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Functional, Fashionable, and Fun: Skinner’s 20th Century Design Auctions Offer a Rich Spectrum of Furniture, Art, and Ceramics

MARLBOROUGH, MASkinner presents two auctions that span modern design from its beginnings in art nouveau to pieces by artists and artisans still active today.

Jane Prentiss, Department Director, observes that both auctions celebrate the innovative use of materials and the adventurous concepts that characterize 20th century design. Wood and ceramic, fiber and laminate, metal and glass were re-imagined and used in new ways to meet the needs and tastes of a forward-looking, dynamic culture.… Read More

Works by George Nakashima, Pablo Picasso, and Hans Wegner Highlight Skinner’s 20th Century Design Auction, December 15

BOSTON, MA – Skinner’s 20th Century Design auction on December 15 at 12PM features an impressive array of decorative arts and furniture from early 20th century through contemporary design. The auction of over 390 lots presents design collectors and enthusiasts much to appreciate, with strong collections of Art Deco design, mid-century American Modern, Danish mid-century and early 20th-century pieces on the block.

Ceramics

A sampling of late nineteenth-early twentieth century ceramic art tiles from an extensive special collection opens the auction.… Read More

Design Decisions: Parting with objects

Designer Heidi Pribell dishes on fabulous finds in her curated online auction of home décor. 

May this posting be of inspiration to all of those who struggle with making tough decisions about what should stay and what should go.

In preparing to relocate my studio, I made the decision to take a close look at inventory, and I contacted Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers of Boston & Marlborough, MA.

I am flattered that they chose to launch a new area with home design at auction: Heidi Pribell Interiors for the Home Online.Read More

Skinner Introduces Home Design at Auction: Heidi Pribell Interiors for the Home Online

MARLBOROUGH, MA  – Skinner, Inc. is pleased to introduce home design at auction:  Heidi Pribell Interiors for the Home Online, a curated collection by a design industry leader with in-gallery previews and on-line bidding. The auction opens on September 8 at 10AM and concludes on September 16 at 2PM; previews will be held at Skinner’s Marlborough Gallery on Tuesday, September 13 from noon to 5PM and Wednesday, September 14 from 10AM to 7PM.… Read More

Vintage Motor Vehicles, Calder Maquette Lead Skinner’s 20th Century Design Auction in Marlborough, MA on June 23

MARLBOROUGH, MA – June 10, 2016 – Skinner, Inc. presents its first 20th Century Design auction of 2016, at noon on June 23 in Marlborough, MA. In addition to a carefully curated selection of vintage Motor Vehicles, the auction will feature over 500 lots of fine and decorative art, including seating, sculpture, lighting, art glass, pottery, wall art, metalwork and jewelry, with highlights from some of the best designers of the 20th century.… Read More

Modern Design Appraisal Day | Concord Museum

Saturday March 5, 11AM-4PM

Bring up to three items with modern designs from 1895 to the present to the Concord Museum for a verbal appraisal with Jane Prentiss.

$20 for one item ($15/Members) and $50 for three ($35/Members); Limit of three items per person. All proceeds benefit the Concord Museum.

Concord Museum 53 Cambridge Turnpike Concord, MA 01742

Event Information

Appointments Required:

978.369.9763 x216 www.concordmuseum.org 

 

 

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Rethinking Your Interior

Creating a design that reflects how you want to live while representing your interests

My first interiors were all of one period of design, they fit together beautifully and were seamless in design. I have come away from that experience bringing those pieces of history that delight me. For me, it was the rich colors and organic forms of Art Nouveau pottery. It led me into a life-long interest of beautiful objects made from clay. Interiors can be re-imagined using some simple guidelines to incorporate objects that reflect your interests.… Read More

Skinner’s 20th Century Design  Auction on December 5th to Feature Private Collections

Boston, MA – November 14, 2015Skinner, Inc. will host its semiannual 20th Century Design auction on December 5th, featuring a wide range of decorative arts and furniture. Over 600 lots of silver, paintings, sculpture, art glass, metalwork, and furniture from 1895 to the present provide for a wide range of collecting opportunities, and three significant collections will be offered.

Corinne Davidov – The Coda Collection (Lots 1-131)

Artist and illustrator Corinne Davidov launched The Coda Collection at the Marché aux Puces, in Paris, in the mid-1960s with the purchase of a Pierre Turin bronze medallion commemorating the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, the world’s fair that heralded the modern age of design. … Read More

Impressive Range of 20th Century Design at Auction, June 20th

BOSTON, MA – June 16, 2015 Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce its June 20th auction of 20th Century Design, featuring over 500 lots of intriguing offerings, many fresh to market.

“Design collectors and enthusiasts will find much to appreciate in this auction, with strong collections of Italian design, Dunbar furniture, Scandinavian design, mid-century American Modern, and early 20th-century pieces on the block. The majority of material in this auction was acquired when it was made, and has remained with the current consignors until now – allowing us to bring numerous pieces to market for the first time.” said Jane Prentiss, Director of 20th Century Design at Skinner.… Read More

Antique Carpets & Modern Furniture

“The soul of the apartment is the carpet”, Edgar Allen Poe famously declared in his 1840 essay on interior design, The Philosophy of Furniture. He goes on to say that not only do the colors in the room take their cues from the carpet, but “the forms and scale” as well. He extols the virtues of patterns “with no meaning” (especially, “the Arabesque”), and writes many an unkind word about overcrowded designs and gaudiness of color. (One can’t help wondering what Poe would make of the current Age of Beige we have been in since the 1990s.)

So here we are, 175 years later, still asking that fundamental question: how should we furnish our interiors?… Read More

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