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Ancient Treasures for a Modern World

Roman Gold Bracelet, c. 2nd century AD (Lot 23, Estimate $5,000-7,000)

It’s pretty unusual to see a piece of ancient jewelry come up in one of our Fine Jewelry auctions, so when we do it’s always exciting.  Lot 23 in our September 19 auction is a 2nd-century Roman bracelet, and I love everything about it. It’s almost 2,000 years old and is still so wearable and stylish today. Dare I even say that it is reminiscent of Alexander Calder’s jewelry? … Read More

All Things Bright and Beautiful in Skinner’s September 27 Auctions of American & European Works of Art

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Liz, 1964, edition of about 300 (Lot 88, Estimate $25,000-35,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. presents a notable two-session auction on Wednesday, September 27, in its Boston Gallery. Fine Prints & Photographs starts at 12PM followed by Fine Paintings & Sculpture at 4PM. Both auctions contain a broad range of fine works of all kinds, offering something for collectors of all mediums, all tastes, and all budgets.… Read More

The Duality of Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946-1989) Flowers, 1984 (Lot 128, Estimate $15,000-25,000)

Among the highlights in Skinner’s September 27 Fine Prints & Photographs auction are three flower studies by Robert Mapplethorpe whose extensive and provocative body of work has established him as one of the most important artists of the 20th-century. Mapplethorpe was born in 1946 in Floral Park, Queens. He studied drawing, painting, and sculpture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and began using a Polaroid camera in 1970 to produce photographs that could be incorporated into mixed-media collages and assemblage constructions including magazine imagery and found objects.… Read More

Diamonds, Colored Stones, and Signed Jewelry Lead Skinner Fine Jewelry Auction, September 19

Antique Diamond Necklace, c. 1890s (Lot 380, Estimate $5,000-7,000)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers presents its third Fine Jewelry auction of 2017 on Tuesday, September 19 at 10AM in Boston. The auction will feature over 300 lots of diamonds, colored stones, and antique and period jewelry.

Diamonds

Leading our collection of diamonds this auction are several over 5 carats including a brilliant-cut diamond weighing 7.69 carats (Lot 320, estimated between $35,000-55,000), a brilliant-cut weighing 6.17 carats (Lot 319, $30,000-50,000), and an oval-cut diamond weighing 6.05 carats (Lot 317, $40,000-60,000).… Read More

Treasures of the East: Skinner’s September Asian Works of Art Auction Offers Alluring Jade, Cloisonné, and Textiles

Pair of Large Bronze and Cloisonné Roosters, China (Lot 333, Estimate $20,000-30,000)

Skinner’s fall Asian Works of Art auction presents more than 500 lots, with outstanding examples of textiles, jade, cloisonné, painted miniatures, Peking glass, and metal wares. The auction will take place at Skinner’s Boston Gallery on Friday, September 15 at 10AM.

Jade, considered the most precious material in Chinese traditional culture, is believed to promote wisdom, balance, and peace.… Read More

Skinner Celebrates the Wonder of Manned Space and Moon Exploration with The Beauty of Space: Vintage NASA Photographs, November 2

Portrait of Buzz Aldrin with the photographer and the Lunar Module reflected in his gold-plated visor, Apollo 11, July 1969 (Estimate $1,200-1,800)

A tribute to astronauts John Glenn (1921-2016), the first American to orbit the Earth, and Eugene Cernan (1934-2017), the last man on the Moon.

MARLBOROUGH, MA  – The Beauty of Space, the first auction in the United States to focus solely on vintage photographs produced from 1961 to 1972 by NASA, will take place on November 2 at 10AM.… Read More

Functional, Fashionable, and Fun: Skinner’s 20th Century Design Auctions Offer a Rich Spectrum of Furniture, Art, and Ceramics

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Ceramic Cavalier and Horse Pitcher (Lot 253, Estimate $4,000-6,000)

MARLBOROUGH, MASkinner presents two auctions that span modern design from its beginnings in art nouveau to pieces by artists and artisans still active today.

Jane Prentiss, Department Director, observes that both auctions celebrate the innovative use of materials and the adventurous concepts that characterize 20th century design.… Read More

The Tom and Adelle Hersh Collection of Mennonite Quilts of Waterloo County, Ontario

Mennonite ‘Steeplechase’ Quilt, St. Jacob’s, Waterloo Counter, Ontario, c. 1910 (Lot 544, Estimate $400-600)

Skinner is pleased to offer selections from the Tom and Adelle Hersh Collection of Mennonite Quilts from Waterloo County, Ontario. It is a collection that Canadian quilt historian, Carol Telfer, describes as “an important piece of western Ontario textile history.”  Most of the collection was assembled in the 1980’s, an era when many families were moving from the country to the city.… Read More

Estate of Guitarist J. Geils Featured in Skinner’s November Fine Musical Instruments Auction

J. Geils

BOSTON, MA – Over 150 lots of instruments and memorabilia from the Estate of John Warren Geils  Jr., guitarist and founder of the Grammy-nominated J. Geils Band, will highlight Skinner’s Fine Musical Instruments Auction on Sunday, November 19 in Boston. The auction will also feature vintage electric, acoustic and classical guitars, mandolins, trumpets, and classical stringed instruments and bows.

Highlights from Geils’ guitar collection include his Stromberg Master 400, D’Angelico Excel, several Gibson archtops, and Fender tweed amplifiers.  … Read More

Exceptional Carrara Marble Stations of the Cross Plaques

[DETAIL] Set of Fourteen Carrara Marble Stations of the Cross Plaques, probably Joseph Sibbel Studios (Lot 589, Estimate $20,000-40,000)

At over four feet in height each, the Fourteen Carrara Marble Stations of the Cross Plaques (Lot 589) to be auctioned in Skinner’s European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction on July 14th, make a commanding statement as an ensemble. Heavily carved, the marbles are realistically modeled in high relief, depicting the series of events on the day of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, each inscribed with station number to the projecting base.… Read More

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