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Gallery Talk | Modern Japanese Prints

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 | SKINNER BOSTON

Toko Shinoda (b. 1913), Woodblock Print (Lot 1134, Estimate: $400-600)

Please join us for a gallery talk by Japanese prints dealer and lecturer Allison Tolman, focusing on modern Japanese prints.

The reception will begin at 5PM in the Boston Gallery, followed by the talk at 5:30PM. Please register below.

This event is held in conjunction with the September live Asian Works of Art auction and Japanese Prints online auction.Read More

Arts of Asia the Focus of the Skinner September 14 Auction

Pair of Spinach Green Covered Vessels, China (Lot 335, Estimate: $50,000-70,000)

BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 28, 2019 – Skinner’s Asian Works of Art auction will be held on Saturday, September 14 in Boston. Featuring over 550 lots of Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian art and antiques. Offerings include Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ceramics; Chinese jades, Chinese textiles; Buddhist bronzes and carvings; Chinese and Korean paintings; Tibetan thangkas; Chinese scholar’s objects and furniture, and a selection of important reference books.… Read More

Skinner Offers Asian Art from Private Collections at Auction on March 22, 2019

Boston, MA – March 4, 2019 – Skinner presents an Asian Works of Art auction featuring 500 lots of Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian art and antiques. Coinciding with Asia Week New York, the sale features five important private collections: Chinese monochrome ceramics, Gandharan and Sino-Tibetan Buddhist sculpture, Japanese Satsuma ware, and Chinese textiles. Collected over an extended period, each illustrates the highly selective tastes of the collector.… Read More

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

“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

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. This revered mineral, with its rich mystical significance, is used to create artifacts that exhibit the finest craftsmanship of great artisans.… 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.

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

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. Jon Eric Riis, widely regarded as the nation’s leading contemporary tapestry artist and an international authority on textiles, will be speaking about the collection on Thursday, March 16 at 6PM.… Read More

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

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

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

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