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New England Collects Europe: Skinner’s Fall Victoriana Auction 

Marlborough, MA – September 27, 2021 – Skinner presents A Gilded Age: New England Collects Europe, an online auction open for bidding September 27th through October 7th. The sale provides a snapshot of eclectic 19th century tastes in furniture and decorative arts. Headlining the sale is a curated selection from the Townshend Estate of New Haven, Connecticut, featuring Victorian furniture, fine paintings, and European porcelain. In addition, a collection from a New England institution features Russian and Viennese enamels, fine art glass highlighted by Webb and Tiffany, bronze sculpture, and a selection of Asian works of art. … Read More

How to Buy American Victorian Furniture: A Guide for New Collectors

Victorian Furniture | Ebonized Mahogany Chair

I’m seeing a trend in the Boston area when it comes to Victorian homes. Home-buying opportunities abound, and I’ve met more than a few “young collectors” who speak admiringly of the ornate woodwork, beautiful hardwood floors and unique build-ins of their new Victorian homes. Although they realize they purchased gems, what they might not have thought about is how affordable it is to furnish their new homes with period designs.

I’ve overheard it said that Victorian antiques and Boston don’t agree – but that’s certainly not true in my experience. New York City housed the biggest powerhouses of design and manufacture in latter part of the 19th century, including Herter Brothers and Pottier & Stymus, but Boston had plenty of purchasing power, and museums and collections are plentiful here. Most importantly for collectors, great buys can be had if you know what to look for.

The Market for Victoriana: A Variety of Affordable Antiques

Discovery auctions at Skinner are eclectic [link to prior blog post]. Among the antique furniture, estate jewelry, silver, and collectibles, you’ll always find a wide a variety of Victoriana: materials produced during the Victorian period (1837-1901) that reflect the design ethos of the time.