Skinner monthly Discovery auctions are approachable and keenly followed by seasoned and novice buyers alike for their affordability and diverse, eclectic offerings. A recent Country Americana auction featured a broad and eclectic selection of 18th, 19th, and 20th-century furniture, folk art, ceramics, metalwork, fine art, and textiles. Department specialist Kyle Johnson weighs-in on some of the areas where he saw strong auction results.
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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:
- Rare cupboard/watch hutch (Lot 28, Estimate $4,000-$6,000)
- Needlework Sampler “Ruhamah Dearborn,” Portsmouth, New Hamphsire (Lot 68, Estimate $2,000-$3,000)
The Kern collection is encyclopedic in its representation of New England folk art.… Read More
AUGUST 12, 10AM | MARLBOROUGH
The Gail and Don Piatt collection features a delightful array of fine country antiques with emphasis on early New Hampshire painted furniture, samplers, lighting, and decorative arts and painted miniature smalls.
The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art
AUGUST 12, 10AM | MARLBOROUGH
The Arthur and Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art is encyclopedic in its representation of New England folk art.… Read More
BOSTON, MA – November 25, 2014 – George Thomas Lewis will provide appraisal and consignment services to the Western Massachusetts region on behalf of New England’s foremost auction house Skinner, Inc. Lewis is a longtime resident of Northampton, MA, where he established and ran his business, George Thomas Lewis & Co., for over 35 years. The business specialized in estate liquidations and antiques, and Lewis built a strong reputation in the region for integrity, thoroughness, and professionalism.… Read More
Americana Gallery Talk
Reception: 5:30PM Gallery Talk: 6:00PM
Please join us for what will be a fascinating and enlightening evening. Skinner Welcomes Derek Heidemann, owner of Resurrection Iron Works in Millbury, Massachusetts. Derek has reproduced one of the highlights of The Howard Roth Collection, an elaborately decorated rotary toaster, and will be taking us through the process of its making.… Read More
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
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
I’ve been an appraiser on Antiques Roadshow since the very first episode in Concord, Massachusetts eighteen years ago. Now, the Emmy® Award nominated show attracts thousands of people to events in cities around the country. I love meeting these people and seeing what keepsakes they treasure.… Read More
Guest post by Christie Jackson, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts, Old Sturbridge Village
The old proverb of “it takes a village to raise a child,” could easily be changed to: “it takes a Village to put on an exhibit.” On October 19, 2013, the exhibit Delightfully Designed: The Furniture and Life of Nathan Lombard will open at Old Sturbridge Village (OSV).… Read More
Guest blog post contributed by the family of Charles P. Fisher. The Estate of Charles P. Fisher will be offered at auction in Boston on October 27, 2013.
Charles Paine Fisher, or Charlie, as we always called him, was a true Renaissance Man. He developed a plethora of interests and skills, ranging from music to silversmithy, and had a scholar’s thirst for understanding important objects that had descended in his family.… Read More