Skinner to Offer The Barron Collection of Glass During Online-Only Auction this February

Mt. Washington Crown Milano Ewer with Fish (Estimate $1,500-$2,500)

Mt. Washington Crown Milano Ewer with Fish (Estimate $1,500-$2,500)

BOSTON, Mass– January 29, 2015 –Skinner, Inc. presents a rare opportunity to own a piece of The Carl and Ruth Barron Collection of American & European Glass, during an online-only auction taking place February 10th through February 18th. Featuring over 200 lots of American and European glass in a variety of styles by important manufacturers such as Gundersen-Pairpoint Glassworks and the Mt. Washington Glass Company, this auction is sure to please glass and design collectors and enthusiasts.

In the early 1990s, Ruth and Carl Barron, owners of a furniture leasing business, developed an interest in collecting art glass from the celebrated Cape Cod, MA town of Sandwich, where their family owned property. Ruth was attracted to the light ruby color that collectors have christened “cranberry,” while Carl focused his attention on the colored flint glass of the 1840s and 1850s. While their passion for glass had earlier roots – in the 1950s, Carl and Ruth expanded their store’s inventory to include pieces from the Gundersen-Pairpoint glassworks in New Bedford – in the span of a few years, the Barrons visited museums, attended seminars, and read thoroughly, becoming extremely knowledgeable in early American glass.

According to a personal friend, Kirk Nelson, the President and Executive Director of The New Bedford Museum of Glass, “The Barrons would take great pleasure in the thought that, through this sale, each of their treasures will now become an emissary of values that were central to their lives – values promoting the importance of knowledge, sharing, discipline, and pride in accomplishment. They knew what they liked, and today they share it with a new generation.”

The Barron Collection encompasses an assortment of styles from sought-after glass manufacturers across Europe and America. European highlights at auction include a variety of Moser enameled glass. The majority of the sale consists of American glass, including brilliant cut, pressed, Burmese, overshot, and colored overlay. A vast array of pressed glass, chiefly from Sandwich, MA, features an assortment of colors – vibrant blues to clam broth to colorless – and arrives in a range of forms, such as vases and candlesticks.

Items from the Mt. Washington Glass Company are well-represented, with examples from the Albertine, Crown Milano, Crown Pairpoint and Colonial product lines. These pieces showcase the company’s diverse range of style, texture and decoration.

Two Overshot Glass Pitchers (Estimate $500-$700)

Two Overshot Glass Pitchers (Estimate $500-$700)

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

All lots offered at Skinner are available to view online or in person, and specialists are available to answer questions, setting our auction house apart from internet-based auction companies. Previews for The Barron Collection of Glass – Online auction will be held at Skinner’s Marlborough, MA gallery, on Tuesday, February 10th from noon to 5 P.M. and Wednesday, February 11th from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M.

View the catalog on the Skinner website at Log in or create an account to start bidding when the auction opens on Tuesday, February 10th at 10 A.M. Lots begin closing on Wednesday, February 18th at 4 P.M. Each lot in the online catalog displays the current bid, asking bid, and time remaining in the auction, in addition to detailed images and condition information. Place a bid for the next bidding increment or place a maximum proxy bid. The system will automatically bid competitively up to that price. Experts are available throughout the auction to answer questions and provide additional information about the lots offered.

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About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, Asian art, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, as well as in Coral Gables, Florida, with bidders participating in person, by phone, and online. Join auctions live with SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.


Stuart Slavid
Director of European Furniture & Decorative Arts

2 thoughts on “Skinner to Offer The Barron Collection of Glass During Online-Only Auction this February

  1. Yesterday, I was at a clothing thrift store here in Nova Scotia and I spotted a beautiful cobalt blue vase. It was marked, Carl F. Barron – Pairpoint. I didn’t know anything about it, but it was $2.25, so I bought it. It has a rough pontel on the bottom.

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