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Americana Exceptionalism: Skinner’s August Americana Auctions Celebrate Over 200 Years of the Nation’s Ingenuity and Artistry

Red-painted and Decorated ‘Cohocksink Hose Company’ Parade Hat, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, c. 1856 (Lot 519, Estimate $8,000-12,000)

Skinner’s upcoming August Americana auctions are comprised of a varied and interesting array of early American furniture, paintings, needle works, objects of historical interest, and maritime pieces. Totaling over 1300 lots, each object displays some alluring characteristic that makes it best in its class, whether it’s an 18th century New York Windsor highchair with fine blue-green paint (Lot 377, Estimated between $20,000-25,000) or a late 19th century cap gun toy with a humorous message (Lot 1344, $800-1,200).… Read More

American Beauty: Skinner’s American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction on March 4 promises depth, breadth and surprises

Scrimshaw Whale’s Tooth with ‘Sailor’s Farewell’ Scene, Mid-19th Century (Lot 166, Estimate: $10,000-15,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner Inc.’s upcoming auction of American Furniture & Decorative Arts features over 500 lots, ranging from classic New England case pieces and seating furniture to exceptional ceramics, fine scrimshaw, and very desirable folk paintings. The auction will take place at the Boston Gallery, 63 Park Plaza, on March 4 at 10AM.… Read More

Oh Shute! Folk Art Leads Skinner’s 2.3+ million August Americana Auction

Ruth W. Shute (1803-1882) and Dr. Samuel A. Shute (1803-1836) Portrait of Electa Snow Pierce (Lot 519, Sold for: $339,000)

By Jane Viator

Skinner’s summer Americana auction took place on August 14 and 15. 772 lots were offered, totaling over $2.3 million with buyer’s premium. Stephen Fletcher, chief auctioneer and Skinner executive vice-president, noted that the sale’s success demonstrates the strength of this part of the market.… Read More

Collector’s pieces: Lewis Scranton Americana auction tops $1,000,000

By | Jane Viator

On May 21, Skinner held an auction of fine Americana that was notable on several counts.

The consigner, Lewis Scranton, is a long-time Connecticut dealer specializing in glaze-decorated slipware; 18th century Connecticut furniture; silhouettes and portrait miniatures; and domestic ironware.

He requested “an old-fashioned, on-site auction in the backyard.” He also stipulated no reserves and no buyers’ premiums.… Read More

Commemorating a Fallen General in Cast Iron

Cast Iron General Wolfe Fireback, 18th century (Lot 34, Estimate $2,000-3,000)

For centuries cast iron firebacks have decorated the insides of fireplaces and typically, served two primary functions. Firstly, they protected the wall at the back of a fireplace from the excessive heat of the hearth’s fire. This was particularly important in chimneys constructed of daub (a mixture of clay and straw over woven sticks or branches). The secondary function of a fireback is to radiate heat from the fireplace into the room.… Read More

Skinner Presents Two-Day Auction of American Furniture & Decorative Arts in August

Needlework Picture After Edward Savage ‘Liberty in the Form of the Goddess of Youth,’ America, early 19th century (Lot 160, Estimate $15,000-25,000)

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present a two-day auction of American Furniture & Decorative Arts on August 14 and 15 in their Marlborough Gallery. The auction of over 770 lots will feature a wide array of Americana, including strong collections of folk portraiture and painted furniture, early American furniture and smalls, and Pennsylvania folk art including fraktur and painted tin.… Read More

Preview and Bid in Live and Online Auctions at Skinner Marlborough in March

Brown and Green ‘New York Beauty’ Variant Patchwork Quilt, late 19th century (Lot 112, Estimate $800-$1,200)

Discovery Country Americana live and Jewelry & Silver online February 4th through 12th

MARLBOROUGH, MA – March 4, 2016 – Skinner is hosting a live auction of Country Americana on Thursday, March 10 and an online-only auction of Jewelry & Silver from March 3 through 11. Bidders are invited to view items and meet with specialists in person on March 8 and 9, or anytime online.… Read More

Folk Art, Portraiture, and Chinese Export Porcelain Highlight Skinner’s February Americana Auction

Samuel Jordan (New Hampshire/Massachusetts, 1804-after 1836) Portrait of a Gentleman (Lot 323, Estimate $8,000-$12,000)

BOSTON, MA – February 10, 2016 On Saturday, February 27 at 10AM, Skinner, Inc. will host its first American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction of 2016 in its Boston, MA gallery. The sale will showcase a broad range of furniture, ceramics, and fine and decorative arts, from 17th Century andirons to 20th Century Folk Art and Tramp Art.… Read More

William Bradford Painting of Boston Leads American Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction at Skinner October 25th

William Bradford (Massachusetts/California, 1823-1892) Boston Harbor (Lot 23, Estimate $150,000-$250,000)

BOSTON, MA – October 6, 2015 – Skinner’s flagship American Furniture & Decorative Arts Department announces their upcoming live fall auction on October 25th in Boston at their 63 Park Plaza Gallery. Two hundred sixty lots span a broad variety of objects highlighted by the auctions top lot, a William Bradford painting of Boston Harbor from 1859 signed by the artist.… Read More

August Americana Returns to Skinner with Superb Private Collections On the Block

Carved and Painted Pine Hanging Spice Box, Samuel L. Plank (Mifflin County, 1821-1900), Pennsylvania, last quarter 19th century (Lot 1107, Estimate $12,000-$18,000)

Two-day Auction Features The Collection of Ellie Walker Hoover and Robust Offerings of Furniture, Maritime Antiques and Sandwich Glass

MARLBOROUGH, MA – July 30, 2015Skinner, Inc. will present important collections of Americana and Sandwich glass as part of its auction of American Furniture & Decorative Arts on August 8th and 9th.… Read More

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