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New England Collects Europe: Skinner’s Fall Victoriana Auction 

Marlborough, MA – September 27, 2021 – Skinner presents A Gilded Age: New England Collects Europe, an online auction open for bidding September 27th through October 7th. The sale provides a snapshot of eclectic 19th century tastes in furniture and decorative arts. Headlining the sale is a curated selection from the Townshend Estate of New Haven, Connecticut, featuring Victorian furniture, fine paintings, and European porcelain. In addition, a collection from a New England institution features Russian and Viennese enamels, fine art glass highlighted by Webb and Tiffany, bronze sculpture, and a selection of Asian works of art. … Read More

Georg Jensen: Master of Silver

The term “iconic” is much used—and abused—to refer to people or objects that are widely agreed to epitomize a particular style. When it comes to modern silver, iconic is indeed the fitting adjective for the world-renowned Danish designer Georg Jensen.

The most important silversmith of the 20th century, Jensen combined art and an artistry that resonate in the huge body of work bearing his name and distinctive style. His influence continues to this day.… Read More

Hester Bateman: Domestic Silver in 18th Century England

Hester Bateman (1708–1794) is considered one of England’s most successful woman silversmiths of the late eighteenth century due to her entrepreneurial acumen. From a poor background and no formal education, she married the goldsmith and chain maker John Bateman at 24. Upon his passing in 1760, the widowed Hester took over the shop, registering at London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall on April 16, 1761 with the first of her nine ‘HB’ marks.

‘HB’ mark

Over the next 30 years, along with her sons, Jonathan and Peter, and daughter-in-law Ann, Hester Bateman built up the family business using thin gauge sheet silver, specializing in household silver.… Read More

300-Piece Flora Danica Collection to Lead European Décor & Design Auction

The European Décor & Design auction offers nearly 500 lots of 18th to 20th century British and European furniture and decorative arts, British and European ceramics, and fine silver.

The auction begins with a selection of American silver hollowware and flatware, including an important Boston tankard, by Samuel Minott, circa 1760 (Lot 1001, Estimate: $4,000-6,000). Examples of Tiffany and Gorham’s offerings feature an unusual Tiffany three-piece berry set in fitted case (Lot 1016, Estimate $1,000-2,000), an extensive Gorham Versailles pattern flatware service in its original case (Lot 1021, Estimate: $7,000-9,000), to name just a few.… Read More

Fine Ceramics rule the Skinner auctions of European Furniture & Decorative Arts.

Strong interest nationally and internationally for selections of nearly 75 lots of Antiquities and over 700 lots of Wedgwood, most consigned from a New York City estate that had been in storage for more than two decades, contributed to a $1.79M auction that was 94% sold by lot. Competitive and robust internet and telephone bidding drove consistently strong results for the examples of Apulian and Attic red and black figure wares. An Attic black-figure squat amphora sold for $20,000, and an Apulian red-figured volute-krater sold for and $22,500.… Read More

Under the Tent Consignment Event | Fine Silver

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 | MARLBOROUGH | 10AM-4PM

Have you been wondering when the best time would be to sell silver? It’s now. Following our highly successful spring and summer auctions, we are currently accepting consignments for fall 2020 sales. The market for silver is robust with high prices across all categories. 

Join us on Wednesday, September 16, to have your silver evaluated for our upcoming auctions! Skinner specialists will be hosting an outdoor Under the Tent Consignment Day at our Marlborough Gallery from 10am to 4pm.… Read More

The Fascination with Chinese Export Silver

Three-piece Chinese Export Silver Tea Set, Shanghai, late 19th/early 20th century, Tuck Chang & Co., sold for $8,575

Following a blossoming of interest in the 1960s, Chinese export silver has never been more collectible than it is today. The demographics of the market, however, have changed. The days of American collectors ruling the roost has given way to Chinese collectors, demonstrating their willingness to out-pay and outbid all others.… Read More

Tiffany & Co. Enameled Silver at the Columbian Exposition of 1893

Looking West From Peristyle, Court of Honor and Grand Basin of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition (Chicago, Illinois)

Beginning in the 19th century, as the popularity and accessibility of international travel increased substantially, countries began hosting international fairs and exhibitions to drive both commerce and tourism. Luxury goods makers like Tiffany & Co. used these fairs not only as a way to market their pieces to a wide audience, but also showcase their skills in hopes of attracting international press and prestige.… Read More

Silversmithing Demonstration | October 30

Join us in Marlborough for a Silversmithing Demonstration

Wednesday, October 30 | 5:30–6:30PM

Silversmith Stephen Smithers will demonstrate and discuss American silversmithing tools, techniques, and practices of the late 17th through early 19th centuries with an emphasis on the techniques used by New York silversmith Simeon Soumaine, in the creation of the rare set of three casters offered in the November 2 & 3 American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction.Read More

Hartford Consignment Day | August 7

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7 | 10AM-3PM | HARTFORD, CT

Skinner is inviting consignments for upcoming 2019 auctions. Meet with Skinner experts on August 7 for a complimentary auction evaluation and consignment of your JewelryFine Art, and Fine Silver. Appointments required. Please register and a member of our team will contact you directly for an appointment time. High-quality photos are recommended for large or particularly fragile items.Read More

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