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Skinner Presents April Auction of Fine Silver, European Furniture & Decorative Arts

Prosper Roussel Patinated and Gilt-bronze Jewel Casket and Cover, France, second quarter 19th century (Lot 176, Estimate: $6,000-8,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts & Fine Silver in its Boston Gallery on Friday, April 7 at 10AM. With over 650 lots on offer, the auction will feature an expansive selection of fine silver and European fine and decorative arts of the 16th through early 20th centuries.… Read More

From State Park to National Jewel: The Story of the Esperanza Diamond

The ‘Esperanza’ Diamond (Lot 507, Estimate: $100,000-150,000)

In 2015, Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont Colorado visited the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. For an $8 fee, visitors are allowed to dig for diamonds in the “Pig Pen,” a 37-acre field which gets its name from the all the mud created after a rainfall.  She and her boyfriend visited the park on a whim.  It was a hot and sunny day, and within twenty minutes of her arrival, Oskarson was in search of some shade.… Read More

Exquisite Collections of Chinese Textiles & Jade Lead Skinner’s Asian Works of Art Auction, March 18

Embroidered Lady’s Informal Robe, China, 19th century (Lot 119, Estimate: $2,000-3,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner’s upcoming Asian Works of Art auction features 568 lots with special strengths in the areas of textiles, jade, Chinese paintings, and ceramics. The auction will take place at Skinner’s Boston Gallery on Saturday, March 18 at 11AM, coinciding with the end Asia Week in New York.

Chinese Textiles

The textiles in this auction are especially notable.… Read More

Frederick Myrick: The Most Famous Scrimshander

Scrimshaw Whale’s Tooth Showing the Frances of New Bedford (Lot 116, Estimate $100,000-150,000)

Our March 4 American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction features a notable collection of Scrimshaw, Canes, and Nautical Antiques. Among the lots on offer, the most significant piece is a large whale’s tooth decorated by the Nantucket scrimshander Frederick Myrick depicting the ship Frances of New Bedford (Lot 116, Estimate $100,000-150,000).… Read More

Lionel Girls Train Set: The Little Enginette That Couldn’t

Collecting and playing with model trains has been a popular past time for over one hundred years. At the forefront of this train-crazed mania was Lionel Trains. These sturdily constructed toy trains were praised and collected for their life-like realism by adults and children alike. Originally marketed towards fathers and sons to promote bonding, electric trains started to emerge as a male-centric hobby. Mothers and daughters might be visible in their advertisements, but more as someone who could passively view the trains in motion instead of engineering them.… Read More

How to Spot a Counterfeit Coin

One of the largest nuisances in the field of numismatics is detecting counterfeits. Dealers and collectors alike can still find themselves susceptible to coins and currency meant to deceive. Everybody has a story from when they were duped or made mistakes regarding valuable pieces or even seemingly insignificant ones. Every now and then, we see counterfeit pieces brought in by consignors who are unaware of the item they have. Here are a few easy tips to make sure your coins are original.… Read More

Coins of The Carson City Mint

1885-CC GSA Morgan Dollar (Lot 1115, Estimate $200-400)

Carson City Morgan dollars are some of the most iconic coins in American numismatics. The Morgan dollar series in and of itself is highly collectible, obtaining staggering prices for higher end pieces. However, coins from the Carson City Mint, bearing the “CC” mintmark, have always excited numismatists, especially Morgan collectors. The branch mint produced only thirteen years of Morgan dollars, while the whole series experienced twenty-eight years of issue.… Read More

Discovery – Interiors Online offers objects, furniture, and artwork from around the world, February 9 – 17

Cycling Act (Estimate: $200-300)

MARLBOROUGH, MA – February 9, 2017 – Skinner, Inc. is hosting Discovery-Interiors, an online-only auction, running from February 9 through February 17. Interested bidders are invited to view items and meet with specialists in person on February 14 from 12-5 PM and on February 15 from 10 AM – 7PM or anytime online.

The auction features furniture, ceramics, memorabilia, Asian art, lighting, fine art, and textiles including:

♦ Over 100 lots of 18th, 19th, & 20th century timepieces including an E.… Read More

Skinner’s January Fine Art Auctions total over $2.8 million, with Modern and Contemporary works leading the way

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) Untitled (Standing Mobile, c. 1965) (Sold for $471,000)

Outstanding auctions on January 27 offered 475 lots that included a wide choice of pre-20th-century material as well as a notable quantity of Modern and Contemporary artwork in all categories: paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs. Today’s collectors, notes Robin S. R. Starr, Director of American & European Works of Art, are especially eager for 20th and 21st-century material; call it the millennial effect.… Read More

The Philip & Patricia Marco Collection: Notable Works of American Indian Art on Auction, February 10

Micmac Beaded and Silk Applique Decorated Woman’s Hood, c. 1840s (Lot 132, Estimate: $20,000-30,000)

BOSTON, MASkinner, Inc. presents The Philip & Patricia Marco Collection, featuring American Indian art. The 132 lots being offered on February 10 in Boston were acquired primarily in the 1980s when the selection was broad. In addition to its high quality, the material in the auction has the attraction of being fresh to the market.… Read More

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