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Americana Exceptionalism

A legacy of beauty, ingenuity, and craftsmanship in Skinner’s August Americana auctions

Rare Early Red-painted Pine Hanging Cupboard with Glazed Watch Window and Silver Pocket Watch, 18th century (Lot 28, Estimate: $4,000-6,000)

Skinner’s tradition of notable Americana sales continues with auctions on August 12 & 13 and an online auction August 6-14.  The two-day and online sales comprise nearly 1500 lots of fine American folk art, furniture, ceramics, and maritime antiques.  Day 1 kicks off the auction with two outstanding collections, the Collection of Gail and Don Piatt and the Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art, Part I.  The Piatt collection features a delightful array of fine country antiques with an emphasis on early New Hampshire painted furniture, samplers, lighting, decorative arts, and painted miniature smalls.  Highlights include:

Watercolor Lipe-Lambert Family Record, William Murray, Vermont, 1806 (Lot 278, Estimate: $6,,000-8,000)

The Kern collection is encyclopedic in its representation of New England folk art.… Read More

What to Collect: Contemporary Folk Art

James Eaton Polychrome Metal Weathervane Sculpture, America, 2002 (Lot 4, Estimate: $800-1,200)

The objects of everyday life, folk art, are the carved and decorated objects (weathervanes, whirligigs, and paintings) often made outside of urban areas by itinerant or self-taught artists and craftspeople. These naive and sometimes primitive objects are often colorful, highly individual and whimsical interpretations of utilitarian or decorative forms.… Read More

Country Americana and Studio Art online at Skinner in October

James Eaton Polychrome Metal Weathervane Sculpture, America, 2002 (Lot 4, Estimate: $800-1,200)

BOSTON, MA – Skinner is hosting a live auction featuring Country Americana on Thursday, November 17 and a Studio Art online auction November 10 through November 18. Interested bidders are invited to view items and meet with specialists in person on November 15 and November 16 or anytime online.

Highlights featured in Country Americana on November 17:

♦ A selection of carved polychrome contemporary folk art, including historical and whimsical figures and weathervanes.… Read More

Skinner to Auction Compelling Selection of American Furniture and Decorative Arts on March 2

Auction to Feature Folk Art from the Collection of Edith Halpert and Chinese Export Porcelain from the Collection of Peter Rosenberg

BOSTON, MA – February 19, 2014 – A fine selection of American antique furniture and historic art, including a rare Paul Revere, Jr. drawing, in addition to property formerly in the collection of folk art pioneer Edith Halpert, will be offered at Skinner, Inc.’s American Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction on March 2nd.… 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.

Antique Weathervanes, Part II: Folk Art or Not?

When you see a nice rooster or running horse weathervane with great original surface, you might comment, “What fabulous folk art!” In reality, most antique weathervanes that collectors buy and sell were actually manufactured in large quantities and marketed to the general public. These weathervanes do not fit the traditional definition of folk art, or objects made by a person who wasn’t academically trained working in an isolated area.