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

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

Heuer: The Timekeeper of Formula One

Wristwatches and automobile racing have been closely linked to each other since the early 20th century. In a sport so heavily reliant on speed and times, having an accurate and accessible timekeeper is paramount. Modern chronographs, the predecessor to the stopwatch, were created in the early 19th century and were primarily used for artillery. Through the 20th century, chronograph wristwatches transitioned for use into other activities such as diving, submarine maneuvering, and airplane piloting.… Read More

My Grandfather’s Clock: The Many Names of This Floor-standing Timekeeper

To a small child, the stately “Grandfather clock” standing majestically in the corner more closely resembles a furniture skyscraper than a timekeeper.  The iconic term “Grandfather clock” brings to mind antiquity, beautiful furniture, and mechanical marvels. But it is not the way scholars refer to these clocks. In fact, the name came from a popular song.

Henry Clay Work’s “Grandfather’s Clock/Song and Chorus” came out in 1876. To the background sounds of a clock ticking, the four-verse song included the lines: “My Grandfather’s Clock was too large for the shelf, so it stood ninety years on the floor…It was bot’ on the morn of day he was born, and was always his treasure and pride…But the clock stopped short, never to go again when the old man died.” This was a simpler time, without television, computers, or mobile phones to occupy people’s time, and the sheet music for this song sold over 800,000 copies!… Read More