Tag Archives: Asian Art

Consider This: Collecting Chinese Textiles

Subject and Symbolism

The symbols depicted on a textile can tell you quite specifically what the function was and who would have owned it. Chimes, twin fish, and double happiness characters are symbols for blessings in marriage, designating a marriage robe. At the same time, Imperial dragons were strictly only used on Imperial textiles until the later parts of the Qing dynasty. 

Manchu Wedding Robe, China, 19th century. Sold for $9,225 in September 2019.

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The Art of Set Decoration: How Japanese Textiles Inspire Andrew Baseman

Set by Andrew Baseman for the movie Crazy Rich Asians

ONLINE EVENT | MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT 4PM

Join us to explore how antique Japanese textiles have influenced the vision and creative process of Andrew Baseman, a designer and set decorator on diverse film and television projects including Crazy Rich Asians, Mindhunter, Gotham, The Nanny Diaries, Eat, Pray, Love, The Americans, and The Normal Heart. Andrew will share how he turned motifs from the fabric swatches on offer in our upcoming Asian auction into a line of handmade rugs for his interior design clients.… Read More

$1.6M Chinese Vase from a New England Home Leads Skinner Asian Works of Art Auction

BOSTON, MA – June 19, 2020. The Skinner June auction presenting the arts of China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia dating from Neolithic times through the 20th century was a resounding success. Robust participation from top international collectors and dealers on material from estates and collections long off the market resulted in prolonged competitive bidding and a $2.5M auction

“The success of this recent Asian auction is testament to the valuable work Skinner does helping families realize top market potential for their tangibles,” says Skinner CEO, Karen M.… Read More

The Art of Japanese Cloisonné

Japanese cloisonné uses an ancient enameling technique originating in the West during medieval times. Cloison, or segments, are closed within metal wires to contain fluid glass or enamel which create the design elements. At this time, cloisonné adorned small portions of jewelry and accessories.

In China, the art of cloisonné evolved as a significant art form with the Imperial palace workshop as the leading epicenter of high-quality cloisonné products, mainly produced to glorify temples and palaces.… Read More

First Tuesday | February 4 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, February 4 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Jonathan Dowling, Kaitlin Shinnick & Suhyung Kim will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions.

Robin S.R. Starr – Director of American & European Works of Art, will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for upcoming auctions. She is looking forward to seeing examples by listed, sought-after artists, as well as iconic works of fine art photography from the 19th through 21st centuries, with market interest over $1000.… Read More

Asian Art Consignment Day | Boston

Large Cloisonne Vase and Stand, Japan, Hayashi workshop. Sold for $9,840 on September 14, 2019

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18

The Asian Works of Art Department is now inviting consignments for upcoming auctions. Department specialists will be available by appointment to offer verbal evaluations and accept consignments in the Boston Gallery on December 18 between 10AM and 3PM.

To request an appointment, please call 617-350-5400 or email info@skinnerinc.com.Read More

First Tuesday | December 3 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, December 3 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Stuart Slavid & Judith Dowling will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions.

Robin S.R. Starr – Director of American & European Works of Art, will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for upcoming auctions. She is looking forward to seeing examples by listed, sought-after artists, as well as iconic works of fine art photography from the 19th through 21st centuries, with market interest over $1000.… Read More

Portrait Paintings of Korea

Portrait paintings are prevalent in Korea, especially during the Joseon period (1392-1897). Kings, sadaebu intellectuals, loyal vassals, elders and ancestors, monks, and even notable women were portrayed often with representative belongings to characterize the depicted. The Joseon society treated such portraits as persons incarnate; works enshrined in sacred places such as ancestral shrines and temple halls to worship, pay respect, or reminisce.… Read More

Gallery Talk | Modern Japanese Prints

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 | SKINNER BOSTON

Toko Shinoda (b. 1913), Woodblock Print (Lot 1134, Estimate: $400-600)

Please join us for a gallery talk by Japanese prints dealer and lecturer Allison Tolman, focusing on modern Japanese prints.

The reception will begin at 5PM in the Boston Gallery, followed by the talk at 5:30PM. Please register below.

This event is held in conjunction with the September live Asian Works of Art auction and Japanese Prints online auction.Read More

Arts of Asia the Focus of the Skinner September 14 Auction

Pair of Spinach Green Covered Vessels, China (Lot 335, Estimate: $50,000-70,000)

BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 28, 2019 – Skinner’s Asian Works of Art auction will be held on Saturday, September 14 in Boston. Featuring over 550 lots of Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian art and antiques. Offerings include Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ceramics; Chinese jades, Chinese textiles; Buddhist bronzes and carvings; Chinese and Korean paintings; Tibetan thangkas; Chinese scholar’s objects and furniture, and a selection of important reference books.… Read More

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