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Understanding and Collecting Later Meissen Porcelain

Extensive Meissen Blue Onion Dinner Service, Germany, c.1900, to be offered at auction April 5, 2014 (Lot 378, Estimate $7,000-$9,000)

Since the early 18th century, Meissen has represented the highest quality in German porcelain, and has offered a wide variety of objects, from figures and figural groups to tea wares, dinner services, vases, clock cases, ewers, mirror frames, and so much more. Meissen produced lines of redwares, stonewares, and easily recognizable polychrome-enameled and gilded porcelain figures.… Read More

Skinner Announces April Auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts

Spotlighting Fine Silver and Souvenirs of the Grand Tour from the Collection of Thomas S. Holman

Russian Gem-set and Cloisonné Enameled .875 Silver Frame, Moscow, 1899-1908 (Lot 79, Estimate $14,000-$18,000)

BOSTON, MA – March 19, 2014 On April 5, Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, featuring nearly 600 lots of objects from a variety of countries and periods, including fine silver and souvenirs of the Grand Tour from the Collection of Thomas S.Read More

Nine Full Days to Bid on Asian Art in Upcoming Auctions

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – January 9, 2014 – Skinner, Inc. will host an Asian Art – Online auction of over 300 objects from China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia beginning on January 28th and running through February 5th, 2014. On February 3rd and 4th, Skinner will offer over 800 additional lots in the live auction at the Marlborough Gallery. The auctions feature a diverse group of decorative items ranging from Chinese ceramics and porcelain to Buddhist sculpture and Asian furniture.… Read More

The 2013 American Ceramic Circle Symposium in Houston, Texas

Moche, Peru, north coast, Reclining Feline Vessel, 100-800, Ceramic, from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The American Ceramic Circle or the ACC, as it’s often called, is an annual event composed primarily of collectors, museum scholars, auction houses and dealers, all with an academic interest in the variety of pottery and porcelain produced throughout the centuries and across the world. European Furniture & Decorative Arts specialists, Leah Kingman and Stephanie Opolski, had the pleasure of joining me on this occasion.… Read More

Skinner to Host Asian Art Auction in Marlborough

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – July 16, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of Asian Works of Art on July 26th in its Marlborough gallery. Following the event, a second offering of lots will be open for bidding beginning on July 29th through August 6th exclusively online as a Skinner timed auction. This eclectic sale features a wide variety of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese decorative arts and antiques, as well as a sampling of art and artifacts from Tibet, Thailand, the Middle East, and India.… Read More

The Contemporary Crafts Movement: Our Collection of Art Pottery

The energy of the Contemporary Crafts movement hit me at a craft fair at Rhinebeck, New York in 1977, where I had set up a booth as a jewelry vendor. I had never been to a “craft fair” before, so had no expectations. As I looked around, I saw rows of very well-made functional ware in the muted pallet of the day. But here and there, poking heads above the rest, I found weird and wonderful objects and booths full of marvels the like of which I had never seen before.

The MFA Art of the Americas Wing: Half a Billion Dollars Well Spent

Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard © Chuck Choi

I was privileged to attend the November 13th opening gala for MFA’s new wing. The party itself was quite a blowout, with complimentary libations, exotic bite-sized dinner servings, and a very good dance band.  However, the ever-increasing volume of said band, which seemed intent by the end of the evening on blowing out a few of the glass panels which surround the Shapiro Family Courtyard, drove me to tour the very well soundproofed gallery spaces not once but twice.… Read More

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