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Skinners Recent Asian Works of Art Auction Nets $3.7M; Sale Ranks as 5th Most Successful in Skinners History

Skinner’s Recent Asian Works of Art Auction Nets $3.7M; Sale Ranks as 5th Most Successful in Skinner’s History

BOLTON, Mass. – May 14, 2008 – – Skinner, one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, today announced the results of its recent Asian Works of Art sale, which grossed $3,722,862.00.  The auction, which was held on April 26th in the Boston gallery, represents the most successful sale to date for that specialty area at Skinner and is the 5th most successful auction in the company’s history.

High prices were realized across the board, with the auction boasting an impressive sell rate of a 94%.  Unlike previous sales, most of the buying came from bidders in the room, not from phones or the internet.  A large amount of foreign buyers were present, including a considerable number of Europeans, in part the result of a finely-focused strategy of advertising in European antique publications.

According to James Callahan, director, Asian Works of Art, “The demand for Asian Art –especially contemporary works – continues to be strong, coming from collectors as far reaching as the pieces themselves.”  Callahan continued, “And, we don’t seem the trend waning; it’s likely the next auction will generate even greater interest.”

The top selling lot was a pale celadon carved jade figure (lot 461) from 18th/19th century China, which sold for $358,000.  Jade carvings were hotly contested, accounting for 9 of the top 10 lots sold.  Other jade highlights included: a jade carving of a reclining cat (lot 479) – $213,300; a jade censer carved in the shape of a foo dog (lot 480) – $189,600; a rectangular jade screen (lot 455) – $130,350; a jade ewer with foo dogs (lot 477) – $112,575; a jade vase ornately carved with dragons, pearls, flowers, bats and small children (lot 454) – $106,650; and a jade disc in the Pi ritual shape (lot 458) – $106,650.

Also exceeding the $100K sale price was an exquisite pair of Chinese snuff bottles, Ch’ia Ch’ing four-character mark in red and of the period, featuring famille rose designs of the Immortals (lot 174), which brought in $100,725.00.

Skinner’s next auction of Asian Works of Art will be held on October 18, 2008 in Skinner’s Boston gallery.


About Skinner

Skinner, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art.  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, 20th Century Design, Fine Ceramics, Fine Jewelry, Couture, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Wines, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Science & Technology, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, Fine Judaica, Antique Motor Vehicles, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, and Discovery.  Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Bolton, Mass.  For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site

Skinner to Offer American and European Paintings on May 16th

BOSTON, Mass. – April 29, 2008 – Skinner, Inc., one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, today announced that its spring painting sale will be held on May 16th in Skinner’s Boston gallery. The auction of American and European Paintings will include more than 500 fine landscapes, portraits, marine-scapes and modern works.

American paintings

One of the sale’s highlights is Animated View of Valparaiso Harbor (lot 93, est.… Read More

Skinner Hosts Auction Of American Indian & Ethnographic Art



BOSTON, Mass. – April 23, 2008 – – 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, May 10th at 10:00 a.m. in its Boston gallery.  According to Douglas Deihl, director of Skinner’s American Indian and Ethnographic Art department, “This is one of the best quality American Indian and Ethnographic sales Skinner has ever had.”

American Indian

From the Plains and Great Lakes area comes a number of beautiful beadworks, including moccasins, bandolier and pipe bags. … Read More

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.… Read More

Skinners 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 – – 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



Highlights Include Fine Silver and Estate Jewelry

Offerings of Americana, Paintings & Prints, Clocks & Timepieces

Auction Preview Online at

BOLTON, Mass. – March 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, 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 – 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 – 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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