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Clocks Gallery Talk | April 27

Gallery Talk with Richard Ketchen, Clock & Scientific Instrument Conservator

THURSDAY, APRIL 27 | RECEPTION 5PM, GALLERY TALK 6PM

Richard Ketchen, of Carlisle, Massachusetts, will lead a gallery walk on Fasoldt clocks and the Holtzapffel ornamental turning lathe and rose engine featured in this sale. A leading clock and scientific instrument conservator, Richard is uniquely qualified to speak on these diverse subjects. Ketchen has restored a large and diverse collection of Fasoldt timekeepers and has made one from scratch to better understand the genius of the original maker.… Read More

April Consignment Days in New England

Meet with Skinner appraiser Victoria Bratberg, Director of Fine Jewelry

Portland, Maine

Tuesday, April 8, 11AM – 4PM

REGISTER FOR PORTLAND

Maine Historical Society

489 Congress Street

Portland, ME 04101

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Thursday, April 10, 10AM – 4PM

REGISTER FOR PORTSMOUTH

Discover Portsmouth

10 Middle Street

Portsmouth, NH 03801

Reserve a consignment evaluation with a Skinner fine jewelry, fine art, or silver specialist.… Read More

New Mobile Website Features Optimized Browsing for Buyers on the Go

BOSTON, Mass. – December 2, 2013 – Following the launch of its new website in Spring 2013, Skinner, Inc., internationally renowned auctioneers and appraisers of objects of value, is pleased to introduce its new, user-friendly mobile site.

Now live, the mobile website can be viewed on any handheld device by visiting www.skinnerinc.com. One of the first houses to bring auction to the web with interactive features and online bidding, Skinner continues its commitment to improving the online user experience by providing the most up-to-date information in an easily consumable format.… Read More

Jewelry Rescues: Spotlight on Valuing Antique & Vintage Metalwork

Antique and estate pieces of great value have been lost to the scrapper because neither seller, nor buyer, realized that the item had value beyond its metal weight. Before selling heirlooms and antique jewelry for their scrap value, consider having the jewelry evaluated by specialists at an auction house, either by making an appointment to bring in pieces, or sending detailed images. Auction houses normally do not charge for the initial review and verbal appraisal of jewelry, as it is an integral part of their business model. Owners can also send jewelry to reputable major auction houses for review through insured mail if an “in person” visit is not possible.

Too Many Books, Too Little Time: What are Old Books Worth?

Cotta, John. The Triall of Witchcraft Auctioned for $1,960

Determining the value of a book collection is a tricky proposition. Not only do many people have large quantities of books, but libraries and collections can have widely varying characteristics. First, let’s decide what kind of a library you have. Take a look at these three major types of collections.

Rare Book Collection

This group of books was methodically assembled by a book lover with a plan.… Read More

5 Tips for Making the Most of your Antiques Appraisal Appointment

So you’ve stumbled across a dusty heirloom stowed away in your attic? Maybe you’re redecorating and can’t find room for your bronze bust collection. Or perhaps your grandfather left you with his fine collection of wine, though you’re much more of a beer drinker.

When your antiques, collectibles, or fine art need a new home, an auction house can help. Read our blog series on Consigning Property for Auction to find out how the process works.… Read More

Having Trouble Saying Goodbye? How Auction Can Help When Downsizing a Home

Downsizing a home can be an arduous process, both physically and emotionally. Once you’ve sorted through a lifetime of possessions and have decided what to keep, you still face the question of what to do with the material you don’t wish to retain. Whatever your reasons for downsizing: moving to a smaller home, simplifying your lifestyle, or raising some cash, here are three reasons to consider selling at auction.

Consigning Property for Auction, Part I

Antiques Appraisal Process

If you’re a collector of art and antiques or the heir to a family estate, no doubt you’ve thought about consigning some of that property to auction. So what might be stopping you? I’ve been an appraiser for over thirty years, and I’ve helped thousands of clients successfully auction their fine tangibles.