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Design Decisions: Parting with objects

Heidi Pribell

Designer Heidi Pribell dishes on fabulous finds in her curated online auction of home décor. 

May this posting be of inspiration to all of those who struggle with making tough decisions about what should stay and what should go.

In preparing to relocate my studio, I made the decision to take a close look at inventory, and I contacted Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers of Boston & Marlborough, MA.

I am flattered that they chose to launch a new area with home design at auction: Heidi Pribell Interiors for the Home Online.Read More

Jewelry, Affordable Luxury, Coins Online and Discovery – Interiors Online featuring 20th Century Design, Home Furnishings and Artwork, September 8 – 16

14kt Gold Gem-set Butterfly Net Brooch (Lot 2248, Estimate $400-6003 and 14 at the Marlborough Gallery.

MARLBOROUGH, MA – September 7, 2016 – Skinner, Inc. is hosting dual online auctions of Jewelry, Affordable Luxury, Coins, and Discovery-Interiors from September 8 through September 16. Interested bidders are invited to preview items and meet with specialists in person on September 13 and 14 at the Marlborough Gallery.

Marie Keep, Senior Vice President of Skinner, Inc., notes, “We are pleased to offer such a depth and range of affordable luxury in September, with great examples of  artist, antique, and studio jewelry, gold and chronograph watches, and silver and gold coins and collectible medals.Read More

Skinner Introduces Home Design at Auction: Heidi Pribell Interiors for the Home Online

Dunbar Green Plush Upholstered Low-back Settee (Lot 1209, Estimate: $400-600)

MARLBOROUGH, MA  – Skinner, Inc. is pleased to introduce home design at auction:  Heidi Pribell Interiors for the Home Online, a curated collection by a design industry leader with in-gallery previews and on-line bidding. The auction opens on September 8 at 10AM and concludes on September 16 at 2PM; previews will be held at Skinner’s Marlborough Gallery on Tuesday, September 13 from noon to 5PM and Wednesday, September 14 from 10AM to 7PM.… Read More

Oh Shute! Folk Art Leads Skinner’s 2.3+ million August Americana Auction

Ruth W. Shute (1803-1882) and Dr. Samuel A. Shute (1803-1836) Portrait of Electa Snow Pierce (Lot 519, Sold for: $339,000)

By Jane Viator

Skinner’s summer Americana auction took place on August 14 and 15. 772 lots were offered, totaling over $2.3 million with buyer’s premium. Stephen Fletcher, chief auctioneer and Skinner executive vice-president, noted that the sale’s success demonstrates the strength of this part of the market.… Read More

Country Americana Online Auction Offers Objects, Furniture & Artwork of Our American Heritage, August 9 – August 16

H. Anderson Contemporary Folk Art Carved and Painted Woman with Birds, late 20th century (Lot 1224, Estimate $500-700)

MARLBOROUGH, MA – August 9, 2016 – Skinner, Inc. is hosting an online-only auction of Country Americana from August 9 through August 16. Interested bidders are invited to view items and meet with specialists in person from August 11 through August 14 at Skinner’s Marlborough, MA Gallery.

The Americana-themed online auction features a curated selection of furniture and decorative arts including:

♦ Over 30 lots of Shaker furniture, objects and textiles, from communities including Canterbury, Mt.… Read More

Skinner Presents Two-Day Auction of American Furniture & Decorative Arts in August

Needlework Picture After Edward Savage ‘Liberty in the Form of the Goddess of Youth,’ America, early 19th century (Lot 160, Estimate $15,000-25,000)

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present a two-day auction of American Furniture & Decorative Arts on August 14 and 15 in their Marlborough Gallery. The auction of over 770 lots will feature a wide array of Americana, including strong collections of folk portraiture and painted furniture, early American furniture and smalls, and Pennsylvania folk art including fraktur and painted tin.… Read More

The Rare Flintlock Alarm Candle Clock

Flintlock Alarm Candle Clock, c. 1745 (Lot 547, Estimate $20,000-$40,000)

Those who have ever been slaves to the “snooze” button on cell phones or alarm clocks in the morning, will want to take a closer look at the Flintlock Alarm Candle Clock, one of 750 lots offered in Skinner’s European Furniture & Decorative arts auction on July 15, 2016 in Marlborough, MA. I am going to venture that when this clock was made, c. 1745, the mechanism likely functioned in such a way that the idea of a “snooze” button would not be necessary.… Read More

A Collection Built Over Eight Generations: Historic Maritime Online

Carved Mug from the Maststep of the America, and an Early Blown Glass Bottle, early and mid-19th century (Lot 1142, Estimate $1,500-$2,500)

From the owner of a one-of-a-kind collection of Nautical Antiques that we are proud to offer in the single-owner auction Historic Maritime Online through June 9th:

“This collection of nautical antiques represents the contributions of eight generations of my family’s history. My ancestors came to Jamestown, Virginia, in the 17th century, and later settled in Isle of Wight County.… Read More

Skinner Presents Online Auction of Nautical Artifacts & Maritime Art, June 1 – June 9

Wooden Model of the HMS Victory, Jim Martin, 1990 (Lot 1316, Estimate $1,000-$1,500)

Boston, MA – Skinner’s Historic Maritime Online Auction offers a rare opportunity to acquire 17th through 20th century nautical artifacts, decorative arts, logbooks, manuscripts, maps, charts, navigational tools, half-hull models, highly detailed and impeccably built and rigged ship models, scrimshaw and other sailor-made objects, New York Yacht Club and America’s cup memorabilia, all from a single collection built over the course of eight generations in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.… 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


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

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