Antiques and Fine Art Auctions Blog

Skinner expert appraisers and auctioneers discuss antiques, fine art, and collectibles. Keep up on market trends and get collecting tips from antiques experts. Discover the stories behind the art and antiques Skinner offers at auction.

Virtual First Tuesday | September 7

Join us for First Tuesday online!

AUCTION EVALUATION DAY | TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 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 6. Submit your items anytime before the 6th and Skinner specialists from all departments will be on hand on Tuesday to evaluate items and respond by 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

For items that are a good fit for our upcoming auctions, we will provide an estimate, delivery instructions, and consignment terms by email on or before September 7. The next First Tuesday will be on October 5.

Antique Weathervanes, Part III: Function and Form

Americana, folk art, sculpture, historical documents, cultural markers, scientific tools, advertising devices: weathervanes are all of these. Since the 1970s, they have been increasingly sought after by collectors, and in recent years many vanes have brought five- and six-figure prices. A few have sold for millions. The present record price is $5.8 million for an Indian Chief vane sold at auction in 2006. But records are meant to be broken…

However beautiful, whimsical, historically significant, or imaginative a weathervane may be, it is fundamentally utilitarian.… Read More

Fashion Forward

Two hundred years ago the English poet and playwright Colley Cibber commented “One had as good be out of the world as out of fashion.” That’s a little extreme, but being fashionable is a feel-good thing.

Jewelry is fashion. Like all fashions it expresses the time and place in which it was made. Jewelry can also be fun, fabulous, fanciful, fascinating: you get the picture. And unlike many other expressions of fashion, fine jewelry doesn’t wear out or lose its intrinsic value.… Read More

First Tuesday | August 3 | Marlborough

Join Us Under the Tent in Marlborough for First Tuesday!

TUESDAY, AUGUST 3 | 1:30-4PM

Skinner experts specializing in fine art, jewelry, and antiques will be on hand to evaluate up to three items per person and accept consignments for upcoming auctions.

Please plan to arrive at your scheduled time. We are scheduling several people per 30-minute time block to reduce wait times.

Photos accepted for larger or fragile objects.

SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT

The next Skinner First Tuesday event will be September 1.… Read More

Providence Consignment Day | August 11

Meet with Skinner Specialists in Providence, RI

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11

Skinner is inviting consignments for upcoming 2021 auctions. Meet with Skinner specialists in Providence, RI on August 11 for a complimentary auction evaluation and consignment of your JewelryFine Art, Silver, Fine Vintage & Contemporary Watches, and Coins & Currency. 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

Art. Action. Auction. | Preview Reception & Open Studio Tour

Preview Reception & Open Studio Tour

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28 | 5-7PM

Skinner is honored to host “Art. Action. Auction.,” a no buyer’s premium sale held to support Boston-based Artists For Humanity, celebrating their 30th anniversary of challenging convention and making a bold and equitable impact in the artistic world for under-resourced, young, working artists. Conceptualized by Skinner staff in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, Skinner has committed to match up to $25K in auction sales.… Read More

July Regional Consignment Days | Maine & Westchester

We invite you to join us online for regional consignment days in Maine and Westchester, New York. Skinner specialists look forward to evaluating items via email, and beginning the conversation about the advantages of selling at auction.

Gather information and images for up to three items of fine & decorative arts, furniture, jewelry, silver, watches & coins and much more. Send an email with the information and images at maine@skinnerinc.com, newyork@skinnerinc.com or at the buttons below.… Read More

Chinese Kangxi Porcelain – A Concise Field Guide

Building on the forms and techniques of ceramic production of the Ming dynasty and preceding what is considered the pinnacle of Chinese ceramics production, the Yongzheng period, the Kangxi period (1661-1722), is a landmark in the chronology of Chinese ceramics.

Chinese porcelain collectors and connoisseurs consider Kangxi ceramics to have the most variation—artistic expression combined with impressive techniques. Perhaps you are curious how to identify antique Chinese porcelain or are considering starting or adding to a collection.Read More

English Parian Ware: The Statues of the People
Wedgwood Carrara Figure of Milton, England, 19th century

Parian ware is a type of porcelain produced to imitate carved marble. As it could be cast and molded, the material was ideal for mass production at a scale and cost not possible with carved stone. Unglazed white bisque porcelain was popular in the late 18th century at the Sevres factory in France and Derby in England, each producing very sophisticated bisque figural groups.… Read More

5 Questions with European Specialist Emily Stegner

Emily Stegner joined Skinner in 2021 as a European Furniture & Decorative Arts specialist, focusing on Fine Silver. She is responsible for cataloging, researching, and marketing a diverse array of objects for the European department. Before joining Skinner, Emily worked in Sicily as a Finds Specialist for the American Excavations at Morgantina: Contrada Agnese Project. She also had the pleasure of cataloging Historic Beverly’s archaeological collection to make it usable for research.… Read More

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