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American Beauty: Skinner’s American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction on March 4 promises depth, breadth and surprises

BOSTON, MA – Skinner Inc.’s upcoming auction of American Furniture & Decorative Arts features over 500 lots, ranging from classic New England case pieces and seating furniture to exceptional ceramics, fine scrimshaw, and very desirable folk paintings. The auction will take place at the Boston Gallery, 63 Park Plaza, on March 4 at 10AM. Previews will be held on March 2, 12PM to 5PM and March 3, 12PM to 8PM.

Stephen Fletcher, Director of American Furniture & Decorative Arts, emphasizes that this auction offers not only rarities for the advanced collector but opportunities for new bidders to acquire “great pieces” that have been given modest estimates to encourage buyers to step into this vibrant market.… Read More

August Americana Returns to Skinner with Superb Private Collections On the Block

Two-day Auction Features The Collection of Ellie Walker Hoover and Robust Offerings of Furniture, Maritime Antiques and Sandwich Glass

MARLBOROUGH, MA – July 30, 2015Skinner, Inc. will present important collections of Americana and Sandwich glass as part of its auction of American Furniture & Decorative Arts on August 8th and 9th. This two-day auction of over 1,000 lots will also feature maritime paintings, decorative arts, and fine examples of urban and rural New England furniture.… Read More

Important and Historic Americana to be Offered at Skinner

BOSTON, MA – February 11, 2015 – Skinner, Inc. presents a strong selection of American folk art and furniture during its March 1 auction of American Furniture & Decorative Arts. The sale will feature rare needleworks, paintings, folk art, furniture displaying the cabinet makers’ art spanning the 1730s to the 1830s, and much more.

“We’re pleased to offer a broad selection of important material in this auction that will appeal to a wide range of tastes and collectors,” said Stephen Fletcher, Executive Vice President and Director, American Furniture & Decorative Arts.… Read More

Skinner to Spotlight American Furniture & Decorative Arts on October 26

BOSTON, MA – October 7, 2014A scrimshaw whale’s tooth by Frederick Myrick of Nantucket leads an impressive array of nautical antiques, American antique furniture, folk art, textiles, and more at Skinner, Inc.’s American Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction on October 26th. Several private collections will also be offered, including Part II of The Howard Roth Collection of Early American Iron.

The Howard Roth Collection of Early American Iron, Part II

The October auction represents the last opportunity for bidders to purchase a piece from the finest and most comprehensive collection of early American iron ever assembled.… Read More

August 8 | An Evening with Blacksmith Derek Heidemann

Friday, August 8, 2014

Americana Gallery Talk

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Reception:  5:30PM Gallery Talk: 6:00PM

Please join us for what will be a fascinating and enlightening evening. Skinner Welcomes Derek Heidemann, owner of Resurrection Iron Works in Millbury, Massachusetts. Derek has reproduced one of the highlights of The Howard Roth Collection, an elaborately decorated rotary toaster, and will be taking us through the process of its making.… Read More

June 12 | The Andrews Shaker Collection Gallery Walk

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Andrews Shaker Collection – A Gallery Walk

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Reception:  5:30PM Gallery Walk: 6:00PM

Guided tour and discussion of selected highlights from The Andrews Shaker Collection hosted by Stephen L. Fletcher, Director and Christopher Barber, Deputy Director of American Furniture & Decorative Arts. The event will feature Christian Goodwillie, Director and Curator of Special Collections, Hamilton College and co-author of Gather Up The Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection.… Read More

Welcome to Coral Gables! Our Grand Opening Party

Known as “The City Beautiful,” Coral Gables “stands out as a rare pearl in South Florida.” Founded in 1899 by George Merrick, a Massachusetts native, Coral Gables exhibits the design aesthetics of enlightened urban planning from the turn of the last century.  Wide, palm-lined avenues, beautiful public green spaces, and monumental buildings combine with the Mediterranean Revival style inspired by cities like Seville and Cartagena. The result is a simply beautiful setting in the sun, urban and urbane, with a grand, yet human, sense of scale.… Read More

Skinner to Auction Compelling Selection of American Furniture and Decorative Arts on March 2

Auction to Feature Folk Art from the Collection of Edith Halpert and Chinese Export Porcelain from the Collection of Peter Rosenberg

BOSTON, MA – February 19, 2014 – A fine selection of American antique furniture and historic art, including a rare Paul Revere, Jr. drawing, in addition to property formerly in the collection of folk art pioneer Edith Halpert, will be offered at Skinner, Inc.’s American Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction on March 2nd.… Read More

A Tale of Two Portraits: A Previously Undiscovered Folk Art Painting Brings $252,000 at Auction

I’ve been an appraiser on Antiques Roadshow since the very first episode in Concord, Massachusetts  eighteen  years ago. Now, the Emmy® Award nominated show attracts thousands of people to events in cities around the country. I love meeting these people and seeing what keepsakes they treasure. Some of the items have only sentimental value, but occasionally I find items of real aesthetic or historic value. These are the special objects that have inspired many to take another look at things tucked away in attics and basements.… Read More

Federal Furniture: A Lady's Secretary and Bookcase Attributed to Thomas Seymour

Essay by Robert D. Mussey, Jr., Milton, Massachusetts

The lady’s secretary and bookcase was a cultural badge signifying a Boston lady of refinement and education during the Federal period. Mary Cleveland (Smith) Bryant (1784-1860) was such a lady. She had been well-educated as daughter of Rev. John Smith, a professor of Ancient and Middle Eastern Languages at Dartmouth College, and was widely read. It was probably purchased around the time of, or a few years after, her marriage in late 1807 to John Bryant III (1780-1865).… Read More

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