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Hearts of the Forke Collection

The Early Americana Collection of Marilyn & Don Forke | Featured in August Americana Detail | Black-painted Bannister-back Heart and Crown Armchair, reportedly Cheshire, Connecticut, mid-18th century (Lot 90, Estimate: $1,500-2,500)

The symbol of LOVE, the HEART, became the symbol of Don and Marilyn Forke’s life together and their antiques collection. They loved each other, their children, family, friends, and God! Their love of learning, history, and New England inspired them to design and build an authentic New England home in Nebraska.Read More

Americana Exceptionalism

A legacy of beauty, ingenuity, and craftsmanship in Skinner’s August Americana auctions

Skinner’s tradition of notable Americana sales continues with auctions on August 12 & 13 and an online auction August 6-14.  The two-day and online sales comprise nearly 1500 lots of fine American folk art, furniture, ceramics, and maritime antiques.  Day 1 kicks off the auction with two outstanding collections, the Collection of Gail and Don Piatt and the Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art, Part I.  The Piatt collection features a delightful array of fine country antiques with an emphasis on early New Hampshire painted furniture, samplers, lighting, decorative arts, and painted miniature smalls.  Highlights include:

The Kern collection is encyclopedic in its representation of New England folk art.… Read More

How to Buy American Antique Furniture: A Guide for New Collectors

While I’ve heard some say “the golden age of antiques collecting is over,” in fact, it’s not over, and for some, it’s just beginning. There’s so much opportunity out there, especially for twenty- or thirty-somethings just starting out and setting up homes.

Folk Art Carvings Lead $2 Million Americana Auction

Continuing to present exceptional examples of Americana at auction, Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce strong results from its August Americana auction.

Earning over $2 million, a compelling selection of American paintings, furniture, weathervanes, folk art carvings, trade signs and more, as well as Part I of the Howard Roth Collection of Early American Iron, offered something for every collector and Americana buff. View highlights from the auction.… Read More

Skinner Americana Auction Grosses $1.5 Million

Rare escritoire acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

BOSTON, Mass. – September 3, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. today announced exceptional results for its recent American Furniture and Decorative Arts sale held on Sunday, August 11th. The sale grossed $1,534,312.75, including buyer’s premium, with many lots far exceeding pre-sale estimates.

American Furniture

The auction’s top lot, a very rare walnut and walnut veneer escritoire made circa 1705, smashed its pre-sale estimate high of $50,000, bringing $270,000.… Read More

I Bought it "Ratty" and Left It Alone

Guest post by John T. Kirk © 2013. The John T. Kirk Collection will be offered in the American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction on August 11, 2013 in Marlborough.

I grew up twenty miles west of Philadelphia in what was, in the 1930s and ’40s, a rural landscape. Kirks had been in the Philadelphia area since the 18th century and it was logical that my parents had some early furniture. As was natural at that time I happily refinished an array of pine pieces I purchased.… Read More

Auction Highlights, Part I: Rare & Desirable American Antique Furniture

Classic American antique furniture never goes out of style. The elegant curves and masterful woodworking of a fine piece of furniture in original condition can always attract interest and command high prices at auction.

Just under a decade ago, Skinner made history when we sold an 18th century Chippendale Mahogany Carved Scroll-top Bombe Chest-on-Chest for $1,766,000. This lovely example of the classic American furniture form was made in Boston or the North Shore of Massachusetts, and remained in very fine condition, retaining its old surface and original brasses. Stylistically, the piece most closely resembles one in the collection of Colonial Williamsburg.

Three Tales of Tragedy: American Antique Furniture Lost to Refinishing

A few months ago, I wrote a blog post titled “Welcome to Grunge School: Where you Learn to Leave Original Surface Alone.” Those of us who have been immersed in the antiques world our whole lives all know horror stories of wonderful relics that were lost to naïve or over-exuberant refinishing or repainting. Here is a story that was left as a comment on my blog post. It makes me cringe to read it.

Unearthing Treasure: Classical Pier Tables in As-Found Condition

Being an antiques appraiser is a little like being an archaeologist or treasure hunter. Sometimes in the course of an appraisal in a big, old house, as we’re scurrying from room to room, attic to basement, opening closet doors, and exploring out-buildings, great antiques get unearthered.

The Case for Reproductions: Affordable American Antique Furniture

Reproduction furniture can be an affordable entry point to antiques auctions and choosing good quality, strong design and well-regarded manufacturers can also see a retention of value and growth potential over time.