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300-Piece Flora Danica Collection to Lead European Décor & Design Auction

The European Décor & Design auction offers nearly 500 lots of 18th to 20th century British and European furniture and decorative arts, British and European ceramics, and fine silver.

The auction begins with a selection of American silver hollowware and flatware, including an important Boston tankard, by Samuel Minott, circa 1760 (Lot 1001, Estimate: $4,000-6,000). Examples of Tiffany and Gorham’s offerings feature an unusual Tiffany three-piece berry set in fitted case (Lot 1016, Estimate $1,000-2,000), an extensive Gorham Versailles pattern flatware service in its original case (Lot 1021, Estimate: $7,000-9,000), to name just a few.… Read More

Rarity Rules at Asian Art Auction: Two-volume Tome Garners $137,500

BOSTON, MA – March 31, 2021. The Skinner March Asian Works of Arts auction offered various pan-Asian material ranging from Chinese ceramics and Japanese prints to a textile from Turkey and a stone funerary stele from Egypt. Fierce bidding that took place online in the last hours of the sale resulted in an exciting climax with many pieces selling for more than their estimated value.

One of only one hundred copies in the world, a near-pristine copy of Heber Bishop’s Investigations in Jade brought $137,500, including buyer’s premium.… Read More

January Fine Art Auctions Exceed $2 Million

Fine Paintings & Sculpture

Skinner held its first 2021 auction of Paintings, Sculpture & Works on Paper on Friday, January 22nd. Spirited bidding from telephones, online participants, and absentee bidders led to a gross of $1,393,656 and an impressive 90% sell-through rate on 213 lots. “In this white-hot market,” says Robin S.R. Starr, Vice President and department director, “buyers are hungry for works of art, regardless of their period or media.”

Rufino Tamayo (Mexican, 1899-1991) Sandías.

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Fine Ceramics rule the Skinner auctions of European Furniture & Decorative Arts.

Strong interest nationally and internationally for selections of nearly 75 lots of Antiquities and over 700 lots of Wedgwood, most consigned from a New York City estate that had been in storage for more than two decades, contributed to a $1.79M auction that was 94% sold by lot. Competitive and robust internet and telephone bidding drove consistently strong results for the examples of Apulian and Attic red and black figure wares. An Attic black-figure squat amphora sold for $20,000, and an Apulian red-figured volute-krater sold for and $22,500.… Read More

Skinner Sets Auction Record: Andrew Clemens Patriotic Presentation Sand Art Bottle Sells for $275,000

The bottle, featured in an episode of Antiques Roadshow filmed at Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 2002, estimated at $4,000-6,000, set a record at Skinner’s American Furniture & Decorative Arts online auction on November 23rd when it sold for $275,000. 

Andrew Clemens Patriotic Presentation Sand Art Bottle, McGregor, Iowa, c. 1885-90, sold for $275,000

The most ideal attributes and auction elements were all present: artist, design, condition, provenance, and competitive bidding (the presale estimate was $50,000-70,000).… Read More

August Americana at Skinner: Bidders find Comfort for their home, from their homes. Auction totals $1.8m

August Americana showcased fresh-to-the-market property owned by a variety of consignors who trusted Skinner to handle their collections with the care, honesty, and expertise for which Skinner has developed a reputation over their decades in business.

Property of Various Owners

A legendary, but long-dormant connoisseurs collection purchased quietly from many of the best dealers of the late 1960s and early 1970s produced some of the best prices and most competitive bidding.… Read More

Skinner Appoints Christopher Fox as Director of Historic Arms & Militaria

Christopher D. Fox, Director of Historic Arms & Militaria

Christopher Fox has enjoyed a lifelong interest in early American military history. After studying anthropology and archaeology at the University of Michigan, Chris spent a long and fruitful career as Curator of Collections at the Fort Ticonderoga Museum. He has written and lectured on numerous topics, including 18th century engraved powder horns, weapons, uniforms, and related military items.Read More

British & Dutch Furniture and Art from the George Way Collection Featured in July Skinner Auction

MARLBOROUGH, MA – July 15, 2020  – Skinner will present an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts featuring Fine Silver, Ceramics, and the George Way Collection in an online auction open for bidding from July 20 through July 28. With over 600 lots on offer, the sale will feature an expansive selection of fine silver and ceramics as well as European furniture and decorative arts of the 17th through the early 20th centuries.… Read More

Jewelry from Exceptional New England Estates | 2.4 Million Dollar Jewelry Auctions at Skinner

Dreicer & Co. Diamond Sautoir Necklace, c. 1910s, sold for $75,000 and Dreicer & Co. Diamond Pendant Drop, c. 1910s, sold for $100,000

Jewelry from three distinguished New England estates lead the way at Skinner’s Important and Fine Jewelry auctions. From the estate of Mary Weld Pingree, founder of The Pingree School and once described as “Boston’s richest girl,” was a remarkable diamond sautoir by Driecer & Co.… Read More

$1.6M Chinese Vase from a New England Home Leads Skinner Asian Works of Art Auction

BOSTON, MA – June 19, 2020. The Skinner June auction presenting the arts of China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia dating from Neolithic times through the 20th century was a resounding success. Robust participation from top international collectors and dealers on material from estates and collections long off the market resulted in prolonged competitive bidding and a $2.5M auction

“The success of this recent Asian auction is testament to the valuable work Skinner does helping families realize top market potential for their tangibles,” says Skinner CEO, Karen M.… Read More

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