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The Whimsy of Staffordshire Bocage Figures

Pair of Staffordshire Bocage Cows, England, c. 1815-25 (Lot 401, Estimate: $500-700)

A bocage, says Wikipedia, can refer to a terrain of mixed woodland and pasture, a small forest or a decorative element of trees and leaves. English and continental porcelain figures of the eighteenth century often had trees and leaves, both as an ornamental and colorful backdrop to figures and importantly as an added stabilizer to support the figures during kiln firing. 

By the 19th century, the production and firing of English earthenware were far more consistent, and often these trees were added more for their ornamental appeal than necessity.… Read More

Fine Ceramics and Silver Lead Skinner Auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, October 13

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston Gallery on Friday, October 13. With over 700 lots on offer, the auction will feature an expansive selection of fine ceramics and silver as well as European furniture and decorative arts of the 16th through early 20th centuries.

The auction opens on Friday at 10AM with over 200 lots of silver featuring a broad range of flatware and hollowware from the United States, England, and Europe.… Read More

Skinner European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction Features Special Collection of Wedgwood and Early English Potteries, July 13 & 14

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston Gallery on Thursday, July 13 and Friday, July 14. With over 1000 lots on offer, the auction will feature an expansive selection of fine ceramics and silver as well as European furniture and decorative arts of the 16th through early 20th centuries.

Session I: Victor & Muriel Polikoff Collection

The auction opens on Thursday, July 13 at 4PM with almost 300 lots from the Victor & Muriel Polikoff collection.… Read More

The Harry Root Collection of 18th Century English Pottery

Staffordshire Saltglaze Sauce Boat

Harry Root’s collection tried to capture the breadth and variety of wares produced throughout 18th century England — from early red stoneware tea wares manufactured in imitation of the Chinese Yixing wares to a white salt-glazed stoneware.

Auction to Feature Important European and Continental Collections

The Bent Family Collection and The Harry A. Root Jr. Collection will be offered in the July sale

BOSTON, Mass. – June 20, 2013Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts on July 12th and 13th in its Boston gallery. Session I of the two-day sale opens with The Bent Family Collection: Furniture and Decorative Arts from Quattro Venti. Session II features sculpture, pottery, and porcelain and presents The Harry A.Read More

Tour a Remarkable Collection of Early English Pottery with Harry A. Root Jr.

“My earliest collecting was in the area of cow creamers,” explains Harry A. Root Jr. “This was because I had a dairy farm in Vermont.” See those cow creamers and many more examples of early English pottery in these two videos. Harry Root takes family friend David Grober on a tour of the collection and tells the stories behind the rare and exquisite works.

The Harry A. Root Jr. Collection of 18th Century English Pottery will be offered at auction on July 13, 2013 at the Skinner Boston gallery.… Read More