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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)

Carved Polychrome and Gilt Eagle Plaque, America, 19th century (Lot 602, Estimate: $8,000-12,000)

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

War of 1812 History Recorded on Wood

Naval battle scenes have been popular subjects in American art for centuries, and actions during the War of 1812 inspired a great number of such works. For obvious patriotic reasons, in nearly all cases the scenes depict American victories. However, on occasion a remarkable work surfaces that captures the drama of naval combat from another perspective. A wonderful overmantel painting on wood (Lot 224) in the February 27 American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction records the battle between an American and a British frigate after the former slipped past a British naval blockade.… Read More

Imagination Required: Repurposing the Utilitarian as Home Décor

Green-painted Country Store Cheese Box, probably New England, c. 19th century (Lot 335, Estimate $400-600)

Savvy buyers of Americana have long known that it’s easy to buy an antique cutlery tray to creatively house their remote controls. They also know they can use a sewing stand or work table as a night stand, or a card table in the front hall to throw their keys on when they come in the door. Polychrome-decorated game boards have been steady sellers because collectors know they provide a pseudo-modern pop of color, sometimes for a bargain price.… Read More