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Antique Weathervanes, Part III: Function and Form

Americana, folk art, sculpture, historical documents, cultural markers, scientific tools, advertising devices: weathervanes are all of these. Since the 1970s, they have been increasingly sought after by collectors, and in recent years many vanes have brought five- and six-figure prices. A few have sold for millions. The present record price is $5.8 million for an Indian Chief vane sold at auction in 2006. But records are meant to be broken…

However beautiful, whimsical, historically significant, or imaginative a weathervane may be, it is fundamentally utilitarian.… Read More

Auction Preview: American Furniture & Decorative Arts at Skinner

BOSTON, MA, February 12, 2019 – Skinner will present a live auction of Americana in our Boston Gallery on March 2nd. The auction features 465 lots representing a broad offering of American Furniture, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts from collections across the country.

Presidential Portraits and George Washington

A compelling group of material relating to George Washington, from various consignors, speaks to Washington’s widespread popularity and influence before his death in 1799, and the decades of reverence for his memory after it.… Read More

Antique Weathervanes, Part I: Horses, Roosters, and Cars… Oh My!

Collectors of American antiques love weathervanes. In fact, people love them so much that during the 60s and 70s antique weathervanes started disappearing from roofs across America. Thieves were stealing the valuable vanes in the middle of the night. I heard stories of weathervanes being stolen away by helicopter – they swooped down and lifted weathervanes off of barn roofs.