Antiques and Fine Art Auctions Blog

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Fine Art Consignment Day | New York

Alexander Calder sculpture

Meet with Skinner Fine Art Specialists in NY!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30 | SKINNER NEW YORK

Have you been wondering when the best time would be to sell fine art? It’s now. Following our highly successful spring auctions, we are currently accepting consignments for upcoming 2021 sales.

Skinner fine art specialists will be available by appointment to offer verbal evaluations and accept consignments in the White Plains, NY office.

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Skinner’s fine art specialists carefully evaluate the condition and research the provenance of every work of fine art that comes through Skinner, from paintings, sculpture, drawings, printmaking, and photography spanning the 17th century through contemporary works.

Get in touch:
paintings@skinnerinc.com
508.970.3206

5 Questions with Skinner Photographs Specialist James Leighton

James Leighton joined the American & European Works of Art Department at Skinner as a Photographs Specialist in 2021. Prior to arriving at Skinner, he held a curatorial role in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

During his time at the museum, he organized the exhibition Georgie Friedman: Fragments of Antarctica (2019) and co-organized Elsa Dorfman: Me and My Camera (2020) and Ansel Adams in Our Time (2019).… Read More

Jeweled Creatures Great and Small

Whether it’s called zoomorphic personal ornamentation or critter glitter, animals of all kinds have been a recurring motif in jewelry history. Their natural beauty and unique traits have inspired countless pieces, from the scarab beetles of ancient Egypt to David Webb’s zebras and frogs.

The perennial fascination with animal themes is also because certain mammals, birds, reptiles and even insects are regarded as symbolic of virtues or desirable characteristics — “brave as a lion,” “wise as an owl,” “busy as a bee.”

In the ancient world, the Greeks, Persians and Romans followed the Egyptians in prizing jewelry with animal motifs.… Read More

A Life and Art Full of Contradictions

Can you name a renowned woman artist primarily associated with Taos, New Mexico?

Well, yes, there’s Georgia O’Keeffe. But there is also Agnes Martin.

The Canadian-born painter (1912-2004) had a life and career that were full of fascinating contradictions. She began painting traditional narrative themes, but made her name with art that has most often been classified as Minimalist. (She thought of herself as an Abstract Expressionist.) She lived off the grid in Taos, New Mexico – what was then a remote, unfashionable outpost – but became influential in the art world and a wealthy woman late in life.… Read More

Portland, ME Consignment Day | June 23

Meet with Skinner Specialists in Portland, ME

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23

Skinner is inviting consignments for upcoming 2021 auctions. Meet with Skinner specialists in Portland, ME on June 23 for a complimentary auction evaluation and consignment of your Fine JewelryFine Art, Fine Silver and Fine Watches. Appointments required. Please contact us to request an appointment and a member of our team will contact you directly for an appointment time.… Read More

Documents Led the Way in Skinner’s Historic Manuscripts & Rare Books Auction

A trove of documents collected in the late 1930s from legendary dealers Goodspeed’s in Boston, Massachusetts, and John Heise of Syracuse, New York, included a wide variety of interesting early documents spanning four centuries. 

A rare and well-preserved George Washington-signed Revolutionary War printed discharge form for a soldier in the 2nd New York Regiment sold for $18,750. A 1787 sworn oath testifying to a debt owed by a Philadelphia sailmaker signed by Benjamin Franklin brought $10,000.… Read More

Under the Tent Consignment Events | Jewelry & Fine Art

Under the Tent Consignment Events

Jewelry & Fine Art

Have you been wondering when the best time would be to sell jewelry and fine art? It’s now. Following our highly successful spring auctions, we are currently accepting consignments for upcoming 2021 sales.

Join us to have your items evaluated for our upcoming auctions! Skinner specialists will be hosting an outdoor Under the Tent Consignment Day at our Marlborough Gallery.… Read More

Fine Art from the Venerable Ritz-Carlton Hotel Boston Sold at Skinner in May Auction

A Boston landmark for nearly a century, The Ritz-Carlton’s location in the heart of the fashionable Back Bay and adjacent to the Boston Public Garden helped make it the destination for visitors and Boston’s elite seeking luxury, privacy, and discretion. As the leading Boston auction house, Skinner was pleased to offer works from the historic collection at auction in May. 

An atmosphere of gentility and elegance was created, in part, through years of art purchases guided by Boston area art professionals and acquired from local, national, and international sources.… Read More

Living Artfully – Creating Timeless Interiors

Photo Credit: Michelle Williams

Join us for a discussion with interior designer Phillip Thomas

ONLINE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9 AT 5PM

Skinner welcomed Phillip Thomas, Founder and Principal of Phillip Thomas Inc., a New York-based design firm, for a behind-the-scenes look into the warehouse to view furniture, objects, and works of art. Phillip created “get the look” interior vignettes with pieces from our June 20th Century Design auction.… Read More

Designing @Auction: “Get the Look” with Phillip Thomas + Skinner

Skinner welcomed Phillip Thomas, Founder and Principal of Phillip Thomas Inc., a New York-based design firm, for a behind-the-scenes look into the warehouse to view furniture, objects, and works of art. Phillip created “get the look” interior vignettes with pieces from our June 20th Century Design auction.

“Dining rooms are so often under-utilized spaces for an individual to tell their story and share their passions. I enjoy incorporating beautiful collections into my clients’ dining rooms.”

LOT PICKS: 1111, 1319, 1139, 1484, 1477, 1311, 1476, 1116

“The at-home bar has been making a comeback over the last few years in my designs.Read More

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