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Charles Paine Fisher: A True Renaissance Man

Guest blog post contributed by the family of Charles P. Fisher. The Estate of Charles P. Fisher will be offered at auction in Boston on October 27, 2013. 

Charles Paine Fisher, or Charlie, as we always called him, was a true Renaissance Man. He developed a plethora of interests and skills, ranging from music to silversmithy, and had a scholar’s thirst for understanding important objects that had descended in his family.

The Fisher family history is full of New England luminaries.… 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

Stellar Examples of American Furniture and Decorative Arts at Auction on October 27

BOSTON, MA – October 1, 2013 – Numerous examples of fine, newly discovered furniture, decorative arts and Folk Art – including two important single-owner collections – will be auctioned at Skinner, Inc.’s American Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction, on October 27.

An Ohio Collection of American Folk Art

Skinner is pleased to offer an exceptional, single-owner collection, featuring a small group of objects gathered over more than forty years by a Midwestern couple.… Read More