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First Tuesday | September 4 | Marlborough

 

 

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough 

Tuesday, September 4  | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Stuart Slavid, & Suhyung Kim will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions. 

Experts Available in September:

Sam Gilliam (American, b. 1933) Yellow Fan-White Float (Sold for: $267,000 on January 26, 2018)

Robin S.R. Starr – Director of American & European Works of Art, will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for upcoming auctions.Read More

At Auction: The Sara and Samuel Laver Collection of Wedgwood and Related Wares

Featured in the July 14th European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction

Skinner has a long tradition of handling significant single-owner collections at auction, and particularly in the field of Wedgwood. When you think of the early days at the Buten Wedgwood Museum in Merion, Pennsylvania, you also have to think of the surrounding area and the wealth of Wedgwood collectors within a stone’s throw of the comprehensive collection, acquired by The Birmingham Museum of Art in 2010.… Read More

Saturday, July 14th Auction at Skinner features the Laver Collection of Wedgwood, British & American Silver, and European Furniture & Decorative Arts

Durgin Sterling Silver and Mixed Metal Teapot (Lot 134, Estimate: $800-1,200)

BOSTON, MA –Skinner, Inc. will hold an auction Saturday, July 14th of European Furniture & Decorative Arts featuring Fine Silver and the Laver Collection of Wedgwood. The extensive offerings include nearly 600 lots of European furniture and decorative arts from the 17th through early 20th centuries.

British and American Silver

Early Georgian tableware and a strong group of American Arts & Crafts silver from the likes of Arthur Stone, Katherine Pratt, Porter Blanchard, and Mary Catherine Knight are notably featured in the 200 lots of flatware and hollowware from the United States, England, and Europe.… Read More

European Decorative Arts, Ceramics & Silver Featured in April Online Auction

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. presents an online auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston Gallery, with bidding open from April 2 through 13. Comprising over 600 lots and offering an expansive selection of fine silver, European furniture and decorative arts of the 17th through early 20th centuries.

Lot 1010: George II Sterling Silver Cake Basket

Fine Silver

Over 250 lots of silver with a broad range of flatware and hollowware from the United States, England, and Europe.Read More

Aubusson Tapestries: Weaving a Story at Skinner’s October European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction

Aubusson Tapestry of The Fisherman’s Surprise (Lot 663, Estimate $3,000-4,000)

There was a time when courtly life unfolded ceremoniously in rooms adorned with vibrant, grand and lavish tapestries, displayed as large woven murals often depicting scenes conjured from dramatic paintings, particularly mythological and battle scenes. Such tapestries served both as a function to help insulate a room, but most importantly, provided a very powerful political statement of the noble classes.… Read More

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

Music and Marquetry: A Late Victorian Steinway Piano Designed by Cottier & Co.

Late Victorian Steinway Marquetry Model B Piano, c. 1890 (Lot 512, Estimate $10,000-$20,000)

On July 15th, Skinner will offer an elegant late 19th century Steinway Marquetry Model B piano as Lot 512 in their European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction. The history of the origins of Steinway & Sons is now legendary. The kitchen of Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg’s home in Seesen, Harz, Germany, served as laboratory and workshop for the first handcrafted piano under his name, which debuted in 1836.… Read More

A Glimpse of History in Game of Thrones

Tyrion Lannister

In preparation for Season 6 of the HBO hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones, I recently began re-watching some earlier seasons (Who can remember everything otherwise?). Low and behold, I noticed something I never had previously in the first episode of Season 5, “The Wars to Come”. Being the art history nerd that I am, it was not another subtle plot point I missed the first go around, but a gold cup.

Tyrion Lannister, having just arrived in Pentos, is shown drinking from a small gold cup with a distinct handle and repoussé scenes of bulls.… Read More

School of Rock, Lesson Number One: Malachite, Marble, and Stone Are Making it Big in the Design World

Pair of Louis XVI-style Gilt-bronze and Marble Gueridons (Lot 378, Estimate $1,000-$1,500)

Skinner’s April 8th European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction Offers Hard Rock Highlights to Take Home

Hold on to your legwarmers! Time to get out the rugby shirts, oversized sweaters, and gold jewelry – in case you haven’t  noticed, the fashion designs of the last few years are all trending toward the color-centric hairspray-induced 1980s, and these tokens of pop culture are influencing the interior design world as well.… Read More

Troy Dawson Chappell: A Passion for Collecting

Tin Glazed Earthenware Queen Anne Charger, England, c. 1702-14 (Lot 206, Estimate $15,000-$20,000)

Troy D. Chappell was introduced to American and British decorative arts through the collections at Colonial Williamsburg more than fifty years ago. His attraction to English pottery, in particular, began in earnest about 1969. His goal was to assemble and contrast pieces to demonstrate most of the manufacturing materials and forming techniques, manners of shapes and colored decorations, and progression of styles that dominated the English pottery trade for the period of roughly 1630 to 1800.… Read More

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