Rustic & Refined Country Americana On Offer at Skinner, March 23

Large Carved Wood Owl Figure, 20th century (Lot 45, Estimate

Large Carved Wood Owl Figure, 20th century (Lot 45, Estimate

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner, Inc. is hosting a live auction of Country Americana on March 23 at 10AM. The auction will feature approximately 450 lots of rustic and refined pieces of Americana furniture, signs, paintings, wrought iron, glass, pewter, and wooden wares.

Flora and Fauna

The auction offers a wooden menagerie, highlighted by a large carved wood owl (Lot 45, Estimated between $800-1,200) and a carved and painted eagle (Lot 4, $1,000-1,500) along with a dozen other carved and painted whales, dolphins and shorebirds. Those anxious for winter’s end, will be interested in a collection of fruit-themed oil paintings and decorative arts, highlighted by Still Life with Cherries (Lot 360, $600-800) and Still Life with Peaches in the Grass (Lot 189, $200-300), as well as (Lot 82, $300-500) a carved and turned blue-painted knife box and five pieces of stone fruit.


Blue-painted Pine Corner Cupboard, 18th century (Lot 79, Estimate $1,500-2,500)

Blue-painted Pine Corner Cupboard, 18th century (Lot 79, Estimate $1,500-2,500)

Granny Smith green, vermilion, verdigris, mustard, cinnamon… a grouping of polychrome lots on offer are a colorful antidote to winter blues. The selection of paint-decorated pieces include a blanket chest attributed to Daniel Yutzi dated 1839 (Lot 6, $4,000-6,000) along with other Soap Hollow and Soap Hollow-inspired pieces, a whimsical and vibrant 20th century painted bed (Lot 56, $1,500-2,500), and a pair of gilt and seafoam blue Wallace Nutting shell-form cupboards (Lot 42, $4,000-6,000).

Locally Sourced

Among the local and New England offerings, the auction features a cherry desk/bookcase from the late 18th century (Lot 55, $2,500-3,500) a painted pine clothes cupboard (Lot 29, $1,500-2,500) and a Queen Anne maple drop leaf table (Lot 5, $2,000-2,500) and five Queen Anne maple side chairs (Lot 64, $1,000-1,500).  Two-dimensional works include an oil on canvas of Mt. Monadnock from Keene NH (Lot 11, $1,000-1,500) by William Preston Phelps and an albumen silver print of Park Street Church and Tremont St. in Boston (Lot 111, $500-700).

Meet and Greet

Anglo/American School, 18th/19th Century   Portrait of a Gentleman (Lot 10, Estimate $1,500-2,500)

Anglo/American School, 18th/19th Century Portrait of a Gentleman (Lot 10, Estimate $1,500-2,500)

Come to our previews  for an introduction to this fine cast of characters, including a Portrait of a Young Woman with a Red Ribbon (Lot 61, $800-1,200), a 18th/19th Century Portrait of a Gentleman (Lot 10, $1,500-2,500), a 19th/20th century Portrait of a Boy (Lot 140, $400-600) and a carved and painted ship’s figurehead of a woman (Lot 16, $800-1,200) as well as a curated selection of portraits, miniatures, silhouettes and samplers.

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

All lots offered at Skinner may be viewed online or in person, and specialists are available to answer questions. Public previews will be in our Marlborough, MA gallery on Tuesday, March 21 from 12 – 5PM and on Wednesday, March 22 from 10AM – 7PM.

View the catalog on the Skinner website, and log in or create an account to start bidding. Each lot in the online catalog displays detailed images and condition information.

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 New York City and Miami, 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 and Instagram.

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