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Reflections on Photorealism

Joyce Stillman-Myers (American, b. 1943) Cut Rocks (Lot 458, Estimate $2,500-$3,500)

Photorealism arose in the 1960’s in part as a counterpoint to the Abstract Expressionist movement. The rejection of all representation by Abstract Expressionist artists of the 1940’s was meant to allow the viewer to focus purely on emotion and expression without the need for a deep cultural knowledge. It was intended to remove elitism from art.… 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

Collector’s pieces: Lewis Scranton Americana auction tops $1,000,000

By | Jane Viator

On May 21, Skinner held an auction of fine Americana that was notable on several counts.

The consigner, Lewis Scranton, is a long-time Connecticut dealer specializing in glaze-decorated slipware; 18th century Connecticut furniture; silhouettes and portrait miniatures; and domestic ironware.

He requested “an old-fashioned, on-site auction in the backyard.” He also stipulated no reserves and no buyers’ premiums.… 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

Cats! Millions of Cats!

Wanda Gag (American, 1893-1946) Cat Hiding in a Laundry Pile (Lot 342, Estimate $2,500-$3,500)

This spring, lovers of cats can have a “Fancy Feast” for their eyes at the Worcester Art Museum and at Skinner, Inc.

At Skinner on May 13th bidders can acquire a wonderful drawing of a cat by Wanda Gag in our Fine Paintings & Sculpture auction. The ink drawing (Lot 342) shows a wide-eyed kitten peeking out from a jumble of laundry on an overstuffed arm chair.… Read More

War of 1812 History Recorded on Wood

Naval battle scenes have been popular subjects in American art for centuries, and actions during the War of 1812 inspired a great number of such works. For obvious patriotic reasons, in nearly all cases the scenes depict American victories. However, on occasion a remarkable work surfaces that captures the drama of naval combat from another perspective. A wonderful overmantel painting on wood (Lot 224) in the February 27 American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction records the battle between an American and a British frigate after the former slipped past a British naval blockade.… Read More

Folk Art, Portraiture, and Chinese Export Porcelain Highlight Skinner’s February Americana Auction

Samuel Jordan (New Hampshire/Massachusetts, 1804-after 1836) Portrait of a Gentleman (Lot 323, Estimate $8,000-$12,000)

BOSTON, MA – February 10, 2016 On Saturday, February 27 at 10AM, Skinner, Inc. will host its first American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction of 2016 in its Boston, MA gallery. The sale will showcase a broad range of furniture, ceramics, and fine and decorative arts, from 17th Century andirons to 20th Century Folk Art and Tramp Art.… Read More

Alexander Calder’s Path to Abstraction

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) Self Portrait, c. 1924 (Lot 350, Estimate $60,000-$80,000)

Alexander Calder was an artistic “jack of all trades,” working in metal, from jewelry to large-scale public sculptures, in paint, as a theatrical set designer, and as a lithographer. What makes Calder – in any medium – so compelling is his wit and energy. Skinner’s Fine Paintings & Sculpture auction on January 22, 2016 features four lots of Calder’s work.Read More

William Bradford Painting of Boston Leads American Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction at Skinner October 25th

William Bradford (Massachusetts/California, 1823-1892) Boston Harbor (Lot 23, Estimate $150,000-$250,000)

BOSTON, MA – October 6, 2015 – Skinner’s flagship American Furniture & Decorative Arts Department announces their upcoming live fall auction on October 25th in Boston at their 63 Park Plaza Gallery. Two hundred sixty lots span a broad variety of objects highlighted by the auctions top lot, a William Bradford painting of Boston Harbor from 1859 signed by the artist.… Read More

The William C. Rives Collection: Remarkable Connections in Southeast Asian Paintings

Alix Ayme (1894-1989), River Landscape of Luang Prabang (Lot 42, Estimate $25,000-$30,000)

In March of 1999, William C. Rives purchased what he thought was a beautiful and outstanding painting at an auction in Singapore. The painting was by Alix Aymé, and was of a tranquil river landscape in Luang Prabang, Laos (Lot 42 in the September 19th Asian Works of Art auction). Rendered with sensitive brush strokes and an exquisite color palette, the painting depicts a woman dressed in pink, standing on a bridge overlooking the Nam Khan river, where boats skim across the surface of the water which in turn reflects the mountains and sky above.… Read More

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