Discovery Auction to Feature Museum Textiles

Skinner Discovery Auction to Feature Silver, Estate Jewelry, Country Americana, and Museum Textiles

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – March 1, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will host a two-day Discovery auction on March 13th and 14th in its Marlborough gallery. The first day of the sale will feature a diverse collection of textiles that once belonged to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The sale also presents a fine selection of silver, estate jewelry, and Country Americana-style furnishings and decorative objects for the home.


[Detail] Kashmir Shawl, 19th century (Lot 575, Estimate $800-$1,200)

Skinner is pleased to offer textiles formerly belonging to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The collection features printed, embroidered, and woven garments from the 18th through 20th centuries including shawls, scarves, head coverings, wraps, and veils from cultures and regions around the world.

Multiple paisley and piano shawls will be offered, as well as a large assortment of lace. Highlights include an early embroidered silk apron panel (lot 590, estimated between $300 and $500), a 19th century polychrome pieced and appliquéd Kashmir shawl with all-over embroidery (lot 575, $800 to $1,200), three multicolored woven silk sashes (lot 576, $300 to $500), and a 19th century American printed silk and wool scarf (lot 600, $200 to $300). Rare designer pieces from the collection include a multicolored Sonia Delaunay-Terk shawl entitled “A Damiers,” France, c. 1977 (lot 556, $600 to $800) and a multicolored Mondrian-style printed silk chiffon scarf by Yves Saint Laurent (lot 553, $200 to $300).


International “Wedgwood” Sterling Silver Partial Flatware Service for Twelve (Lot 101, Estimate $2,000-$3,000)

Estate silver includes a pair of Wallace sterling silver candlesticks (lot 74, $300 to $500), a George Gebelein Arts & Crafts hammered silver and copper footed center bowl (lot 66, $100 to $200), a Gorham sterling silver gold-washed pail (lot 61, $200 to $300), a Victorian sterling silver egg cup holder by George Fox (lot 111, $200 to $400), and an international “Wedgwood” sterling silver partial flatware service for twelve (lot 101, $2,000 to $3,000).


Notable jewelry lots include a blackened 14kt gold, diamond, emerald, ruby, and seed pearl pin (lot 312, $200 to $300), a four-strand onyx and 14kt gold bead necklace (lot 398, $200 to $400), and a pair of Georg Jensen sterling silver cufflinks (lot 381, $100 to $150). A pair of 14kt gold and reverse-painted intaglio game bird earrings (lot 205, $250 to $350) and a sterling silver and bone bracelet and earclips (lot 348, $400 to $600) will also be offered.

Country Americana

Pieced and Appliqued Cotton Quilt with Floral Wreath Design, America, late 19th century (Lot 645, Estimate $600-$800)

From furniture to paintings and home décor, the March auction offers a fine assortment of antiques for Americana collectors. Highlights include a classical tiger maple wardrobe cabinet (lot 985, $800 to $1,200), a 19th century American school portrait of Angelina Pattison Kirkham and her baby (lot 610, $400 to $500), a late 19th century pieced and appliquéd cotton quilt with a floral wreath design (lot 645, $600 to $800), a carved and painted wooden duck drake decoy (lot 766, $600 to $800), and a white-painted rococo-style cast iron garden settee (lot 835, $400 to $600).

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

Previews for the auction will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Thursday, March 14, 2013, 9 a.m.-10 a.m.

A text catalog for sale #2642M is available by mail from the subscription department at 508-970-3240. It is also available at the gallery.

The Skinner website allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs, and bid live in real-time through SkinnerLive!. Visit and “like” Skinner on Facebook at

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, 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 with an international audience of bidders participating in person, by phone, and online through the SkinnerLive! online bidding platform. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at, find us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter @Skinnerinc.


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