The classic serape was the culmination of a century and a half of progress and growth in Navaho textile tradition. The Navajo learned to weave during the latter part of the 17th century from the Pueblos, who had been weaving cotton and other fabrics for hundreds of years. When the Spanish settled in the Southwest (from 1598) they introduced European treadle looms, Churro sheep to supply wool, and blue indigo dye. Churro wool and indigo blue soon became a part of the Pueblo weaving tradition.… Read More
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BID ONLINE MARCH 24–31, 2020
The Lankton Collection, an auction comprising approximately 575 pieces of African Art includes a wide range of tribal groups and object types, from masks, small figures, fiber, utilitarian objects, and large sculpture. A particular emphasis is on works from the Baule and Senufo peoples of the Ivory Coast; the Dogon from Mali; masks and sculptures from the diverse cultures of the Congo.… Read More
MARLBOROUGH, MA – July 5, 2018 – Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce a Tribal Art online auction, with bidding open through July 11, 2018. With a breadth of material spanning the globe; tribal cultures from American Indian, pre-Columbian, African, Oceanic, South-East Asian, and more are available for bidding in an online auction format.
The Tribal Art online auction includes significant artifacts from including Inuit and Northwest Coast tribal groups; from the Amazon; a large number from Africa ranging from ceremonial face masks, figures, weapons and jewelry; a large Oceanic contingent of material from New Guinea jewelry to Polynesian pre-contact stone tools and weapons; and a group of Pre-Columbian ceramic figures and vessels.… Read More
BOSTON, MA (November 20, 2017) – Michael Evans joins Skinner as the new Director of Tribal Arts. He brings global experience of many kinds to one of the most international of Skinner’s specialty departments, which offers a rich variety of art, artifacts, and decorative objects from American Indian, African, Inuit, Oceanic and Asian tribal cultures.
Evans was born and raised in New Zealand, where he completed his undergraduate and graduate studies with a concentration in art history.… Read More
The African art offered in the online auction which runs from June 15 to June 23 is from the collection of Gordon Lankton of Clinton, Massachusetts. An engineer by profession, long-time CEO of a major plastic injection molding company and founder of the Museum of Russian Icons, Lankton is also a life-long collector.
His extensive holdings of African art are the culmination of a wide-ranging collecting career that has included coins (American pennies with an example for every year back to 1794); World War II posters; cast-iron toy cars; and the largest private collection of Russian icons in the country.… Read More
BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of American Indian & Ethnographic Art at 10AM on December 1 in its Boston gallery, featuring a wide range of weavings, pottery, baskets, pre-Colombian art, and objects from the Northeast woodlands, as well as an impressive collection of American Plains Indian material. The auction includes a standout selection of Paiute beaded baskets from The George and Jackie Bernheimer Collection.… Read More
BOSTON, MA – January 20, 2016 – Skinner is proud present a single-owner auction of The Van Kirke and Helen Nelson Collection of American Indian Art on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 10AM in its Boston gallery.
Dr. Van Kirke Nelson (1931–2015) and Helen Nelson
“Van Kirke Nelson was a USC college student working as a camp counselor on the shores of Flathead Lake when he discovered the West—its wildness, its history, and its people. Over the next seven decades, he and his wife Helen undertook a serious lifelong study of the diverse cultures and histories represented by the art, artifacts and Americana they collected.… Read More
MARLBOROUGH, MA – November 4, 2015 – Skinner is hosting a live auction of Country Americana in its Marlborough, MA Gallery on Thursday, November 19th at 10:00 a.m. and an online only auction of Studio & Tribal Art with bidding open from November 12th through the 20th. Both auctions may be previewed in person at the Marlborough Gallery on November 17th and 18th or online at any time.
Country Americana auctions feature the furniture and domestic items of 18th and 19th century America such as furniture and objects with original colorful paint surfaces, Chippendale and Federal period furniture, folk art, quilts, coverlet and carpets, stoneware, export porcelains, glass and more.… Read More
Marlborough, Mass. – December 30, 2014– Skinner, Inc. will hold an auction of American Indian & Tribal Art—Online beginning January 6, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. EST and concluding on January 15, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. EST. Ideal for both seasoned and new collectors, the sale features a variety of items ranging from Plains Indian beadwork and Navajo jewelry and textiles to New Guinea artifacts and prehistoric stone material.
Tribal art offerings include several fine utilitarian items from New Guinea, including Lime containers made of bamboo, gourd, and bone (Lots 28, 29). … Read More
For those who love history, there is often nothing as satisfying as owning an historical artifact. Whether it is fine art or a practical tool, we learn about history and our collective past through material culture. Interacting with an historical artifact can bring about excitement and awe, especially if the piece has a compelling story behind it.
Skinner regularly offers objects with interesting provenance at auction. In our American Indian & Ethnographic Art auction on September 6, 2014, one piece in particular stands out: a rare, historic glass arrowhead (Lot 189, Estimate $7,000 – $9,000) made by Ishi, the last surviving member of the Yahi tribe in California.… Read More