Fine Ceramics and Silver Lead Skinner Auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, October 13

Pair of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Pillar Vases, England, c. 1925 (Lot 384, Estimate $4,000-6,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston Gallery on Friday, October 13. With over 700 lots on offer, the auction will feature an expansive selection of fine ceramics and silver as well as European furniture and decorative arts of the 16th through early 20th centuries.

The auction opens on Friday at 10AM with over 200 lots of silver featuring a broad range of flatware and hollowware from the United States, England, and Europe. Prominently featured are numerous tea sets particularly from strong American makers such as Tiffany, Gorham, and Whiting.

Highlights in the silver section include:

• Viennese Silver-gilt and Enamel Table Clock (Lot 59, Estimated between $2,000-4,000)

• Five-piece French .950 Silver Tea and Coffee Service (Lot 69, $2,000-4,000)

• Gorham Sterling Silver Pitcher (Lot 152, $4,000-6,000)

• Whiting “Lily” Pattern Sterling Silver Flatware Service (Lot 165, $3,000-5,000)

• Eight-piece Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Tea and Coffee Service (Lot 174, $4,000-6,000)

Two Continental Carved and Painted Giltwood Reliquary Busts (Lot 423, Estimate $1,500-2,500)

English ceramics are particularly well-represented throughout the auction. Featured are over 30 lots of Wedgwood including examples of Wedgwood & Bentley, 18th-century dice ware, and pieces by Emile Lessore. Early Staffordshire pottery figures from a private collection are also featured and include examples from bocage figural groups, early busts and historical subjects to oversized figures and whimsical watch stands. Additionally, there is an excellent grouping of Sunderland-type pink lustreware with numerous transfer printed jugs as well as a fine assortment of Royal Doulton stoneware toby subjects modeled by Harry Simeon, and several examples of Moorcroft.

Notable ceramic lots consist of:

• Wedgwood Thomas Lovatt Edition of the Portland Vase (Lot 328, $1,000-1,500)

• Pair of Pearl-glazed Earthenware Bocage Arbor Figural Groups (Lot 338, $1,000-1,500)

• Pearl-glazed Earthenware Bocage Musician Group  (Lot 339, $800-1,200)

• Staffordshire Earthenware Bust of Milton (Lot 341, $500-700)

• Wedgwood Black Jasper Dip Apotheosis of Homer Vase and Cover (Lot 350, $1,500-2,500)

• Pair of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Pillar Vases (Lot 384, $4,000-6,000)

Aubusson Tapestry of The Fisherman’s Surprise (Lot 663, Estimate $3,000-4,000)

Furniture and decorative art offerings in the auction span a wide array of styles and mediums. With strong collections ranging from animalier bronzes to American brilliant cut glass, there is something for every buyer. Prominently featured are 30 lots from the Saint Louis Art Museum sold to benefit their acquisition fund, which includes American Victorian furniture as well as sizeable Sevres vases and Georgian mahogany knife boxes. Five tapestries designed after Jean-Joseph Dumons from the Baltimore Museum of Art will also be sold to benefit their acquisition fund.

Additional highlights from the auction include:

• Meissen Porcelain Desk (Lot 587, $10,000-15,000)

• Regency Mahogany Extension Dining Table (Lot 676, $3,000-5,000)

• American Upholstered Carved Walnut Seating Suite, Attributed to John Jeliff, c. 1879 (Lot 490, $2,000-4,000)

• Aubusson Tapestry of The Fisherman’s Surprise (Lot 663, $3,000-4,000)

• Pair of Sevres-style Porcelain Vases (Lot 559, $4,000-6,000)

• Bronze Nine-Light Candelabra Depicting the Three Graces, after Antoine-Louis Barye (Lot 644, $2,000-4,000)

Previews, Catalog, Events, and Bidding

Previews for the auction are free and open to the public. Previews will be held in Boston on Wednesday, October 11 from 12PM – 5PM and on Thursday, October 12 from 12PM – 8PM. An illustrated catalog 3031B is available from the Subscriptions Department at or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online at during and after the sale. The Skinner website also enables users to view all lots in the auction, 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 and Instagram.



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