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Ahearn and Post Collections Lead Skinner Historic Arms & Militaria Auction

MARLBOROUGH, MA – October 3, 2018 Skinner is pleased to announce the November 2, 2018 auction of Historic Arms & Militaria. The bi-annual sale offers collectors material of historical interest from the American Revolution through World War II, including artillery, pistols, muskets, rifles, swords, powder horns, and uniforms.

British Pattern 1756 Long Land Service Musket Marked to the 4th Regiment of Foot, or the Kings Own Regiment, c.

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Focus on Europe | Skinner October 13th Auction

BOSTON, MA – September 25, 2018Skinner will present an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts featuring Fine Silver in its Boston Gallery on Saturday, October 13, 2018.  With over 600 lots on offer, the auction features an expansive selection of fine silver and ceramics as well as European furniture and decorative arts of the 18th through early 20th centuries.

Selection of Grand Tour Material from the Collection of Frederic and Jean Scharf

October features fresh to the market material from private collections from New England and the Mid-Atlantic States including Grand Tour sculpture from the collection of Frederic and Jean Sharf.… Read More

Important Jewelry at Auction September 25th in Boston

Art Deco Platinum and Diamond Bracelet, Cartier (Lot 66, Estimate: $100,000-150,000)

BOSTON, MA – September 11, 2018 – Skinner is pleased to announce September 25th as the date for our second Important Jewelry auction of the year. Collectors and buyers who wait in anticipation of this event will be pleased with the breadth and content of this auction, featuring over 400 lots of diamonds, colored stones, and antique and period jewelry. 

Art Deco Jewelry

Our Important Jewelry auction features several exceptional examples of Art Deco design from the 1920s and 1930s.… 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

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

Americana Exceptionalism

A legacy of beauty, ingenuity, and craftsmanship in Skinner’s August Americana auctions

Rare Early Red-painted Pine Hanging Cupboard with Glazed Watch Window and Silver Pocket Watch, 18th century (Lot 28, Estimate: $4,000-6,000)

Skinner’s tradition of notable Americana sales continues with auctions on August 12 & 13 and an online auction August 6-14.  The two-day and online sales comprise nearly 1500 lots of fine American folk art, furniture, ceramics, and maritime antiques.  Day 1 kicks off the auction with two outstanding collections, the Collection of Gail and Don Piatt and the Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art, Part I.  The Piatt collection features a delightful array of fine country antiques with an emphasis on early New Hampshire painted furniture, samplers, lighting, decorative arts, and painted miniature smalls.  Highlights include:

Watercolor Lipe-Lambert Family Record, William Murray, Vermont, 1806 (Lot 278, Estimate: $6,,000-8,000)

The Kern collection is encyclopedic in its representation of New England folk art.… Read More

Early English Books in Boston: a July Event

Skinner’s specially scheduled July book auction features a single-owner collection from California that includes high spots of English literature, culture, religion, and history from before 1700. Early English books have been prized by book collectors since the 19th century, and this important collection, formed over decades of careful selection from the best dealers and auction houses worldwide represents a unique opportunity to acquire early books that are rarely available for sale.… Read More

Auction of Artifacts from Tribal Cultures Now Open for Bidding 

Ogoni Puppet, Nigeria, Estimate: $3,000-4,000 

MARLBOROUGH, MA – July 5, 2018 – Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce a Tribal Art online auction, with bidding open through July 11, 2018. With a breadth of material spanning the globe; tribal cultures from American Indian, pre-Columbian, African, Oceanic, South-East Asian, and more are available for bidding in an online auction format. 

The Tribal Art online auction includes significant artifacts from  including Inuit and Northwest Coast tribal groups; from the Amazon; a large number from Africa ranging from ceremonial face masks, figures, weapons and jewelry; a large Oceanic contingent of material from New Guinea jewelry to Polynesian pre-contact stone tools and weapons; and a group of Pre-Columbian ceramic figures and vessels.… Read More

Saturday, July 14th Auction at Skinner features the Laver Collection of Wedgwood, British & American Silver, and European Furniture & Decorative Arts

Durgin Sterling Silver and Mixed Metal Teapot (Lot 134, Estimate: $800-1,200)

BOSTON, MA –Skinner, Inc. will hold an auction Saturday, July 14th of European Furniture & Decorative Arts featuring Fine Silver and the Laver Collection of Wedgwood. The extensive offerings include nearly 600 lots of European furniture and decorative arts from the 17th through early 20th centuries.

British and American Silver

Early Georgian tableware and a strong group of American Arts & Crafts silver from the likes of Arthur Stone, Katherine Pratt, Porter Blanchard, and Mary Catherine Knight are notably featured in the 200 lots of flatware and hollowware from the United States, England, and Europe.… Read More

Fine Books & Manuscripts online May 31 through June 8

Featuring more than 700 lots of printed books, historic manuscripts, maps, and prints, including Audubon’s.

MARLBOROUGH, MA – May 31, 2016 – Skinner, Inc. is hosting an online auction of Fine Books & Manuscripts from May 31 through June 8. Interested bidders are invited to preview items and meet with specialists in person on June 5, June 6, and June 7, or anytime online.

A featured section of NASA photographs and memorabilia from the collection of Dutch television director Rudolf Spoor takes center stage (300 lots), with an item unprecedented in space collecting: a NASA safety helmet signed by 26 American astronauts and six rocket scientists and missions control specialists.… Read More

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