Discovery Auction to Feature Vintage Accessories, Jewelry, and Silver

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – June 11, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will host a two-day Discovery auction on June 19th and 20th in itsMarlborough gallery. The first day of the sale will feature a diverse and remarkable collection of vintage accessories that once belonged to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The sale also presents an excellent selection of silver and estate jewelry, as well as furniture and decorative objects that will appeal to anyone looking for unique home décor.

Vintage Accessories

Two tweed berets, Chanel, Paris, late 1960s (Lot 565, Estimate $400-$600)

Skinner is pleased to offer a collection of vintage accessories formerly belonging to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The collection features exceptional purses and handbags from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, including a beaded black silk purse with silver hardware circa 1900 (lot 522, estimated between $300 and $500), a green and grey-beaded silk evening bag circa 1925-1935 (lot 535, $300 to $500), a beaded silk evening bag with rhinestones, imitation pearls, and gold-tone hardware (lot 543, $300 to $500), and a multicolored woven silk and paper purse by Japanese designer Kiriyo Kuchina circa 1980 (lot 573, $300 to $500).

Chic hats from great 20th century design houses include two tweed berets from the late 1960s by Chanel, Paris (lot 565, $400 to $600), a lavender, white, purple, and pink tweed hat by Chanel, Paris (lot 566, $300 to $500), and an orange felt hat by Halston, New York, from the late 1960s-early 1970s (lot 568, $200 to $250).

Fine Silver and Estate Jewelry

Four Polka Dot Bakelite Jewelry Items (Lot 421, Estimate $200-$300)

Fine silver offerings include a Kalo Shop hand-hammered sterling silver water pitcher (lot 79, $300 to $500) and an ornate three-piece Indian silver tea set decorated with a variety of exotic animals and zoomorphic motifs (lot 11, $200 to $300).

The auction will offer more than 300 lots of jewelry, including several Bakelite lots, a number of designer sterling silver pieces, and many groups of antique and estate jewelry. Notable lots include a small group of lapis lazuli jewelry (lot 281, $300 to $500) and a whimsical four-piece set of polka dot Bakelite jewelry (lot 421, $200 to $300).

Furniture and Decorative Objects

The June Discovery auction includes an assortment of antique and contemporary furnishings and decorative objects. Highlights include a 20th century Royal Worcester Art Nouveau lobed vase (lot 816, $200 to $300), a pair of Royal Vienna porcelain urns from the late 19th century (lot 1016, $250 to $350), and a bronze sculpture by Louis Icart titled ‘Sophistication’ depicting a woman in a flowing dress wearing a feather atop her head (lot 868, $300 to $500).

Four 19th century European mahogany chairs (lot 986, $200 to $250) and a 19th century Kazak rug from Southwest Caucasus (lot 1196, $300 to $500) will also be auctioned.

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

Previews for the auction will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Thursday, June 20, 2013, 9 a.m.-10 a.m.

A text catalog for sale #2660M is available by mail from the subscription department at 508-970-3240. It is also available at the gallery.

The Skinner website allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs, and bid live in real-time through SkinnerLive!. Visit and “like” Skinner on Facebook at

About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts with an international audience of bidders participating in person, by phone, and online through the SkinnerLive! online bidding platform. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at, find us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter @Skinnerinc.



Anne Fallon
Director of Discovery Auctions

Kate de Bethune
Director of Marketing

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