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European Decorative Arts the Focus of Skinner January 12th Auction

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will hold an auction on January 12, 2019, of European Furniture & Decorative Arts. With over 500 lots on offer, the auction features fine ceramics and silver as well as European furniture and decorative arts of the 18th through 20th centuries.

This sale features a collection of 17th to 19th century Hungarian Silver from the estate of prominent White House economist, writer, and professor Francis M.… Read More

Fine Ceramics and Silver Lead Skinner Auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, October 13

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston Gallery on Friday, October 13. With over 700 lots on offer, the auction will feature an expansive selection of fine ceramics and silver as well as European furniture and decorative arts of the 16th through early 20th centuries.

The auction opens on Friday at 10AM with over 200 lots of silver featuring a broad range of flatware and hollowware from the United States, England, and Europe.… Read More

Skinner European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction Features Special Collection of Wedgwood and Early English Potteries, July 13 & 14

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston Gallery on Thursday, July 13 and Friday, July 14. With over 1000 lots on offer, the auction will feature an expansive selection of fine ceramics and silver as well as European furniture and decorative arts of the 16th through early 20th centuries.

Session I: Victor & Muriel Polikoff Collection

The auction opens on Thursday, July 13 at 4PM with almost 300 lots from the Victor & Muriel Polikoff collection.… Read More

Skinner Presents Two-Session Auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, October 6-7

Featuring Special Collections of Wedgwood & English Ceramics

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present a two-part auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts & Fine Silver in its Boston Gallery on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7. With over 850 lots on offer, the auction will feature Part II of The Paul Lauer Collection of Wedgwood and The Edward Knowles collection of English Pottery, as well as an expansive selection of fine silver and European fine and decorative arts of the 16th through early 20th centuries.… Read More

Troy Dawson Chappell Collection of English Pottery Leads Skinner’s April Auction of Fine Silver, European Ceramics & Decorative Arts

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present its spring auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston gallery on Friday, April 8 at 10AM. With over 700 lots on offer, the auction will feature Part I of the Troy Dawson Chappell Collection of 17th and 18th century English Pottery, as well as a broad range of fine silver flatware and hollowware from the United States and Europe; ceramics from England and the Continent; and European fine and decorative arts of the 16th through early 20th centuries.… Read More

Skinner Announces April Auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts

Spotlighting Fine Silver and Souvenirs of the Grand Tour from the Collection of Thomas S. Holman

BOSTON, MA – March 19, 2014 On April 5, Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, featuring nearly 600 lots of objects from a variety of countries and periods, including fine silver and souvenirs of the Grand Tour from the Collection of Thomas S. Holman. Items range from English furniture to Russian silver and American cut glass to Austrian bronze figures.… Read More

What are Antiques Worth? A Guide to the Collecting Market in 2013

“You don’t know until you ask,” a client told me the other day. I had just told her that her family’s antiques were not valuable enough to perform well at auction. In the antiques appraisal and auction business, people often show up with entire truck loads of antique items that they hope to auction. I do regularly find rare and valuable items, but just as often I have to say, “no, thank you” to everything.

I understand the sentiment that this client expressed – it makes sense to want to get everything evaluated by an expert to ensure you don’t accidentally miss something valuable.… Read More

How to Recognize Quality in Tiffany and Mosaic Glass Lamps

Between 1895 and 1915, a huge variety of mosaic glass lamps came out of New York and Chicago to satisfy a growing demand for stylish lighting designs. While Tiffany Studios set the industry standard, other companies produced excellent designs as well.

Companies such as Duffner & Kimberly and Gorham, aspired to make lamps of a quality on par with Tiffany Studios, and created styles that appealed more to the Victorian taste that, though on its way out, was still the prevailing preference of the American middle and upper middle class. Wilkinson made high quality bases, and took short cuts with their shades.… Read More

The Value of Mosaic Glass: Antique Tiffany Lamps and Beyond

What image do the words “Tiffany lamp” conjure in your mind’s eye? You probably see a colorful, mosaic glass lamp on a patinated bronze base with a floral or geometric motif, or perhaps some dragonflies.

The fact that “Tiffany” tends to be synonymous in the American vernacular with “beautiful mosaic glass lighting” is a testament to the legacy of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s vision, and the execution of that vision by the gifted artists and craftsmen and women working at Tiffany Studios.… Read More