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Selling Silver: Before You Sell your Family’s Antique Silver for Scrap, Consider Consignment

With its plain form and prominent monogram, this small Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Pitcher sold for $800, more than 3 times its scrap value.

A woman came into Skinner with a collection of family silver that she no longer wanted. She’d already been to a smelter, who offered her $800 to melt the silver down for scrap. It was tempting to take the money, but she felt bad about the decision and decided to come to Skinner auction house first.Read More

Welcome to Coral Gables! Our Grand Opening Party

Known as “The City Beautiful,” Coral Gables “stands out as a rare pearl in South Florida.” Founded in 1899 by George Merrick, a Massachusetts native, Coral Gables exhibits the design aesthetics of enlightened urban planning from the turn of the last century.  Wide, palm-lined avenues, beautiful public green spaces, and monumental buildings combine with the Mediterranean Revival style inspired by cities like Seville and Cartagena.… Read More

A Celebration of Russian Culture

Sold for $66,000: Léon Bakst (Russian, 1866-1924), Costume Design for the Marchioness (Hunting) in THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, 1921

This autumn season is turning out to be about all things Russian. In September, Skinner auctioned The Robert Bunting Dance Collection, which included period artifacts from the golden age of the Ballet Russes. A costume design by Léon Bakst for the marchioness in The Sleeping Beauty sold for $66,000 and Pavel Tchelitchew’s Group of Dancers in a Scene from L’Errante brought $26,400.… Read More

Looking Back on Four Centuries of Antique Furniture from Massachusetts

As a student of American furniture, I was taught early on about the distinct regional styles that developed during our country’s history. Objects made in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York each spoke from their own individual locales. Having lived in Massachusetts for my entire adult life and raised a family here, the unique material culture of this region appeals to me personally. The grace, femininity, and economy of movement in Massachusetts furniture evoke traditional Yankee thrift as well as the modern notion that less is more.… Read More

I Bought it "Ratty" and Left It Alone

Guest post by John T. Kirk © 2013. The John T. Kirk Collection will be offered in the American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction on August 11, 2013 in Marlborough.

American Antiques from the John T. Kirk Collection (Lots 216 – 220)

I grew up twenty miles west of Philadelphia in what was, in the 1930s and ’40s, a rural landscape. Kirks had been in the Philadelphia area since the 18th century and it was logical that my parents had some early furniture.… Read More

A Time for Remembrance and Healing

Downtown Boston is our home, and the events of the past week touched us deeply. The Skinner Boston gallery is just a block away from the Boston Marathon finish line, and the Skinner Marlborough gallery is ten miles away from Hopkinton, where the race begins. Much like the Marathon, Skinner is a place where we welcome both native Bostonians and visitors from virtually every corner of the world to participate in auctions in heart of downtown Boston.… Read More

Is Folk Art Different from Any Other Art?

Fine Art Auction Highlights | Folk Art Portrait

When you look at modern and contemporary art, it’s clear that there is a thin line separating the questions, “what is Art?” and “what is Folk Art?” Many academically trained artists have looked to folk art for inspiration.

The 2013 Winter Antiques Show in New York City

When I walk into the Winter Antiques Show each January, it’s hard to know where to begin. Booths buzz with conversation, and beautiful objects and designs compete for my attention.

The Life of a Dress: Wearing Zandra Rhodes

Karen Keane, Skinner CEO, with Gloria Lieberman, Vice President, at the opening of Zandra Rhodes: A Lifelong Love Affair with Textiles at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Last week, Karen Keane and I met designer and fashion icon Zandra Rhodes for the first time at a lovely opening reception for the exhibit  Zandra Rhodes: A Lifelong Love Affair with Textiles at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. If you haven’t seen it yet, stop by – the show is on display until December 1, 2012.… Read More

Hats: Fashion with a Creative Flair at Peabody Essex Museum

The Opening Reception for Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones at the Peabody Essex Museum

Have you ever heard the old saying: “in Boston, we don’t buy our hats, we have them”?

The hundreds of people who attended the reception of a new exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum certainly had hats in abundance. They came decked out to celebrate the opening of “Hats: An Anothology by Stephen Jones,” a show from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.… Read More

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