Skinner To Host Judaica Sale April 10th

BOSTON, Mass. – January 28, 2008 – Skinner, one of the nation’s leading auction houses, today announced plans to host a Judaica sale on April 10th in the Boston gallery at 5:00 p.m.. Judaica can be broadly described as the material culture of the Jewish people. Skinner’s expertise in Judaica runs deep; Kerry Shrives, department director, is the only Judaica expert on the PBS-TV series Antiques Roadshow. Further, Skinner is the only auction house outside of New York to specialize in Judaica. As many items which consist of all objects that have cultural or religious significance, whether made for the marketplace or for the synagogue often come by consignment from estates, Judaica material is hard to come by. As such, this sale marks the first for Skinner in more than five year; it’s truly an event collectors can not afford to miss.

Kerry Shrives suggests the appeal of Judaica lies in the materials connection to the past. Shrives says, “”Today, a family, living in Newton, Massachusetts can close the Sabbath with the very same silver spice tower that was used by a Jewish family in Berlin a century earlier. It’s a concrete tie to family history and a shared cultural past.””

The upcoming sale will feature many Bezalel items from the Israeli Arts and Crafts Movement, which was founded by Boris Schatz in Jerusalem in 1903 and trained young women in applied arts & crafts giving them jobs and vocations or ceremonial items for use in the home, i.e. Sabbath candlesticks, Hanukkah lamps, etc. The sale will also offer historical artifacts such as Kiddush cups, Hanukkah menorahs, Torah breastplates, finials and pointers. Fine art by Israeli artists will also be included.

Previews and Catalog Information

Previews for the auction will be held on April 9th from 12 to 7 p.m. and on April 10th from 12 to 5 p.m. Illustrated catalog #2040 is available by mail for $32 ($39 for foreign requests) from the subscription department at 978-779-6241 x1240. It is also available at the gallery for $29. Prices realized will be available at during and after the sale. For more information, call 978-779-6241, or visit Skinner’s site also allows users to view all lots in the auction, leave bids, and order catalogs online.


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, 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

About Lower Falls Wine Co

Based in Newton, Massachusetts, Lower Falls, founded in 1935, is a third generation family owned wine business dedicated to unparalleled personal service and the knowledge of wine’s proper place in today’s lifestyle. Co-owners Christopher and Philip Minervino head a dedicated staff who will assist in many aspects of the auction process, while providing client and logistical support at the time of property release.

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