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Korean artist Chun Kyungja’s (b. 1924) A Black Woman in Atlanta

Chun Kyungja (b. 1924), A Black Woman in Atlanta, Korea, 1987 (Lot 466, Estimate $650,000-$700,000)

One Of Many Paintings Portraying Beautiful Women

Skinner is privileged to offer the portrait, “A Black Woman in Atlanta” painted by the Korean female artist Chun Kyungja (b. 1924). It is estimated to sell at auction for $650,000-700,000, and will be offered on Saturday, September 19th at the Asian Works of Art Auction at Skinner in Boston.… Read More

August Americana Returns to Skinner with Superb Private Collections On the Block

Carved and Painted Pine Hanging Spice Box, Samuel L. Plank (Mifflin County, 1821-1900), Pennsylvania, last quarter 19th century (Lot 1107, Estimate $12,000-$18,000)

Two-day Auction Features The Collection of Ellie Walker Hoover and Robust Offerings of Furniture, Maritime Antiques and Sandwich Glass

MARLBOROUGH, MA – July 30, 2015Skinner, Inc. will present important collections of Americana and Sandwich glass as part of its auction of American Furniture & Decorative Arts on August 8th and 9th.… Read More

Skinner to Spotlight Eclectic Collection of Americana in Online Auction

Paint-decorated and Gilt Parcheesi Game Board, America, late 19th century (Lot 1053, Estimate $800-$1,200)

A one-owner collection of Americana

BOSTON, MA – June 5, 2015 – Skinner, Inc.’s June Americana-Online auction is comprised of a single, diverse collection of American furniture and decorative arts, assembled by a Northeastern couple whose eclectic tastes ranged from urban to country, classic to quirky, and folky to fine.… Read More

Skinner Spotlights Iconic Artists during American & European Works of Art Auction

Agnes Martin (Canadian/American, 1912-2004) Blue Flower, 1962 (Lot 397, Estimate $1,500,000-$2,000,000)

BOSTON, MA – May 13, 2015 On May 29th, Skinner, Inc. will host an outstanding auction of American & European Works of Art, beginning with a superb range of prints and photographs at 12 P.M., followed by a strong grouping of fine paintings, sculpture, and drawings at 4 P.M. An accompanying online auction of Fine Art, covering sculpture, prints, paintings, and photographs, will take place from May 26 through June 1.… Read More

Skinner to Host Asian Art Auctions in February

Silk Embroidery of Xi Wangmu, China (Lot 294, Estimate $200-$400)

 

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – February 6, 2015 – Skinner, Inc. will host an Asian Art – Online auction of over 500 objects from China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia beginning on February 17 and running through February 27, 2015. On February 26, Skinner will offer over 400 additional lots in a live auction at our Marlborough Gallery. The auctions feature a diverse group of decorative items ranging from Chinese ceramics and porcelain to cloisonné, paintings, and furniture.… Read More

Rekindling a Love for Venetian Painting and Sculpture

Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari in Venice, Italy

I am a specialist in photography, but a recent trip to Venice, Italy, took me back to my art historical roots. In fact, my interest in the field started in high school when one of my teachers introduced me to the early Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli. While in Venice, I visited the Biennale, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and the Gallerie dell’Accademia—all wonderful—but it was a chance encounter with the Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari that reminded me why I chose a career in the art world at such a young age.… Read More

Rare Miniature Portraits Reach an Audience 10,000 Miles Away

When I first saw these pictures, they looked much like any other attractive pair of miniature portraits that we sell in our American Furniture & Decorative Arts auctions. Who could have guessed at first glance that they could be extremely rare pieces painted by a one-time criminal?

The Folk Art Portraits of Ammi Phillips

Shrouded in mystery for many years, Ammi Phillips’ portraits have been eagerly studied by scholars and avidly collected both by institutions and individuals. His work has consistently been recognized as the most important among nineteenth century American folk art portraits and has held the interest of the art world for decades.

Bringing Forgotten History to Light: Cataloguing a Walter Launt Palmer Painting

One of the distinct joys of being a fine art appraiser and cataloguer is getting to physically handle a work and bring its forgotten history to light. When we are lucky, the owner provides documentation for provenance or context. More often than not, what we work with are anecdotes that we must verify or rule out independently. At the heart of cataloguing is looking at a work objectively and asking the fundamental question “What does that mean?” of any inscriptions or marks.

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