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First Tuesday | November 5 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, November 5 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Jonathan Dowling & Kerry Shrives will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions.

Robin S.R. Starr – Director of American & European Works of Art, will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for upcoming auctions. She is looking forward to seeing examples by listed, sought-after artists, as well as iconic works of fine art photography from the 19th through 21st centuries, with market interest over $1000.… Read More

5 Tips for Bidding with Success in Online Auctions

Believe it or not, Skinner held its first online-only auctions in 1999. At the time, bidders experienced a platform built on an emerging technology.  Fast-forward to 2018, and it’s hard to find a collector or even occasional buyer who hasn’t participated in online auctions.

The main feature of an online-only auction is that bidding takes place online over an extended period of time – as a bidder, there is no need to spend hours in a saleroom waiting for the lot(s) you are interested in to come on the block.… Read More

Let Skinner Lot Alert Save You Time Searching for Items at Auction

Keeping up with what is being offered at auction can be challenging. Over 50 auctions take place in Massachusetts each year, meaning that there are tens of thousands of antiques and collectibles being bought and sold. How can one person keep track of them all and avoid missing out on the interesting, possibly obscure, or rare antique they’re seeking?

Mt. Kearsarge Annual Fundraiser | November 3 & 4

The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum will be hosting their Annual Fundraiser with  Antiques Appraisal Events on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4, 2017.

On Friday, November 3rd, participants will enjoy a Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers event called “What’s It Worth?”  This event is both entertaining and educational for those interested in the history and the value of antiques. You may bring 3 treasures to the museum for evaluation and verbal appraisal! … Read More

Country Americana and Studio Artwork at Skinner Marlborough in November

MARLBOROUGH, MA – November 14, 2014 – Skinner is hosting a live auction of Country Americana in its Marlborough, MA Gallery on Thursday, November 20th at 10:00 a.m. and an online only auction of Studio Artwork with bidding open from November 13th through the 21st. Both auctions may be viewed in person at the Marlborough Gallery on November 18th and 19th or online at any time.

Country Americana features Chippendale, Federal, Country and reproduction furniture, folk art, weathervanes, game boards, ceramics, glass and more.… Read More

How to Buy American Victorian Furniture: A Guide for New Collectors

Victorian Furniture | Ebonized Mahogany Chair

I’m seeing a trend in the Boston area when it comes to Victorian homes. Home-buying opportunities abound, and I’ve met more than a few “young collectors” who speak admiringly of the ornate woodwork, beautiful hardwood floors and unique build-ins of their new Victorian homes. Although they realize they purchased gems, what they might not have thought about is how affordable it is to furnish their new homes with period designs.

I’ve overheard it said that Victorian antiques and Boston don’t agree – but that’s certainly not true in my experience. New York City housed the biggest powerhouses of design and manufacture in latter part of the 19th century, including Herter Brothers and Pottier & Stymus, but Boston had plenty of purchasing power, and museums and collections are plentiful here. Most importantly for collectors, great buys can be had if you know what to look for.

How to Find the Perfect Passover Haggadah for your Seder

Each Passover, Jews around the world fulfill the commandment to retell the Israelites’ liberation from slavery in Egypt. In Hebrew, the word for this telling is Haggadah (plural: Haggadot), and the name of the ritual meal is Seder.

A Haggadah text supplies an outline of the order of the Seder along with poetry and songs. However, like much Jewish ceremonial art, each Haggadah may have its own distinct and fascinating characteristics. Jewish communities span the globe, and these different regions have developed their own interpretations of ceremonial art and texts over the past centuries.… Read More

Skinner Announces Strong Results from October Auction of Fine Judaica

BOSTON, MA – October 24, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. achieved exceptional results from its small but robust auction of Fine Judaica on October 3rd. The auction, featuring 178 lots, grossed a total of $660,439.70. Drawing buyers from around the world, this sale underscored Skinner as a leading auctioneer of Jewish ceremonial items, Torah ornaments, artwork, books and more.

Scarce works and material new to the marketplace were particularly well received, including an illustrated Seder Haggadah shel Pesach manuscript from the personal collection of Nahum Goldmann as well as works by American Jewish artist Ilya Schor, among others.… Read More

Fine Judaica Auction Features Items from the Personal Collection of Nahum Goldmann

A collection of works by Ilya Schor will also be presented

BOSTON, Mass. – September 19, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of Fine Judaica on October 3rd in its Boston Gallery. The sale features property from the estate of Nahum Goldmann, artwork by Ilya Schor, silver ceremonial items, Torah ornaments, as well Jewish art and books.

Property from the Estate of Nahum Goldmann

Skinner is pleased to offer items from the personal collection of Nahum Goldmann (1895-1982), one of the most prominent leaders of the Jewish people and the Zionist movement in the 20th century.… Read More

What are Antiques Worth? A Guide to the Collecting Market in 2013

“You don’t know until you ask,” a client told me the other day. I had just told her that her family’s antiques were not valuable enough to perform well at auction. In the antiques appraisal and auction business, people often show up with entire truck loads of antique items that they hope to auction. I do regularly find rare and valuable items, but just as often I have to say, “no, thank you” to everything.

I understand the sentiment that this client expressed – it makes sense to want to get everything evaluated by an expert to ensure you don’t accidentally miss something valuable.… Read More

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