Skinner Auctioneers Partners with Wilton Historical Society for the Gentleman's Auction

Steuben glass paperweights

Marlborough, MA – May 12, 2021 – Skinner is delighted to partner with Wilton Historical Society for the Gentleman’s Auction, open for bidding from May 25 – June 3. Interior designers Prudence Bailey, Christina Roughan, and Phillip Thomas have lent their eye to curate a portion of this bespoke auction, fashioned to coincide with Wilton Historical Society’s Objects of Desire annual fundraiser. Proceeds from the first thirty hand-picked lots will benefit education programs.  

An auction theme of home and garden tempts us with offerings that emphasize surrounding ourselves with beautiful objects both inside and out. A delightful Alexandra Llewellyn Backgammon set is ideal for entertaining game nights with family or friends. For the table, “shapely Gorham silver goblets…perfect for any occasion. They can reinvent themselves as wine goblets, vases for flowers, or even dessert cups,” says Christina Roughan. Phillip Thomas was particularly drawn to the Steuben paperweights, noting, “I love the contrast between the solid the transparent. The way the light refracts through the base is captivating.” A sterling silver equestrian condiment set “would be so cute to have in the center of a breakfast table along with a gorgeous vessel with flowers. My mom always had interesting salt & pepper shakers on a woven charger with something from Mother Nature and I definitely am influenced by that!” shares Prudence Bailey.  

Backgammon set
Alexandra Llewellyn Backgammon Set,
London, England. Estimate: $1,500-2,500
Stacked silver goblets
Set of Twelve Gorham Sterling Silver Goblets,
20th century. Estimate: $600-800
Steuben glass cheese-shaped paperweight with a gold mouse
Steuben Sterling Silver, 18kt Gold, and Glass “Mouse and Cheese” Sculpture, designed by James Houston, Corning, New York. Estimate: $400-600

Other highlights include a Faux Bois Concrete and Glass Terrarium (Estimate: $400-600), a Set of Twelve Steuben Glasses (Estimate: $300-500), Four Pieces of Designer Glass (Estimate: $200-400), Two Mercury Glass Compotes (Estimate: $150-250) and Two F. Carre Sunburst Armchairs and Café Table (Estimate: $300-500). 

Previews for the auction are available by appointment.  Contact or 508.970.3000 to schedule.

Auction Event: Objects of Desire

Join us on Tuesday, May 25 at 5PM for Objects of Desire, a virtual talk on curating auctions by Chris Barber, Head of the Gentleman’s Auction, Deputy Director of American Furniture & Decorative Arts, and Antiques Roadshow personality. A $10 donation to benefit Wilton Historical Society’s education programs is suggested.  Register here.

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