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Skinner’s 20th Century Design  Auction on December 5th to Feature Private Collections

Boston, MA – November 14, 2015Skinner, Inc. will host its semiannual 20th Century Design auction on December 5th, featuring a wide range of decorative arts and furniture. Over 600 lots of silver, paintings, sculpture, art glass, metalwork, and furniture from 1895 to the present provide for a wide range of collecting opportunities, and three significant collections will be offered.

Corinne Davidov – The Coda Collection (Lots 1-131)

Artist and illustrator Corinne Davidov launched The Coda Collection at the Marché aux Puces, in Paris, in the mid-1960s with the purchase of a Pierre Turin bronze medallion commemorating the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, the world’s fair that heralded the modern age of design. … Read More

How to Recognize Quality in Tiffany and Mosaic Glass Lamps

Between 1895 and 1915, a huge variety of mosaic glass lamps came out of New York and Chicago to satisfy a growing demand for stylish lighting designs. While Tiffany Studios set the industry standard, other companies produced excellent designs as well.

Companies such as Duffner & Kimberly and Gorham, aspired to make lamps of a quality on par with Tiffany Studios, and created styles that appealed more to the Victorian taste that, though on its way out, was still the prevailing preference of the American middle and upper middle class. Wilkinson made high quality bases, and took short cuts with their shades.… Read More

The Value of Mosaic Glass: Antique Tiffany Lamps and Beyond

What image do the words “Tiffany lamp” conjure in your mind’s eye? You probably see a colorful, mosaic glass lamp on a patinated bronze base with a floral or geometric motif, or perhaps some dragonflies.

The fact that “Tiffany” tends to be synonymous in the American vernacular with “beautiful mosaic glass lighting” is a testament to the legacy of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s vision, and the execution of that vision by the gifted artists and craftsmen and women working at Tiffany Studios.… Read More