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Fine Ceramics and Silver Lead Skinner Auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, October 13

Pair of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Pillar Vases, England, c. 1925 (Lot 384, Estimate $4,000-6,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston Gallery on Friday, October 13. With over 700 lots on offer, the auction will feature an expansive selection of fine ceramics and silver as well as European furniture and decorative arts of the 16th through early 20th centuries.

The auction opens on Friday at 10AM with over 200 lots of silver featuring a broad range of flatware and hollowware from the United States, England, and Europe. Prominently featured are numerous tea sets particularly from strong American makers such as Tiffany, Gorham, and Whiting.

Highlights in the silver section include:

• Viennese Silver-gilt and Enamel Table Clock (Lot 59, Estimated between $2,000-4,000)

• Five-piece French .950 Silver Tea and Coffee Service (Lot 69, $2,000-4,000)

• Gorham Sterling Silver Pitcher (Lot 152, $4,000-6,000)

• Whiting “Lily” Pattern Sterling Silver Flatware Service (Lot 165, $3,000-5,000)

• Eight-piece Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Tea and Coffee Service (Lot 174, $4,000-6,000)

Two Continental Carved and Painted Giltwood Reliquary Busts (Lot 423, Estimate $1,500-2,500)

English ceramics are particularly well-represented throughout the auction. Featured are over 30 lots of Wedgwood including examples of Wedgwood & Bentley, 18th-century dice ware, and pieces by Emile Lessore. Early Staffordshire pottery figures from a private collection are also featured and include examples from bocage figural groups, early busts and historical subjects to oversized figures and whimsical watch stands. Additionally, there is an excellent grouping of Sunderland-type pink lustreware with numerous transfer printed jugs as well as a fine assortment of Royal Doulton stoneware toby subjects modeled by Harry Simeon, and several examples of Moorcroft.

Notable ceramic lots consist of:

• Wedgwood Thomas Lovatt Edition of the Portland Vase (Lot 328, $1,000-1,500)

• Pair of Pearl-glazed Earthenware Bocage Arbor Figural Groups (Lot 338, $1,000-1,500)

• Pearl-glazed Earthenware Bocage Musician Group  (Lot 339, $800-1,200)

• Staffordshire Earthenware Bust of Milton (Lot 341, $500-700)

• Wedgwood Black Jasper Dip Apotheosis of Homer Vase and Cover (Lot 350, $1,500-2,500)

• Pair of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Pillar Vases (Lot 384, $4,000-6,000)

Aubusson Tapestry of The Fisherman’s Surprise (Lot 663, Estimate $3,000-4,000)

Furniture and decorative art offerings in the auction span a wide array of styles and mediums. With strong collections ranging from animalier bronzes to American brilliant cut glass, there is something for every buyer. Prominently featured are 30 lots from the Saint Louis Art Museum sold to benefit their acquisition fund, which includes American Victorian furniture as well as sizeable Sevres vases and Georgian mahogany knife boxes. Five tapestries designed after Jean-Joseph Dumons from the Baltimore Museum of Art will also be sold to benefit their acquisition fund.

Additional highlights from the auction include:

• Meissen Porcelain Desk (Lot 587, $10,000-15,000)

• Regency Mahogany Extension Dining Table (Lot 676, $3,000-5,000)

• American Upholstered Carved Walnut Seating Suite, Attributed to John Jeliff, c. 1879 (Lot 490, $2,000-4,000)

• Aubusson Tapestry of The Fisherman’s Surprise (Lot 663, $3,000-4,000)

• Pair of Sevres-style Porcelain Vases (Lot 559, $4,000-6,000)

• Bronze Nine-Light Candelabra Depicting the Three Graces, after Antoine-Louis Barye (Lot 644, $2,000-4,000)

Previews, Catalog, Events, and Bidding

Previews for the auction are free and open to the public. Previews will be held in Boston on Wednesday, October 11 from 12PM – 5PM and on Thursday, October 12 from 12PM – 8PM. An illustrated catalog 3031B is available from the Subscriptions Department at or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online at during and after the sale. The Skinner website also enables users to view all lots in the auction, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time through SkinnerLive!

About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, Asian art, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, as well as in New York City and Miami, Florida, with bidders participating in person, by phone, and online. Join auctions live with SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.



Martha’s Vineyard Memories

Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975) Menemsha Pond (Lot 306, Estimate $12,000-18,000)

Two works in Skinner’s September 27 Fine Paintings & Sculpture auction will surely please lovers of Martha’s Vineyard: a view of Menemsha Pond by Thomas Hart Benton (Lot 306) and Dinghies at a Shallow Mooring by Loïs Mailou Jones (Lot 321). Both artists had enduring ties with the island and were influenced by the island’s landscape and culture, even though their reputations were largely built elsewhere.… Read More

Book Reading & Signing | In Vino Duplicitas by Peter Hellman

In Vino Duplicitas

Book Reading & Signing

In Vino Duplicitas | Written by Peter Hellman



On Monday, September 25th at 6pm please join Skinner in welcoming our friend and author Peter Hellman for a reading, reception, and signing of his new book In Vino Duplicitas, The Rise and Fall of a Wine Forger Extraordinaire. Books are available for purchase at Harvard Book Store prior to and during the event.… Read More

Ancient Treasures for a Modern World

Roman Gold Bracelet, c. 2nd century AD (Lot 23, Estimate $5,000-7,000)

It’s pretty unusual to see a piece of ancient jewelry come up in one of our Fine Jewelry auctions, so when we do it’s always exciting.  Lot 23 in our September 19 auction is a 2nd-century Roman bracelet, and I love everything about it. It’s almost 2,000 years old and is still so wearable and stylish today. Dare I even say that it is reminiscent of Alexander Calder’s jewelry? … Read More

All Things Bright and Beautiful in Skinner’s September 27 Auctions of American & European Works of Art

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Liz, 1964, edition of about 300 (Lot 88, Estimate $25,000-35,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. presents a notable two-session auction on Wednesday, September 27, in its Boston Gallery. Fine Prints & Photographs starts at 12PM followed by Fine Paintings & Sculpture at 4PM. Both auctions contain a broad range of fine works of all kinds, offering something for collectors of all mediums, all tastes, and all budgets.… Read More

The Duality of Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946-1989) Flowers, 1984 (Lot 128, Estimate $15,000-25,000)

Among the highlights in Skinner’s September 27 Fine Prints & Photographs auction are three flower studies by Robert Mapplethorpe whose extensive and provocative body of work has established him as one of the most important artists of the 20th-century. Mapplethorpe was born in 1946 in Floral Park, Queens. He studied drawing, painting, and sculpture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and began using a Polaroid camera in 1970 to produce photographs that could be incorporated into mixed-media collages and assemblage constructions including magazine imagery and found objects.… Read More

Diamonds, Colored Stones, and Signed Jewelry Lead Skinner Fine Jewelry Auction, September 19

Antique Diamond Necklace, c. 1890s (Lot 380, Estimate $5,000-7,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers presents its third Fine Jewelry auction of 2017 on Tuesday, September 19 at 10AM in Boston. The auction will feature over 300 lots of diamonds, colored stones, and antique and period jewelry.


Leading our collection of diamonds this auction are several over 5 carats including a brilliant-cut diamond weighing 7.69 carats (Lot 320, estimated between $35,000-55,000), a brilliant-cut weighing 6.17 carats (Lot 319, $30,000-50,000), and an oval-cut diamond weighing 6.05 carats (Lot 317, $40,000-60,000).… Read More

Treasures of the East: Skinner’s September Asian Works of Art Auction Offers Alluring Jade, Cloisonné, and Textiles

Pair of Large Bronze and Cloisonné Roosters, China (Lot 333, Estimate $20,000-30,000)

Skinner’s fall Asian Works of Art auction presents more than 500 lots, with outstanding examples of textiles, jade, cloisonné, painted miniatures, Peking glass, and metal wares. The auction will take place at Skinner’s Boston Gallery on Friday, September 15 at 10AM.

Jade, considered the most precious material in Chinese traditional culture, is believed to promote wisdom, balance, and peace.… Read More

Fine Jewelry Consignment Day | Connecticut


Skinner is inviting consignments for the December 2017 Fine Jewelry auction. Meet with Fine Jewelry expert Victoria Bratberg at the Connecticut Historical Society for a complimentary auction evaluation and consignment of your Fine Jewelry. Appointments required. Please register and a member of our team will contact you directly for an appointment time.


Connecticut Historical Society One Elizabeth Street Hartford, CT

Contact us: 212.787.1113

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Skinner Celebrates the Wonder of Manned Space and Moon Exploration with The Beauty of Space: Vintage NASA Photographs, November 2

Portrait of Buzz Aldrin with the photographer and the Lunar Module reflected in his gold-plated visor, Apollo 11, July 1969 (Estimate $1,200-1,800)

A tribute to astronauts John Glenn (1921-2016), the first American to orbit the Earth, and Eugene Cernan (1934-2017), the last man on the Moon.

MARLBOROUGH, MA  – The Beauty of Space, the first auction in the United States to focus solely on vintage photographs produced from 1961 to 1972 by NASA, will take place on November 2 at 10AM.… Read More

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