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Virtual First Tuesday | July 7


Join us for First Tuesday online!

AUCTION EVALUATION DAY | TUESDAY, JULY 7

See what hidden treasures our experts may be able to reveal

We invite you to join us online for our Virtual First Tuesday on July 7. Skinner specialists from all departments will be on hand to evaluate items via email.

Let’s get started: 

Step 1: Gather information and images for up to three items of fine & decorative arts, furniture, jewelry, silver, watches & coins and much more.

Step 2: Send us an email with the information and images at evaluations@skinnerinc.com or at the button below.

SUBMIT AN EMAIL REQUEST HERE

For items that are a good fit for our upcoming auctions, we will provide an estimate, delivery instructions, and consignment terms.

Skinner Offers The Andy Goessling Collection to Benefit MusiCares

Multi-instrumentalist and founding member of festival mainstay Railroad Earth, Andy Goessling (1959-2018) had a passion for musical instruments as big as it was eclectic. Accumulated over a lifetime, this special collection of more than 100 lots bridges centuries, from pre-Columbian flutes to Jazz Age saxophones, orphaned antique zithers to sought-after vintage guitars, and each a part of Andy’s musical legacy. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this collection to benefit MusiCares, providing a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need, including our peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.Read More

Black Light Essentials: Navigating Authenticity and Additions in Fine Art

From cataloging to previewing, the black light is an essential tool for the American & European Works of Art department. There are two main types of black light devices we use in the department, one being affectionately termed “the beast,” as it produces quite a strong ultraviolet light that can cover a wide surface area; the second has both black light and incandescent light, of which the black light produces a softer glow than “the beast” and can pick up more subtleties, such as older retouch.… Read More

$1.6M Chinese Vase from a New England Home Leads Skinner Asian Works of Art Auction

BOSTON, MA – June 19, 2020. The Skinner June auction presenting the arts of China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia dating from Neolithic times through the 20th century was a resounding success. Robust participation from top international collectors and dealers on material from estates and collections long off the market resulted in prolonged competitive bidding and a $2.5M auction

“The success of this recent Asian auction is testament to the valuable work Skinner does helping families realize top market potential for their tangibles,” says Skinner CEO, Karen M.… Read More

Important Jewelry | Video Gallery

The June 23 Important Jewelry auction features over 175 lots of antique, period, and contemporary jewelry. Highlights include jewelry from the estate of Mary Weld Pingree, an antique Kashmir sapphire ring, Colombian emeralds, and several pieces of impressive diamond jewelry from a private collection. Enjoy a selection of video highlights or browse the auction.

Private in-person previews will be available on June 21 & 22.Read More

The Enduring Beauty of Tomb Pottery

It is often said that Chinese collectors are loath to buy works from tombs for fear of disturbing the spirits of their ancestors. In fact, nothing is further from the truth. Throughout millennia, farmers relished digging for buried objects found in countless surrounding tombs, as much as they did digging for their crops. Until recent laws passed by the Chinese government prohibiting the sale of burial objects, the market for this material was lucrative.Read More

Skinner $3M May Fine Art Auction, leads with Scenes of Winter

BOSTON, MA – June 4, 2020 –  The Skinner May 31st auction of American & European Works of Art  found great success, doubling the pre-auction estimates. Record-high interest came through participation in the US, Canada, and throughout Europe. Bidders, many for the first time, competed via the Skinner website, Bidsquare, telephone, and absentee bid.

Alfons Walde (Austrian, 1891-1958) Aufstieg der Schifahrer.

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The Art of Japanese Cloisonné

Japanese cloisonné uses an ancient enameling technique originating in the West during medieval times. Cloison, or segments, are closed within metal wires to contain fluid glass or enamel which create the design elements. At this time, cloisonné adorned small portions of jewelry and accessories.

In China, the art of cloisonné evolved as a significant art form with the Imperial palace workshop as the leading epicenter of high-quality cloisonné products, mainly produced to glorify temples and palaces.… Read More

Virtual First Tuesday | June 2

Join us for First Tuesday online!

Tuesday, June 2 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Evaluation Day: Find out the value of your objects from your home!

While we cannot invite you to join us in our Marlborough Galleries on June 2, we are here to help. All of our Skinner specialists from all departments will be on hand from 1:30PM 4PM to evaluate items via email. Contact us with your auction evaluation requests at evaluations@skinnerinc.com and we will answer them in as “real time” as we can.Read More

Traveling by Way of Words with Wine & Spirits

Since we’re doing more armchair traveling than actually getting on a plane these days, the Fine Wine & Rare Spirits department has compiled a list of our favorite reads that speak of drinks (of course) but also that encapsulate the world of our favorite subject—tying together all the elements that make it so diverse: travel, history, gastronomy, geography, and agriculture—with the hope that one might transport you from wherever you are safely staying into the colorful scenery of wines and spirits.… Read More

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