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Opportunities for Collectors | November 3 Gallery Talk

Join Skinner experts Stephen Fletcher, Chris Barber and Christopher Fox for a tour of highlights from the Saturday, November 4th American Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction. Folk art and fine art, scrimshaw, and silver, rugs and relics, pottery and portraits, tables and trade signs: every category of Americana is represented in this auction of more than 700 lots, many from some of the country’s most discerning private collectors.… Read More

American treasures: Skinner’s American Furniture and Decorative Arts auction on November 4 abounds in beauty and history

Lot 17, estimate $25,000-35,000.

Skinner Inc. will hold a notable sale on Saturday, November 4 at 10 AM in its Boston gallery, 63 Park Plaza. Previews will be held on Thursday, November 2, 12 to 5PM, and Friday, November 3, 12 to 8 PM.

Folk art and fine art, scrimshaw and silver, rugs and relics, pottery and portraits, tables and trade signs: every category of Americana is represented in this auction of more than 700 lots, many from some of the country’s most discerning private collectors.… Read More

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

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

Virtual Tour – Americana Online: a Collector’s Passion

Join Chris Barber on a virtual tour of Americana online previewing now at Skinner’s Marlborough Gallery. The eclectic 500+ lot auction comprises a single, diverse collection of American furniture and decorative arts, assembled by a Northeastern couple whose eclectic tastes ranged from urban to country, classic to quirky, and folky to fine.

Americana Preview 2015 from Skinner on Vimeo.

 

Curious for more? join us in person to preview on Friday, June 12 from 12PM to 7PM or Saturday, June 13 from 12PM to 5PM.… Read More

Antique Trade Signs

Two-sided “FRESH EGGS” Sign (Lot 1074, Estimate $300-$500)

There are few objects that get attention at a Skinner Americana auction the way that antique and vintage trade signs do, and they’re one of my favorite categories we sell. These signs, often painted on wood or tin, were generally used to advertise businesses, identify work that went on in a particular building, or demonstrate what was for sale at a given establishment.… Read More

Skinner to Spotlight Eclectic Collection of Americana in Online Auction

Paint-decorated and Gilt Parcheesi Game Board, America, late 19th century (Lot 1053, Estimate $800-$1,200)

A one-owner collection of Americana

BOSTON, MA – June 5, 2015 – Skinner, Inc.’s June Americana-Online auction is comprised of a single, diverse collection of American furniture and decorative arts, assembled by a Northeastern couple whose eclectic tastes ranged from urban to country, classic to quirky, and folky to fine.… Read More

May 5 | First Tuesdays in Marlborough

Robin S.R. Starr, Vice President Director of American & European Works of Art

First Tuesdays is Expanding

Tuesday, May 5th 1:30PM – 4PM

Skinner Marlborough Gallery 274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA 01752

Meet expert appraisers in Fine Art, Fine Jewelry and Americana

Michelle Lamuniere, Specialist in Fine Photographs; Chris Barber, Deputy Director of American Furniture & Decorative Arts; Christopher Fox, Associate Deputy Director of American Furniture & Decorative Arts; Gloria Lieberman, Vice President of Fine Jewelry and Robin Starr, Vice President & Director of American & European Works of Art will provide complimentary verbal auction evaluations.… Read More

The Art of Carved Birds

Crowell Carved and Painted Woodcock Ornamental Mantel Figure, A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952), Sold for: $18,960

For amateur naturalists and birders, like my wife and I, one of the most appealing categories of items we sell in Skinner’s American Furniture & Decorative Arts Department is carved birds. The carvings, often painted, come in all types – from “working” decoys by master decoy carvers of the first half of the 20th century like the Ward Brothers of Crisfield, Maryland; to decorative mantle-carvings popularized by the most well-known decoy carver of all, A.… Read More

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