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Country Americana | A Specialists Perspective

Skinner monthly Discovery auctions are approachable and keenly followed by seasoned and novice buyers alike for their affordability and diverse, eclectic offerings.  A recent Country Americana auction featured a broad and eclectic selection of 18th, 19th, and 20th-century furniture, folk art, ceramics, metalwork, fine art, and textiles. Department specialist Kyle Johnson weighs-in on some of the areas where he saw strong auction results.  

 

Six Graduated Painted Firkins, 19th century

  This group of six graduated buckets hammered for $1,300, outperforming the expected $600-800 estimate.… Read More

Rustic & Refined Country Americana On Offer at Skinner, March 23

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner, Inc. is hosting a live auction of Country Americana on March 23 at 10AM. The auction will feature approximately 450 lots of rustic and refined pieces of Americana furniture, signs, paintings, wrought iron, glass, pewter, and wooden wares.

Flora and Fauna

The auction offers a wooden menagerie, highlighted by a large carved wood owl (Lot 45, Estimated between $800-1,200) and a carved and painted eagle (Lot 4, $1,000-1,500) along with a dozen other carved and painted whales, dolphins and shorebirds.… Read More

What to Collect: Contemporary Folk Art

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. A simple box can be transformed by colorful paint or wind-driven whirligigs can be fashioned in endless variation.… Read More

Country Americana and Studio Art online at Skinner in October

BOSTON, MA – Skinner is hosting a live auction featuring Country Americana on Thursday, November 17 and a Studio Art online auction November 10 through November 18. Interested bidders are invited to view items and meet with specialists in person on November 15 and November 16 or anytime online.

Highlights featured in Country Americana on November 17:

♦ A selection of carved polychrome contemporary folk art, including historical and whimsical figures and weathervanes.… Read More

Country Americana Online Auction Offers Objects, Furniture & Artwork of Our American Heritage, August 9 – August 16

MARLBOROUGH, MA – August 9, 2016 – Skinner, Inc. is hosting an online-only auction of Country Americana from August 9 through August 16. Interested bidders are invited to view items and meet with specialists in person from August 11 through August 14 at Skinner’s Marlborough, MA Gallery.

The Americana-themed online auction features a curated selection of furniture and decorative arts including:

♦ Over 30 lots of Shaker furniture, objects and textiles, from communities including Canterbury, Mt.… Read More

The Art of the Quilt: From Functional to Ornamental

Over the past few years, quilts and quilting have experienced resurgence in popularity. The appeal of quilts and textile art is as varied as the patterns they employ. Whether it is the bold, bright, and contrasting colors or the strength and diversity of the design, quilts have consumed the interest of contemporary artists and enthusiasts alike.

The origins of quilting are seen in the 17th century when chintz and calico fabrics were beginning to be imported from India.… Read More

Country Americana, Studio & Tribal Art at Skinner Marlborough in November

A Selection of Carved Folk Art Animal Figures

 

MARLBOROUGH, MA – November 4, 2015 – Skinner is hosting a live auction of Country Americana in its Marlborough, MA Gallery on Thursday, November 19th at 10:00 a.m. and an online only auction of Studio & Tribal Art with bidding open from November 12th through the 20th. Both auctions may be previewed in person at the Marlborough Gallery on November 17th and 18th or online at any time.

Country Americana auctions feature the furniture and domestic items of 18th and 19th century America such as furniture and objects with original colorful paint surfaces, Chippendale and Federal period furniture, folk art, quilts, coverlet and carpets, stoneware, export porcelains, glass and more.… Read More

Sugar and Spice…

Despite the seemingly mundane individual details of this late 19th century spice box, there is an intrigue to this little domestic piece. With eight smaller containers inscribed with their respective contents, this not uncommon item found its way onto the cover of our March Country Americana catalog.

Spices and the vessels which store them have always held an important role in more than just our kitchens. Since the beginning of recorded time, we can find references to spices and their various uses.… Read More

Country Americana and Studio Artwork at Skinner Marlborough in November

MARLBOROUGH, MA – November 14, 2014 – Skinner is hosting a live auction of Country Americana in its Marlborough, MA Gallery on Thursday, November 20th at 10:00 a.m. and an online only auction of Studio Artwork with bidding open from November 13th through the 21st. Both auctions may be viewed in person at the Marlborough Gallery on November 18th and 19th or online at any time.

Country Americana features Chippendale, Federal, Country and reproduction furniture, folk art, weathervanes, game boards, ceramics, glass and more.… Read More

Meet the Experts: Cara Elmslie, Director of Discovery Auctions

What I really love about this sale is the huge variety of beautiful things: from the simple yet sturdy country pine furniture with honestly aging chipped paint to the more formal Chippendale and Queen Anne-style pieces crafted to demonstrate the beauty of imported woods.

In setting up the preview, I had a good time picking out some of my favorite pieces and arranging them in a way that really shows you don’t need to have just one single style in your home. You can pick your favorite pieces and mix them up to create your own aesthetic. Country and formal styles can and do go together.