Tag Archives: American art

Bonhams Skinner Announces Its Third Sale of Eclectic Objects from the Jim Dixon Collection
Art & Antiques | Jim Dixon Collection

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Bonhams Skinner is pleased to present Art & Antiques | Jim Dixon Collection, the next sale from the Jim Dixon Collection auction series. Featuring more than 300 lots of Japanese, Chinese, Middle Eastern, American, and African art, antiques and vintage collectibles, the auction will run online June 5, 2022 – June 15, 2022. Previews will be available June 10, 13 and 14.

Highly regarded for his collection of rugs and textiles (which has come to be known as the ‘Hesperides Collection’) Dixon also sought out an eclectic range of objects throughout his lifetime that complimented his primary passion for early carpets.… Read More

Skinner’s American Art Sale Features Visions From Sea to Shining Sea

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner Auctioneers is pleased to announce an upcoming live auction of American Art on May 25, starting at 10 a.m. EDT, at Skinner’s Marlborough gallery, to be accompanied by an online sale of Prints & Photographs, available for bidding from May 16 to 26, 2022. Ranging across centuries from the early Hudson River School to early American Modernism, the sale features masterworks by some of this country’s greatest painters and sculptors, with something for everyone in its striking eclecticism.… 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

Loud, Naked, & in Three Colors: Boston’s Tattooed Folk & Folk Art | February 11
Loud, Naked, & in Three Colors: The Liberty Boys & The History of Tattooing in Boston (available at www.rakehouse.com)

VIRTUAL BOOK SIGNING | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11 AT 5PM

Join us for a virtual book signing and conversation live on Zoom with Derin Bray and Margaret Hodges, authors of Loud, Naked, & in Three Colors: The Liberty Boys & The History of Tattooing in Boston (www.rakehouse.com). The discussion hosted by Skinner’s Steve Fletcher will touch on the rich tradition of tattooing and tattoo folk art as featured in their book.… 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

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

Fresh to Market: Two Sargent Watercolors in Context

Talk by Scholar and Curator Trevor Fairbrother

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8

Skinner is delighted to offer two works by John Singer Sargent that have been with a local family for over ninety years. Scholar and Curator Trevor Fairbrother will give a breezy overview of the artist’s work as a watercolorist and take a close look at these splendid Italian images – Bologna Fountain and Olive Grove.

RECEPTION 5:30PM, TALK 6PM

REGISTER HERE

Trevor Fairbrother earned both his B.A.… Read More

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