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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

A Virtual Gallery Walk with Stephen Fletcher

We invite you to browse the April American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction which offers an opportunity to acquire fine early American urban-made furniture from two Massachusetts private collections, the roots of which began in the 1930s and which represent over a hundred years of combined connoisseurship. Furniture deaccessioned from Historic Deerfield complements the group with a number of more vernacular pieces.

We asked partner, and Director of American Furniture & Decorative Arts, Stephen Fletcher to guide us through the auction and introduce some of his favorite highlights from the upcoming auction which is open for bidding through April 13.… Read More

Silversmithing Demonstration | October 30

Join us in Marlborough for a Silversmithing Demonstration

Wednesday, October 30 | 5:30–6:30PM

Silversmith Stephen Smithers will demonstrate and discuss American silversmithing tools, techniques, and practices of the late 17th through early 19th centuries with an emphasis on the techniques used by New York silversmith Simeon Soumaine, in the creation of the rare set of three casters offered in the November 2 & 3 American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction.Read More

Skinner’s Fall Americana Auction is Alive with Color!

Skinner’s November 2 and 3 American Furniture and Decorative Arts auction is alive with color, great surfaces, in interesting history.  Carefully collected by William McKeever, Pamela and Brian Ehrlich, Tom and Carolyn Porter, Pamela Boynton, and August (Gus) Knapp, the auction offers a rare opportunity to acquire special objects that have seldom been seen before.

1. The Collection of Bill McKeever, Urbana, Ohio

The McKeever collection offers a variety of mostly 17th and 18th century New England furniture and related smalls, especially burl bowls.… Read More

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

The Enduring Legacy and Likeness of George Washington and President’s Day

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

Auction Preview: American Furniture & Decorative Arts at Skinner

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

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