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Skinner to Present Exceptional Offering of Silver, Ceramics & Decorative Arts in October

Group of Louis Vuitton Monogram Steamer and Garment Trunks (Lots 487, 489, 843)

Two-day Auction Spotlights Superb Collections of Decorative Arts, Wedgwood, Fine Silver, and More

BOSTON, MA – October 2, 2015 – Skinner, Inc. announces an outstanding two-day auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, taking place October 9th and 10th in Boston. Eight hundred and fifty lots, distributed evenly over the two days, showcase a wide range of fine furniture, ceramics, bronze works, sculpture, silver, glassware, and more, with many examples hailing from significant private and museum collections.… Read More

Heavy bidding for Massachusetts’ American Country House Past in July

Victorian Carrara Marble Lion Garden Table, late 19th century. Sold for: $29,000

Highlight’s from  the European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction Sale # 2835B

The European Department’s banner two-day sale, which featured over 1200 lots of decorative arts, ceramics, furniture and fine silver, was a heavily bidded event.  Featuring lots from top collectors across the country, one lucky bidder took home a stunning Victorian table with alabaster top marble winged lion pedestals (Lot 163), with a great story to tell. … Read More

Skinner to Present Exceptional Offering of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in July

Regency Ormolu Nine-light Figural Centerpiece, London, early 19th century (Lot 359, Estimate $8,000-$12,000)

Two-day Auction Spotlights Superb Collections of Early English Oak, Wedgwood, Fine Silver, and More

BOSTON, MA – June 26, 2015 Skinner, Inc. announces an outstanding two-day auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, taking place July 18th and 19th in Boston. Twelve-hundred lots, distributed evenly over the two days, showcase a wide range of fine furniture, ceramics, bronze works, sculpture, silver, glassware, and more, with many examples hailing from significant private and museum collections.… Read More

How to Buy American Victorian Furniture: A Guide for New Collectors

Victorian Furniture | Ebonized Mahogany Chair

I’m seeing a trend in the Boston area when it comes to Victorian homes. Home-buying opportunities abound, and I’ve met more than a few “young collectors” who speak admiringly of the ornate woodwork, beautiful hardwood floors and unique build-ins of their new Victorian homes. Although they realize they purchased gems, what they might not have thought about is how affordable it is to furnish their new homes with period designs.

I’ve overheard it said that Victorian antiques and Boston don’t agree – but that’s certainly not true in my experience. New York City housed the biggest powerhouses of design and manufacture in latter part of the 19th century, including Herter Brothers and Pottier & Stymus, but Boston had plenty of purchasing power, and museums and collections are plentiful here. Most importantly for collectors, great buys can be had if you know what to look for.