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Americana Exceptionalism

A legacy of beauty, ingenuity, and craftsmanship in Skinner’s August Americana auctions

Skinner’s tradition of notable Americana sales continues with auctions on August 12 & 13 and an online auction August 6-14.  The two-day and online sales comprise nearly 1500 lots of fine American folk art, furniture, ceramics, and maritime antiques.  Day 1 kicks off the auction with two outstanding collections, the Collection of Gail and Don Piatt and the Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art, Part I.  The Piatt collection features a delightful array of fine country antiques with an emphasis on early New Hampshire painted furniture, samplers, lighting, decorative arts, and painted miniature smalls.  Highlights include:

The Kern collection is encyclopedic in its representation of New England folk art.… Read More

Documents Written in Oak, Maple, Mahogany, and Pine

Guest post by Gerald W.R. Ward, Senior Consulting Curator and Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture Emeritus, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The renowned collector Maxim Karolik, whose collection of 18th-century American arts was given to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, had a way with words.  In Edwin J. Hipkiss’s catalogue of the collection, Karolik himself contributed a number of idiosyncratic essays which illuminate his views on collecting and the nature of colonial arts.… Read More