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A Formidable Eye for Design: Objects from the Collection of Carol Ferranti

Carol Ferranti

Skinner is proud to offer a diverse group of silver and decorative objects in our April 7 European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction from the collection of Carol Ferranti, a passionate collector, and our long-time friend and colleague. From her early days as an artist and colorist for fabric companies supplying designs for women’s wear, her keen eye and talents followed her throughout her life and touched everything she did.… Read More

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)

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

Irresistible Unreserved: Skinner offers a new kind of auction in the New Year, with $10 starting bids on all lots

Marquetry Tea Caddy (Lot 1308, Estimate: $200-300)

Skinner debuts an innovative online auction format with its Irresistible Unreserved auction that will run from January 5 through January 27.

In this auction, every lot will start at the same nominal bid of $10. Alexander Hamilton, the face of the auction and a man who cared greatly about value, would surely approve.

All of the items have been inspected, cataloged and valued by Skinner’s experts and have been judged to meet Skinner’s high standards regarding authenticity and condition.… Read More

Unique Holiday Gifts for Every Gentleman in Skinner’s Online Auction
Through December 7

Silver Cocktail Picks, Mexico (Lot 1005, Estimate: $50-75)

BOSTON, MA – It is gift-giving time. Will it be: Another necktie, sweater, and pair of slippers? (Cue the politely suppressed yawn) Or something unique and memorable? (Cue the delighted smile.)

The Gentlemen’s Auction online, opens for bidding from November 28 at 12PM through December 7 at 3PM, offers the better choice. Lots include men’s jewelry and accessories, barware, sporting items, choice spirits, as well as collectibles, antiques and decorative arts with a masculine flair.… Read More

Discovery – Asian Art, Dolls & Toys and Interiors online at Skinner in October

Three Steiff Limited Edition Annual Teddy Bear Convention Mohair Teddy Bears, 1988-1990 (Lot 156, Estimate: $400-600)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner is hosting a live Discovery auction featuring Asian Art, Dolls & Toys on October 13 and an Interiors online auction October 6 through October 14. Interested bidders are invited to view items and meet with specialists in person on October 11 and 12 or anytime online.

Highlights featured in Discovery-Asian Art, Dolls & Toys on October 13: ♦ Over 200 lots of antique dolls, toys and collectibles, including Jumeau, Thuilier, Brevete Bru dolls and Steiff mohair bears and animals.… Read More

Porcelain Passion: The Refined Botanicals of Flora Danica

Royal Copenhagen Porcelain “Flora Danica” Soup Tureen and Platter, Denmark, c. 1985-91 (Lot 795, Estimate: $$2,000-3,000)

There are a robust 35 lots of Flora Danica porcelain tableware items (from a coffee service to egg cups, butter pats and plates of all sizes, platters, tureens and more) in Skinner’s European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction on October 7. For those who seek out Flora Danica’s beautifully rendered botanical specimens that are the “trademark” of the service, there will be something for everyone in this upcoming sale, and a perfect time to add to or start a collection.… Read More

Skinner Presents Two-Session Auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, October 6-7

Gorham Martelé .9584 Silver Pitcher, Providence, c. 1907 (Lot 99, Estimate: $7,000-9,000)

Featuring Special Collections of Wedgwood & English Ceramics

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present a two-part auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts & Fine Silver in its Boston Gallery on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7. With over 850 lots on offer, the auction will feature Part II of The Paul Lauer Collection of Wedgwood and The Edward Knowles collection of English Pottery, as well as an expansive selection of fine silver and European fine and decorative arts of the 16th through early 20th centuries.… Read More

Oh Shute! Folk Art Leads Skinner’s 2.3+ million August Americana Auction

Ruth W. Shute (1803-1882) and Dr. Samuel A. Shute (1803-1836) Portrait of Electa Snow Pierce (Lot 519, Sold for: $339,000)

By Jane Viator

Skinner’s summer Americana auction took place on August 14 and 15. 772 lots were offered, totaling over $2.3 million with buyer’s premium. Stephen Fletcher, chief auctioneer and Skinner executive vice-president, noted that the sale’s success demonstrates the strength of this part of the market.… Read More

Collector’s pieces: Lewis Scranton Americana auction tops $1,000,000

By | Jane Viator

On May 21, Skinner held an auction of fine Americana that was notable on several counts.

The consigner, Lewis Scranton, is a long-time Connecticut dealer specializing in glaze-decorated slipware; 18th century Connecticut furniture; silhouettes and portrait miniatures; and domestic ironware.

He requested “an old-fashioned, on-site auction in the backyard.” He also stipulated no reserves and no buyers’ premiums.… Read More

Commemorating a Fallen General in Cast Iron

Cast Iron General Wolfe Fireback, 18th century (Lot 34, Estimate $2,000-3,000)

For centuries cast iron firebacks have decorated the insides of fireplaces and typically, served two primary functions. Firstly, they protected the wall at the back of a fireplace from the excessive heat of the hearth’s fire. This was particularly important in chimneys constructed of daub (a mixture of clay and straw over woven sticks or branches). The secondary function of a fireback is to radiate heat from the fireplace into the room.… Read More

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