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Watch a Kinetic Sculpture by David Roy

Kinetic sculptures add a dash of fun to Skinner fine art and design auctions. In June, an outdoor sculpture by artist George Sherwood, titled “Flock of Birds” brought $21,600 — well over the pre-sale estimate.

In our December 7, 2013 20th Century Design auction in Boston, we’re pleased to be offering a piece by David Roy (Lot 536, Estimate $500-$700). The indoor sculpture is on a smaller scale than the Sherwood piece, but with no less charm.… Read More

5 Auction Picks to Bring New Energy to your Living Space

Do you have a room in your home or apartment that needs some new energy? A great piece of furniture, art, or sculpture can go a long way towards revitalizing your living space. If you love great design, and you’re looking to redecorate within a budget, auction provides many unique, well-made, on-trend, and affordable options.

Our upcoming 20th Century Design auction on December 7, 2013 in Boston is the perfect opportunity to jump in and try bidding for yourself.… Read More

Watch George Sherwood Kinetic Sculptures in Action

George Sherwood, Flock of Birds (Lot 805, Estimate $1,000-$2,000)

In December 2012, a collection of garden sculpture attracted interested bidders from across the country. “Placed into the right natural environment, a garden sculpture can become something more than just an interesting form. It becomes an extension of nature and may even take on a personality that changes with the seasons,” wrote department director Jane Prentiss.… Read More

How to Recognize Quality in Tiffany and Mosaic Glass Lamps

Tiffany Studios Zodiac Turtleback Lamp (Sold for $86,100 on June 21, 2018)

Between 1895 and 1915, a huge variety of mosaic glass lamps came out of New York and Chicago to satisfy a growing demand for stylish lighting designs. While Tiffany Studios set the industry standard, other companies produced excellent designs as well.

Companies such as Duffner & Kimberly and Gorham, aspired to make lamps of a quality on par with Tiffany Studios, and created styles that appealed more to the Victorian taste that, though on its way out, was still the prevailing preference of the American middle and upper middle class. Wilkinson made high quality bases, and took short cuts with their shades.… Read More

The Value of Mosaic Glass: Antique Tiffany Lamps and Beyond

Tiffany Studios Black-eyed Susan Mosiac Glass Table Lamp, Art glass and patinated bronze, New York, early 20th century (Lot 46, Estimate $20,000-$30,000)

What image do the words “Tiffany lamp” conjure in your mind’s eye? You probably see a colorful, mosaic glass lamp on a patinated bronze base with a floral or geometric motif, or perhaps some dragonflies.

The fact that “Tiffany” tends to be synonymous in the American vernacular with “beautiful mosaic glass lighting” is a testament to the legacy of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s vision, and the execution of that vision by the gifted artists and craftsmen and women working at Tiffany Studios.… Read More