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Americana Gallery Walk | November 2

“Where Did You Get That?”

True Tales from the Homes of Connoisseurs, Collectors and Hoarders

Please join us for a gallery talk held in conjunction with the preview for the November 3 American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction, as department specialists share stories of how objects in the auction were collected by their owners, and how they made their way to Skinner.

Friday November 2, 2018  |  Skinner Boston Gallery

5:30PM Reception, 6:00PM Gallery Talk

Boston Gallery 63 Park Plaza  Boston, MA 02116

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The Collection of Billy Ahearn | Lecture by Erik J. Goldstein

“The Collection of Billy Ahearn” 

Lecture by Erik J. Goldstein

Wednesday, October 31 | Skinner Marlborough | Reception: 5:30PM, Talk: 6PM

The Collection of Billy Ahearn featured in the upcoming Historic Arms & Militaria auction includes numerous rare examples of British, French, and American military muskets with provenance to specific soldiers or regiments that played prominent roles in the American Revolution from Lexington & Concord through the conclusion of the war in the early 1780s. Please join us on October 31 for a talk about the collection by guest speaker Erik Goldstein.… Read More

The Aesthetics of Function: The Influence of the Japanese Tea Ceremony in Modern American Studio Ceramics

American Studio Ceramics Featuring a Collection of Makoto Yabe

“Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage. In China, in the eighth century, it entered the realm of poetry as one of the polite amusements. The fifteenth century saw Japan ennoble it into a religion of aestheticism—Teaism…a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence.  It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order.  It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.”

Okakura Kazuko, The Book of Tea

When the centuries old Japanese tea ceremony crosses national and international boundaries not only does it deposit forms and aesthetics in these new cultural territories, but  it also borrows from them, enriching the aesthetic vocabulary of utensils intended for, or adapted for, use in the tea ceremony.… Read More

Anatolian Village Weaving | April 29 | Boston

Central Anatolian “Memling” Gul Rug, Turkey, c. 1850 (Lot 1, Estimate: $2,500-3,000)

Anatolian Village Weaving

 

A Lecture by Samy Rabinovic 

 
Sunday, April 29th

Samy Rabinovic was born in Istanbul in 1940, and grew up in a house filled with rugs (his uncle was Director of the Anglo-Persian Rug Company), but felt no particular attraction to them. His real passion at the time was chemistry. After obtaining an advanced degree in Polymer Sciences from the University of Massachusetts in 1969, Samy worked for Rohm and Haas (now owned by Dow Chemical) for many years, becoming head of Research and Development in their Plastics Division in France from 1975 through 1984.… Read More

May 2 | Lecture by Robert C. Cheney in Marlborough

Aaron Willard Jr. Alarm Timepiece, Boston, Massachusetts, c. 1815 (Lot 478, Estimate $7,000-$9,000)

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Pitfalls of Collecting Willard’s Patent Timepiece or “Banjo Clock”

Wine reception 5-6:30PM with lecture to follow

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An illustrated lecture by Robert C. Cheney, Director Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments. Held in conjunction with the Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments preview and sale.… Read More