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American Beauty: Skinner’s American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction on March 4 promises depth, breadth and surprises

Scrimshaw Whale's Tooth with 'Sailor's Farewell' Scene, Mid-19th Century (Lot 166, Estimate: $10,000-15,000)

Scrimshaw Whale’s Tooth with ‘Sailor’s Farewell’ Scene, Mid-19th Century (Lot 166, Estimate: $10,000-15,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner Inc.’s upcoming auction of American Furniture & Decorative Arts features over 500 lots, ranging from classic New England case pieces and seating furniture to exceptional ceramics, fine scrimshaw, and very desirable folk paintings. The auction will take place at the Boston Gallery, 63 Park Plaza, on March 4 at 10AM.… Read More

Skinner’s January Fine Art Auctions total over $2.8 million, with Modern and Contemporary works leading the way

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Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) Untitled (Standing Mobile, c. 1965) (Sold for $471,000)

Outstanding auctions on January 27 offered 475 lots that included a wide choice of pre-20th-century material as well as a notable quantity of Modern and Contemporary artwork in all categories: paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs. Today’s collectors, notes Robin S. R. Starr, Director of American & European Works of Art, are especially eager for 20th and 21st-century material; call it the millennial effect.… Read More

The Philip & Patricia Marco Collection: Notable Works of American Indian Art on Auction, February 10

Apache Beaded Hide Doll with Baby Carrier, c. last quarter 19th   century (Lot 59, Estimate: $5,000-7,000)

Micmac Beaded and Silk Applique Decorated Woman’s Hood, c. 1840s (Lot 132, Estimate: $20,000-30,000)

BOSTON, MASkinner, Inc. presents The Philip & Patricia Marco Collection, featuring American Indian art. The 132 lots being offered on February 10 in Boston were acquired primarily in the 1980s when the selection was broad. In addition to its high quality, the material in the auction has the attraction of being fresh to the market.… Read More

A Master of Many Mediums: Pablo Picasso’s Work in Ceramics

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)   Maroon/Black Wood-owl, 1952 (Lot 103, Estimate $8,000-12,000)

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) Femme au char triomphal, 1949 (Lot 100, Estimate: $40,000-60,000)

Pablo Picasso was a dynamic, creative force. He was intrigued by and experimented with countless media throughout the course of his long and illustrious career. Picasso’s Cubist oil paintings – some incorporating collage – of the 1910s changed the world of Western Art forever.  He worked in crayon, pencil, and pastel and was a prolific printmaker as well.… Read More

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) (Sold for $471,000)

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

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