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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. gallery, conveniently located west of Boston off Route 495 on Route 117.   Featuring Fine Silver and Estate Jewelry, the auction numbers over 1,500 lots and has something for both the novice and seasoned collector.

Notes Discovery department Director Kerry Shrives, “Skinner’s Discovery auctions feature fine silver and estate jewelry four times a year, and the quality of material offered in these sales is on par with our Boston-based auctions.  It’s a great auction for both collectors and retail buyers, and a good sale to check out if you’re new to the art of buying at auction.”

The sale also includes a wide selection of material culled from over 16 Skinner specialty departments and property from several estates and institutions.

Session I: Wednesday Evening

Session I, featuring Estate Jewelry and Fine Silver, begins on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. and includes over 250 lots of silver, including fine sterling and silver plated flatware, serving, and decorative items.  Highlights include pieces by Tiffany, Gorham, Whiting, Wallace, Theodore W. Foster, Hurd, D. A. Norway, and other makers of fine silver in the form of flatware sets, serving pieces, and a variety of interesting decorative silver items.  Jewelry offerings include a varied selection of Victorian and Antique jewelry, several examples of Jensen and other Scandinavian made silver jewelry, assorted Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces, and several lots of wrist and pocket watches.

Session II: Thursday

Session II will be held Thursday beginning at 10 a.m.   The auction numbers over 800 lots and includes 180 lots paintings and prints, a fine selection of clocks and timepieces, country American furniture and decorative accessories, Victorian and European furniture, custom reproduction furniture from Sacks and Old Colony, Asian furniture and decorative accessories, Mid-century Modern furniture, varied offerings of glassware and china, and 50 lots of Oriental rugs and carpets.

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.  For seasoned collectors, Discovery auctions are an excellent source of fresh estate material.

Website, Previews and Catalogue Information

The auction is available to view in color on  beginning on March 14th, or in person on March 19th from 1 p.m.-8 p.m., and March 20th from 8-9:30 a.m., at Skinner, 357 Main St., Bolton, MA.  A free PDF download of the printed catalogue for the auction (#2400) is available one week prior to the auction on Skinner’s website. 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 978-779-6241 or email .  Please visit our website to sign up for our free eZine of upcoming arts & antiques auctions and events.


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

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