American Antiques

From formal and fine to witty and whimsical, Skinner’s American antiques include folk art, furniture, portraiture, marine arts, ceramics and other objects of merit that represent the best of American material culture.



The collecting area known as American antiques is as broad and culturally diverse as the United States of America. These rare and often historically important works of art tell the rich story of early America in object form. Fine American furniture, folk art, ceramics, portraiture, and marine arts are the material culture of both average American citizens and historical figures from the past few centuries. These objects not only helped to define iconic American taste, they also tell us who early Americans were, how they lived, what they valued, who their heroes were, and what they aspired to become, both as individuals and as a nation.

Great American antiques can be formal or funky, fanciful or plain. They’re often refined, though sometimes rustic. They can be boldly stylized and wild with color, or soft and subdued in their appeal. But they are always beautiful.

Skinner understands this beauty. We realize both the historical significance of these American treasures and their true value in today’s highly competitive worldwide marketplace. Skinner boasts an impressive track record for consistently achieving world record prices for American antiques at auction, including American furniture, folk art, portraiture, ceramics and textiles.

Skinner Executive Vice President and American Furniture & Decorative Arts director Stephen Fletcher is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most respected experts in appraising American antiques. His love and appreciation for these objects and his passion for working with people shows in his dedication to his craft, and in the highly personalized service he provides to his clients.

Stephen and his team in Skinner’s American Furniture & Decorative Arts department have helped thousands of collectors realize the full value of their American collections at auction. Whether you have one great piece of Americana, or a home steeped in American history, contact Skinner to discuss consigning your American antiques at auction.


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