Skinner to Present Exceptional Offering of Silver, Ceramics & Decorative Arts in October

Group of Louis Vuitton Monogram Steamer and Garment Trunks (Lots 487, 489, 843)

Group of Louis Vuitton Monogram Steamer and Garment Trunks (Lots 487, 489, 843)

Two-day Auction Spotlights Superb Collections of Decorative Arts, Wedgwood, Fine Silver, and More

BOSTON, MA – October 2, 2015 – Skinner, Inc. announces an outstanding two-day auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, taking place October 9th and 10th in Boston. Eight hundred and fifty lots, distributed evenly over the two days, showcase a wide range of fine furniture, ceramics, bronze works, sculpture, silver, glassware, and more, with many examples hailing from significant private and museum collections.

Session I: October 9, 2015 at 4 PM

Fine Silver

The silver session opens the sale on Friday night with over 200 lots, featuring a broad range of flatware and hollowware from the United States, Europe, and Southeast Asia. The bidding begins with British silver, and features an Irish strawberry dish by Joseph Walker (Lot 2, estimate $6,000-8,000) and a teapot by Phillip Rundell (Lot 21, estimate $2,000-4,500). Another highlight from this section includes the extensive Egyptian Revival Silver-plate Surtout de Table Service (Lot 28, estimate $18,000-22,000).

Russian .875 Silver Trompe L'Oeil Cigar Box, Moscow, c. 1871 (Lot 70, Estimate $3,000-$5,000)

Russian .875 Silver Trompe L’Oeil Cigar Box, Moscow, c. 1871 (Lot 70, Estimate $3,000-$5,000)

Continental silver follows and includes the impressive French silver chess set bearing marks for Guillemin Frères and accompanied by a magnificent marble and lapis lazuli chess board (Lot 60, estimate $8,000-12,000), as well the Russian Trompe L’Oeil Cigar Box by Khlebnikov (Lot 70, estimate $3,000-5,000).

Offerings by American makers are particularly numerous with strong pieces from makers such as Gorham, Tiffany, Whiting, Stieff, and Reed & Barton. Some highlights include an extensive Stieff Rose flatware service comprising almost 400 pieces (Lot 154, estimate $5,000-7,000). Other highlights include a Gorham Art Nouveau vase (Lot 113, Estimate $3,000-$5,000) and a six-piece Reed & Barton Les Six Fleurs pattern tea and coffee service (Lot 146, estimate $4,000-6,000).

Session II: October 10, 2015 at 10AM

Fine Ceramics

English ceramics opens the Saturday session of the sale and features a fine assortment of Wedgwood as well as a complementary collection of 18th century English pottery. The 18th century pottery is quite extensive including examples such as a Creamware Chintz Pattern Coffeepot (Lot 242, estimate $1,200-1,800), White Salt-glazed Stoneware Solid Agate Model of a Cat (Lots 286, estimate $1,500-2,000) and a Tortoiseshell-glazed Creamware Teapot and Cover (Lot 226, estimate $600-800). The Wedgwood selection consists of approximately 100 lots, a majority of which are three color jasper dice and strap wares, including a fine pair of Wedgwood Tricolor Jasper Dip Diceware Potpourri and Covers (Lot 368, estimate $2,000-4,000).

Staffordshire White Salt-glazed Stoneware Solid Agate Model of a Cat, England, c. 1745 (Lot 286, Estimate $1,500-$2,500)

Staffordshire White Salt-glazed Stoneware Solid Agate Model of a Cat, England, c. 1745 (Lot 286, Estimate $1,500-$2,500)

Additionally there are a wide variety of other jaspers including many yellow, black and crimson examples, as well as excellent basalt with a large encaustic decorated vase (Lot 324, estimate $3,000-5,000). 20th century wares from Wedgwood are also strongly represented with works by Alfred Powell, Erling Olsen (Earthenware Monkey Vase, Lot 401, estimate $400-600), Norman Wilson and Arnold Machin in evidence.

Decorative Arts

A myriad of French, English, and Continental Decorative Arts objects are highlighted with the glittering and elegant Louis XVI-style Gilt-bronze and Rock Crystal Eight-Light Chandelier (Lot 593, estimate $2,000-4,000); several classical-inspired items such as a Painted and Parcel-giltwood Figure of Pan (Lot 738, estimate, $2,000-4,000); a bronze titled La Frayeur after Charles Ferville-Suan (Lot 597, estimate $3,000-$5,000; as well as a colorful selection of Meissen with over twenty lots including a magnificent Dresden Porcelain Vase and Cover by the Carl Thieme Saxonian porcelain factory (Lot 419, estimate $2,000-4,000) and a spirited Meissen Porcelain Figure of a Rooster (Lot 561, estimate 7,000-9,000). Louis Vuitton is also well-represented in the sale, with eight examples including standard steamer trunks of various sizes, as well as several of the more unique garment trunks in various configurements and sizes. There are also dozens of lots of finely crafted 19th century furniture including a Regency-style Mahogany Carlton House Desk, England, attributed to Gillows of Lancaster (Lot 605, estimate $10,000-15,000), and a Georgian-style Mahogany Breakfront Secretary Bookcase (Lot 515 estimate $3,000-5,000), and an American Renaissance Revival Joseph Moore Cabinet Desk (Lot 508, estimate $3,000-$5,000).

Previews, Catalog, Events, and Bidding

Previews will be held on Thursday, October 8th from 12 PM to 7 PM and Friday, October 9th from 12 PM to 8PM (preview for Session I ends at 4PM.)

Illustrated catalogs are available from the Subscriptions Department, at 508-970-3240, or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online, at, both during and after the sale. The Skinner website enables users to view every lot in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time, through SkinnerLive!

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.


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Stuart Slavid
Director of European Furniture & Decorative Arts

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