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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

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

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 Marvill Collection: Power, Magic, Mystery, and Design

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

Americana Exceptionalism

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:

The Kern collection is encyclopedic in its representation of New England folk art.… Read More

August Americana | August 12-13

The Collection of Gail & Don Piatt

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.

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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

Skinner Presents its Fall Auction of American Furniture & Decorative Arts

George Hartwell (Massachusetts, 1815-1901) Portrait of Mary A. Crockett of Lincoln, Maine (Lot 89, Estimate: $15,000-25,000)

BOSTON, MA  – Skinner, Inc. will present an auction of American Furniture & Decorative Arts on Saturday, November 19 at 10AM in their Boston Gallery. The auction of nearly 700 lots will feature a wide array of Americana, featuring important folk paintings and painted furniture from the collection of Dr. Howard P. Diamond of New York and an extraordinary selection of 19th century trade signs from the collection of Janie and Peter Gross of Pennsylvania.… Read More

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