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The Aesthetics of Function: The Influence of the Japanese Tea Ceremony in Modern American Studio Ceramics

American Studio Ceramics Featuring a Collection of Makoto Yabe

“Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage. In China, in the eighth century, it entered the realm of poetry as one of the polite amusements. The fifteenth century saw Japan ennoble it into a religion of aestheticism—Teaism…a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence.  It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order.  It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.”

Okakura Kazuko, The Book of Tea

When the centuries old Japanese tea ceremony crosses national and international boundaries not only does it deposit forms and aesthetics in these new cultural territories, but  it also borrows from them, enriching the aesthetic vocabulary of utensils intended for, or adapted for, use in the tea ceremony.… Read More

Treasures of the East: Skinner’s September Asian Works of Art Auction Offers Alluring Jade, Cloisonné, and Textiles

Pair of Large Bronze and Cloisonné Roosters, China (Lot 333, Estimate $20,000-30,000)

Skinner’s fall Asian Works of Art auction presents more than 500 lots, with outstanding examples of textiles, jade, cloisonné, painted miniatures, Peking glass, and metal wares. The auction will take place at Skinner’s Boston Gallery on Friday, September 15 at 10AM.

Jade, considered the most precious material in Chinese traditional culture, is believed to promote wisdom, balance, and peace.… Read More

A Conversation About Collecting Asian Art with Richard Kenworthy, PhD

Richard Kenworthy, Former Professor of Architecture at Auburn University in Alabama and Asian Art expert discusses collecting with Melanie Mitcheson, Skinner’s Auction Coordinator.

Indian Hardwood Valuables Chest (Lot 1520, Estimate $400-600)

What are the Asian countries represented in the current auction?

Primarily China and Japan. We do have a very unusual piece from India:  a dark wooden valuables chest with decorative straps around it—in the right space, it would be very dramatic (Lot 1520).Read More

Exquisite Collections of Chinese Textiles & Jade Lead Skinner’s Asian Works of Art Auction, March 18

Embroidered Lady’s Informal Robe, China, 19th century (Lot 119, Estimate: $2,000-3,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner’s upcoming Asian Works of Art auction features 568 lots with special strengths in the areas of textiles, jade, Chinese paintings, and ceramics. The auction will take place at Skinner’s Boston Gallery on Saturday, March 18 at 11AM, coinciding with the end Asia Week in New York.

Chinese Textiles

The textiles in this auction are especially notable.… Read More

Discovery – Asian Art, Dolls & Toys and Interiors online at Skinner in October

Three Steiff Limited Edition Annual Teddy Bear Convention Mohair Teddy Bears, 1988-1990 (Lot 156, Estimate: $400-600)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner is hosting a live Discovery auction featuring Asian Art, Dolls & Toys on October 13 and an Interiors online auction October 6 through October 14. Interested bidders are invited to view items and meet with specialists in person on October 11 and 12 or anytime online.

Highlights featured in Discovery-Asian Art, Dolls & Toys on October 13: ♦ Over 200 lots of antique dolls, toys and collectibles, including Jumeau, Thuilier, Brevete Bru dolls and Steiff mohair bears and animals.… Read More

Middle Eastern Art & Chinese Ceramics Lead Skinner’s Asian Works of Art Auction, September 16

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present an Asian Works of Art auction of over 700 lots on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 11AM, coinciding with Asia week auctions in New York City. The auction features several important private collections, including early Middle Eastern ceramics and manuscripts, tomb pottery from the Han and Tang periods, and an exceptional collection of early monochrome miniature ceramics from the Tang to the Qing dynasty.… 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

Skinner to Offer Asian Works of Art at Auction in Boston

Double-sided Twelve-panel Coromandel Screen, China, Kangxi period (1662-1722) (Lot 523, Estimate$20,000-30,000)

Fine Chinese and Persian ceramics lead March 19 Auction

BOSTON, MA – March 4, 2016Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce its first Asian Works of Art auction of 2016, to be held in Boston Saturday, March 19 at 11AM. Encompassing more than 500 lots and featuring Chinese and Persian ceramics, jades, textiles, cloisonné and an important Coromandel screen, the sale will coincide with the annual Spring Asia Week celebration of Asian art in New York.… Read More

Out with the Old | First Tuesdays in Marlborough

Extensive David Andersen Sterling Silver and Cloisonne-enameled Tea and Coffee Service, Christiania (Oslo), Norway, c. 1896 (Sold for: $12,300)

Join us for First Tuesdays in Marlborough

Tuesday, January 5th 1:30PM – 4PM

Skinner Marlborough Gallery 274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA 01752

Specialties include Fine Art, Jewelry, Silver and Antiques.

First come, first served. No appointment necessary. Limit of 3 objects per person.Read More

Asian Art Consignment Day | Boston

Judith Dowling, Director, Asian Works of Art Wednesday January 6

Reserve an appointment with Asian Art expert Judith Dowling for a complimentary verbal consignment evaluation.

Wednesday, January 6 | 10AM-4PM Appointments Required

Skinner Boston Office 63 Park Plaza Boston MA, 02116

Contact us:

asian@skinnerinc.com 508.970.3263

 

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