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Rustic & Refined Country Americana On Offer at Skinner, March 23

Large Carved Wood Owl Figure, 20th century (Lot 45, Estimate

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner, Inc. is hosting a live auction of Country Americana on March 23 at 10AM. The auction will feature approximately 450 lots of rustic and refined pieces of Americana furniture, signs, paintings, wrought iron, glass, pewter, and wooden wares.

Flora and Fauna

The auction offers a wooden menagerie, highlighted by a large carved wood owl (Lot 45, Estimated between $800-1,200) and a carved and painted eagle (Lot 4, $1,000-1,500) along with a dozen other carved and painted whales, dolphins and shorebirds.… Read More

Frederick Myrick: The Most Famous Scrimshander

Scrimshaw Whale’s Tooth Showing the Frances of New Bedford (Lot 116, Estimate $100,000-150,000)

Our March 4 American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction features a notable collection of Scrimshaw, Canes, and Nautical Antiques. Among the lots on offer, the most significant piece is a large whale’s tooth decorated by the Nantucket scrimshander Frederick Myrick depicting the ship Frances of New Bedford (Lot 116, Estimate $100,000-150,000).… 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

Cap-ital Idea | The Bottle Cap Art of Rick Ladd

Rick Ladd Bottle Cap Chair and Footstool, Bottle caps, painted wood, glass, metal, Brooklyn, New York, 1990 (Lot 1130, Estimate: $600-800)

The Elaine Rush collection online auction, from November 30 to December 16, represents a rich range of 20th century design and decorative art style and categories. One group of objects, a bottle-cap chest of drawers, mirror and chair, perfectly sums up Rush’s exuberant spirit and fearless collecting style.… Read More

It’s All About Detail: The Elaine Rush Collection Online, Featuring Folk Art & Funk

Architectural Tramp Art Birdcage (Lot 1092, Estimate: $1,000-1,500)

Funky, quirky, out of sight, wild! Such words are heard repeatedly as people come upon the eclectic Elaine Rush collection in Skinner’s Marlborough gallery as it awaits the online auction that will run from November 30 to December 16.

It’s tempting to call the furniture, accessories, architectural elements, found art and decorative pieces a “cool-ection,”, because cool is the word most often uttered by passers-by.… Read More

What to Collect: Contemporary Folk Art

James Eaton Polychrome Metal Weathervane Sculpture, America, 2002 (Lot 4, Estimate: $800-1,200)

The objects of everyday life, folk art, are the carved and decorated objects (weathervanes, whirligigs, and paintings) often made outside of urban areas by itinerant or self-taught artists and craftspeople. These naive and sometimes primitive objects are often colorful, highly individual and whimsical interpretations of utilitarian or decorative forms.… Read More

Country Americana and Studio Art online at Skinner in October

James Eaton Polychrome Metal Weathervane Sculpture, America, 2002 (Lot 4, Estimate: $800-1,200)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner is hosting a live auction featuring Country Americana on Thursday, November 17 and a Studio Art online auction November 10 through November 18. Interested bidders are invited to view items and meet with specialists in person on November 15 and November 16 or anytime online.

Highlights featured in Country Americana on November 17:

♦ A selection of carved polychrome contemporary folk art, including historical and whimsical figures and weathervanes.… 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

Country Americana Online Auction Offers Objects, Furniture & Artwork of Our American Heritage, August 9 – August 16

H. Anderson Contemporary Folk Art Carved and Painted Woman with Birds, late 20th century (Lot 1224, Estimate $500-700)

MARLBOROUGH, MA – August 9, 2016 – Skinner, Inc. is hosting an online-only auction of Country Americana from August 9 through August 16. Interested bidders are invited to view items and meet with specialists in person from August 11 through August 14 at Skinner’s Marlborough, MA Gallery.

The Americana-themed online auction features a curated selection of furniture and decorative arts including:

♦ Over 30 lots of Shaker furniture, objects and textiles, from communities including Canterbury, Mt.… Read More

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