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American Beauty: Skinner’s American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction on March 4 promises depth, breadth and surprises

BOSTON, MA – Skinner Inc.’s upcoming auction of American Furniture & Decorative Arts features over 500 lots, ranging from classic New England case pieces and seating furniture to exceptional ceramics, fine scrimshaw, and very desirable folk paintings. The auction will take place at the Boston Gallery, 63 Park Plaza, on March 4 at 10AM. Previews will be held on March 2, 12PM to 5PM and March 3, 12PM to 8PM.

Stephen Fletcher, Director of American Furniture & Decorative Arts, emphasizes that this auction offers not only rarities for the advanced collector but opportunities for new bidders to acquire “great pieces” that have been given modest estimates to encourage buyers to step into this vibrant market.… Read More

Oh Shute! Folk Art Leads Skinner’s 2.3+ million August Americana Auction

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. “Lively” is his word for it.

Picture this

Five of the top ten lots were paintings:

Portrait of Electa Snow Pierce, top seller of the two-day sale, is an iconic example of the prized work of Ruth and Samuel Shute.… Read More

Skinner Presents Two-Day Auction of American Furniture & Decorative Arts in August

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.

Session I: August 14, 10AM

Session I opens with 35 lots from a collection of very early decorative arts, comprised of needlework, metalwork, and woodenware.… Read More

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

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.

Folk Art

Leading the sale is an excellent group of Folk Art and Portraiture, highlighted by a spectacular early 19th Century Polychrome Decorated Overmantel Painting on Pine with a Maritime subject (Lot 224, estimated $30,000-$50,000).… Read More

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

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. Also featured are mid-19th century landscape paintings, 18th and early 19th century furniture, and varied group of 18th and 19th century pottery and porcelain.… Read More

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

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. This two-day auction of over 1,000 lots will also feature maritime paintings, decorative arts, and fine examples of urban and rural New England furniture.… Read More

Skinner to Spotlight Eclectic Collection of Americana in Online Auction

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. The public will have the opportunity to browse, discover and bid from more than 500 lots on the block June 8th through June 16th at www.skinnerinc.com. … Read More

Skinner to Spotlight American Furniture & Decorative Arts on October 26

BOSTON, MA – October 7, 2014A scrimshaw whale’s tooth by Frederick Myrick of Nantucket leads an impressive array of nautical antiques, American antique furniture, folk art, textiles, and more at Skinner, Inc.’s American Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction on October 26th. Several private collections will also be offered, including Part II of The Howard Roth Collection of Early American Iron.

The Howard Roth Collection of Early American Iron, Part II

The October auction represents the last opportunity for bidders to purchase a piece from the finest and most comprehensive collection of early American iron ever assembled.… Read More

Auctioneering for Wet Paint 2013 at Newport Art Museum

Dashing a prior forecast of clouds and rain, Saturday broke bright and beautiful as artists throughout the Newport, RI area gathered up their paints, palettes, and brushes. They headed to favorite spots within the historic village and more far-flung rugged coast line to create works of art to offer at auction at Wet Paint, a highly anticipated event organized by the Newport Art Museum. Both last year and this year I was honored to be asked to auctioneer for the event.… Read More