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Gilded Age Showpieces: Herter Brothers Furniture in April 7th European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction

 

Photograph of Victoria Mansion parlor, 1895. Collection, Victoria Mansion.

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.… Read More

The Rare Flintlock Alarm Candle Clock

Flintlock Alarm Candle Clock, c. 1745 (Lot 547, Estimate $20,000-$40,000)

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

A Racing Relic of Fine Silver

View of William Wallace and passenger in Fiat car no. 25 at starting line during the 1905 Ormond-Daytona races in Florida. Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library

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

Collecting Trends in British Delftware and Dutch Delft

Dutch Delftware Blue and White Five-piece Garniture (Lot 897, Estimate $800-$1,200)

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

Collecting Jeweled Coalport Porcelain

Jeweled Coalport Porcelain Three-handled Loving Cup, England, late 19th century (Lot 970, Estimate $800-$1,200)

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.… Read More

Camels, Vikings, and Sphinxes, Oh My!

Viennese Silver, Enamel, Lapis Lazuli, Beaded Pearl, and Jeweled Clock (Lot 170, Estimate $5,000-$7,000)

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.… Read More

April Consignment Days in New England

Meet with Skinner appraiser Victoria Bratberg, Director of Fine Jewelry

Portland, Maine

Tuesday, April 8, 11AM – 4PM

REGISTER FOR PORTLAND

Maine Historical Society

489 Congress Street

Portland, ME 04101

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Thursday, April 10, 10AM – 4PM

REGISTER FOR PORTSMOUTH

Discover Portsmouth

10 Middle Street

Portsmouth, NH 03801

Reserve a consignment evaluation with a Skinner fine jewelry, fine art, or silver specialist.… Read More

Consignment Day in West Palm Beach, Florida

Robin Starr, Vice President and Director of American & European Works of Art

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Appointments: 11AM – 4PM

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Norton Museum of Art 1452 S. Olive Avenue West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Discover what your objects are worth!

Reserve an appointment with Skinner appraisers Robin StarrStuart SlavidGloria Lieberman, and April Matteini for an evaluation of your fine art, jewelry, or silver.

Fine ArtAmerican & European paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, drawings, works on paper

Fine JewelryEstate, antique, modern, and artist-designed fine jewelry and gemstones

Fine SilverAmerican, English, Danish, Continental, and Asian including hollowware, flatware, tableware and ornamental wares

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2014 Consignment Days

Meet with a Skinner appraiser for a complimentary verbal assessment of your antiques, jewelry, fine art, silver or other collectibles. Our nationally recognized appraisers will be holding consignment days throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, and Florida. Florida consignment days this winter will include events in Coral Gables, Naples, and West Palm Beach featuring appraisers from our Fine Art, Jewelry, and Fine Silver departments.… Read More

Auction to Feature Important European and Continental Collections

The Bent Family Collection and The Harry A. Root Jr. Collection will be offered in the July sale

BOSTON, Mass. – June 20, 2013Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts on July 12th and 13th in its Boston gallery. Session I of the two-day sale opens with The Bent Family Collection: Furniture and Decorative Arts from Quattro Venti. Session II features sculpture, pottery, and porcelain and presents The Harry A.Read More

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