Skinner Inc. Appoints Judith Dowling as Director of Asian Works of Art

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – February 8, 2012 – Skinner, Inc., a leading full-service auctioneer and appraiser of antiques and fine art, announces Judith Dowling as the Director of Asian Works of Art. Dowling brings more than 20 years experience as an expert in Asian art to her new role at Skinner and has established herself as a premiere appraiser in the genre.

Dowling will be responsible for continuing the outstanding growth of the Skinner Asian Works of Art department, which expanded from two to three sales in 2011. In addition, Dowling will also be charged with the development of the Asian-Marlborough auctions, which will offer selections of 20th century furniture and decorative arts inspired by works of previous dynasties.

According to Karen Keane, CEO of Skinner, “Judith Dowling has a long and well-deserved reputation as one of the leading experts in East Asian art in New England, and indeed, worldwide. We’re delighted to welcome her to Skinner, and feel confident that she will continue the exceptional growth experienced by our Asian department in recent years.” Keane continued, “We look forward to the variety of material – especially Japanese and Korean art in addition to Chinese art and antiques – that she will undoubtedly attract and bring to auction.”

Dowling joins Skinner after more than 20 years as the owner and principal of the Judith Dowling Asian Art Gallery on Charles Street in Boston’s Beacon Hill. She served as a consultant and appraiser to institutions that include the Harvard Art Museums, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Berkeley Museum of Art, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and others. In addition, she has been called upon regularly to appraise major collections of privately held Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art.

Judith has been instrumental in promoting the study and understanding of East Asian art and culture throughout the Northeast. Through the Judith Dowling Asian Art Gallery and her position as a Co-Master of Leverett House at Harvard University, she significantly expanded ties with art historians from Tokyo University and other Japanese institutions who came to Harvard as visiting scholars. She is a founder of the New England East Asian Art seminars, has presented Beacon Hill Seminars on the history of Japanese art, and serves on the board of directors of the Japan Society of Boston. Judith was a member of the Japanese Art Dealers Association until 2012, has participated in the International Asian Art Fair in New York City since 2000, and is a member of the International Society of Appraisers. She has lived in Japan and has traveled extensively in China. Judith holds a Master of Arts degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard University.

When asked about her goals for her role at Skinner, Dowling said, “In addition to continuing a strong business in the Chinese market, I hope to bring more Japanese and Korean materials to Skinner.” She also noted, “I have an abiding interest in educating and developing young collectors by interesting them in the history and beauty of Asian Art. I hope to further these objectives in my new role as well.”

About Skinner

Skinner, Inc. is one of the world’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art. 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 Works of Art, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, 20th Century Design, Fine Ceramics, Fine Silver, Fine Jewelry, Couture, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Wines, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, Fine Judaica, Antique Motor Vehicles, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Discovery and Science, Technology & Clocks. 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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