Skinner Hosts Inaugural Auction in New Marlborough Gallery; Discovery Auction Thursday, February 26

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – February 11, 2009 – On Thursday, February 26,  2009, Skinner, Inc., one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, will host its inaugural auction in its new gallery in Marlborough, Mass.:  a one-day Discovery auction featuring Country Americana.  The auction begins at 10 a.m. at 274 Cedar Hill Street, Skinner’s new facility located off exit 23C on Route 495, just north of the Mass Pike.  The auction features over 950 lots, the vast majority of which is offerings of Country Americana, including fresh-to-the-market property from local estates and institutions.

Country Americana offerings up for bid include country and painted furniture, selected Victorian American furniture, and formal period American furniture, including a wonderful Wallace Nutting maple slant-lid desk on frame.  Also on the block will be American stoneware, quilts, samplers, English ceramics, Chinese export porcelain, early American lighting, a wide array of clocks and timepieces, period glass, weather vanes, a selection of decoys, marine arts, Shaker offerings, folk art, trade signs, country accessories, and a wide selection of paintings and prints.

Skinner is betting that this move to a larger facility in a more urban setting will help streamline operations and provide its existing customers with better service and greater ease and convenience.  Additionally, it hopes to expand its customer base to include local buyers.

“With the move to Marlborough, we look forward to showcasing the space with our valued long-time buyers.  We also hope to draw some new local buyers into the auction experience,” notes Kerry Shrives, director of Skinner’s Discovery department.  “Skinner Discovery Auctions aren’t just a wholesale venue – they’re open to anyone and there’s never a charge to attend.”  She continued, “We’re looking to educate consumers about the viability of buying art and antiques at auction.  It’s actually more affordable and accessible than most people may think.  We also recommend that first time auction goers attend the auction preview, held the day before the sale, to see the property that will be coming up for auction.  The preview also gives first-time buyers the opportunity to ask questions of our experts and learn more about the items they are interested in bidding on.”

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.

Website, Auction Previews and Catalogue Information

Attend the auction preview in person on February 25th from 1 p.m.-8 pm, and February 26th from 8-9:30 am, at Skinner, 274 Cedar Hill Street, Marlborough, MA.  The auction is also available to view in color on Skinner’s website,  beginning on February 18th.  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 508-970-3202 or email .  Please visit our website to sign up for our free eZine of upcoming arts & antiques auctions and events.

Live Bidding at

In Spring 2009, Skinner will be launching a new live bidding applet on  This applet will provide Skinner’s clients with a whole new bidding experience:  the ability to bid live in real-time on the Skinner website from the convenience of home or work.  For more information on all the ways to bid in a Skinner auction, or to register to be one of the first to live bid users at Skinner, log onto the Skinner site, and click on the Skinner-Live! page under How to Buy & Sell.  It can be found at

About Skinner

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, American & European Paintings & Prints, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, Fine Ceramics, Fine Silver, Fine Jewelry, Couture, 20th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Judaica, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Science & Horology, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, Fine Wines, and Discovery.  Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Marlborough, Mass.  For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site


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