BOLTON, Mass. – November 6, 2008 – www.skinnerinc.com – Skinner, Inc., one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art will host a two-day Discovery auction on Wednesday, November 19 and Thursday, November 20 in its Bolton, Mass. gallery, conveniently located west of Boston off Route 495 on Route 117. The auction numbers over 1400 lots and features a wide selection of material culled from over 16 Skinner specialty departments and property from several estates and institutions. A special offering for November is a particularly fine selection of books and manuscripts, Asian arts, paperweights, American Indian and ethnographic material, and a fine offering of Americana.
Session I: Wednesday Evening
The Wednesday evening session begins at 5:00 p.m. and features over 525 lots. Highlights include over 50 lots of modern art glass and paperweights, A fine selection of Asian decorative and fine arts including ceramics, jade, hardstone and softstone carvings, bone and ivory figures, snuff bottles, closionne and painting and prints. Also, over 60 lots of American Indian and ethnographic arts including African, Ethnographic, Pre-Columbian, and Native American pots, rugs, and wood carvings, over 40 lots of English porcelain including Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, and other makers, and over 140 lots of books and manuscripts including prints, maps, and decorative leather bindings.
Session II: Thursday
Thursday’s session begins at 10:00 a.m. and numbers nearly 900 lots. Session II features a special offering of Americana, including formal and country furniture, and a great selection of high quality reproduction furniture, Styles include folk, Queen Anne, Chippendale, Federal, Classical, and Victorian. Items offered include mirrors, cupboards, slant-lid desks, chairs, stands, tables, and sideboards. Of note are pieces from Nathan Margolis’s Shop in Hartford, Connecticut, including a Chippendale-style mahogany set of dining chairs, Chippendale-style mahogany mirror, and an Eldred Wheeler tiger maple stand. Other Americana offerings include quilts, samplers, hooked rugs, woodenware, metalware, stoneware, ceramics, blown and pressed glass, marine arts, and a wonderful selection of trade signs. Rounding out the auction will be a group of Victorian and other cast iron and metal garden furniture and accessories, and a wide selection of clocks and timepieces, Oriental rugs and carpets, over 200 lots of paintings and prints, and Discovery’s usual broad selection of 18th -20th century furniture and decorative arts.
Held monthly, Skinner’s Discovery auctions offer something for every buyer and seller, every taste and budget. Skinner’s Discovery auctions are a great way for novice antique buyers and first-time auction goers to get their feet wet and experience the fun and affordability of buying at auction. For seasoned collectors, Discovery auctions are an excellent source of fresh estate material.
Website, Previews and Catalogue Information
The auction is available to view in color on www.skinnerinc.com beginning on November 12th, or in person on November 19th from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m., and November 20th from 8-9:30 a.m., at Skinner, 357 Main St., Bolton, MA. A free PDF download of the printed catalogue for the auction is available one week prior to the auction on Skinner’s website. The website provides full-color thumbnail images and full lot descriptions, and best of all, allows users to leave bids online, and view prices realized in real-time during and after the auction. For questions, please contact Skinner’s Discovery department at 978-779-6241 ext. 1202 or email email@example.com . Please visit our website www.skinnerinc.com to sign up for our free eZine of upcoming arts & antiques auctions and events, or to take advantage of Lot Alert, providing automatic emailed alerts matching individual search queries.
Skinner, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art and the only major auction house headquartered in New England. With expertise in over 20 specialty collecting areas, Skinner draws the interest of buyers from all over the world and its auctions regularly achieve world record prices. Skinner provides a broad range of auction and appraisal services, and it is widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the auction business. Skinner’s appraisal experts regularly appear on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, and its specialty departments include American Furniture & Decorative Arts, Paintings & Prints, English & Continental Furniture & Decorations, Fine Ceramics, Jewelry, Couture, 20th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Art, Fine Judaica, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Science & Technology, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, and Discovery. Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Bolton, Mass. For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site www.skinnerinc.com.
- Kerry Shrives, Director, Discovery Auctions, 978-779-6241 ext. 1256, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Darlene Hollywood, Darlene Hollywood Public Relations , 781.837.2572, email@example.com