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

While I’ve heard some say “the golden age of antiques collecting is over,” in fact, it’s not over, and for some, it’s just beginning. There’s so much opportunity out there, especially for twenty- or thirty-somethings just starting out and setting up homes.

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

American Indian & Tribal Art Auction in Marlborough on February 12

Marlborough, Mass. – January 24, 2014 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of American Indian & Tribal Art on February 12th in its Marlborough gallery. Ideal for both seasoned and new collectors, the auction features a variety of items ranging from Plains Indian art and tribal weapons to a collection of prehistoric stone material from the Henry F. Metcalf museum.

Prehistoric and Pre-Columbian Art

Over 230 Prehistoric Stone Points, many labeled.

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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.

Too Many Books, Too Little Time: What are Old Books Worth?

Cotta, John. The Triall of Witchcraft Auctioned for $1,960

Determining the value of a book collection is a tricky proposition. Not only do many people have large quantities of books, but libraries and collections can have widely varying characteristics. First, let’s decide what kind of a library you have. Take a look at these three major types of collections.

Rare Book Collection

This group of books was methodically assembled by a book lover with a plan.… Read More

7 Fine Art & Antiques Websites Worth Visiting

When we started the Skinner Antiques & Fine Art Auctions blog in 2010, this was one of my very first posts. I continue to rely on the first four websites mentioned below for art, antiques and collectibles news. In addition, I’ve added three new sites to my retinue of regular morning reading about the antiques auction market.

Wedgwood Jasperware: Now is the Time to Buy

Wedgwood jasperware has been in production for well over two hundred years. In the manufacturing of jasper there are two primary categories: solid jaspers were turned or molded from a solid piece of colored clay; and jasper dips were made by dipping the typically white solid jasper body in colored clay to give the surface an entirely different appearance. In both varieties, Wedgwood’s typical classical subjects and foliate designs were applied in relief, often in a complimenting color or colors. With two, three, four and five color examples, the possible combinations of colors are nearly endless.

Market Trends: The Rise of Buying Wine Online at Auction

The internet has changed commerce on all levels. From eBay to Amazon to etsy, the online marketplace is becoming the shopping mall of the 21st century. Little surprise, then, that fine wines have made the transition to online venues.

Many brick-and-mortar auction houses use internet sales models as an additional channel for their businesses. Skinner was an innovator and one of the first, offering internet sales as an adjunct to live sales starting in the late 1990s. Our upcoming May Fine Wines auction in Boston features 379 lots on Thursday, May 3, and stays true to this tradition. But, in a new twist of the internet theme, Skinner is happy to announce that over 500 additional lots will be available in an online, timed auction, starting at midnight on May 4th for ten days.

Asia Week New York 2012: Fierce Competition in the Chinese Art Market

Chinese buyers ruled Asia Week New York once again in 2012. I try to attend Asia Week in New York each year, and this year I spent five days in the city, visiting museums, attending auctions, and talking to dealers, specialists, and other lovers of Asian Works of Art. We all marveled at the seemingly unstoppable frenzy of the Chinese art market, and wondered what this means for those who buy and sell Asian art in the West. For many, it has become a challenge to compete.

Meet the Experts: Judith Dowling, Director of Asian Works of Art, Part I

The love for Asian works of art has been a part of me for a long time. When I was a young teenager, I went to the museum and I saw calligraphy for the first time. I thought it was beautiful. And then when I was told that it was a written language, I was fascinated.

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