MARLBOROUGH, MA – July 15, 2020 – Skinner will present an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts featuring Fine Silver, Ceramics, and the George Way Collection in an online auction open for bidding from July 20 through July 28. With over 600 lots on offer, the sale will feature an expansive selection of fine silver and ceramics as well as European furniture and decorative arts of the 17th through the early 20th centuries.… Read More
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THURSDAY, JULY 23 AT 2PM
Patrick Grenier met George Way in 2009 when he was the Director of Visual Arts at Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island. They formally worked together for six years on three separate exhibitions at Snug Harbor. Patrick then continued working with George to create a comprehensive inventory and educational programming on this collection and advised George up until his passing in 2019.… Read More
Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough
Tuesday, March 3 | 1:30PM – 4PM
Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Jonathan Dowling, Kaitlin Shinnick & Stuart Slavid will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions.
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. She is looking forward to seeing examples by listed, sought-after artists, as well as iconic works of fine art photography from the 19th through 21st centuries, with market interest over $1000.… Read More
Friday, January 11 | Reception: 5:30PM, Talk: 6:00PM
Boston Gallery | 63 Park Plaza, Boston 02116
Elizabeth A. Williams, the David and Peggy Rockefeller Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, will speak about Gorham silver and the upcoming RISD Museum exhibition, Designing Innovation: The Gorham Manufacturing Company, American Silver 1850-1970, opening May 2019. This talk is held in conjunction with the January 12 European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction, featuring Gorham silver.
On a recent snow-globe March day in Portland, Maine, I was delighted to have Curator Arlene Palmer Schwind take me through the Morse-Libby owned Victoria Mansion, designed with handsome Herter Brothers furniture and decorative arts collections. The whole tour experience was happily teetering on the realm of gustatory – a confectionary concoction of forms, finishes, and textures that you could almost taste.
Italianate-style Victoria Mansion was built by Henry Austin for hotelier Ruggles Sylvester Morse (1814-1893) and his wife Olive (1820-1903) as a summer retreat from their New Orleans home.… Read More
Those who have ever been slaves to the “snooze” button on cell phones or alarm clocks in the morning, will want to take a closer look at the Flintlock Alarm Candle Clock, one of 750 lots offered in Skinner’s European Furniture & Decorative arts auction on July 15, 2016 in Marlborough, MA. I am going to venture that when this clock was made, c. 1745, the mechanism likely functioned in such a way that the idea of a “snooze” button would not be necessary.… Read More
Before the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500, some of the earliest automobile inventors, owners, and enthusiasts went to race in Ormond Beach, Florida. Races there began in 1902, but by the 1903 and 1904 races, world records were being broken and Ormond Beach was nicknamed the “Birthplace of Speed.” Motorcycle and automobile owners and racers brought vehicles that used gasoline, steam, and electricity from across the United States as well as France, Germany, and England.… Read More
In the 17th and 18th century the manufacturing of tin glazed earthenware in Holland and the British Isles (including Scotland and Ireland) referred to as delft or delftware, was all the rage.
Chinese porcelains strongly influenced much of their designs, first in blue and white and then in the beautiful soft polychrome enamels. Certainly the influx of these porcelains to Holland via the Dutch East India Company helped inspire the beautiful designs and motifs, particularly on the large elegant chargers.… Read More
Established in 1795 in Shropshire, England, Coalport porcelain has a long and storied history of quality craftsmanship dating to the late 18th century. The manufactory produced both ornamental and table wares, beautifully decorated, in a very high standard to meet the demand of discerning patrons.
Late in the 19th century the Coalport manufacturers added yet another specialization to their repertoire of hand decorated porcelains. A technique called “Jeweling”, whereby small beads of colored enamel were applied most often to a gold ground, possibly first developed and introduced by Worcester porcelain manufacturer in the mid 1860’s.… Read More
From sturdy grandfather clocks to delicate pocket watches, clocks reflect a vast range of artistic styles and a wealth of artistic achievement. In our upcoming European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction on July 19th, we have the pleasure of offering a unique collection of Viennese table clocks. Produced during the late 19th century, these clocks epitomize the vibrancy of decorative art production at this time. The elaborate details of each clock, from figural finials to hairy lion paw feet, make the viewer imagine that the clocks are quite sizable, when in fact most are less than 8 inches tall.… Read More