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Fine Oriental Rugs And Carpets Auction To Be Held At Skinner April 19th

“An impressive selection of Persian rugs will be offered, with many fine Northwest Persian Serapis including one from the 2nd half of the 19th century (lot 45, est. $7/9,000); two room-sized weaving from the last quarter 19th century (lot 111, est. $15/20,000 and lot 136, est. $12/15,000); two from the late 19th century (lot 115, est. $12/15,000 and lot 139, est. $12/15,000); and two others from the last quarter of the 19th century (lot 201, est. $6/8,000 and lot 300, est. $3/500).

Several Shahsavan Soumak bagfaces also grace the sale (lots 46-50, 106, 108-110 with estimates ranging from $800 at the low end to $2,500 at the high), as well as a large Bidjar carpet with Gerrus design (lot 138, est. $15/20,000.

Caucasian weavings

Featured Caucasian pieces include an unusual Konaghend prayer rug from the Northeast (lot 117, est. $8/10,000); a large Fachralo Kazak (lot 127, est. $6/8,000) from the Southwest of excellent color; a classic Sewan Kazak rug (lot 129, $20/25,000); and a Seichour Long Rug (lot 135, est. $10/12,000) in excellent color and condition.

Anatolian rugs

In Skinner tradition, several Anatolian rugs will be offered. Early examples include a mid-19th century Konya rug (lot 54, est. $3,5/4,500); a West Anatolian Bergama rug (lot 55, est. $5/7,000); and a Dazkiri rug from the Southwest, first half of the 19th century, (lot 123, est. $10/12,000).

Other highlights

Finally, the sale will feature a square center medallion Suzani (lot 107, est. $2/2,500); a near pair of Chinese Pillar rugs, both from the second half of the 19th century (lots 71 and 72, each estimated at $2,5/3,500); and a Beshir main carpet from West Turkestan (lot 76, est. $5/7,000).

Previews and Catalogue Information

Previews for the auction will be held Thursday, April 17th from 2 to 5 p.m., Friday, April 18th from 2 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 19th from 9 to 11 a.m. Catalog #2405 is available by mail for $11 from the Subscription Department at 978-779-6241 x240; available at the gallery for $9; or can be viewed on the website at www.skinnerinc.com, where bids can also be left. As well, prices realized at the auction will be available at www.skinnerinc.com during and after the sale.

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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 www.skinnerinc.com.

Skinners European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction Nets More Than $2M; Khlebnikov Silver And Enamel Box Sells For $787,000

SKINNER’S EUROPEAN FURNITURE & DECORATIVE ARTS AUCTION NETS MORE THAN $2M; KHLEBNIKOV SILVER AND ENAMEL BOX SELLS FOR $787,000

Klebnikov box sets a record for the highest priced lot ever sold in a Skinner European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction

 

BOSTON, Mass. – April 15, 2008 – www.skinnerinc.com – Skinner, one of the nation’s leading auction houses, today released the results of its European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction, which was held in its Boston gallery on April 10th and 12th. … Read More

Skinner Hosts Discovery Auction In Bolton Wednesday, March 19Th & Thursday, March 20th

SKINNER HOSTS DISCOVERY AUCTION IN BOLTON

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19TH & THURSDAY, MARCH 20TH

Highlights Include Fine Silver and Estate Jewelry

Offerings of Americana, Paintings & Prints, Clocks & Timepieces

Auction Preview Online at www.skinnerinc.com

BOLTON, Mass. – March 6, 2008 www.skinnerinc.com – Skinner, Inc., one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art will host a two-day Discovery auction on Wednesday, March 19th and Thursday, March 20th in its Bolton, Mass.… Read More

Skinner to Auction Fine Wines March 14th in Boston

“”The introduction of the Fine Wines department has opened the door to an entirely new clientele for Skinner,”” said Marie Keep, director of the Fine Wines. “”Were seeing cross-collection interest from these buyers, many of whom have since participated in our antiques and arts auctions. Keep continued, “”The activity crosses the other way as well, as our long time patrons of our fine arts and antiques auctions are delving into this new collectible category of fine wines.””

As the only major auction house in New England to offer fine wines at auction, Skinner offers both seasoned and new collectors the opportunity to bid on such excellent vintages as six bottles of the immortal 1870 Lafite Rothschild, bottled by the Scottish negociants Thomson and Lauder; two lots of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982 (12 bts, est.… Read More

Skinner To Hold Americana Auction In Boston February 17, 2008

The George A. Cluett Collection

Skinner is pleased to offer pieces from George A. Cluett’s personal collection through his descendents. Cluett amassed one of the great collections of American furniture beginning in 1910. For the next 50 years, he purchased the finest work of the best-know cabinetmakers including McIntire sofas, labeled Seymour tambour desks, and Lannuier pier tables. During his half-century of serious collection, he bought four examples of many important pieces, so that each of his children would have an equally fine collection.… Read More

Skinner To Host Judaica Sale April 10th

BOSTON, Mass. – January 28, 2008

www.skinnerinc.com – 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.… Read More

Skinner Ushers In New Year With European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction Featuring Fine Ceramics On January 12, 2008

BOSTON, Mass. – December 21, 2007

www.skinnerinc.com – Skinner, one of the nation’s leading auction houses, will host a European furniture and decorative arts auction at the Boston gallery on January 12th at 10am. More than 800 lots of lots will be offered, including more than 300 lots of fine ceramics.

Al and Carol Pierce Collection of Wedgwood

Al and Carol Pierce, from San Marino, California, started collecting Wedgwood back in 1980 when they admired a neighbor’s collection.… Read More

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