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Collector Spotlight: The Joel and Sharon Schwartz Collection

Pair of Marbled Polychrome Pottery Jardinieres, France, 20th century (Lot 1804, Estimate $50-100)

Joel and Sharon Schwartz began collecting together just prior to their marriage. Having purchased a Georgian brick home in Newton, MA, they felt the need to fill it with wonderful objects that were both fun and consistent with the character of the house. A wicker cart with “more panache than utility” as Joel puts it, was their very first purchase.… Read More

What to Collect: Contemporary Folk Art

James Eaton Polychrome Metal Weathervane Sculpture, America, 2002 (Lot 4, Estimate: $800-1,200)

The objects of everyday life, folk art, are the carved and decorated objects (weathervanes, whirligigs, and paintings) often made outside of urban areas by itinerant or self-taught artists and craftspeople. These naive and sometimes primitive objects are often colorful, highly individual and whimsical interpretations of utilitarian or decorative forms.… Read More

Howard Roth: A Passion for Collecting

Guest blog post by Elliott and Grace Snyder.  The Howard Roth Collection of Early American Iron will be sold in Skinner’s August Americana auction on August 9, 2014 at 10AM in Marlborough, and in the Americana – Online auction from August 4, 2014 at 2PM through August 11, 2014 at 4PM. 

Wrought Iron Rotary Toaster, late 18th/early 19th century (Lot 37, Estimate $2,500 – $3,500)

With his enthusiasm for the material, perseverance, and competitive spirit, Howard rarely let a great piece of American iron get away.… Read More