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Irresistible Unreserved: Skinner offers a new kind of auction in the New Year, with $10 starting bids on all lots

Marquetry Tea Caddy (Lot 1308, Estimate: $200-300)

Marquetry Tea Caddy (Lot 1308, Estimate: $200-300)

Skinner debuts an innovative online auction format with its Irresistible Unreserved auction that will run from January 5 through January 27.

In this auction, every lot will start at the same nominal bid of $10. Alexander Hamilton, the face of the auction and a man who cared greatly about value, would surely approve.

All of the items have been inspected, cataloged and valued by Skinner’s experts and have been judged to meet Skinner’s high standards regarding authenticity and condition.… Read More

Bountiful and Beautiful: Skinner’s January Fine Art Auctions Feature Fresh-to-Market Works

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) Untitled (Standing Mobile, c. 1965) (Estimate: $150,000-250,000)

BOSTON, MASkinner, Inc. presents an outstanding two-session auction on Friday, January 27 in its Boston gallery.  Fine Prints & Photographs starts at 12PM, followed by  Fine Paintings & Sculpture at 4PM. Previews will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 12 to 5PM; Thursday, January 26, 12 to 8PM; and Friday, January 27, 9 to 10AM.

Robin S. R. Starr, Vice President and Director of American & European Works of Art, notes that in addition to a broad selection of pre-20th-century material, the auction offers an especially robust quantity of modern and contemporary work in all categories.… Read More

Classical Vocabulary/Architectural Ornament: The Designs of James Horton Whitehouse

Pair of Elkington & Co. Sterling Silver Ewers, Birmingham, 1869-70 (Lot 178, Estimate: $3,500-4,500)

James Horton Whitehouse was one of Tiffany & Co.’s earliest and most well-respected designers, producing many of the firm’s most important pieces during his 44-year career. Born in Staffordshire, England in 1833, Whitehouse was trained in metalworking in Birmingham, England, home of leading silver manufacturer Elkington & Co.… Read More

Skinner Celebrates the New Year with Two-Day Auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, Fine Silver, and Ceramics

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. presents an outstanding two-day auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts and Fine Silver & English Ceramics, taking place in Boston. Session I begins on Thursday, January 12 at 4PM with over 350 lots of fine ceramics and silver. Session II opens on Friday, January 13 at 10AM with 376 lots of fine furniture, porcelain, bronze and marble sculpture, glassware, and more.

Iconic names in design and workmanship including Tiffany, Louis Vuitton, Faberge, and Wedgwood are prominently represented.… Read More

Skinner Offers A Unique Collection of Judaica from Congregation Mishkan Tefila Online December 7 through December 15

Polish Silver Convertible Hanukkah Lamp, Jan Pogorzelski, Warsaw, c.   1852-76 (Estimate: $2,000-4,000)

Polish Silver Convertible Hanukkah Lamp, Jan Pogorzelski, Warsaw, c. 1852-76 (Estimate: $2,000-4,000)

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner, Inc. is hosting an online auction of Judaica with bidding open from December 7 through December 15. Highlights from the auction will be on preview in Marlborough on December 13 & 14 or to view online, anytime.  

The auction features a unique collection of ceremonial and decorative objects, including Torah ornaments, Jewish art and books.Read More

It’s All About Detail: The Elaine Rush Collection Online, Featuring Folk Art & Funk

Rick Ladd Bottle Cap Chair and Footstool, Bottle caps, painted wood,   glass, metal, Brooklyn, New York, 1990 (Lot 1130, Estimate: $600-800)

Architectural Tramp Art Birdcage (Lot 1092, Estimate: $1,000-1,500)

Funky, quirky, out of sight, wild! Such words are heard repeatedly as people come upon the eclectic Elaine Rush collection in Skinner’s Marlborough gallery as it awaits the online auction that will run from November 30 to December 16.

It’s tempting to call the furniture, accessories, architectural elements, found art and decorative pieces a “cool-ection,”, because cool is the word most often uttered by passers-by.… Read More

Unique Holiday Gifts for Every Gentleman in Skinner’s Online Auction
Through December 7

Silver Cocktail Picks, Mexico (Lot 1005, Estimate: $50-75)

Silver Cocktail Picks, Mexico (Lot 1005, Estimate: $50-75)

BOSTON, MA – It is gift-giving time. Will it be: Another necktie, sweater, and pair of slippers? (Cue the politely suppressed yawn) Or something unique and memorable? (Cue the delighted smile.)

The Gentlemen’s Auction online, opens for bidding from November 28 at 12PM through December 7 at 3PM, offers the better choice. Lots include men’s jewelry and accessories, barware, sporting items, choice spirits, as well as collectibles, antiques and decorative arts with a masculine flair.… Read More

Kashmir Sapphires, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Signed Jewelry Highlight Skinner’s Fine Jewelry Auctions

Art Nouveau Gold, Opal, Peridot, and Enamel Ring (Lot 53, Estimate: $10,000-  15,000)

18kt Gold, Ruby, and Diamond Ring (Lot 454, Estimate: $100,000-150,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. presents two Fine Jewelry auctions to close out 2016. The live auction on December 6 will feature over 450 lots, including the collection of noted jewelry expert Rita Goodman. The online auction, which is open for bidding until December 7th, features over 200 lots including many signed pieces by Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Bulgari, and Chanel.… Read More

Rare Kiowa Dress and Paiute Beaded Baskets Lead Skinner’s Auction of American Indian & Ethnographic Art, December 1

Inupiaq Carved Wood Mask, c. 19th century (Lot 205, Estimate:   $2,500-3,500)

Kiowa Woman’s Beaded Hide Dress, c. 1870’s (Lot 159, Estimate: $60,000-80,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of American Indian & Ethnographic Art at 10AM on December 1 in its Boston gallery, featuring a wide range of weavings, pottery, baskets, pre-Colombian art, and objects from the Northeast woodlands, as well as an impressive collection of American Plains Indian material. The auction includes a standout selection of Paiute beaded baskets from The George and Jackie Bernheimer Collection.… Read More

Country Americana and Studio Art online at Skinner in October

James Eaton Polychrome Metal Weathervane Sculpture, America, 2002   (Lot 4, Estimate: $800-1,200)

James Eaton Polychrome Metal Weathervane Sculpture, America, 2002 (Lot 4, Estimate: $800-1,200)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner is hosting a live auction featuring Country Americana on Thursday, November 17 and a Studio Art online auction November 10 through November 18. Interested bidders are invited to view items and meet with specialists in person on November 15 and November 16 or anytime online.

Highlights featured in Country Americana on November 17:

♦ A selection of carved polychrome contemporary folk art, including historical and whimsical figures and weathervanes.… Read More

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