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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. 1871. Estimate: $8,000-12,000

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. He served on the Board of several organizations including the Early American Industry Association, an organization dedicated to the study and preservation of ancient trades and tools in the United States.

 

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

Skinner Marlborough Gallery
274 Cedar Hill Street
Marlborough MA, 01752

Reception: 5PM
Lecture: 6PM

RSVP

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

 

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

Louis Vuitton Trunks Conjure Visions of Railway and Steamship Travel

Louis Vuitton Upright Wardrobe Trunk, sold for: $9,840

Founded in 1858, Louis Vuitton, the then four-year-old Parisian luxury goods maker introduced its first trunk in the gray-toned “Trianon” canvas. To further distinguish themselves against their imitators and competition, the firm subsequently released the striped “Rayée” canvas and checkered “Damier” canvas before finally releasing the iconic “Monogram” canvas in 1892.Read More

Wine Tasting | April 17

Pre-Auction Wine Tasting

Tuesday, April 17, 2018   | 4:30PM – 6PM

RSVP ONLINE

Meet the specialists from the Fine Wines & Rare Spirits department and taste highlights from our Spring online sale (open for bidding April 17 – 25) at Lower Falls Wine Company. 

Limited availability, please RSVP.

Contact Us: finewines@skinnerinc.com

2366 Washington Street Newton Lower Falls MA

 

 

 

 

 

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First Tuesday | April 3 | Marlborough

 

 

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough 

Tuesday, April 3  | 1:30PM – 4PM

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

Fine Photographs | New York City Consignment Day

 

Wednesday, April 4  | New York City

The Fine Photographs Department is now inviting consignments for upcoming 2018 auctions. Michelle Lamunière, Skinner’s Fine Photographs specialist, will be available by appointment only to offer verbal appraisal and evaluation in the New York office on April 4th. Please call or email to inquire about the possibility of consigning with Skinner or to set your appointment.… Read More

10 Tips For Collecting Fine Art Photographs

Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984)Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California, c. 1960, printed later, sold for: $7,200.

Photography offers an extraordinary variety of imagery often at a more reasonable price point than paintings and sculpture. If you’re a beginner collector or a seasoned one looking to explore a new art form, photographs are an excellent option and value.

#1 Put in the time

Spend time reading publications and online sources about photography.Read More

Hidden Treasures: Skinner Appraisal Day at the Currier Museum of Art

Hidden Treasures: Skinner Appraisal Day

 

Sunday, April 8 | Manchester | 10-3PM

  Robin Starr, Chris Barber, and Kaitlin Shinnick from Skinner will be at the Currier Museum of Art’s Appraisal Day in Manchester, NH.  Set an appointment to bring up to three in total works of art, antiques, or jewelry for a verbal appraisal and evaluation of each object. The proceeds from this one-of-a-kind fundraiser event go directly to supporting the Currier, ensuring we can continue to bring you inventive exhibitions, thoughtful public programming, fun events and, of course, world class art.

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How to Identify Art and Studio Pottery

A Guide to Developing an Expert’s Eye

 

This pottery vessel was made in Boston, Massachusetts in the early 20th century by Grueby Pottery. It realized $12,300 at auction.

  

I appraise valuable objects almost every single day, and I’m often asked how I identify a piece so quickly. The short answer is lots and lots of experience!

But how does one go about obtaining that experience? That’s the longer answer. This visual checklist can help you begin to develop an expert’s eye when it comes to looking at and identifying pottery from Art Nouveau to present day studio pottery.Read More

Fine Musical Instrument Consignment Days

Spring Consignment Events for Fine Musical Instruments

 

Tuesday, March 6 | Marlborough Gallery  

Directions to Skinner Marlborough

1:30PM-4:00PM

Fine Musical Instruments expert Adam Tober will be on hand to provide free verbal evaluations for single items and collections as well as accept consignments for the upcoming 2018 auctions. Call us at 508.970.3216 for more information.

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March 8 & March 9 | Boston Gallery 

Directions to Skinner Boston

10AM – 4PM

Fine Musical Instruments expert Adam Tober will be on hand to provide free verbal evaluations for single items and collections as well as accept consignments for the upcoming 2018 auctions. Call us at 508.970.3216 for more information.… Read More

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