Antiques and Fine Art Auctions Blog

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Virtual First Tuesday | January 4

Join us for First Tuesday online!


See what hidden treasures our experts may be able to reveal

We invite you to join us online for our Virtual First Tuesday on January 4th. Submit your items anytime by the 4th 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 or at the button below.


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 shortly after January 4. The next First Tuesday will be on February 1.

Best of the Blog 2021

Catch up on some of our most read posts of the year

Here at Skinner, we thought today would be a great opportunity to share some of our top blog posts from the past year. In no particular order, these are 10 of our most viewed blog posts. We look forward to creating and sharing more great content with you in 2022. Happy New Year!

Old Ingledew Whiskey: Currently Believed to be the Oldest Known Whiskey in Existence

Skinner Rare Spirits expert, Joseph Hyman remarks, “Skinner is pleased to offer this historic bourbon whiskey at auction.… Read More

Skinner Breaks Record for Sand Bottles Sold in Single Sale

Three Andrew Clemens sand bottles brought in nearly 1.8 million dollars at auction, an example of the rapidly growing market for his work

MARLBOROUGH, MA — Skinner is delighted to announce the recent sale of three Andrew Clemens sand bottles at the recent Americana auction that took place from Nov. 15 to 22, 2022. Together, the three bottles brought nearly 1.8 million dollars, a record for sand bottles sold at a single sale. The market for the work of Andrew Clemens has grown quickly and substantially over the last several years, and the most recent sale at Skinner firmly establishes a new threshold of value for these remarkable pieces.   

Steve Fletcher, Director of American Furniture and Decorative Arts at Skinner said, “Knowledge of this art form was not common among most collectors until the last two decades.… Read More

December 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, or at the buttons below.… Read More

Skinner Auctioneers Launches First Sports Card Sale with Collection of Tom Brady Rookie Cards

MARLBOROUGH, MA — Skinner Auctioneers will host an online auction of Sports Memorabilia, from December 7-15 , 2021. The highlights of the sale include numerous rare sports cards from the longtime collection of a passionate Boston sports fan, who celebrates the elite players in baseball, football, basketball and hockey.  

Skinner is successfully breaking into sports card sales, offering the most desired and highest valued football card – Tom Brady’s 2000 Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket, autographed by the future first Hall of Fame ballot quarterback.… Read More

Over $2M in Sales at Skinner’s November Auction of The Keane Collection

The sale of the Keane Collection was led by 18th and 19th century furniture and fine art from the China Trade

MARLBOROUGH, MA — Skinner Auctioneers’ sale of The Beacon Hill Collection of John and Marilyn Keane attracted interest from passionate bidders from across the United States and around the world. The sale was held live on Friday, November 19, at Skinner’s Marlborough gallery, and was highlighted by masterpieces of 18th and early 19th century furniture, as well as a collection of 19th century paintings related to the China Trade.… Read More

Inspired Living – Creating Timeless Interiors


Skinner welcomed Phillip Thomas, Founder and Principal of Phillip Thomas Inc., a New York-based design firm, for a behind-the-scenes look into the warehouse to view furniture, objects, and works of art. Phillip created “get the look” interior vignettes with pieces from our December 13–22 Modern & Post-Modern Design online auction.

On December 15, Phillip will be joining Skinner’s Director of 20th Century Design, Dan Ayer on Zoom for a free-flowing and casual conversation that covers the process of design, inspiration and getting your home ready for guests.… Read More

First Tuesday | December 7 | Marlborough & Online

Join Us in Marlborough or online for First Tuesday!


Skinner experts specializing in fine art, fine photographs, antiques, tribal art, Asian antiques, and fine spirits 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.

Can’t make it to Marlborough?Read More

Character Ceramics: Antique Toby Jugs

The toby jug has been a novelty in English pottery for over 250 years. The term toby jug refers to a pottery tankard in the form of a seated figure or the head of a famous person. The first of these were produced in the 1760’s by various potters including Ralph Wood I of Burslem, Thomas Whieldon of Fenton and John Astbury of Shelton. The quality of modeling and use of translucent underglaze enamels are quite evident in these examples.

The source of the name “toby” is uncertain though there are multiple theories.… Read More

Expressionism in Regionalist Prints
Thomas Hart Benton's Threshing

Both Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood eschewed pure abstraction, and by any polar model both artists must be viewed as representational rather than Modernist. For both Benton and Wood narrative takes precedence, and Regionalist art is often perceived as a form of propaganda supported by the government during the Great Depression and in the lead up to World War II.i As one of Jackson Pollock’s teachers, Thomas Hart Benton was continually berated for his seemingly anti-Modernist stance.… Read More

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