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Colored Stones Lead The Way | $2.5 million Jewelry auction at Skinner

Important Sapphire and Diamond Ring, Cartier, c. 1950s, sold for $873,000

BOSTON, MA – September 19, 2019. The top lot of Skinner’s September 17, 2019 Important Jewelry auction was a remarkable twin stone Kashmir sapphire ring by Cartier.

Antique Ruby and Diamond Ring, sold for $171,000

Owned by one family since the 1950s, the ring soared to more than double its pre-sale estimate to $873,000. The sapphires were a classic example of the cornflower-blue stones from the famed Kashmir mines, before they closed in the 1880s.… Read More

Arts of Asia the Focus of the Skinner September 14 Auction

Pair of Spinach Green Covered Vessels, China (Lot 335, Estimate: $50,000-70,000)

BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 28, 2019 – Skinner’s Asian Works of Art auction will be held on Saturday, September 14 in Boston. Featuring over 550 lots of Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian art and antiques. Offerings include Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ceramics; Chinese jades, Chinese textiles; Buddhist bronzes and carvings; Chinese and Korean paintings; Tibetan thangkas; Chinese scholar’s objects and furniture, and a selection of important reference books.… Read More

Auction Highlights | Single-owner Collection of Rare Books at Skinner

BOSTON, MA – July 30, 2019. The July 23, 2019 auction, A Mystic Collection, featured illuminated Medieval manuscripts, a strong group of rubricated incunabula in contemporary bindings, important high spots for Bible collectors, illustrated books, and unusual bindings. Even collectors of English books, 18th-century Italian views, classics, and heraldry had many exceptional offerings from which choose. Collectors, dealers, and institutions from around the world participated in the 230-lot sale, which hammered above the high estimate with a 98.3% sell-through rate.… Read More

A Good Day for Science at Skinner

Standout Results in the Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction

Newton, Sir Isaac (1643-1727) Opticks: or a Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light (sold for: $43,050)

MARLBOROUGH, MA  – May 23, 2019. Skinner’s Fine Books & Manuscripts online auction featured great returns for material related to the sciences. Important landmarks in the history of science have performed well consistently for decades.… Read More

Fresh to Market Works Set Pace at Skinner May Fine Art Auction

BOSTON, MA – May 17, 2019. Skinner’s Boston May 10 auction of American & European Works of Art saw a curated two-session sale of Prints, Multiples, and Photographs followed by Paintings, Sculpture, and Drawings. Participation was brisk with over 1,000 registered bidders from the U.S., Central America, United Kingdom, and Europe competing online, by telephone, in the room, and via partner platforms.

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925) Bologna Fountain (sold for: $183,000)

Top lots in the auction included two watercolors by John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925).… Read More

Announcing New Skinner Location in Westchester, NY

Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of their Westchester office in White Plains, NY. By creating this Westchester location, Skinner is able to expand their presences in the region while providing the same market knowledge, object passion and client commitment for which they are recognized. Katie Banser-Whittle, Regional Director, is available for in-office appointments as well as house calls in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.Read More

The Mr. and Mrs. James Grievo Collection of Native American Art at Auction on May 18

BOSTON, MA – April 29, 2019 – Skinner is pleased to announce the auction of The Mr. and Mrs. James Grievo Collection of Native American Art to be held in Boston on May 18th. Collectors of Native American art for over 20 years the sale is the culmination of passion and dedication for the culture and objects of Indigenous Americans. A selection of over 550 lots includes paintings, photographs, Plains Indian material, Northwest Coast artifacts, a significant collection of Navajo silver and turquoise jewelry, Southwest weavings and pottery, and an important collection of California and Western baskets.… Read More

Mechanisms, Time, and Sound the Focus of Skinner Auction of Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments on April 12

BOSTON, MA – March 27, 2019 – Skinner will hold an auction on April 12, 2019, in Marlborough of Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments. With over 450 lots on offer, the sale features a fine array of scientific instruments, timepieces, American and European wristwatches, pocket watches and mechanical music boxes.

Horology

Offering 70 lots of classics and curiosities related to mechanics and the history of watches acquired throughout Bernhard Stoeber’s long career perfecting the creation, service, and quality control surrounding watches and their technicians.… Read More

Chinese Cloisonne Charger Hits $315,000 at Skinner

BOSTON, MA – March 25, 2019. The Skinner March 22nd Asian Works of Arts auction presented the arts of China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia dating from Neolithic times through the 20th century. Featured were examples of Chinese monochrome ceramics, Gandharan and Sino-Tibetan Buddhist sculpture, Japanese Satsuma ware, and Chinese textiles. Property from estates and collections long off the market showed their strength with many examples selling above estimate pushed by competitive bidding from international and domestic bidders in the room, on the telephones, and via live internet bidding resulting in a sale 90% sold by value.… Read More

Georg Jensen Silver and Wedgwood Ceramics Highlight Skinner Auction

European Furniture & Decorative Arts in Boston on April 13

[BOSTON], MA – March 21, 2019 Skinner will hold an auction on April 13, 2019, of European Furniture & Decorative Arts. With over 600 lots on offer, the auction features fine ceramics, silver as well as furniture & decorative arts from the 18th through 20th centuries.

Wedgwood & British Ceramics

Skinner is pleased to offer Milikins Collection of Wedgwood. Jeffrey Milikins began collecting while a graduate student in New York City.… Read More

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