Tag Archives: 20th Century Design

Gallery Talk: Bauhaus Summers on Cape Cod

Juliet Kepes, Gyorgy Kepes, Connie Breuer and friends in Wellfleet, circa early 1960s. Image courtesy of Julie Kepes Stone. Join us: Bauhaus Summers on Cape Cod

presented by Peter McMahon

Starting in the late 1930s, in the back woods of Wellfleet, a group of self-taught American designers collaborated with some of Europe’s most influential avant garde architects to create the outer Cape’s unique modern houses. This illustrated presentation will explore this history, as well as current efforts to save a group of important abandoned houses, and to repurpose them as a platform for new creative work.Read More

First Tuesday | November 5 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, November 5 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Jonathan Dowling & Kerry Shrives will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions.

Robin S.R. Starr – Director of American & European Works of Art, will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for upcoming auctions. She is looking forward to seeing examples by listed, sought-after artists, as well as iconic works of fine art photography from the 19th through 21st centuries, with market interest over $1000.… Read More

20th Century Design Consignment Day | New York

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20 | WESTCHESTER, NY | 10AM-4PM

Skinner is now inviting 20th Century Design consignments for upcoming 2019 auctions. Department specialist Dan Ayer will be available by appointment to offer verbal evaluations and accept consignments in the Westchester, NY office on Tuesday, August 20 between 10AM and 4PM.

Dan will be looking for furniture, lighting, pottery, art glass, metalwork, and textiles from iconic tastemakers throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.Read More

Meet the Makers

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 | 5:30PM | BOSTON GALLERY

Join us Wednesday, June 19th for a discussion and overview of the New England Studio Furniture Movement with Owain Harris, instructor at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine and a New Hampshire Furniture Masters ISFD Pinnacle Award winner.

Learn about influential furniture makers in the region who are shaping this re-emerging segment of the design market. The makers will be on hand in the gallery starting at 3PM.Read More

First Tuesday | June 4 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, June 4 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Karen Keane, Jonathan Dowling & Kaitlin Shinnick will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions.

Experts Available in June:

Robin S.R. Starr – Director of American & European Works of Art, will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for upcoming auctions. She is looking forward to seeing examples by listed, sought-after artists, as well as iconic works of fine art photography from the 19th through 21st centuries, with market interest over $1000.… Read More

Vintage Modern Design Open House at Skinner Auctions

Saturday, March 30 | 2PM – 4PM

Explore behind-the-scenes at Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers with a specialist led tour of an unparalleled variety of furniture and decorative arts to meet today’s interior design trends. Learn how approachable and affordable buying mid-century modern is at auction with an up-close look and discussion of examples by iconic US and International designers and manufacturers spanning the 20th century.… Read More

Rare Annie E. Aldrich and Sarah Tutt Marblehead Pottery Vase

Dr. Herbert Hall started the Marblehead Pottery in 1904, as therapy for patients at his Devereux Sanitarium. His therapeutic workshop evolved into a business, and in 1915, Arthur Baggs took over the production operation and continued to produce the pottery until 1936. 

In 1909, this vase was designed by Annie E. Aldrich, thrown by John Swallow, and decorated by Sarah Tutt in the Marblehead Pottery workshop. It is one of four known examples, two of the others are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Two Red Roses Foundation, Palm Harbor, Florida.… Read More

Twentieth Century Unlimited

Skinner’s December 14 auction offers a comprehensive selection of furniture and decorative arts of the 20th century, a time span of unparalleled creativity.

BOSTON, MA – December 9, 2018 Skinner presents a notable sale of 20th Century Design on Friday, December 14 at 10AM. The sale of over 500 lots is rich in renowned names and objects, plus unheralded treasures by modern masters waiting to be discovered. This eclectic mix for which Skinner is well-known has appeals to adventurous collectors of free-ranging tastes as well as connoisseurs seeking a rarity to complete an established collection.… Read More

First Tuesday | October 2 | Marlborough

 

 

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough 

Tuesday, October 2  | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Jane Prentiss, & Michelle Lamunière will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions. 

Experts Available in October:

Robin S.R. Starr – Director of American & European Works of Art, will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for upcoming auctions.Read More

The Aesthetics of Function: The Influence of the Japanese Tea Ceremony in Modern American Studio Ceramics

“Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage. In China, in the eighth century, it entered the realm of poetry as one of the polite amusements. The fifteenth century saw Japan ennoble it into a religion of aestheticism—Teaism…a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence.  It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order.  It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.”

Okakura Kazuko, The Book of Tea

When the centuries old Japanese tea ceremony crosses national and international boundaries not only does it deposit forms and aesthetics in these new cultural territories, but  it also borrows from them, enriching the aesthetic vocabulary of utensils intended for, or adapted for, use in the tea ceremony.… Read More

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