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Charles Prendergast’s Rare and Exquisite Decorative Panels

Charles E. Prendergast (American, 1863-1948) Untitled (Vase with Flowers and Birds) (Lot 382, Estimate $30,000-50,000)

A skilled and inventive frame maker, admired by artists and collectors for his ability to create frames that corresponded perfectly to the style and intention of the canvases they surrounded, Charles Prendergast (1863-1948) did not begin working on his own artworks in earnest until he was in his fifties. After having spent years as a woodworker and craftsman, he created his painted panels, like Lot 382 in our upcoming Fine Paintings and Sculpture auction, with many of the same materials and techniques he had used for his frames.… Read More

Rodin and Fragments

Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917) Tête de la Luxure, a Later Casting (Lot 385, Estimate: $8,000-12,000)

Two bronze sculptures by Rodin will be offered in our May 19th American & European Works of Art auction. Both were conceived by the artist as parts of larger works, and can therefore be considered fragments, but both also stand as unique and expressive works of art in their own right.

Tête de la Luxure (Head of Lust) (Lot 385, Estimate $8,000-12,000) was first created as the head of the figure Crouching Woman, one of Rodin’s favorite compositions, likely originally dated to 1881-82, and one of the earliest figures Rodin modeled for the Gates of Hell. … Read More

The Nick Lucas Special Guitar

[Detail] 1936 Gibson Nick Lucas Special Acoustic Guitar (Lot 36, Estimate: $15,000- 20,000)

Before Les Paul and his namesake guitar became poster boys for Gibson in 1952, and before Tiny Tim popularized “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” in 1968, Nick Lucas did both by 1929.

Nick Lucas was born in 1897 in Newark, New Jersey, and his Nick Lucas Special Guitar was born in the mid-1920s in Kalamazoo, Michigan (although Gibson did not make the guitar available to the public until 1927).… Read More

Ansel Adams’s Mural-size Photographs Are “Statements of Importance and Beauty”

Ansel Adams (American, 1902-1984) Leaves and Raindrops, Glacier Bay National Monument, c. 1948 (Lot 142, Estimate: $15,000-25,000)

Among the highlights of Skinner’s May 19th Fine Photographs auction are two mural-sized gelatin silver prints by noted photographer Ansel Adams. Adams was a founding member, along with Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, and others, of Group f/64, a San Francisco Bay Area-based alliance of eleven American photographers that formed in 1932.… Read More

Charles Prendergast: A Glimpse of Heaven | A Lecture by Carol Clark | May 17

Charles E. Prendergast, Untitled (Vase with Flowers and Birds) (Lot 382, Estimate $30,000-50,000)

Charles Prendergast: A Glimpse of Heaven

A Lecture by Carol Clark

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

RECEPTION 5:30PM | LECTURE 6PM

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Carol Clark will discuss the distinctive career of Charles Prendergast (1863-1948) who, along with his brother Maurice, participated in key aesthetic movements of the first half of the 20th century. Inspired by a wide range of art from the past, such as Persian miniatures and Egyptian reliefs, and by folk and modern painting, Charles’s contribution as a frame maker and his creation of fewer than 125 carved, painted, and gilded panels offer insight into an exciting moment in American art.… Read More

Form, Line, Color, & Value: Qualities Abound in American & European Works of Art Auction at Skinner, May 19

Alex Katz (American, b. 1927) Ada with Flowers, 1980 (Lot 89, Estimate: $6,000-8,000)

BOSTON, MASkinner, Inc. will present an impressive selection of American & European Works of Art at auction on Friday, May 19. The day will be divided into two parts: Fine Prints & Photographs at 12PM and Fine Paintings & Sculpture at 4PM. The auction offers an extensive variety of paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs, and works on paper ranging from Old Master prints through Modern and Contemporary offerings.… Read More

Boston Teas and Baskets That Please | Lecture | May 4

Courtesy of the Department of the Interior Museum, Washington, DC

Boston Teas and Baskets That Please

A Lecture by Sarah Peabody Turnbaugh

THURSDAY, MAY 4 | RECEPTION 5:30PM | LECTURE 6PM

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Sarah Peabody Turnbaugh is a specialist and scholar of American Indian basketry who is retired from museum administrative and teaching positions. For over forty years, she and her husband and colleague William Turnbaugh, Ph.D., have written about various American Indian arts.… Read More

Collection of Legendary Bassist Victor Bailey Featured at Skinner, May 14

Victor Bailey

BOSTON, MA – From the age of sixteen, Victor Bailey (1960-2016) knew one day he would replace virtuoso bassist Jaco Pastorius in the seminal jazz fusion band Weather Report. At eighteen, Bailey enrolled at the Berklee College of Music, and four years later in 1982, Pastorius was out and the gig with Weather Report was his. In the years since, Victor Bailey played on over a thousand recordings and lent his talent to artists as varied as LL Cool J, Mary J.… Read More

Italian Violins Lead Skinner Fine Musical Instruments Auction, May 14

Italian Violin, Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi, Milan, c. 1772 (Lot 198, Estimate: $150,000-200,000)

BOSTON, MA Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce its first Fine Musical Instruments auction of 2017, taking place in Boston on Sunday, May 14 at 12PM. This auction features 328 lots, including a selection of fretted, wind, and bowed instruments and related books, along with several bass guitars from the estate of legendary bassist and Berklee College of Music professor, Victor Bailey.… Read More

Impeccable Taste: Skinner April 26 Fine Wines & Rare Spirits Auction Anchored by Two Significant Collections

Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 1982 (Lot 38, Estimate: $7,200-8,400)

Marie Keep, Director of Fine Wines, notes that numerous “unexpected and thrilling” wines await discovery in the April 26 Fine Wines & Rare Spirits auction, taking place in Boston at 6PM. The auction is anchored by two deep and diverse cellars: The Coastal Cellar and The Essex Collection, each offering splendid vintage Bordeaux and Burgundies.

She goes on to say that, like many of the collections that Skinner has presented in their ten years of fine wines auctions, “These wines have been acquired over a lifetime of passionate acquisition and tell the story of the consignor’s life and travels through labels, vintages, vineyards, and bottles.” The discerning, devoted connoisseurs who assembled these fine collections were true oenophiles whose personal tastes and histories are expressed in the wines they lovingly acquired.… Read More

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