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Boston Teas and Baskets That Please | Lecture | May 4

Courtesy of the Department of the Interior Museum, Washington, DC

Boston Teas and Baskets That Please

A Lecture by Sarah Peabody Turnbaugh

THURSDAY, MAY 4 | RECEPTION 5:30PM | LECTURE 6PM

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Sarah Peabody Turnbaugh is a specialist and scholar of American Indian basketry who is retired from museum administrative and teaching positions. For over forty years, she and her husband and colleague William Turnbaugh, Ph.D., have written about various American Indian arts.… Read More

Clocks Gallery Talk | April 27

Gallery Talk with Richard Ketchen, Clock & Scientific Instrument Conservator

THURSDAY, APRIL 27 | RECEPTION 5PM, GALLERY TALK 6PM

Richard Ketchen, of Carlisle, Massachusetts, will lead a gallery walk on Fasoldt clocks and the Holtzapffel ornamental turning lathe and rose engine featured in this sale. A leading clock and scientific instrument conservator, Richard is uniquely qualified to speak on these diverse subjects. Ketchen has restored a large and diverse collection of Fasoldt timekeepers and has made one from scratch to better understand the genius of the original maker.… Read More

Lecture | Flower/Power: The Legacy of Persian Carpets

 

Flower/Power: The Legacy of Persian Carpets

A Lecture by Julia Bailey

SUNDAY APRIL, 23 | RECEPTION 2:30PM | LECTURE 3PM

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Most Persian rugs made before the sixteenth century are now lost; our best idea of what they looked like comes from manuscript paintings. During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, according to these paintings, rugs generally exhibited small-scale, abstract, geometric designs. But during the sixteenth century, under Safavid rule, carpets gained a new, more naturalistic vocabulary, representing both courtly life on earth and a hoped-for afterlife in a tree- and flower-filled garden paradise.… Read More

Lecture | Heavy Breathing & Plain White Paper

Heavy Breathing and Plain White Paper, or How to Become an Expert on Antique Silver

A Lecture by Janine E. Skerry, Curator of Metals, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

THURSDAY, APRIL 6 | RECEPTION 5PM | LECTURE 6PM

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How can one assess the state of a fine old silver tankard or tablespoon when caught unexpectedly at an auction or antiques store without a trusty XRF apparatus nearby? Join Janine Skerry in the pursuit of silver connoisseurship fundamentals on the fly as techniques like heavy breathing and the use of plain white paper are explained.… Read More

Lecture | Silk Brocades, Embroidery, and Kesi

Silk Brocades, Embroidery, and Kesi

A Lecture by artist Jon Eric Riis

THURSDAY, MARCH 16 | RECEPTION 5PM | LECTURE 6PM

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Considered by many to be the nation’s leading contemporary tapestry artist, Jon Eric Riis has perhaps more than any other artist taken the ancient craft of hand-woven tapestry to the level of important contemporary fine art. Often imbuing his subject matter with highly critical social and cultural ideas, Riis’ provocative art is as important for its content as it is for its stunning execution and unmatched technical prowess.… Read More

Lecture | The Hallowed Halls of Scrimshaw | March 3

The Hallowed Halls of Scrimshaw

A Lecture by Stuart M. Frank, PhD

Friday, March 3 |  RECEPTION 5PM  |  LECTURE 6PM

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Stuart M. Frank is Senior Curator Emeritus of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Director Emeritus of the Kendall Whaling Museum, and Founding Director of the Scrimshaw Forensics® Laboratory. He is the author of the books Ingenious Contrivances, Curiously Carved: Scrimshaw in the New Bedford Whaling Museum; Dictionary of Scrimshaw Artists; More Scrimshaw Artists; Scrimshaw and Provenance; Herman Melville’s Picture Gallery; Jolly Sailors Bold: Ballads and Songs of the American Sailor; The Book of Pirate Songs; Classic Whaling Prints; and numerous articles and monographs about nautical art, history, literature, and music.… Read More

Marlborough Gallery Walk

Timekeepers of the 17th Century

OCTOBER 26 | RECEPTION 5PM | GALLERY WALK 6PM

Department Director Robert C. Cheney will present a close-up look at the interesting selection of early timekeepers in the October 28 auction of Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments.

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Skinner Marlborough 274 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA RSVP… Read More

Erhart Muller: The Man Behind the Collection

Eldresses Bertha Lindsay and Gertrude Soule with Erhart Muller at the dedication of the Holy Hill Project

Erhart Muller: The Man Behind the Collection

A Lecture by Maggie Stier, New Hampshire Preservation Alliance

Friday, June 3 | 6PM | Marlborough

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Maggie Stier met Erhart Muller in the late 1980’s when she was curator at the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts. Their shared interest in the Shakers led to a friendship based first on explorations around the Harvard Shaker Village, where Mr.… Read More

The Art and Mystery of Early English Pottery | April 7 | Boston

Rob Hunter, Editor, Ceramics in America

The Art and Mystery of Early English Pottery: The Troy D. Chappell Collection

A Lecture by Rob Hunter

Thursday, April 7, 6PM

Robert Hunter has more than thirty-five years of professional experience in prehistoric and historical archaeology. He has an MA in Anthropology from The College of William and Mary and additional coursework at the doctoral level in American Studies. He was the founding director of the college’s Center for Archaeological Research.Read More

Oriental Rugs & Carpets Lecture | March 11 | Boston

Lawrence Kearney, Director, Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets

The Story of Rugs is the Story of Civilization

A Lecture by Lawrence M. Kearney

This talk will explore the development of rugs and related textiles through the ages: from Tribal cultures, such as the Baktiari of Southwestern Iran and the Turkoman weavers of Central Asia; through village weavings, such as Kazak and Northwest Persian rugs; into 19th and 20th century workshop production where the emphasis is on sophisticated design and the use of sumptuous materials, such as silk Tabrizes and Kashans.… Read More

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