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How to Bring Design into your Garden with Sculpture

Garden Sculpture | Outdoor Design

Alton P. “Jim” Balder sculpture sold for $1,599 in the 20th Century Design auction on December 15, 2012 (Lot 752)

Outdoor sculpture in carved marble, sold for $7,200 in the 20th Century Design auction on December 15, 2012 (Lot 344)

What you see outside your window can be as important as the furniture and decorative arts that you live with inside – especially in the winter.

Imagine that the snow is falling over a sleeping garden, and you pass by this red and black geometric composition by Balder as you head inside.… Read More

Tour the Glass House: An Icon of Mid-Century Modern Design

“I have very expensive wallpaper,” Philip Johnson said of The Glass House, an iconic mid-century modern building he designed in New Canaan, Connecticut. Indeed, the “wallpaper” is the vast, unfolding landscape outside the clear glass walls of the house, featuring a pond, tall pines, and meandering stone walls.

My Three Favorite Modern Design Websites

One of the best ways to feel more inspired about objects and design is to see examples of beautifully designed rooms and elegantly solved design problems. I’ve always enjoyed magazines and books on design, but of course nowadays there’s also a wealth of information online.

Discover the Studio Movement in Boston: Events around the City

Judy Kensley McKie (b. 1944) Triple Chest with Birds and Bees, Sideboard, United States, 1984 (Lot 518, Estimate $8,000-$10,000)

Artists of the Studio Movement create furniture, pottery, glass, metalwork, textiles, and jewelry for individual enjoyment rather than mass production. The movement traces its beginnings to the period just after World War II, and I, personally, have been watching the movement develop and mature for more than 30 years.… Read More

A Tale of Two Portraits: A Previously Undiscovered Folk Art Painting Brings $252,000 at Auction

Sold for $252,000: Attributed to Sturtevant J. Hamblen (Massachusetts, 1806-1873) Portrait of Young Girl Seated in a Rocking Chair with Her Dog

I’ve been an appraiser on Antiques Roadshow since the very first episode in Concord, Massachusetts  eighteen  years ago. Now, the Emmy® Award nominated show attracts thousands of people to events in cities around the country. I love meeting these people and seeing what keepsakes they treasure.… Read More

Making Books for Movies: A Book Appraiser’s Glimpse of Hollywood

The movie R.I.P.D. opens today, and I’ll be there in the theater hoping to catch a glimpse of a single prop: a book that I made. This isn’t just any book – it’s 3 x 2 feet and weighs over 100 pounds! I made the book two years ago, and now I’ll find out if the book made the cut in the final film.

Where Have All the Young Dealers Gone?

Dealers are the heart of the antiques business, the cheerleaders, and the energy that keeps the whole system flowing. They cultivate collectors. They hunt at all hours of the day and night, in the four corners of the globe, at auctions, flea markets, antique shows, shops, and online for treasures at the right price.

Choosing a Wine for Thanksgiving

Wine for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday by far since it’s purely about enjoying food and company. Food and company also happen to be the two best friends of wine. What is the best wine to serve at Thanksgiving? Plenty of websites out there offer up lists and suggestions, but there really isn’t a clear answer to that question.

Do You Believe the Myths?

Antique furnishings are much more than “old” — they’re affordable, useful, sturdy, and stylish.

What comes to mind when you hear the word “antique”? Expensive? Old? Fragile? Stuffy? As a specialist at Skinner auction house, I know that these stereotypes are often undeserved. Not all antiques are unfashionable, pricey, or breakable collectors of dust. There is a secret underbelly to this world of old things that is surprisingly affordable, useful, sturdy, and stylish.… Read More

The Life of a Dress: Wearing Zandra Rhodes

Karen Keane, Skinner CEO, with Gloria Lieberman, Vice President, at the opening of Zandra Rhodes: A Lifelong Love Affair with Textiles at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Last week, Karen Keane and I met designer and fashion icon Zandra Rhodes for the first time at a lovely opening reception for the exhibit  Zandra Rhodes: A Lifelong Love Affair with Textiles at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. If you haven’t seen it yet, stop by – the show is on display until December 1, 2012.… Read More

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