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Tribal Treasures: Skinner’s December 2 American Indian and Ethnographic Art Sale Is Global in Content and in Appeal

This auction ranges from prehistoric to present day, American Indian to African tribal, the Pacific to the Caribbean. The sale takes place on Saturday, December 2 at 10 AM at Skinner’s Boston gallery, 63 Park Plaza. Previews will be held on Thursday, November 30, 12 PM to 5 PM; Friday, December 1, 12 PM to 7 PM; and Saturday, December 2, 8 AM to 9:30 AM.

Several important collections are featured, as well as numerous rarities and oddities. Douglas Deihl, department director, sums up: “The auction has great material with broad appeal and excellent provenance, offered at reasonable estimates.”

Hethuska Society Painted Hide, (Lot 203, Estimate: $60,000-80,000)

Among the most notable pieces are two American Indian textiles at the intersection of folk art and history:

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Mt. Kearsarge Annual Fundraiser | November 3 & 4

The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum will be hosting their Annual Fundraiser with  Antiques Appraisal Events on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4, 2017.

On Friday, November 3rd, participants will enjoy a Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers event called “What’s It Worth?”  This event is both entertaining and educational for those interested in the history and the value of antiques. You may bring 3 treasures to the museum for evaluation and verbal appraisal! … Read More

A Piece of American History: The Ishi Arrowhead

Historic Ishi Glass Point (Lot 189, Estimate $7,000 – $9,000)

For those who love history, there is often nothing as satisfying as owning an historical artifact. Whether it is fine art or a practical tool, we learn about history and our collective past through material culture. Interacting with an historical artifact can bring about excitement and awe, especially if the piece has a compelling story behind it.

Skinner regularly offers objects with interesting provenance at auction.… Read More

Exceptional Plains Indian Art Stands Out at Auction

BOSTON, MA – August 11, 2014 – Exceptional Plains Indian clothing and beaded objects will be available at Skinner, Inc.’s American Indian & Ethnographic Art auction on September 6, 2014 in Boston, alongside tribal art from Africa, Melanesia, Polynesia, and Australia, pre-Colombian art, and objects from the Northeast woodlands and Northwest coast of North America. “Rare objects at a range of price points will catch the interest of both new and advanced collectors,” says Douglas Deihl, Director of American Indian & Ethnographic Art.… Read More

American Indian & Tribal Art Auction in Marlborough on February 12

Marlborough, Mass. – January 24, 2014 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of American Indian & Tribal Art on February 12th in its Marlborough gallery. Ideal for both seasoned and new collectors, the auction features a variety of items ranging from Plains Indian art and tribal weapons to a collection of prehistoric stone material from the Henry F. Metcalf museum.

Prehistoric and Pre-Columbian Art

Over 230 Prehistoric Stone Points, many labeled.

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Skinner to Spotlight American Indian & Ethnographic Art at Auction

BOSTON, MA – October 14, 2013 – Exceptional examples of Plains Indian art, as well as rare objects from the Northwest Coast, Northeast Coast, Southwest, Africa, Polynesia, and beyond will be available at Skinner, Inc.’s American Indian & Ethnographic Art auction, on November 9, 2013.

Sioux Beaded and Quilled Hide Shirt, c. 3rd quarter 19th century (Lot 199, Estimate $150,000 – $250,000)

Plains Indian Material

An exceptional Sioux Beaded and Quilled Hide Shirt from the Charles Derby collection represents the auction’s top lot (lot 199, estimated at $150,000 to $250,000).… Read More

American Indian & Tribal Art Auction in Marlborough

Sale features a selection of African weapons and Pre-Columbian pottery from the collection of Louis Renault

Marlborough, Mass. – June 7, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of American Indian & Tribal Art on June 19th in its Marlborough gallery. This eclectic sale is ideal for both advanced and novice collectors alike, and features a variety of affordable items including a selection of African weapons and Pre-Columbian artifacts from the collection of Louis Renault.… Read More

African Weapons as Design Elements in a Modern Interior

The circular holes and incised lines give this large Boa/Zande knife an Art Deco look.

A traditional African weapon can be a striking and affordable addition to any décor. The sleek lines and incised patterns of these knives, swords, and axes bring to mind modern sculpture, though these pieces were not created as art. Many were made strictly for combat, and others served as status symbols.

The Zande of central Africa made and used knives in battle until the end of the 19th century.… Read More

Demand for Fine American Indian Artifacts on the Rise

Skinner Grosses $1.7 Million in Latest Auction

BOSTON, Mass. – February 22, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. today announced exceptional results for its recent American Indian & Ethnographic Art sale held on Monday, February 11th. The sale grossed $1,777,912.50, including buyer’s premium, making it the most successful sale that the American Indian & Ethnographic Art department at Skinner has ever experienced.

Bidders competed from the floor, the phones, and over the internet throughout the sale.… Read More

Historic Southwest Pottery Guide: from Acoma to Zuni

Now is a good time to buy Southwest pottery. A large amount of material is coming onto the market, and for that reason you can easily find great, affordable pottery from the American Indian pueblos. Before you buy, it’s best to study the material and determine what appeals to you. Some people collect for rarity; others collect to decorate their Southwest-themed abodes.

Finely decorated pottery that was used by the people themselves is always very desirable. The rarest historic pottery is from Santa Ana. Because of their innovative designs and the fact that their pottery tradition ended at about the turn of the 20th century, a large Santa Ana olla could bring $100,000 or more.

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