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Charles Prendergast: A Glimpse of Heaven | A Lecture by Carol Clark | May 17

Charles E. Prendergast, Untitled (Vase with Flowers and Birds) (Lot 382, Estimate $30,000-50,000)

Charles Prendergast:
A Glimpse of Heaven

A Lecture by Carol Clark

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

RECEPTION 5:30PM | LECTURE 6PM

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Carol Clark will discuss the distinctive career of Charles Prendergast (1863-1948) who, along with his brother Maurice, participated in key aesthetic movements of the first half of the 20th century. Inspired by a wide range of art from the past, such as Persian miniatures and Egyptian reliefs, and by folk and modern painting, Charles’s contribution as a frame maker and his creation of fewer than 125 carved, painted, and gilded panels offer insight into an exciting moment in American art.

Carol Clark

Clark is a co-author of Maurice Brazil Prendergast/Charles Prendergast: A Catalogue Raisonné (Prestel, 1990). Her most recent book, published in conjunction with a 2010 exhibition she organized for the Denver Art Museum, Charles Deas and 1840s America, won a College Art Association Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant and was awarded the Western History Association’s Joan Patterson Kerr 2011 prize.

Held in conjunction with a preview of Skinner’s May 19th auction of American & European Works of Art.

Form, Line, Color, & Value: Qualities Abound in American & European Works of Art Auction at Skinner, May 19

Alex Katz (American, b. 1927) Ada with Flowers, 1980 (Lot 89, Estimate: $6,000-8,000)

BOSTON, MASkinner, Inc. will present an impressive selection of American & European Works of Art at auction on Friday, May 19. The day will be divided into two parts: Fine Prints & Photographs at 12PM and Fine Paintings & Sculpture at 4PM. The auction offers an extensive variety of paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs, and works on paper ranging from Old Master prints through Modern and Contemporary offerings.… Read More

Boston Teas and Baskets That Please | Lecture | May 4

Courtesy of the Department of the Interior Museum, Washington, DC

Boston Teas and Baskets That Please

A Lecture by Sarah Peabody Turnbaugh

THURSDAY, MAY 4 | RECEPTION 5:30PM | LECTURE 6PM

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Sarah Peabody Turnbaugh is a specialist and scholar of American Indian basketry who is retired from museum administrative and teaching positions. For over forty years, she and her husband and colleague William Turnbaugh, Ph.D., have written about various American Indian arts.… Read More

Collection of Legendary Bassist Victor Bailey Featured at Skinner, May 14

Victor Bailey

BOSTON, MA – From the age of sixteen, Victor Bailey (1960-2016) knew one day he would replace virtuoso bassist Jaco Pastorius in the seminal jazz fusion band Weather Report. At eighteen, Bailey enrolled at the Berklee College of Music, and four years later in 1982, Pastorius was out and the gig with Weather Report was his. In the years since, Victor Bailey played on over a thousand recordings and lent his talent to artists as varied as LL Cool J, Mary J.… Read More

First Tuesday | May 2 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, May 2 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Skinner experts will provide complimentary verbal auction evaluations during our monthly consignment event on the first Tuesday of each month.

Experts Available in May:

Stuart Slavid, European Furniture & Decorative Arts ♦ Elizabeth Haff, American & European Works of Art ♦ Robin S.R. Starr, American & European Works of Art ♦ Gloria Lieberman, Fine Jewelry

Skinner Marlborough Gallery 274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA

First come, first served.… Read More

Italian Violins Lead Skinner Fine Musical Instruments Auction, May 14

Italian Violin, Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi, Milan, c. 1772 (Lot 198, Estimate: $150,000-200,000)

BOSTON, MA Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce its first Fine Musical Instruments auction of 2017, taking place in Boston on Sunday, May 14 at 12PM. This auction features 328 lots, including a selection of fretted, wind, and bowed instruments and related books, along with several bass guitars from the estate of legendary bassist and Berklee College of Music professor, Victor Bailey.… Read More

Modern Design Consignment Days | New York | May 11 & 12

Thursday, May 11 & Friday, May 12 | New York City

Skinner’s 20th Century Design Department is inviting consignments for the August 3 auction. Meet with expert appraisers in Skinner’s New York office for a complimentary verbal auction evaluation and consignment of your modern art & antiques. Modern Design at Skinner includes furniture, lighting, pottery, art glass, metalwork, and textiles from the 20th & 21st centuries.… Read More

Impeccable Taste: Skinner April 26 Fine Wines & Rare Spirits Auction Anchored by Two Significant Collections

Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 1982 (Lot 38, Estimate: $7,200-8,400)

Marie Keep, Director of Fine Wines, notes that numerous “unexpected and thrilling” wines await discovery in the April 26 Fine Wines & Rare Spirits auction, taking place in Boston at 6PM. The auction is anchored by two deep and diverse cellars: The Coastal Cellar and The Essex Collection, each offering splendid vintage Bordeaux and Burgundies.

She goes on to say that, like many of the collections that Skinner has presented in their ten years of fine wines auctions, “These wines have been acquired over a lifetime of passionate acquisition and tell the story of the consignor’s life and travels through labels, vintages, vineyards, and bottles.” The discerning, devoted connoisseurs who assembled these fine collections were true oenophiles whose personal tastes and histories are expressed in the wines they lovingly acquired.… Read More

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