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Fine Wine Tasting | Monday, June 25

 

  Fine Wine Tasting

Branch Line, Watertown | Monday, June 25th from 5-7 PM 

Please join us for an evening wine tasting on Monday, June 25th at Branch Line in Watertown. Seasonal menu items from the team that established Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar will be paired with exceptional wines selected by Skinner Specialists highlighting items in the upcoming June 26 Fine Wines & Rare Spirits Auction.… Read More

The Aesthetics of Function: The Influence of the Japanese Tea Ceremony in Modern American Studio Ceramics

American Studio Ceramics Featuring a Collection of Makoto Yabe

“Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage. In China, in the eighth century, it entered the realm of poetry as one of the polite amusements. The fifteenth century saw Japan ennoble it into a religion of aestheticism—Teaism…a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence.  It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order.  It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.”

Okakura Kazuko, The Book of Tea

When the centuries old Japanese tea ceremony crosses national and international boundaries not only does it deposit forms and aesthetics in these new cultural territories, but  it also borrows from them, enriching the aesthetic vocabulary of utensils intended for, or adapted for, use in the tea ceremony.… Read More

Space Pioneers | June 6 | Marlborough

A Lecture by Rudolf Spoor

Apollo 11, Buzz Aldrin on the Surface of the Moon, the Visor Photograph, July 11, 1969 (Lot 2087, Estimate: $600-800)

Wednesday, June 6, 5PM

Come and hear Rudolf Spoor’s story of passionate collecting, which began with a disastrous backyard model rocket detonation and lead to a lifelong career in the Dutch media. Spoor was a fortunate front-line witness to the American space race at its start in the 1960’s. He was there to see the fulfillment of John F.… Read More

First Tuesday | June 5 | Marlborough

 

 

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough 

Tuesday, June 5  | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Adam Tober, Robin S.R. Starr, Kaitlin Shinnick, Judith Dowling & LaGina Austin will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions. 

Experts Available in June:

Gibson ES-335 TD Electric Guitar, c. 1963 (Sold for 12,300 on May 21, 2018)

Adam Tober – Director of the Fine Musical Instruments Department will be looking at bowed stringed instruments such as violins, violas, and cellos – as well as fretted instruments such as Martin and Gibson guitars and mandolins. 

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June Fine Art & Fine Jewelry Consignment Days

Fine Art & Fine Jewelry Consignment Events

 

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) Untitled (Standing Mobile, c. 1965), (Sold for: $471,000)

Friday, June 1 | Portland, ME

American & European Works of Art – By Appointment Only

Fine Art experts from Skinner will be on hand to accept consignments of American & European Paintings, Sculpture, Works on Paper, Prints & Photographs for upcoming 2018 auctions.… Read More

Classical Salon | May 18 | Boston

Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh

Classical Salon Featuring The Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh Group

Friday May 18, Boston Gallery

Please join us for a Musical Reception at the Skinner Boston gallery on Friday, May 18 featuring the Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh Group. This reception is held in conjunction with a preview of the May 18 auction of  Fine Musical Instruments online.

Yaeko grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and began violin lessons at the age of 3.… Read More

Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments | NJ & NY Consignment Days

Gentleman’s Stainless Steel Breitling Navitimer 806 Wristwatch, c. 1960 (Sold for: $5,228)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday & Tuesday, May 14-15  |  Bergen County & New York City 

The Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments Department is now inviting consignments for future auctions. Jay Dowling, Skinner’s Clocks, Watches and Scientific Instruments specialist, will be available to offer free verbal appraisals and evaluations on Monday, May 14 10AM-3PM at the Bergen County Historical Society and Tuesday, May 15 10AM-4PM at the New York office.… Read More

The Endurance of Walker Evans | May 9 | Boston

The Endurance of Walker Evans

A lecture by Belina Rathbone

Walker Evans (American, 1903-1975) Table Setting and Chairs, Muriel Draper’s Apartment, New York, 1934 (Lot 25, Estimate: $3,000-5,000)

Wednesday, May 9, 5PM

Rathbone will discuss the enduring power and influence of Walker Evans’s photography, and the consistency of his vision throughout his career, as demonstrated by the works in the Harry Lunn Gallery collection.… Read More

American Indian & Ethnographic Art Gallery Walk | May 4

Painted Wood Board, Kwoi, Purari Delta, Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea, early 20th century (Lot 32, Estimate: $8,000-12,000)

Friday, May 4, 2018

Join us for an informal tour of auction highlights

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Reception: 5:30PM Gallery Walk: 6PM

Join specialist Michael R. Evans from our American Indian & Ethnographic department for an informal tour of highlights for the May 5th auction of 380 lots of impressive examples of American Indian & Ethnographic craftsmanship.… Read More

Anatolian Village Weaving | April 29 | Boston

Central Anatolian “Memling” Gul Rug, Turkey, c. 1850 (Lot 1, Estimate: $2,500-3,000)

Anatolian Village Weaving

 

A Lecture by Samy Rabinovic 

 
Sunday, April 29th

Samy Rabinovic was born in Istanbul in 1940, and grew up in a house filled with rugs (his uncle was Director of the Anglo-Persian Rug Company), but felt no particular attraction to them. His real passion at the time was chemistry. After obtaining an advanced degree in Polymer Sciences from the University of Massachusetts in 1969, Samy worked for Rohm and Haas (now owned by Dow Chemical) for many years, becoming head of Research and Development in their Plastics Division in France from 1975 through 1984.… Read More

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