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20th Century Design Consignment Day | New York

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20 | WESTCHESTER, NY | 10AM-4PM

Skinner is now inviting 20th Century Design consignments for upcoming 2019 auctions. Department specialist Dan Ayer will be available by appointment to offer verbal evaluations and accept consignments in the Westchester, NY office on Tuesday, August 20 between 10AM and 4PM.

Dan will be looking for furniture, lighting, pottery, art glass, metalwork, and textiles from iconic tastemakers throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.Read More

Meet the Makers

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 | 5:30PM | BOSTON GALLERY

Join us Wednesday, June 19th for a discussion and overview of the New England Studio Furniture Movement with Owain Harris, instructor at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine and a New Hampshire Furniture Masters ISFD Pinnacle Award winner.

Learn about influential furniture makers in the region who are shaping this re-emerging segment of the design market. The makers will be on hand in the gallery starting at 3PM.Read More

Vintage Modern Design Open House at Skinner Auctions

Saturday, March 30 | 2PM – 4PM

Explore behind-the-scenes at Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers with a specialist led tour of an unparalleled variety of furniture and decorative arts to meet today’s interior design trends. Learn how approachable and affordable buying mid-century modern is at auction with an up-close look and discussion of examples by iconic US and International designers and manufacturers spanning the 20th century.… Read More

Twentieth Century Unlimited

Skinner’s December 14 auction offers a comprehensive selection of furniture and decorative arts of the 20th century, a time span of unparalleled creativity.

BOSTON, MA – December 9, 2018 Skinner presents a notable sale of 20th Century Design on Friday, December 14 at 10AM. The sale of over 500 lots is rich in renowned names and objects, plus unheralded treasures by modern masters waiting to be discovered. This eclectic mix for which Skinner is well-known has appeals to adventurous collectors of free-ranging tastes as well as connoisseurs seeking a rarity to complete an established collection.… Read More

Lecture | Modern Design by a Mid-Century New Englander

Modern Design by a Mid-Century New Englander

A Lecture by Lucretia Giese

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23 | RECEPTION 5PM | LECTURE 6PM

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This talk looks at some of the forces shaping mid-century modern design through the work of one mid-century New England practitioner, Henry B. Hoover.  Hoover is known today as an architect.  Less known is Hoover’s design work, which manifests itself in three ways.  As a residential architect, Hoover designed numerous houses in New England, including the first Modern house in Lincoln, MA, and pieces of furniture for his clients. … Read More

How to Bring Design into your Garden with Sculpture

Garden Sculpture | Outdoor Design

What you see outside your window can be as important as the furniture and decorative arts that you live with inside – especially in the winter.

Imagine that the snow is falling over a sleeping garden, and you pass by this red and black geometric composition by Balder as you head inside. That pop of form and color makes a huge impact against the white and brown landscape.

Over the years, I’ve had several opportunities to observe how 20th century sculpture transforms the design of outdoor environments.… Read More

June 27 | Gallery Walk with Jonathan Fairbanks, Director, Fuller Craft Museum

Friday, June 27, 2014

Join us for an insider’s tour of auction highlights to benefit Fuller Craft Museum

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Reception: 6PM Gallery Walk: 6:30PM

All are welcome to attend a free event at the Skinner Boston Gallery. Join us for a Gallery Walk with Jonathan Fairbanks, Director, Fuller Craft Museum and 20th Century Design Director Jane Prentiss. They will discuss contemporary artists’ works offered in the June 28th auction to benefit Fuller Craft Museum.… 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.

My Three Favorite Modern Design Websites

One of the best ways to feel more inspired about objects and design is to see examples of beautifully designed rooms and elegantly solved design problems. I’ve always enjoyed magazines and books on design, but of course nowadays there’s also a wealth of information online.

Watch an Appraisal of a Picasso Designed Madoura Plate on Antiques Roadshow

I’ve been an appraiser on the PBS television series Antiques Roadshow for 18 years, and during each event, I meet hundreds of people who wait in line for hours hoping for a chance to be on the show. Our day starts early, with appraisals beginning at 7:30 AM and running through the early evening. As an expert in European Decorative Arts, I typically stand at the Pottery and Porcelain, Silver, or Decorative Arts table where I greet people and give evaluations of their prized possessions.… Read More

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