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Auction Preview: American Furniture & Decorative Arts at Skinner

BOSTON, MA, February 12, 2019 – Skinner will present a live auction of Americana in our Boston Gallery on March 2nd. The auction features 465 lots representing a broad offering of American Furniture, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts from collections across the country.

Presidential Portraits and George Washington

A compelling group of material relating to George Washington, from various consignors, speaks to Washington’s widespread popularity and influence before his death in 1799, and the decades of reverence for his memory after it.… Read More

The Folk Art Portraits of Ammi Phillips

Shrouded in mystery for many years, Ammi Phillips’ portraits have been eagerly studied by scholars and avidly collected both by institutions and individuals. His work has consistently been recognized as the most important among nineteenth century American folk art portraits and has held the interest of the art world for decades.

Is Folk Art Different from Any Other Art?

Fine Art Auction Highlights | Folk Art Portrait

When you look at modern and contemporary art, it’s clear that there is a thin line separating the questions, “what is Art?” and “what is Folk Art?” Many academically trained artists have looked to folk art for inspiration.

Favorite Auction Highlights of 2011, Part I: Folk Art, Dragons, and Wine

2011 was a great year for fine art & antiques, and it wasn’t easy to choose one favorite from all the wonderful items that came through our auctions. Great works of art, historical items, and finely crafted objects leave a lasting impression on those who encounter them. At Skinner Auction House, we are thankful for the privilege and responsibility of caring for these objects. Here are our picks, and the reasons why we feel these items are important and worthy of recognition.

Three Expert Insights: Quality Details

Quality in antiques and collectibles can stem from fine workmanship or exquisite materials. Skinner experts and appraisers have weighed in on these aspects of quality in the two previous posts. However, there is yet one more major theme when it comes to quality: detail.

As Executive Vice President Stephen Fletcher puts it, “It’s like buying a car.” You could be looking at two identical models, and one has a walnut interior, gps, and a sunroof, while the other has nothing special.… Read More