Skinner, Inc. is pleased to present an auction of Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments on Friday, April 28 at 10AM in Marlborough, MA. Robert Cheney, Director of Clocks, comments that the nearly 400 lots in this auction are widely varied, and include great rarities for the specialist connoisseur, fine clocks from America and Europe, intriguing musical novelties, and affordable microscopes and telescopes.… Read More
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MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner, Inc.’s spring auction of Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments will offer a broad range of outstanding and affordable technical collectibles for both the beginning and advanced collector. To be held on Friday, April 29 at 10AM in Skinner’s Marlborough gallery, the sale will present over 350 carefully curated lots, many of them drawn from private collections from across the country.… Read More
The chairs pictured here sold for $118,500 in the December 2011 Asian Works of Art auction. Why such a high price? They’re made of one of the world’s rarest and most desirable woods: huanghuali.
A member of the rosewood family, huanghuali stands for rarity, beauty and in today’s Chinese furniture market, high prices. It is believed that there are less than 10,000 pieces of huanghuali furniture left in the world. Because the wood is nearing extinction, and is now a protected species, supply is very limited. Matched with the rapidly increasing demand for Chinese antiques, prices for huanghuali furniture have skyrocketed over the past five years.