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Rare Annie E. Aldrich and Sarah Tutt Marblehead Pottery Vase

Rare Annie E. Aldrich and Sarah Tutt Marblehead Pottery Vase, Marblehead, Massachusetts, c. 1909 (Lot 95, Estimate: $10,000-20,000)

Dr. Herbert Hall started the Marblehead Pottery in 1904, as therapy for patients at his Devereux Sanitarium. His therapeutic workshop evolved into a business, and in 1915, Arthur Baggs took over the production operation and continued to produce the pottery until 1936. 

In 1909, this vase was designed by Annie E.… Read More

The Gentleman’s Auction with WGBH’s Jared Bowen

Jared Bowen, Executive Arts Editor at WGBH

Throughout the past year, the team that runs The Gentleman’s Auction here at Skinner has invited collaboration with local Gentlemen of note. This time around, in a sale timed to coincide with the holidays, we are pleased to welcome Jared Bowen into the fold. Jared is Executive Arts Editor at WGBH and is the Emmy award-winning host of Open Studio with Jared Bowen, a weekly program covering all aspects of the arts.… Read More

A Day in the Studio | Phillip Thomas, Inc. + Skinner

Skinner welcomes Phillip Thomas, founder and principal of Phillip Thomas Inc. for a collaboration on the catalog for the October 13th European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction.

Watch as Phillip works with Skinner department staff and photographers to create vignettes full of color, texture, and shape.

Vignette 1: Lips on White – view the lots that make up this catalog image

Vignette 2: Acanthus Stripe – view the lots that make up this catalog image

Vignette 3: Greek Key – view the lots that make up this catalog image

Read more about our design collaboration with Phillip Thomas.… Read More

Tools: Their History & Symbolism

A Lecture by Laurent Adamowicz 

Author of Codes & Symbols of European Tools

This illustrated talk, delivered on April 18, 2018, takes a look at Laurent Adamowicz’s research on antique tools and the codes and symbols associated with them over the centuries. Adamowicz will discuss how they relate to Europe’s history of conflicts, wars, secret societies, and religious and political allegiances.

Laurent Adamowicz holds a BA in International Affairs from ESCP-Europe in Paris, an MBA from the Wharton School, a Master of Arts in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University in New York, and is a Senior Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.Read More

Watch an Appraisal of a Picasso Designed Madoura Plate on Antiques Roadshow

I’ve been an appraiser on the PBS television series Antiques Roadshow for 18 years, and during each event, I meet hundreds of people who wait in line for hours hoping for a chance to be on the show. Our day starts early, with appraisals beginning at 7:30 AM and running through the early evening. As an expert in European Decorative Arts, I typically stand at the Pottery and Porcelain, Silver, or Decorative Arts table where I greet people and give evaluations of their prized possessions.… Read More

Watch a Kinetic Sculpture by David Roy

Kinetic sculptures add a dash of fun to Skinner fine art and design auctions. In June, an outdoor sculpture by artist George Sherwood, titled “Flock of Birds” brought $21,600 — well over the pre-sale estimate.

In our December 7, 2013 20th Century Design auction in Boston, we’re pleased to be offering a piece by David Roy (Lot 536, Estimate $500-$700). The indoor sculpture is on a smaller scale than the Sherwood piece, but with no less charm.… Read More

The Story of a 1972 Ferrari Dino

In the history of race cars, Ferrari is one maker that stands above the rest for consummately stylish designs built for pure speed. Enzo Ferrari, the company’s founder, groomed his son Alfredo, nicknamed “Dino,” to be his successor. Dino attended the best schools in Europe, became a mechanical engineer, and was instrumental in the development of the overhead camshaft V-6 engine.

Sadly, Dino passed away in 1956 at the young age of 24.… Read More

Tour a Remarkable Collection of Early English Pottery with Harry A. Root Jr.

“My earliest collecting was in the area of cow creamers,” explains Harry A. Root Jr. “This was because I had a dairy farm in Vermont.” See those cow creamers and many more examples of early English pottery in these two videos. Harry Root takes family friend David Grober on a tour of the collection and tells the stories behind the rare and exquisite works.

The Harry A. Root Jr. Collection of 18th Century English Pottery will be offered at auction on July 13, 2013 at the Skinner Boston gallery.… Read More

Watch George Sherwood Kinetic Sculptures in Action

George Sherwood, Flock of Birds (Lot 805, Estimate $1,000-$2,000)

In December 2012, a collection of garden sculpture attracted interested bidders from across the country. “Placed into the right natural environment, a garden sculpture can become something more than just an interesting form. It becomes an extension of nature and may even take on a personality that changes with the seasons,” wrote department director Jane Prentiss.… Read More

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