Tag Archives: american antiques

Antique Weathervanes, Part III: Function and Form

Americana, folk art, sculpture, historical documents, cultural markers, scientific tools, advertising devices: weathervanes are all of these. Since the 1970s, they have been increasingly sought after by collectors, and in recent years many vanes have brought five- and six-figure prices. A few have sold for millions. The present record price is $5.8 million for an Indian Chief vane sold at auction in 2006. But records are meant to be broken…

However beautiful, whimsical, historically significant, or imaginative a weathervane may be, it is fundamentally utilitarian.… Read More

April Americana at Skinner: Old Surfaces Abound; Two Connecticut Collections Featured

The April Americana online auction consists of over 850 lots of quality American furniture, decorative and folk art, and paintings from the 18th through early 20th centuries. The sale is gathered from collections built over decades, property from private collectors, talented members of the trade, and institutions; the auction contains breadth and depth and will give buyers quite a bit to look at, linger over, and love.

The Judi & Cy Stellmach Americana Collection

Skinner is honored to be offering Judi and Cy Stellmach’s well-known collection as a centerpiece of the April sale.… Read More

On View: Americana Gallery Walk

ONLINE EVENT | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7 AT 5PM

Join specialists Stephen Fletcher, Chris Barber, and Christopher Fox from our American Furniture & Decorative Arts department for an informal virtual tour of highlights for the April auction, brimming with impressive examples of American craftsmanship. The Skinner team will highlight items from the current auction, with information on the objects and their collectors, and answer participant questions.… Read More

Skinner Sets Auction Record: Andrew Clemens Patriotic Presentation Sand Art Bottle Sells for $275,000

The Andrew Clemens sand art bottle, featured in an episode of Antiques Roadshow filmed at Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 2002, estimated at $4,000-6,000, set a record at Skinner’s American Furniture & Decorative Arts online auction on November 23rd when it sold for $275,000. 

Andrew Clemens Patriotic Presentation Sand Art Bottle, McGregor, Iowa, c. 1885-90, sold for $275,000

The most ideal attributes and auction elements were all present: artist, design, condition, provenance, and competitive bidding (the presale estimate was $50,000-70,000).… Read More

Learn-iture and Decorative Smarts | Americana Trivia Game

Virtual Americana Trivia Game

Created by Chris Barber, Deputy Director of American Furniture & Decorative Arts

Test your knowledge of all things Skinner Americana (specifically, this November’s sale offerings) in this virtual game of as-competitive-as-you-want-to-make-it trivia and fun! You’ll venture through topics ranging from ceramics, glass, and metalware to furniture and folk art. Play at home with family or over a video conference with friends near and far!Read More

August Americana at Skinner: Bidders find Comfort for their home, from their homes. Auction totals $1.8m

August Americana showcased fresh-to-the-market property owned by a variety of consignors who trusted Skinner to handle their collections with the care, honesty, and expertise for which Skinner has developed a reputation over their decades in business.

Property of Various Owners

A legendary, but long-dormant connoisseurs collection purchased quietly from many of the best dealers of the late 1960s and early 1970s produced some of the best prices and most competitive bidding.… Read More

The Undeniable Appeal of Folk Art

Folk art can appeal in different and often unexpected ways, and I think that surprise element is what draws me to it most. That we don’t often know a lot about its imaginative makers adds to the intrigue.

Folk Art Fish Weathervane, America, mid-20th century (Lot 2514, Estimate: $300-500)

A 20th century figure of a fish made from a bowling pin is a great example of the unexpected nature of folk art. The pin, which has clearly been used, shows the wear from the heavy contact it received from bowling balls over its years in its first life, has been altered to look like a fish, in much the way that a 19th century folk artist saw a tree root and fashioned a snake.… Read More

August Americana 2020

Welcome to August Americana at Skinner! Our three online sales offer all that you’ve come to expect this time of year, and more. We’ve showcased some highlights in the flyer, and explore the rest online.

The Kolar Collection online

AUGUST 3–12

Skinner is honored to be offering the Kolar Collection as the centerpiece of our annual August Auction. Carefully assembled over decades by collector, scholar, and author John Kolar, the collection is an impressive grouping of painted furniture, Windsor chairs, folk art, pottery, and weathervanes from 18th and 19th century America.… Read More

Fire Buckets in 18th Century Boston

Fire buckets have been popular with collectors and owners of period homes for a long time. They represent a time long before most towns had established and well-equipped fire departments ready to respond at a moment’s notice to a house or shop fire, when people relied on their neighbors to come to their aid. The risk for catastrophe from fire was great. A single stand-alone house could be consumed in minutes. In towns, fire in densely populated neighborhoods could quickly result in the destruction of dozens of buildings.… Read More

New Fashioned Ways, Old Fashioned Results at Skinner

Virtual auction “rooms” packed with bidders competing from the safety and comfort of their homes on a few early New England spring days drove a $1.28M result for two highly successful online auctions of American Furniture and Decorative Arts which closed on www.skinnerinc.com on April 13th and 15th. Overall, bidders embraced the online platform and operated with a familiar competitive vigor, often causing the bidding on a lot to extend far beyond its prescribed closing time.… Read More

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