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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


Skinner Inc. Moves to Marlborough, MA

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – January 28, – On February 2, 2009, Skinner, Inc., one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, will move from its long-time Bolton gallery to a new, state-of-the-art facility located at 274 Cedar Hill Street in Marlborough, Massachusetts.  The 69,000 square foot space will house the company’s corporate offices, suburban auction gallery, and property warehouse. … Read More

Skinner Semi-Annual American Indian & Ethnographic Art Auction to Take Place January 24th in Boston

BOSTON, Mass. – January 8, – Skinner, Inc., one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, will host an auction of American Indian and Ethnographic Art on Saturday, January 24th at 10:00 a.m. in its Boston gallery.  More than 400 lots of tribal art will be offered from North American, South America and Africa.

African & Pre-Columbian

A nice selection of Pre-Columbian and African material leads the sale with the first 100 lots. … Read More

Skinner to Host Auction of 20th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts December 20, 2008

BOSTON, Mass. – December 03, 2008 – – Skinner, one of the nation’s leading auction houses, will host an auction of 20th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston gallery on December 20th at 10 a.m.  The sale will feature more than 750 lots of furniture and decorative and utilitarian objects from the Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Mid-Century and Post Modern periods (1880-contemporary time). … Read More

Aubrey Beardsley Illustration Sets New World Record

BOLTON, Mass. – November 20, 2008 – – Skinner, Inc., one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, today announced it has set a new world record for a rare illustration by Aubrey Beardsley.  At the recent Fine Books & Manuscripts auction, which took place on Sunday, November 16th, Beardsley’s The Climax (lot 139) fetched $213,300 including buyer’s premium, well over its $15/20,000 estimate.… Read More

Skinner Hosts Oriental Rugs and Carpets Auction Dec 6th

BOSTON, Mass. – Nov 14, 2008 – – Skinner, one of the nation’s leading auction houses, will host an auction of Fine Oriental Rugs and Carpets at its Boston gallery, located at 63 Park Plaza on Saturday, December 6th at noon.  More than 300 lots will be offered from prayer rugs, to long rugs, to room size carpets including seven Serapi carpets, seven Marasali Rugs, and six Ushak carpets.

Persian rugs

Featured Persian rugs include a number of fine weavings from the Northwest such as a Tabriz Prayer Rug (lot 57, est.… Read More

Skinner Hosts Discovery Auction in Bolton November 19th & 20th

BOLTON, Mass. – November 6, 2008 – – Skinner, Inc., one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art will host a two-day Discovery auction on Wednesday, November 19 and Thursday, November 20 in its Bolton, Mass. gallery, conveniently located west of Boston off Route 495 on Route 117.   The auction numbers over 1400 lots and features a wide selection of material culled from over 16 Skinner specialty departments and property from several estates and institutions. … Read More

Skinner's Annual Auction of Fine Books & Manuscripts Set for November 16th

BOSTON, Mass. – Oct. 29, – Skinner, Inc., one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, takes bidders back in time with its unique annual offering of Fine Books & Manuscripts.  The sale is set to take place on Sunday, November 16th at 11 a.m. in Skinner’s Boston gallery, located at 63 Park Plaza.  More than 450 lots of important books, manuscripts and intimate documents will be offered, including rare materials from every U.S.… Read More

American and European Paintings Go on the Block In Boston; Skinner's Next Paintings Auction to be Held November 14th

BOSTON, Mass. – October 24, – Skinner, Inc., one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, today announced that its next American and European Paintings sale is scheduled to take place on November 14th in the Boston gallery.  The sale features 479 lots from noteworthy American and French, English, Italian and Dutch artists.

American Paintings  

Highlights from American artists include several impressive landscapes including George Loftus Noyes’ Spring Landscape (lot 171, est.… Read More

Skinner Americana Weekend November 1st & 2nd in Boston

BOSTON, Mass. – Oct 15, 2008 – – Skinner, one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, will host a two day Americana auction on November 1st and 2nd in its Boston gallery.  On Saturday, November 1st at 3 p.m., Skinner will present Session I of the Herbert Nilson Collection of American Clocks.

On Sunday, November 2nd at 11:00 a.m., fine American furniture and decorative arts will be offered. … Read More

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