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Discovery Interiors online Featuring Modern Design, February 4th through 12th

MARLBOROUGH, MA – February 3, 2016 – Skinner is hosting an auction of Discovery – Interiors online from February 4th through 12th. Bidders are invited to view items and meet with specialists in person on February 9th and 10th, or anytime online.

This online auction features over 300 lots of Modern Design, with examples of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Mid-Century modern and contemporary furniture, ceramics, Bakelite jewelry, glass and fine art.… Read More

Skinner Miami Celebrates Design of the 20th & 21st Centuries

May 29th Consignment Day

From Coral Gables, which is celebrating its 90th Birthday this year, to the Art Deco district in Miami Beach and the quirky MiMo / Biscayne Boulevard stretching north of downtown, South Florida is rich with the history of 20th Century design. On Friday, May 29th, Skinner’s Miami office will host a 20th Century Design Consignment Day from 10AM to 3PM. On hand will be Jane Prentiss, Director of 20th Century Design Department at Skinner.… 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

The Little-known Story of Marcus & Company Jewelry

Have you ever heard of the jewelry firm Marcus & Co.? If not, you’re not alone. While Cartier and Tiffany are household names synonymous with luxury jewelry, Marcus & Co. is not. Yet this designer of fine jewelry deserves its place among the elite.

Herman Marcus came to New York from Germany in 1850 and started working as a designer at Tiffany & Co. He represented Tiffany at the 1878 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Marcus left Tiffany around 1884 to establish his own firm, Marcus & Co.Read More