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Americana Exceptionalism: Skinner’s August Americana Auctions Celebrate Over 200 Years of the Nation’s Ingenuity and Artistry

Red-painted and Decorated ‘Cohocksink Hose Company’ Parade Hat, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, c. 1856 (Lot 519, Estimate $8,000-12,000)

Skinner’s upcoming August Americana auctions are comprised of a varied and interesting array of early American furniture, paintings, needle works, objects of historical interest, and maritime pieces. Totaling over 1300 lots, each object displays some alluring characteristic that makes it best in its class, whether it’s an 18th century New York Windsor highchair with fine blue-green paint (Lot 377, Estimated between $20,000-25,000) or a late 19th century cap gun toy with a humorous message (Lot 1344, $800-1,200).… Read More

Erhart Muller: The Man Behind the Collection

Eldresses Bertha Lindsay and Gertrude Soule with Erhart Muller at the dedication of the Holy Hill Project

Erhart Muller: The Man Behind the Collection

A Lecture by Maggie Stier, New Hampshire Preservation Alliance

Friday, June 3 | 6PM | Marlborough

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Maggie Stier met Erhart Muller in the late 1980’s when she was curator at the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts. Their shared interest in the Shakers led to a friendship based first on explorations around the Harvard Shaker Village, where Mr.… Read More

August Americana Returns to Skinner with Superb Private Collections On the Block

Carved and Painted Pine Hanging Spice Box, Samuel L. Plank (Mifflin County, 1821-1900), Pennsylvania, last quarter 19th century (Lot 1107, Estimate $12,000-$18,000)

Two-day Auction Features The Collection of Ellie Walker Hoover and Robust Offerings of Furniture, Maritime Antiques and Sandwich Glass

MARLBOROUGH, MA – July 30, 2015Skinner, Inc. will present important collections of Americana and Sandwich glass as part of its auction of American Furniture & Decorative Arts on August 8th and 9th.… Read More

Buckets, Pails, and Firkins; What’s the Difference?

Buckets were used to draw water, such as from a well. Five Staved Wooden Containers (Lot 1132, Estimate $400-$600)

Whether painted or undecorated; staved or tinned, with or without lids; utilitarian buckets, pails, and firkins have for over a century, been popular with collectors. Like so many things with the passage of time, the terminology that is used to describe these humble objects has become muddled.  I have always been a firm believer that when describing historical objects, we should describe them today as they were described during their original period of use.… Read More

Curator Christopher Fox Joins Skinner American Furniture & Decorative Arts Department

Christopher Fox, Specialist, American Furniture & Decorative Arts, Skinner, Inc.

BOSTON, Mass. – November 17, 2014 –Skinner, Inc.is pleased to announce that Christopher Fox has joined the Skinner American Furniture & Decorative Arts Department. Working with Stephen Fletcher, Executive Vice President and Department Director, and Christopher Barber, Deputy Director, Mr. Fox will lend his considerable expertise and experience to Skinner appraisals and auctions of Americana.… Read More

Skinner to Auction Compelling Selection of American Furniture and Decorative Arts on March 2

Auction to Feature Folk Art from the Collection of Edith Halpert and Chinese Export Porcelain from the Collection of Peter Rosenberg

BOSTON, MA – February 19, 2014 – A fine selection of American antique furniture and historic art, including a rare Paul Revere, Jr. drawing, in addition to property formerly in the collection of folk art pioneer Edith Halpert, will be offered at Skinner, Inc.’s American Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction on March 2nd.… Read More

Stellar Examples of American Furniture and Decorative Arts at Auction on October 27

BOSTON, MA – October 1, 2013 – Numerous examples of fine, newly discovered furniture, decorative arts and Folk Art – including two important single-owner collections – will be auctioned at Skinner, Inc.’s American Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction, on October 27.

An Ohio Collection of American Folk Art

Rare Painted Wood Carving of a Boston Bull Terrier, by Augustus (Gus) Wilson (1864-1950), South Portland, Maine, 1930-35 (Lot 33, Estimate $125,000-$175,000)

Skinner is pleased to offer an exceptional, single-owner collection, featuring a small group of objects gathered over more than forty years by a Midwestern couple.… Read More