Skinner Offers Native American & Ethnographic Art and 20th Century Design in January Discovery Sale

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – January 9, 2011 – Skinner, Inc. will host a Discovery auction on January 18th and 19th in its Marlborough gallery. Among the wide selection of material featured in this Discovery sale, bidders will find almost a hundred and fifty lots of Native American and ethnographic arts as well as at least two-hundred and fifty lots of 20th century design. There are numerous pieces of art pottery and glass from makers such as Rookwood, Moorcroft, and Steuben, as well as a number of Art Nouveau table lamps. Also offered will be mid-century modern furniture and works of art, a selection of Navajo rugs, Southwest pottery, African carvings, and a variety of basketry items. The sale provides an exciting selection of furnishings, decorative objects, artwork, rugs, and textiles for new and experienced collectors alike.

Pieces of note include an Alaskan twined basket (lot 555), a vase by Rookwood Pottery decorated by Lenore Asbury in 1922 (lot 804), a pair of white-painted wire and iron chairs from the Russell Woodard Sculptura series (lot 772), a custom modern dining table and benches (lot 686), and a 20th century Afshar rug from Southwest Persia (lot 807).

Skinner’s monthly Discovery auctions feature fine art finds for the ‘everyday’ collector. Recently recognized by Boston Magazine as ‘Best of Boston for antiques west of the city,’ the monthly sale allows buyers to discover and own collectible pieces of history.

The Skinner website provides full-color images and descriptions of each lot. For bidders unable to attend the auction, Skinner offers confidential absentee bids and real-time online bidding over the Internet with SkinnerLive!

Auction Previews and Catalogue Information

To view the auction property prior to the auction, attend the preview in person on Tuesday, January 17th, 12-5p.m., Wednesday, January 18th, 10-6p.m., or Thursday, January 19th, before the auction, 9-10 a.m., at Skinner, 274 Cedar Hill Street, Marlborough, Mass. Auction catalogues are available for purchase at the gallery for $9.00. For questions regarding property in the auction, please contact the Discovery Department at 508-970-3202 or email

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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