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From Russia with Love: A History of Russian Art in Skinner’s January Auction

François Angiboult (Ukrainian, 1887-1950) Cubist Still Life (Estimate: $10,000-15,000)

Skinner’s January 27 Fine Paintings & Sculpture auction has almost 30 works by Russian and Ukrainian artists from the mid-19th through the 20th centuries. The works, featuring many differing styles and schools, include landscape, still life, portraits, and costume design.

Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (Russian, 1817-1900) Along the Coast, Capri (Lot 265, Estimate: $130,000-190,000)

Among the most significant and earliest of the artists is Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900), the leading figure of Russian Romanticism and master of marine painting and coastal scenes.… Read More

Fairytales & Silver: The Hanau Region of Germany

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From the monumental Tiffany centerpiece to the towering Polish tureen on stand and striking Russian Kovsh, the January 12 Fine Silver auction features some of the most imposing pieces I have worked with. While I have too many favorites to list, one such piece that caught my eye was the German sleigh-form centerpiece (Lot 206). Though my interest may stem from daydreams of this piece in the center of a holiday table setting, this impressive sleigh highlights some interesting aspects of the Hanau region of silver production as a whole.… Read More

Whimsy, Wit, and Balance: Alexander Calder at the Height of His Career

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976)  Aula Magna  (Lot 438, Estimate $25,000-35,000)

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) Untitled (Standing Mobile, c. 1965) (Estimate: $150,000-250,000)

Alexander Calder was a prolific artist whose career spanned half a century. He is most renowned for his large colorful sculptures made of abstract forms painted in primary colors. Some of these are mobiles, like the huge one hanging in the central court of the National Gallery’s East Building in Washington, DC, and others are “stabiles” (stationary constructions) like Sandy’s Butterfly which you can see in the sculpture garden at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.… Read More

Bountiful and Beautiful: Skinner’s January Fine Art Auctions Feature Fresh-to-Market Works

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) Untitled (Standing Mobile, c. 1965) (Estimate: $150,000-250,000)

BOSTON, MASkinner, Inc. presents an outstanding two-session auction on Friday, January 27 in its Boston gallery.  Fine Prints & Photographs starts at 12PM, followed by  Fine Paintings & Sculpture at 4PM. Previews will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 12 to 5PM; Thursday, January 26, 12 to 8PM; and Friday, January 27, 9 to 10AM.

Robin S. R. Starr, Vice President and Director of American & European Works of Art, notes that in addition to a broad selection of pre-20th-century material, the auction offers an especially robust quantity of modern and contemporary work in all categories.… Read More

Classical Vocabulary/Architectural Ornament: The Designs of James Horton Whitehouse

Pair of Elkington & Co. Sterling Silver Ewers, Birmingham, 1869-70 (Lot 178, Estimate: $3,500-4,500)

James Horton Whitehouse was one of Tiffany & Co.’s earliest and most well-respected designers, producing many of the firm’s most important pieces during his 44-year career. Born in Staffordshire, England in 1833, Whitehouse was trained in metalworking in Birmingham, England, home of leading silver manufacturer Elkington & Co.… Read More

Skinner Celebrates the New Year with Two-Day Auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, Fine Silver, and Ceramics

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. presents an outstanding two-day auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts and Fine Silver & English Ceramics, taking place in Boston. Session I begins on Thursday, January 12 at 4PM with over 350 lots of fine ceramics and silver. Session II opens on Friday, January 13 at 10AM with 376 lots of fine furniture, porcelain, bronze and marble sculpture, glassware, and more.

Iconic names in design and workmanship including Tiffany, Louis Vuitton, Faberge, and Wedgwood are prominently represented.… Read More

Cap-ital Idea | The Bottle Cap Art of Rick Ladd

Rick Ladd Bottle Cap Frame  (Lot 1137, Estimate $100-150)

Rick Ladd Bottle Cap Chair and Footstool, Bottle caps, painted wood, glass, metal, Brooklyn, New York, 1990 (Lot 1130, Estimate: $600-800)

The Elaine Rush collection online auction, from November 30 to December 16, represents a rich range of 20th century design and decorative art style and categories. One group of objects, a bottle-cap chest of drawers, mirror and chair, perfectly sums up Rush’s exuberant spirit and fearless collecting style.… Read More

Works by George Nakashima, Pablo Picasso, and Hans Wegner Highlight Skinner’s 20th Century Design Auction, December 15

BOSTON, MA – Skinner’s 20th Century Design auction on December 15 at 12PM features an impressive array of decorative arts and furniture from early 20th century through contemporary design. The auction of over 390 lots presents design collectors and enthusiasts much to appreciate, with strong collections of Art Deco design, mid-century American Modern, Danish mid-century and early 20th-century pieces on the block.

Ceramics

A sampling of late nineteenth-early twentieth century ceramic art tiles from an extensive special collection opens the auction.… Read More

Unique Holiday Gifts for Every Gentleman in Skinner’s Online Auction
Through December 7

Silver Cocktail Picks, Mexico (Lot 1005, Estimate: $50-75)

Silver Cocktail Picks, Mexico (Lot 1005, Estimate: $50-75)

BOSTON, MA – It is gift-giving time. Will it be: Another necktie, sweater, and pair of slippers? (Cue the politely suppressed yawn) Or something unique and memorable? (Cue the delighted smile.)

The Gentlemen’s Auction online, opens for bidding from November 28 at 12PM through December 7 at 3PM, offers the better choice. Lots include men’s jewelry and accessories, barware, sporting items, choice spirits, as well as collectibles, antiques and decorative arts with a masculine flair.… Read More

Kashmir Sapphires, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Signed Jewelry Highlight Skinner’s Fine Jewelry Auctions

Art Nouveau Gold, Opal, Peridot, and Enamel Ring (Lot 53, Estimate: $10,000-  15,000)

18kt Gold, Ruby, and Diamond Ring (Lot 454, Estimate: $100,000-150,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. presents two Fine Jewelry auctions to close out 2016. The live auction on December 6 will feature over 450 lots, including the collection of noted jewelry expert Rita Goodman. The online auction, which is open for bidding until December 7th, features over 200 lots including many signed pieces by Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Bulgari, and Chanel.… Read More

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