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April 25 | Classical Salon featuring The Vasari String Quartet

The Vasari String Quartet is a vibrant, young, Boston-based ensemble comprised of undergraduate students at the New England Conservatory of Music. Hailing from Washington DC, Chicago, Sydney, and Shanghai, these four musicians share a vision that chamber music embodies both intellectual and emotional vitality. (left to right Brian Hong, Jing Peng, Harriet Langley, Alexander Hersh)

Saturday April 25th, 5:30PM in Boston

Classical Salon Featuring the VASARI STRING QUARTET, Honors string quartet at New England Conservatory

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Reception 5:30-7PM Free and open to the public

Skinner Boston Gallery 63 Park Plaza, Boston

Please join us for a Classical Music Reception at the Skinner Boston gallery on Saturday, April 25 featuring the Vasari String Quartet.… Read More

Skinner, Inc. Announces Fine Musical Instruments at Auction on April 26th

Modern Italian Violin, Gaetano Sgarabotto, Milan, c. 1920 (Lot 18, Estimate $34,000-$38,000)

BOSTON, MA – April 13, 2015 Skinner, Inc., the only American auction house hosting in-person auctions of high-quality musical instruments, is pleased to announce its next Fine Musical Instruments auction on April 26th. This sale will feature nearly 400 lots, highlighting a strong selection of violins, violas, bows, and cellos, a small but intriguing collection of ukuleles, fine woodwind instruments, collectible publications, sheet music and more.… Read More

Fine Musical Instruments California Consignment Days | January 2015

Fine Italian Violin, Joannes Franciscus Pressenda, Turin, c. 1835 sold for $315,000.00

Meet with Skinner Fine Musical Instrument Department Director, Jill Arbetter, for a complimentary verbal assessment of your stringed or fretted instruments. Jill Arbetter will be holding consignment days in West Hollywood and San Francisco California in January 2015.

These events are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, although we strongly recommend booking an appointment in advance.… Read More

Italian Violins and Fine Bows Highlight Fine Musical Instruments Auction at Skinner

Fine Italian Violin, Joannes Franciscus Pressenda, Turin, c. 1835 (Lot 20, Estimate $180,000-$220,000)

BOSTON, MA – March 17, 2014 – Skinner, Inc., the only American auction house hosting in-person sales of exceptional, high-quality instruments, will present an auction of Fine Musical Instruments on November 9, 2014. A fine Italian violin by Giovanni Francesco Pressenda leads the auction, which includes over 300 lots of violins, violas, cellos, and bows along with fretted instruments and woodwinds.… Read More

The Story of Dom Nicolaus Amati

Fine Italian Violin, Dom Nicolaus Amati, Bologna, c.1740 (Lot 28, Estimate $80,000-$100,000)

Dom Nicolaus Amati: a fine and unique violin maker, to be sure. But was he an Amati? No. Who was he really then, and why the Amati name?

Dom Nicolaus Amati is none other than Nicola Marchioni, born in 1662 in Bologna. He entered the priesthood in 1687 and was also a violin maker, though historians don’t know who trained him. He pursued these two careers simultaneously.… Read More

Skinner Presents Exceptional Violins, Double Basses and More at April 13 Auction of Fine Musical Instruments

Fine Italian Violin, Dom Nicolaus Amati, Bologna, c.1740 (Lot 28, Estimate $80,000-$100,000)

BOSTON, MA – March 17, 2014Skinner, Inc., the only American auction house hosting in-person sales of exceptional, high-quality instruments, announces its spring auction of Fine Musical Instruments on April 13, highlighted by the offering of a fine Italian violin, circa 1740, by Dom Nicolaus Amati. More than 300 lots will be featured, including stringed instruments from notable makers such as Landolphi, Gragnani, Rovatti, Baldoni, and De March as well as a selection of fine bows from Peccatte, Hill, and others.… Read More

A Well-loved Gagliano Violin Brings $168,000 at Auction

As a violin-maker, I automatically think of the Gagliano family whenever I think of Naples, Italy. Beginning as far back as 1640 with Alessandro Gagliano and ending with Vincenzo Gagliano in the early 1900s, the family produced a remarkable number of fine violins, violas, and cellos. The most prominent personalities of the family, Alessandro, Nicolaus, and Gennaro, emerge in the more important works that bear the Gagliano label.

Classical Salon

Fine Italian Violin, Nicolaus Gagliano, Naples, 1720, with Certificate (Lot 33, Estimate $120,000- $140,000)

Presented by the Fine Musical Instruments Department  in conjunction with the preview for the Fine Musical Instruments auction.

Saturday, November 23

The Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Honors String Quartet

5:30 – 7PM

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63 Park Plaza Boston, MA

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Skinner Presents Exceptional Stringed Instruments and More on November 24

Fine Italian Violin, Nicolaus Gagliano, Naples, 1720, with Certificate (Lot 33, Estimate $120,000- $140,000)

BOSTON, MA – November 4, 2013Skinner, Inc., the only auction house hosting in-person sales of exceptional, high-quality instruments, announces its fall auction of Fine Musical Instruments on November 24, highlighted by the offering of a fine Pressenda violin. More than 300 lots will be featured, including stringed instruments from famed makers such as Gagliano, Rocca, Bisiach, Gadda, and Lucci, as well as a selection of fine bows.… Read More

Charles Paine Fisher: A True Renaissance Man

Guest blog post contributed by the family of Charles P. Fisher. The Estate of Charles P. Fisher will be offered at auction in Boston on October 27, 2013. 

An entry in Paul Revere’s waste book from 1772 records the sale of these silver casters to Robert Treat Paine (Lot 69, Estimate $75,000- 150,000)

Charles Paine Fisher, or Charlie, as we always called him, was a true Renaissance Man. He developed a plethora of interests and skills, ranging from music to silversmithy, and had a scholar’s thirst for understanding important objects that had descended in his family.… Read More

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