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The Tom and Adelle Hersh Collection of Mennonite Quilts of Waterloo County, Ontario

Skinner is pleased to offer selections from the Tom and Adelle Hersh Collection of Mennonite Quilts from Waterloo County, Ontario. It is a collection that Canadian quilt historian, Carol Telfer, describes as “an important piece of western Ontario textile history.”  Most of the collection was assembled in the 1980’s, an era when many families were moving from the country to the city. As they collected, the Hershes were careful to record the provenance for each quilt when it was available and many can be traced to specific towns and families.… Read More

The Art of the Quilt: From Functional to Ornamental

Over the past few years, quilts and quilting have experienced resurgence in popularity. The appeal of quilts and textile art is as varied as the patterns they employ. Whether it is the bold, bright, and contrasting colors or the strength and diversity of the design, quilts have consumed the interest of contemporary artists and enthusiasts alike.

The origins of quilting are seen in the 17th century when chintz and calico fabrics were beginning to be imported from India.… Read More

Preview and Bid in Live and Online Auctions at Skinner Marlborough in March

Discovery Country Americana live and Jewelry & Silver online February 4th through 12th

MARLBOROUGH, MA – March 4, 2016 – Skinner is hosting a live auction of Country Americana on Thursday, March 10 and an online-only auction of Jewelry & Silver from March 3 through 11. Bidders are invited to view items and meet with specialists in person on March 8 and 9, or anytime online.

The live auction features over 700 lots of 18th, 19th and 20th century Americana including Chippendale, Federal, country and reproduction furniture, folk art, quilts from an Arkansas collector, British and Asian ceramics, metalwork, glass and more.… Read More

Uncovering the History of Sleep at the Concord Museum

Guest blog post by the Concord Museum. Behind Closed Doors: Asleep in New England and Good Night, Sleep Tight: Art from Children’s Literature opens on Friday, October 10, 2014 and will be up through March 23, 2015 at the Concord Museum. 

Sleep is universal. We need it to survive, and people spend approximately one third of their lives in bed. Yet nobody, generally, talks about sleep. The Concord Museum aims to begin this conversation with two upcoming exhibitions that showcase material culture related to sleep.… Read More