George Washington is one of the most recognizable figures in American history. Revered as the father of our country, America’s first Commander in Chief led the struggle for independence and served as the nation’s first president. His legacy remains a vivid part of our daily lives. There are countless counties across the United States named in his honor, a state, and the nation’s capital. We see his image nearly every day on the quarter and one dollar bill, and around the President’s Day holiday in February through a dazzling array of television and print advertisements for automobiles, furniture, and a vast sea of consumer goods specially priced in celebration of the holiday.… Read More
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BOSTON, MA, February 12, 2019 – Skinner will present a live auction of Americana in our Boston Gallery on March 2nd. The auction features 465 lots representing a broad offering of American Furniture, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts from collections across the country.
Presidential Portraits and George Washington
A compelling group of material relating to George Washington, from various consignors, speaks to Washington’s widespread popularity and influence before his death in 1799, and the decades of reverence for his memory after it.… Read More
Skinner thanks Frank Maresca, co-founder of the Ricco/Maresca Gallery in New York City for penning an introduction to the catalog for the Marvill Collection featured in the November 3 American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction.
If I had to choose one word to describe Mickey and Jill Baten in their lifelong commitment to collecting art, it would be “fearless.” It is a word that not only implies the lack of fear but, more significantly, the presence of courage; a willingness to venture into the unknown with one’s own instinct and conviction as guides.… Read More
True Tales from the Homes of Connoisseurs, Collectors and Hoarders
Please join us for a gallery talk held in conjunction with the preview for the November 3 American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction, as department specialists share stories of how objects in the auction were collected by their owners, and how they made their way to Skinner.
Friday November 2, 2018 | Skinner Boston Gallery
5:30PM Reception, 6:00PM Gallery Talk
Boston Gallery 63 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116
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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.
Six Graduated Painted Firkins, 19th centuryThis group of six graduated buckets hammered for $1,300, outperforming the expected $600-800 estimate.… Read More
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