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Anatolian Village Weaving | April 29 | Boston

Central Anatolian “Memling” Gul Rug, Turkey, c. 1850 (Lot 1, Estimate: $2,500-3,000)

Anatolian Village Weaving

 

A Lecture by Samy Rabinovic 

 
Sunday, April 29th

Samy Rabinovic was born in Istanbul in 1940, and grew up in a house filled with rugs (his uncle was Director of the Anglo-Persian Rug Company), but felt no particular attraction to them. His real passion at the time was chemistry. After obtaining an advanced degree in Polymer Sciences from the University of Massachusetts in 1969, Samy worked for Rohm and Haas (now owned by Dow Chemical) for many years, becoming head of Research and Development in their Plastics Division in France from 1975 through 1984. The work was creative and intellectually engaging, but still left him enough time to explore the antique shops of the French countryside, and what he found himself more and more drawn to were Caucasian and Turkish rugs, especially early Anatolian village rugs. After meeting Dr. Harold Bohmer (a fellow chemist) at the 1983 London International Conference of Oriental Carpets, he realized that he had met his mentor, someone whose discernment, taste, and deep knowledge of dye-craft was to inspire him for the rest of his life. In 1995, Samy retired from his R&D work and began his second career: leading tours throughout Turkey, focusing on Ottoman history and the development of Anatolian village weaving. The results of that passionate exploration are, happily, embodied in Samy and Sara’s collection. As Samy himself puts it:  “In a really good village rug, you can see the whole story of 10,000 years of bostonAnatolian civilization.”

This event is free and open to the public. refreshments will be served.

Skinner Boston Gallery
63 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116

Reception: 2:30pm
Lecture: 3pm

 

RSVP

 

Contact Us:
events@skinnerinc.com
508-970-3240

Tools: Their History & Symbolism

A Lecture by Laurent Adamowicz 

Author of Codes & Symbols of European Tools

This illustrated talk, delivered on April 18, 2018, takes a look at Laurent Adamowicz’s research on antique tools and the codes and symbols associated with them over the centuries. Adamowicz will discuss how they relate to Europe’s history of conflicts, wars, secret societies, and religious and political allegiances.

Laurent Adamowicz holds a BA in International Affairs from ESCP-Europe in Paris, an MBA from the Wharton School, a Master of Arts in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University in New York, and is a Senior Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.Read More

Vintage Wine & Spirits for Every Budget

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First Tuesday | May 1 | Marlborough

 

 

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough 

Tuesday, May 1  | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Stuart Slavid, Kaitlin Shinnick and Chris Barber will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions. 

Experts Available in April:

Sam Gilliam (American, b. 1933) Yellow Fan-White Float (Sold for $267,000)

Robin S.R. Starr – Director of American & European Works of Art will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for Skinner’s 2018 auctions.Read More

Preview Important Jewelry | New York City April 24 & 26

Join us in New York City to preview the May 15th Important Jewelry Auction.  Appointments are required; please contact the department for available times and location.

TUESDAY, APRIL 24 & THURSDAY, APRIL 26 

REQUEST APPOINTMENT

For more information, please contact:

Victoria Bratberg Director of Fine Jewelry vbratberg@skinnerinc.com 617.874.4305… Read More

Q & A With Katie Banser-Whittle | Skinner New York Regional Director

What drew you to auction?

I was always a bookish kid drawn towards museums and theater. My career in the arts began during college working at art galleries on Royal Street in New Orleans. Although the experience was gratifying, I had always been interested in furthering my education and curious as to what other opportunities the art world had to offer. While completing my Art History graduate degree in London, I was lucky enough to hold positions at the National Gallery and V&A before moving to New York to work in the American Paintings and Sculpture department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.Read More

Parker’s Revenge Revealed: Archaeology on a Revolutionary War Battlefield | April 25 | Marlborough

Image Courtesy of Don Troiani

Parker’s Revenge Revealed: Archaeology on a Revolutionary War Battlefield

A Lecture by Dr. Meg Watters

Wednesday, April 25, 6PM

On the morning April 19th, 1775, British troops marched from Boston to Concord, Massachusetts, to destroy supplies stockpiled in the town to form a provincial army. As the British soldiers reached the town of Lexington, militia had formed on the common. A shot was fired, and the British regulars fired into the militia killing eight and wounding ten.Read More

Beyond Time: Skinner’s April sale of Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments

Rare Tiffany & Co. No. 2 Astronomical Master Regulator, c. 1880

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. presents an auction of Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments featuring antique tools and diverse scientific apparatus as well as timepieces of all types in its Marlborough Gallery on April 20 at 10AM.

Previews will be held on April 18, 12PM–5PM, April 19, 12PM–7PM, and April 20, 8AM-9:30AM.

 The top lot is the imposing 96-inch Tiffany & Co.Read More

Tools: Their History & Symbolism | April 18 | Marlborough

Lot 428: 16th Century Italian Iron Plane, c. 1550.  Estimate: $12,000-$16,000

Tools: Their History & Symbolism

A Lecture by Laurent Adamowicz, Author of Codes & Symbols of European Tools

Wednesday, April 18, 6PM

This illustrated talk takes a look at Laurent Adamowicz’s research on antique tools and the codes and symbols associated with them over the centuries. Adamowicz will discuss how they relate to Europe’s history of conflicts, wars, secret societies, and religious and political allegiances. 

 

Lot 447: Master Compagnon Varloper or Jointer Plane, c.

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European Decorative Arts, Ceramics & Silver Featured in April Online Auction

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. presents an online auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston Gallery, with bidding open from April 2 through 13. Comprising over 600 lots and offering an expansive selection of fine silver, European furniture and decorative arts of the 17th through early 20th centuries.

Lot 1010: George II Sterling Silver Cake Basket

Fine Silver

Over 250 lots of silver with a broad range of flatware and hollowware from the United States, England, and Europe.Read More

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