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Functional, Fashionable, and Fun: Skinner’s 20th Century Design Auctions Offer a Rich Spectrum of Furniture, Art, and Ceramics

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Ceramic Cavalier and Horse Pitcher (Lot 253, Estimate $4,000-6,000)

MARLBOROUGH, MASkinner presents two auctions that span modern design from its beginnings in art nouveau to pieces by artists and artisans still active today.

Jane Prentiss, Department Director, observes that both auctions celebrate the innovative use of materials and the adventurous concepts that characterize 20th century design.… 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

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

Fred Stodder Modernist Ceramic Vase, America, late 20th century (Lot 1206, Estimate $300-$500)

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

Antique Carpets & Modern Furniture

Harry Bertoia ‘Bird’ chair, Knoll ottoman, and Koch & Lowry chrome swing lamp on 1880 Karaja carpet (Lot 163, Estimate $8,000-$10,000).

“The soul of the apartment is the carpet”, Edgar Allen Poe famously declared in his 1840 essay on interior design, The Philosophy of Furniture. He goes on to say that not only do the colors in the room take their cues from the carpet, but “the forms and scale” as well. He extols the virtues of patterns “with no meaning” (especially, “the Arabesque”), and writes many an unkind word about overcrowded designs and gaudiness of color.… Read More

The Holiday Auction at Skinner Marlborough in December

Louis Vuitton Leather and Brass-mounted Coated Canvas Hard-side Jewelry Travel Case (Lot 1604, Estimate $800-$1,200)

MARLBOROUGH, MA – December 9, 2014 – Skinner is hosting The Holiday Auction in its Marlborough, MA Gallery on Thursday, December 18th at 10:00 a.m. and an online only auction of Jewelry, Silver & Textiles with bidding open from December 11th through the 19th. Both auctions may be viewed in person at the Marlborough Gallery on December 16th and 17th or online starting December 11th.… Read More

The Burke House: Mid-Century Modern Architecture & Furnishings

Furnishings from the Burke House (Lots 423 and 424, estimates vary)

The Mary Griggs Burke Estate includes the furnishings of the Burke house, on Centre Island in Oyster Bay, New York overlooking Long Island Sound. Designed and furnished by Boston architect Ben Thompson, the home was featured in the book: Design Research: The Store That Brought Modern Living To American Homes. In 1956, the magazine Architectural Record reviewed the home for its architecture and elaborate Japanese-style garden.… Read More

Tour the Glass House: An Icon of Mid-Century Modern Design

“I have very expensive wallpaper,” Philip Johnson said of The Glass House, an iconic mid-century modern building he designed in New Canaan, Connecticut. Indeed, the “wallpaper” is the vast, unfolding landscape outside the clear glass walls of the house, featuring a pond, tall pines, and meandering stone walls.

Art, Architecture, and Environment: Envisioning the Whole

Visiting Eliot Noyes’ home and the Philip Johnson Glass House last week brought to mind the saying, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” In each mid-century modern home, seeing the architecture, landscape, and objects all together stimulated my imagination and interested me far more than if I’d been presented each vase and table and painting separately in a museum.