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Design Decisions: Parting with objects

Heidi Pribell

Designer Heidi Pribell dishes on fabulous finds in her curated online auction of home décor. 

May this posting be of inspiration to all of those who struggle with making tough decisions about what should stay and what should go.

In preparing to relocate my studio, I made the decision to take a close look at inventory, and I contacted Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers of Boston & Marlborough, MA.

I am flattered that they chose to launch a new area with home design at auction: Heidi Pribell Interiors for the Home Online.Read More

Skinner Introduces Home Design at Auction: Heidi Pribell Interiors for the Home Online

Dunbar Green Plush Upholstered Low-back Settee (Lot 1209, Estimate: $400-600)

MARLBOROUGH, MA  – Skinner, Inc. is pleased to introduce home design at auction:  Heidi Pribell Interiors for the Home Online, a curated collection by a design industry leader with in-gallery previews and on-line bidding. The auction opens on September 8 at 10AM and concludes on September 16 at 2PM; previews will be held at Skinner’s Marlborough Gallery on Tuesday, September 13 from noon to 5PM and Wednesday, September 14 from 10AM to 7PM.… Read More

Discovery – Interiors Online May 12 through May 20 features Coins, Currency and a Collection of Historic Games

1900 Lafayette Commemorative Dollar (Lot 1063, Estimate $200-$400)

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner is hosting an auction of Interiors online from May 12 through May 20. Interested bidders are invited to view items and meet with specialists in person on Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18, or anytime online. Kerry Shrives, Senior Vice President of Skinner, Inc., notes, “A variety of individual collections headline Interiors online, as May’s eclectic sale showcases a breadth of offerings from America, Europe and Asia sourced by Skinner, all with the convenience of bidding from home or away.”

The auction leads off with a selection of coins and currency including 18th and 19th century United States large cents, Carson City Morgan dollars, American gold coinage, Colonial, fractional, and obsolete paper currency, items of international interest, and silver and copper coins from ancient Greek and Roman civilizations.… Read More

Skinner’s Discovery, Studio & Asian Art Auction online Open for Bidding Through April 8th

American School, 20th Century Abstract (Lot 1451, Estimate $400-$600)

MARLBOROUGH, MA – April 1, 2016 – Skinner is hosting an auction of Discovery, Studio & Asian Art online from March 31 through April 8. Bidders are invited to view items and meet with specialists in person during public previews in its Marlborough gallery on April 5 and April 6, or anytime online.

The online sale totals over 1200 lots and features over 400 lots of American and European paintings, prints and works on paper from the 18th – 21st centuries, including a group of Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862-1951) works descended through the family of the artist.… Read More

Imagination Required: Repurposing the Utilitarian as Home Décor

Green-painted Country Store Cheese Box, probably New England, c. 19th century (Lot 335, Estimate $400-600)

Savvy buyers of Americana have long known that it’s easy to buy an antique cutlery tray to creatively house their remote controls. They also know they can use a sewing stand or work table as a night stand, or a card table in the front hall to throw their keys on when they come in the door. Polychrome-decorated game boards have been steady sellers because collectors know they provide a pseudo-modern pop of color, sometimes for a bargain price.… Read More

The design history of Coe Hall, a Long Island great country house

Late George III Needlepoint Settee, England, 19th century, with later components, (LOT 526, $800-1,200)

Renaissance Revival Andirons, late 19th/early 20th century, (Lot 454, Estimate $3,000-5,000)

On Saturday, October 3rd, a symposium entitled “Gilding the Coasts: Art and Design of Long Island’s Greatest Estates” will be held at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook, New York, a Smithsonian affiliate, to explore the artful design and preservation of Long Island’s greatest country houses. This event is in conjunction with an exhibition by the same name at the museum.  … Read More

Impressive Range of 20th Century Design at Auction, June 20th

2002 Ferrari Modena 360 Spider Convertible (Lot 1, Estimate $75,000-$85,000)

BOSTON, MA – June 16, 2015 Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce its June 20th auction of 20th Century Design, featuring over 500 lots of intriguing offerings, many fresh to market.

“Design collectors and enthusiasts will find much to appreciate in this auction, with strong collections of Italian design, Dunbar furniture, Scandinavian design, mid-century American Modern, and early 20th-century pieces on the block.… Read More

Antique Carpets & Modern Furniture

Harry Bertoia ‘Bird’ chair, Knoll ottoman, and Koch & Lowry chrome swing lamp on 1880 Karaja carpet (Lot 163, Estimate $8,000-$10,000).

“The soul of the apartment is the carpet”, Edgar Allen Poe famously declared in his 1840 essay on interior design, The Philosophy of Furniture. He goes on to say that not only do the colors in the room take their cues from the carpet, but “the forms and scale” as well. He extols the virtues of patterns “with no meaning” (especially, “the Arabesque”), and writes many an unkind word about overcrowded designs and gaudiness of color.… Read More

The Burke House: Mid-Century Modern Architecture & Furnishings

Furnishings from the Burke House (Lots 423 and 424, estimates vary)

The Mary Griggs Burke Estate includes the furnishings of the Burke house, on Centre Island in Oyster Bay, New York overlooking Long Island Sound. Designed and furnished by Boston architect Ben Thompson, the home was featured in the book: Design Research: The Store That Brought Modern Living To American Homes. In 1956, the magazine Architectural Record reviewed the home for its architecture and elaborate Japanese-style garden.… Read More

Stylish Living in New York City: The Greenberg and Faraminian Collection

After Albert Ernest Carrier Belluse (French, 1824-1887) L’enlevement D’hippodame (Lot 246)

An army veteran, Dr. Jesse Greenberg graduated from Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine in Chicago in 1954. His partner, William Faraminian, pursued a career with the United Nations. Dr. Greenberg and Mr. Faraminian split their time between New Jersey and an apartment on Sutton Place in New York City, where they stayed as they enjoyed the ballet, opera, and the arts.… Read More

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