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Skinner June Discovery Auction Features Silver, Jewelry, Couture & Textiles

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – June 14, 2010 – June is great time to check out Skinner’s monthly Discovery auction.  This month, Skinner’s special Discovery features include a wide offering of Fine Silver, Estate Jewelry, and a great selection of Vintage Couture & Textiles.

The auction kicks off on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 2 p.m. with over 240 lots of coin, sterling and silver plated flatware, plus serving and decorative silver items, including a number of Georgian silver and American makers such as Gorham, Whiting, Durgan, and Towle.   Following silver is more than 400 lots of jewelry including a nice group of Georg Jensen jewelry, antique and estate pieces, several nice Art Deco pieces, and a broad offering of costume jewelry.  The Wednesday evening session is completed by over 100 lots of couture and accessories include Louis Vuitton bags, a large collection of antique beaded and embroidered purses, and great menswear offerings, many pieces by Chanel, Hermès, Armani, Bill Blass, and Dolce & Gabbana.

On Thursday, June 17, 2010, the auction begins at 10 a.m. and includes Discovery’s usual offering of fresh estate goods from 18th, 19th and 20th century. Highlights include a collection of inkwells and stands and fine custom furniture by Old Colony, Beacon Hill, and Davenport.  For further information on consigning, please contact Skinner’s Discovery department at 508-970-3202 or

According to Skinner Discovery department Director, Kerry Shrives, “Our June auction typically has a strong following among novice and seasoned silver, jewelry and couture buyers.  The fun is attending the preview or previewing the auction online to see what’s in store for you.  My advice is always to know what you are buying, talk to one of our experts and get their advice, decide your budget, and then jump into the bidding.  Buy what you like, what appeals to you.”

Skinner’s Discovery auctions are held every month in Skinner’s Marlborough, Massachusetts gallery.  They offer the general public the rare opportunity to learn about art, antiques, and collectibles at auction, in a relaxed and non-intimidating auction setting.  They are a great way to learn about the value of fine tangibles.  All Skinner auctions are free and open to the public, and they offer bidding in person, over the over the phone or online at Skinner’s website,

Skinner-Live! Online Bidding on Skinner’s Website

Skinner’s website features real-time online bidding via the SkinnerLive! bid applet.  Visit  and click on the blue SkinnerLive! Bidding button for full instructions prior to the auction.  Once pre-registered on our website, you can join in the live bidding as soon as the auction begins and listen along with the real-time live audio feed of the auction from the comfort of your home or workplace.  All lots in the auction are also available for viewing at . The website provides full-color thumbnail images and full lot descriptions.  It allows users to leave bids online, and view prices realized in real-time during and after the auction. Visit  to sign up for our free eZine of upcoming arts & antiques auctions and events.

Skinner Lot Alert

Looking for a particular item at Skinner?  Sign up to receive Skinner’s Lot Alert – it’s a personal shopper service that automatically notifies you via email when an item matching your interest is posted to the Skinner website.  From there, you can view the lot, get condition reports and bid online.  You’ll find registration for our Lot Alert under the Buy/Sell Tab on Skinner’s homepage at

Auction Previews and Catalogue Information

To view the property up for auction, attend the auction preview in person on Tuesday, June 15th 12-5, Wednesday, June 16th, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., or Thursday, June 17th, 8-9:30am, at Skinner, 274 Cedar Hill Street, Marlborough, Mass.  Auction catalogs are available for purchase at the gallery for $9.00.  For questions regarding property in the auction, please contact Skinner’s 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 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 & Technology, Fine Clocks, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, Fine Wines, and Discovery.  Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA.  For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site



Skinner Auctions Asian Works of Art June 25th & 26th in Boston

BOSTON, Mass. – June 9, 2010 – Skinner, Inc. one of the world’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, today announced it will host an auction of Asian Works of Art on Friday, June 25th and Saturday, June 26th in the Boston gallery.  The sale boasts more than 1,700 works to be offered over the two days.

Featured is the personal collection of late Charles J. Chu, admired professor, painter, calligrapher, curator, scholar, and educator. … Read More

Collections of Couture, Scottish Agate, and Modernist Jewelry in Skinner Fine Jewelry Auction

BOSTON, Mass. – May 26, 2010 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of Fine Jewelry on Tuesday, June 15th in its Boston gallery at 10 a.m.  The sale is comprised of several stellar collections, each featuring interesting and one-of-a-kind pieces for style-focused jewelry buyers.

“If you’re interested in seeing the range of what can be bought in a Fine Jewelry sale, Skinner’s June sale has everything from very rare and exquisite gemstones, to beautifully delicate Edwardian designs, to quirky and funky modern pieces that are just plain fun to wear. … Read More

Skinner Hosts American Indian Auction May 15th in Boston

American Indian

A gem of the sale is a rare Hawken plains percussion rifle, c. second quarter 19th century.  The gun was a product of the S. Hawken company of St. Louis, of which only about 300 are known.  Brothers Samuel and Jacob Hawken were trained as rifle smiths by their father on the East Coast, but moved West and set up shop in St. Louis as fur trading became an industry.  Their “plains rifles” were highly sought by Western customers that needed a light gun that could take down a big target. … Read More

Skinner Fine Paintings Auction to Feature Works by Tanguy, Hassam, & Dunning

Sale features fresh to market American & European material from the 19th and 20th centuries

BOSTON, Mass. – May 7, 2010 – Skinner, Inc will host its second fine paintings auction of the year with an incredible offering of American & European Paintings & Prints on Friday, May 21st at noon in the Boston gallery.  Expectations are high, following stellar results of Skinner’s January sale, based again on the freshness of the auction’s material.… Read More

Skinner Fine Wines Auction May 13th in Boston

BOSTON, Mass. – May 3, 2010 – Skinner, Inc., one of the world’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, will host its spring auction of Fine Wines on May 13tht at 6 p.m. in its Boston gallery at 63 Park Plaza.  The sale, realized through a partnership with Lower Falls Wine Company of Newton, MA, will offer over 500 extensive lots of fine vintage Bordeaux, Burgundy, Italian, Spanish and New World wines, representing the most extensive sale of the Fine Wine department to date.… Read More

Fine Musical Instruments Sound Off at Skinner April 25th in Boston

BOSTON, Mass. – April 13, 2010 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of Fine Musical Instruments on April 25th in its Boston gallery.  Offered will be nearly 350 lots representing the best in classical and modern instruments including vintage guitars by Gibson and Martin, exceptional solid body guitars, fine Italian violins, and fine French bows.

Outstanding violins grace the auction including one by Giovanni Grancino of Milan, c.… Read More

Skinner Auctions Science, Technology & Clocks May 1st in Marlborough, MA

BOSTON, Mass. – April 5, 2010 – www.skinnerinc.comSkinner, Inc. today announced that more than 500 objects from the Ted Crom Horological Tool Collection and Library will be offered at auction in Skinner’s Science, Technology & Clocks auction, May 1, 2010 at 10 a.m. in its Marlborough, Massachusetts gallery.  Ted Crom was a world-renowned collector of and international authority on horological tools. … Read More

Skinner Auctions Studio Paintings in Marlborough, Mass. Gallery

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – April 1, 2010 – www.skinnerinc.comStudio artwork isn’t just the bastion of Soho Lofts.  Skinner, Inc. announced today that it’s upcoming April Discovery auction will feature a special offering of Studio Artwork, an attractively varied selection of American & European paintings, prints, sculpture & works on paper, all affordably estimated to sell to the highest bidder.

The two day, 1,200 lot auction, to be held at Skinner’s Marlborough, Massachusetts gallery at 274 Cedar Hill Street, kicks off on Wednesday April 14th at 2 p.m.… Read More

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