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Documents Led the Way in Skinner’s Historic Manuscripts & Rare Books Auction

A trove of documents collected in the late 1930s from legendary dealers Goodspeed’s in Boston, Massachusetts, and John Heise of Syracuse, New York, included a wide variety of interesting early documents spanning four centuries. 

A rare and well-preserved George Washington-signed Revolutionary War printed discharge form for a soldier in the 2nd New York Regiment sold for $18,750. A 1787 sworn oath testifying to a debt owed by a Philadelphia sailmaker signed by Benjamin Franklin brought $10,000.… Read More

Fine Art from the Venerable Ritz-Carlton Hotel Boston Sold at Skinner in May Auction

A Boston landmark for nearly a century, The Ritz-Carlton’s location in the heart of the fashionable Back Bay and adjacent to the Boston Public Garden helped make it the destination for visitors and Boston’s elite seeking luxury, privacy, and discretion. As the leading Boston auction house, Skinner was pleased to offer works from the historic collection at auction in May. 

An atmosphere of gentility and elegance was created, in part, through years of art purchases guided by Boston area art professionals and acquired from local, national, and international sources.… Read More

Skinner May Jewelry Auctions Exceed $2.8 Million: Diamonds and Colored Stones Led the Way

MARLBOROUGH, MA – MAY 24, 2021 – Skinner presented a two-session Jewelry auction, drawing highly competitive bidding from enthusiastic participants worldwide and generating high prices across multiple categories. “The jewelry market continues its upward ascent,” says department director Kaitlin Shinnick, “we’re seeing higher prices across all categories and thrilled by the number of lots beating pre-sale estimate.”

Diamonds and Colored Stones

Jewels belonging to Irene Langhorne Gibson (1873-1956), the original “Gibson Girl” and wife of famed American illustrator Charles Dana Gibson garnered significant interest. 

Irene Langhorne was the daughter of railroad industrialist Chiswell Langhorne, and sister to Nancy Viscountess Astor, an American-born British politician and the first woman seated as a Member of Parliament.… Read More

Skinner Auctioneers Partners with Wilton Historical Society for the Gentleman’s Auction

Marlborough, MA – May 12, 2021 – Skinner is delighted to partner with Wilton Historical Society for the Gentleman’s Auction, open for bidding from May 25 – June 3. Interior designers Prudence Bailey, Christina Roughan, and Phillip Thomas have lent their eye to curate a portion of this bespoke auction, fashioned to coincide with Wilton Historical Society’s Objects of Desire annual fundraiser. Proceeds from the first thirty hand-picked lots will benefit education programs.  … Read More

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Art. Action. Auction.

In Celebration of 30 Years of Artists For Humanity

Marlborough & Boston, MA – July 22 to August 3rd – Skinner, Auctioneers & Appraisers, has joined with Boston-based Artists For Humanity to raise money and awareness to support underrepresented, young, working artists. In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, this employee-fueled mission supports more diversity in the arts and arts businesses to build a stronger network for black, indigenous, and people of color in the arts industry.… Read More

A Spirited Spring Sale of European Furniture & Decorative Arts

The April European Décor & Design auction drew attention this spring with over 300 pieces of Royal Copenhagen “Flora Danica” dinnerware (Lots 1183-1215). The entire collection came from a single pantry at the Ker Arvor Estate in Newport, Rhode Island. A set of twenty-five seafood plates stole the show, selling at $25,000, with a set of teacups and saucers and an ice dome following close behind, selling for $18,750 and $17,500, respectively.… Read More

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

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