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Collector Spotlight: The Joel and Sharon Schwartz Collection

Joel and Sharon Schwartz began collecting together just prior to their marriage. Having purchased a Georgian brick home in Newton, MA, they felt the need to fill it with wonderful objects that were both fun and consistent with the character of the house. A wicker cart with “more panache than utility” as Joel puts it, was their very first purchase. This cart can be found as Lot 1800, the first lot of their collection offered for in our current Discovery – Interiors online auction.… Read More

Skinner to Host Historic Arms & Militaria Online Auction, April 21-29

MARLBOROUGH, MA –Skinner, Inc. will hold an auction of Historic Arms & Militaria featuring  pistols and muskets, historic documents, and antique arms from the time of the American Revolution through World War II.  Items on offer include artillery, swords, pistols, powder horns, uniforms, muskets, and rifles.  The online-only sale will begin on April 21, 2016 at noon and will conclude on April 29, 2016 at 10AM; live previews will be held at Skinner’s Marlborough Gallery on Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28 from noon to 7PM, and on Friday, April 29 from 8AM to 9:30AM.… Read More

Oriental Rugs & Carpets Lecture | March 11 | Boston

The Story of Rugs is the Story of Civilization

A Lecture by Lawrence M. Kearney

This talk will explore the development of rugs and related textiles through the ages: from Tribal cultures, such as the Baktiari of Southwestern Iran and the Turkoman weavers of Central Asia; through village weavings, such as Kazak and Northwest Persian rugs; into 19th and 20th century workshop production where the emphasis is on sophisticated design and the use of sumptuous materials, such as silk Tabrizes and Kashans.… Read More

Skinner, Inc. Announces First Online Fine Jewelry Auction

Spotlight Shines on Cartier, Chanel, Hermes, Robert Lee Morris & More

BOSTON, MA – April 22, 2015 Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce its first ever online auction devoted entirely to Fine Jewelry. Beginning on Thursday, April 23rd and running until Thursday, April 30th, the sale will offer nearly 200 lots and feature some of the biggest names in jewelry, including Cartier, Hermès, Chanel, Van Cleef & Arpels, Robert Lee Morris and many more.… Read More

Meet the Experts | Invitation to Consign

Antique Carpets & Modern Furniture

“The soul of the apartment is the carpet”, Edgar Allen Poe famously declared in his 1840 essay on interior design, The Philosophy of Furniture. He goes on to say that not only do the colors in the room take their cues from the carpet, but “the forms and scale” as well. He extols the virtues of patterns “with no meaning” (especially, “the Arabesque”), and writes many an unkind word about overcrowded designs and gaudiness of color. (One can’t help wondering what Poe would make of the current Age of Beige we have been in since the 1990s.)

So here we are, 175 years later, still asking that fundamental question: how should we furnish our interiors?… Read More

Dazzling Jewels on the Block at Skinner on March 17th

BOSTON, MA – March 12, 2015Skinner, Inc. presents its first Fine Jewelry auction of 2015 on March 17th in Boston. Over 550 lots will be on the block, spotlighting antique and period jewelry as well as contemporary pieces by Tiffany, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari and more.

Diamonds

A standout among the diamond jewelry at auction is a signed platinum and diamond ring by Sterle, the famed 1950s “couturier of jewelry,” featuring full- and baguette-cut diamonds, as well as a ropework shank (Lot 584, Estimate $25,000–$35,000).… Read More

Do You Believe the Myths?

Antique furnishings are much more than “old” — they’re affordable, useful, sturdy, and stylish.

What comes to mind when you hear the word “antique”? Expensive? Old? Fragile? Stuffy? As a specialist at Skinner auction house, I know that these stereotypes are often undeserved. Not all antiques are unfashionable, pricey, or breakable collectors of dust. There is a secret underbelly to this world of old things that is surprisingly affordable, useful, sturdy, and stylish.… Read More