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Discovery Auction Features Dolls, Toys, and Decorative Objects

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – May 10, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will host a two-day Discovery auction on May 22nd and 23rd in its Marlborough gallery. The first day of the sale will feature rare and antique dolls, vintage toys, collectibles and ephemera. Day two presents a fine selection of assorted early photography and scientific instruments, as well as furniture and decorative objects. The two-day auction offers more than 1300 lots of one-of-a-kind objects that will enhance your collection or make your home and life a little more “you.”

Antique Dolls

The May auction features an excellent assortment of vintage and collectible dolls, including French and German fashion dolls, as well as American cloth dolls.… Read More

Discovery Auction Features Studio Paintings, Prints, and Photography

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – April 1, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will host a two-day Discovery auction on April 17th and 18th in its Marlborough gallery. The first day of the sale will feature a diverse collection of studio paintings, prints, and photography. Day two presents a fine selection of assorted furniture and decorative arts. In conjunction with the live auction, a collection of lots of 20th century advertising and political posters will be available from April 17th through April 23rd, exclusively as a Skinner online timed auction.… Read More

Where Have All the Young Dealers Gone?

Dealers are the heart of the antiques business, the cheerleaders, and the energy that keeps the whole system flowing. They cultivate collectors. They hunt at all hours of the day and night, in the four corners of the globe, at auctions, flea markets, antique shows, shops, and online for treasures at the right price.

Remembering Bob Skinner

I met Bob Skinner in 1964 at one of his first auctions in Harvard, Massachusetts. He helped me load a Silas Hoadley tall case clock into my car. At $85, it was a big purchase for a 17-year-old! I worked for Bob Skinner that summer, and again after graduating from Wellesley High School. After I joined the Navy, Nancy Skinner wrote to me regularly with updates on Bob’s antique adventures. When I returned home, a job was waiting for me in Bolton, Massachusetts.

7 Fine Art & Antiques Websites Worth Visiting

When we started the Skinner Antiques & Fine Art Auctions blog in 2010, this was one of my very first posts. I continue to rely on the first four websites mentioned below for art, antiques and collectibles news. In addition, I’ve added three new sites to my retinue of regular morning reading about the antiques auction market.

A Week in the Life of an Antiques Appraiser: My Top 5 Finds

Have you ever watched Antiques Roadshow on PBS? As a senior art and antiques appraiser at Skinner, many of my days are a lot like the reality TV show. I spend considerable time meeting with prospective consignors at our Marlborough and Boston auction galleries and viewing the antiques, collectibles & fine art brought in for an auction evaluation.

Purchasing Great Design in a Global Economy

Massachusetts had a tax-free holiday this month and I thought I would try to take advantage of it. Who doesn’t love an excuse to go shopping? But after only an hour of searching through retail chain stores, I started feeling bored and frustrated. The stores seemed to be carrying less merchandise than in the past, and the “look” had become homogenized. But the saddest thing of all to me was the overwhelming percentage of items that were made in China, even if the materials and designs were from elsewhere.

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