported to the western world, has caught the eye of discerning Chinese buyers. With all of this serious competition added to the recent escalating value of silver, the tide has turned and recent trends show a tremendous upswing and record prices.