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25th National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn

The year was 1987 and I was in Boston for both Skinner’s fall Arts & Crafts auction and for the opening of the long-awaited “The Art That Is Life” Arts & Crafts exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

A few months earlier, I had attended the final Arts & Crafts conference held at the aging Roycroft Inn. When word circulated among the dealers and collectors gathered there that the Roycroft Inn would be closed for what turned out to be a nine-year restoration, my first reaction was: we should host the conference at the Grove Park Inn.

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.

Guide to Dedham Pottery: Modern Antiquity in Blue and White

I have worked in the world of antiques and modern design for over three decades and have learned to love many styles. But as a life-long lover of both nature and the arts, I continue to be inspired by works from the Arts & Crafts movement, when artists took their cue from the natural world around them. Nature’s inspiration is especially evident in pottery from the Arts & Crafts era. One of my favorites is Dedham Pottery, which was founded by Hugh C. Robertson as Chelsea Pottery in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1891, before moving to Dedham, Massachusetts in 1896.