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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

Russian Gem-set and Cloisonné Enameled .875 Silver Frame, Moscow, 1899-1908 (Lot 79, Estimate $14,000-$18,000)

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.Read More

Souvenirs of The Grand Tour: The Collection of Thomas S. Holman

Group of Bronze Models of Columns (Lots 207-209)

Guest post by Thomas S. Holman. Souvenirs of the Grand Tour from the Collection of Thomas S. Holman will be offered in the European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction on April 5, 2014 in Boston.

In the 18th and early 19th century, wealthy young Englishmen embarked to the Continent on lengthy travels, known as the Grand Tour. The voyage could last months or even years, and was ostensibly meant to round out one’s education, which still emphasized a strong knowledge of Classical arts and architecture, languages, history, literature, and philosophy.… Read More

The Mediterranean Revival Style of Quattro Venti

The interior design of‘ ‘Quattro Venti’ demonstrates the Mediterranean Revival style

Designed and furnished in the Mediterranean Revival Style, Quattro Venti is the last great private residence in Annisquam Village, a small fishing hamlet near Gloucester, Massachusetts. Quincy Bent, vice president in charge of production at Bethlehem Steel at the turn of the last century, built the summer retreat around 1912.  His forebears purchased quarries in West Gloucester in 1820 and originally used the property, situated on the tip of the Annisquam peninsula, to transfer stone from river barges to schooners for delivery to cities up and down the East Coast.… Read More