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Skinner to Host Fine Musical Instruments Auction on May 22

French Classical Guitar, Robert Bouchet, Paris, 1970 (Lot 26, Estimate $40,000-$60,000)

BOSTON, MA – May 10, 2016 Skinner, Inc. will present its first Fine Musical Instruments auction of 2016 in its Boston Gallery on Sunday, May 22 at noon. This auction will feature 250 lots, including a selection of antique and vintage fretted instruments, several historically significant wind instruments, and a wide variety of classical stringed instruments and bows.… Read More

Plains Masterpiece Leads Skinner’s May 6 Auction of American Indian & Ethnographic Art

Rare and Important Blackfeet Chief’s Shirt and Leggings, c. 1830s (Lot 143, Estimate $600,000-$800,000)

BOSTON, MA – April 15, 2016 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of American Indian & Ethnographic Art at 10AM on May 6 in its Boston gallery, featuring a wide range of art from Africa and Oceania; American Indian material culture from the American Plains, Northwest Coast, Woodlands and Southwest; and related photography, paintings, and other artwork.… Read More

Troy Dawson Chappell Collection of English Pottery Leads Skinner’s April Auction of Fine Silver, European Ceramics & Decorative Arts

Tin Glazed Earthenware Queen Anne Charger, England, c. 1702-14 (Lot 206, Estimate $15,000-$20,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present its spring auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston gallery on Friday, April 8 at 10AM. With over 700 lots on offer, the auction will feature Part I of the Troy Dawson Chappell Collection of 17th and 18th century English Pottery, as well as a broad range of fine silver flatware and hollowware from the United States and Europe; ceramics from England and the Continent; and European fine and decorative arts of the 16th through early 20th centuries.… Read More

American Indian & Ethnographic Art Auction at Skinner in Boston on November 7th

Yankton/Hunkpapa Beaded Buffalo Hide Double Saddlebags, c. 1870 (Lot 143, Estimate $8,000-$12,000)

BOSTON, MA – November 3, 2015 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of American Indian & Ethnographic Art on November 7th, featuring a wide range of art from Africa and Oceana, the American Plains, pieces from the Northwest Coast, Woodlands and Southwest, as well as textiles and pottery.

“I pride myself in finding exciting and unusual art objects from the around the world for every auction,” said Douglas Deihl, Director of American Indian & Ethnographic Art at Skinner.… Read More

American Indian & Ethnographic Art Takes Center Stage at Skinner, March 14

Two Historic Lakota German Silver Pendants Owned by Famed Chiefs Red Cloud and Spotted Tail (Lot 190, Estimate $20,000-$30,000)

BOSTON, MA – March 2, 2015 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of American Indian & Ethnographic Art on March 14th, featuring a wide range of art from Africa, Polynesia, New Guinea and abroad, as well as American Plains Indian material,pieces from the Northwest Coast, Woodlands and Southwest, and textiles and pottery.… Read More

Paintings Reunited After 122 Years In Skinner's American & European Works of Art Auction in January

Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862-1951) Figure in White (Lot 495, Estimate $350,000-$550,000)

Previewers at Skinner’s American & European Works of Art auction in January will have something special in common with the throngs of visitors at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. What could that possibly be?

As department specialists were researching paintings being offered in our January 23rd auction, we discovered that two of our American paintings had hung together 122 years earlier…in the Palace of Fine Arts at the World’s Columbian Exposition. … Read More

My Grandfather’s Clock: The Many Names of This Floor-standing Timekeeper

To a small child, the stately “Grandfather clock” standing majestically in the corner more closely resembles a furniture skyscraper than a timekeeper.  The iconic term “Grandfather clock” brings to mind antiquity, beautiful furniture, and mechanical marvels. But it is not the way scholars refer to these clocks. In fact, the name came from a popular song.

“Grandfather’s Clock/Song and Chorus” by Henry Clay Work came out in 1876

“Grandfather’s Clock/Song and Chorus” was so popular that a sequel was published in 1878

Henry Clay Work’s “Grandfather’s Clock/Song and Chorus” came out in 1876.… Read More

Great Persian Carpets: the More You Look, the More You See

Antique Fereghan Sarouk Carpet, West Persia, third quarter 19th century (Lot 132, Estimate $20,000-$25,000)

“In order for some one to know a carpet, he has to have stood in the middle of it,” the brilliant English art critic–and rug collector–David Sylvester noted (HALI, issue 42, page 82).

This antique Sarouk carpet, for instance, like most really good late 19th century Persian workshop carpets, commands one’s attention.… Read More

The Shakers as America's Pharmacists in the 19th Century

During the latter half of the 20th century the American public probably most associated the Shakers with well-made antique furniture. Two quotes are often invoked in association with this. Trappist monk Thomas Merton said “the peculiar grace of a Shaker chair is due to the fact that it was made by someone capable of believing that an angel might come and sit on it.” Conversely, Sister Mildred Barker of the Sabbathday Lake, Maine, Shakers lamented that non-Shakers admired Shaker material culture at the expense of the Christ-life embraced by Believers.… Read More

A Shaker Time Capsule in a “Make-Do” Box

Shaker Herb Label “Make-do” Box, Mount Lebanon, New York, mid-19th century (Lot 107, Estimate $6,000-$8,000)

The Andrewses had a keen eye for all things Shaker, but their effort to preserve Shaker ephemera—printed materials designed for short-term use—seems remarkably prescient. During their sweeps through buildings at Mount Lebanon and Watervliet, New York, during the 1920s they saved literally thousands of labels that almost surely would have been otherwise destroyed.… Read More

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