Tag Archives: rare American furniture

Skinner’s American Furniture Sale to Feature the Beacon Hill Collection of John and Marilyn Keane

The November sale features highlights from a lifetime of collecting, including 18th and early 19th century American furniture and paintings from the China Trade.

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner Auctioneers will host a live auction of Important Americana on Friday, November 19, 2021. The sale consists of the extraordinary Beacon Hill Collection of John and Marilyn Keane, devoted collectors of early American craftsmanship and committed philanthropists well-known to the Boston arts community.… Read More

Auction Highlights, Part III: A Rare Japanned Chest Shatters World Records

On November 7th, 2004 we sold a previously undiscovered Boston Japanned chest for $1,876,000 in our American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction. Simply put, it’s one of the most extraordinary pieces of furniture and one of the rarest finds we’ve ever encountered in all our years in the business.

The chest not only set a new high for a single lot sold in a Skinner Americana auction, it was also the most expensive piece of furniture ever auctioned in New England, and it established a new record price for a piece of Japanned American furniture, exceeding the old record by over $50,000.

Now, eight years later, the record still stands.