Tag Archives: Fine Ceramics

The Portland Vase: How Josiah Wedgwood Turned an Ancient Glass Masterpiece into a Ceramic Legacy

One of the most famous surviving Roman works of art, The Portland Vase, is a fused glass vase and was believed to have been made during the reign of Augustus, sometime between 27 BC and AD 14. It consists of two layers, a dark blue overlaid with a soft white. The relief was cameo cut by gem engravers of the highest order and is considered a masterpiece of its kind. At some point the base was damaged and an additional disc was added showing a portrait of a man wearing a Phrygian cap.… Read More

Captivating KPM Porcelain Plaques at Skinner’s European Decorative Arts Auction January 9

There are ten exceptional KPM porcelain plaques in Skinner’s upcoming European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction on January 9, 2016. The story of KPM porcelain is a fascinating one that reaches deep into the 18th century, and is still relevant today.

When Frederick the Great purchased the Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin (Konigliche Porzellan Manufaktur) in 1763, he commenced his mission to vastly improve the quality of porcelain wares made. … Read More

Skinner to Present Auction of Fine European Silver, Ceramics & Decorative Arts in January

Superb Collections of Decorative Arts, Wedgwood, and Fine Silver

BOSTON, MA – December 21, 2015 – Skinner, Inc. announces an outstanding auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, taking place Saturday, January 9 at 10AM in Boston. Nearly 650 lots showcase a wide range of fine furniture, ceramics, bronze works, sculpture, silver, glassware, and more, with many examples hailing from significant private and museum collections.… Read More

Skinner to Present Exceptional Offering of Silver, Ceramics & Decorative Arts in October

Two-day Auction Spotlights Superb Collections of Decorative Arts, Wedgwood, Fine Silver, and More

BOSTON, MA – October 2, 2015 – Skinner, Inc. announces an outstanding two-day auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, taking place October 9th and 10th in Boston. Eight hundred and fifty lots, distributed evenly over the two days, showcase a wide range of fine furniture, ceramics, bronze works, sculpture, silver, glassware, and more, with many examples hailing from significant private and museum collections.… Read More

Heavy bidding for Massachusetts’ American Country House Past in July

Highlight’s from  the European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction Sale # 2835B

The European Department’s banner two-day sale, which featured over 1200 lots of decorative arts, ceramics, furniture and fine silver, was a heavily bidded event.  Featuring lots from top collectors across the country, one lucky bidder took home a stunning Victorian table with alabaster top marble winged lion pedestals (Lot 163), with a great story to tell. … Read More

Collecting Trends in British Delftware and Dutch Delft

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

Skinner to Present Exceptional Offering of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in July

Two-day Auction Spotlights Superb Collections of Early English Oak, Wedgwood, Fine Silver, and More

BOSTON, MA – June 26, 2015 Skinner, Inc. announces an outstanding two-day auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, taking place July 18th and 19th in Boston. Twelve-hundred lots, distributed evenly over the two days, showcase a wide range of fine furniture, ceramics, bronze works, sculpture, silver, glassware, and more, with many examples hailing from significant private and museum collections.… Read More

Superb Private Collections Highlight European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction at Skinner This January

BOSTON, MA – December 19, 2014 – Skinner kicks off the new year with a robust auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts on January 10th in Boston. From several important private collections, including the Stillwell Collection of Doulton, Part II, in addition to a wonderful selection of Fine Silver, more Fine Ceramics, furniture, paintings, glass and sculpture, discover an array of treasures to add to a collection or enhance your space.… Read More

Fine Collections of Silver, Ceramics, Porcelain and More Highlight Skinner Auction on October 11

BOSTON, MA – September 23, 2014  Skinner, Inc. announces its October 11th auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, showcasing over 700 lots, many hailing from exceptional private collections, including a West Coast collection of silver yachting trophies; a New York City collection featuring French furniture and silver; Part I of the Stillwell Collection of Doulton, and more.

Stuart Slavid, Director of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, observed, “Passionate collectors meticulously gathered these objects over many years.… Read More

Fine Marble, Silver, Ceramics and More Highlight Auction

BOSTON, MA – June 30, 2014  Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce its July 19th auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, featuring a diverse selection of treasures, including private collections of 19th century marble sculpture and ornamental table clocks, a robust offering of American and European furniture from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, fine silver, and fine ceramics by Meissen, Wedgwood, Royal Worcester and more.… Read More

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