Skinner

American auction house Skinner has been trading since the 1960s and, in addition to their flagship Boston saleroom, they also operate from Marlborough, Massachusetts; Coral Gables, Florida and New York City.

Skinner hold regular sales across the year and maintain specialist categories in areas including American, Indian and ethnographic art, antique dolls, Judaica, textiles & couture and musical instruments.


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Strong supply of Wedgwood and Staffordshire among English ceramics at Boston sale

10 February 2020

A good range of 18th and 19th century English ceramics is included in Skinner’s February 14 sale of European furniture and decorative arts in Boston.

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George Tinworth plaque stages a Shakespeare show in terracotta

27 January 2020

This Doulton Lambeth terracotta plaque by George Tinworth will be included in the ceramics section of Skinner’s February 14 sale of European furniture and decorative arts in Boston.

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Rare example of chameleon stone alexandrite sells at Skinner

27 January 2020

According to a popular story, alexandrite, one of the three main varieties of chrysoberyl, was discovered in the Urals by the Finnish mineralogist Nils Gustaf Nordenskiöld (1792-1866) and named in honour of the future Tsar Alexander II of Russia.

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Gifford takes the Grand Tour

20 January 2020

A picture of a famous Italian Grand Tour view by one of the best-regarded artists of the American Hudson River school of painting is one of the highlights of a sale at Skinner in Boston on January 24.

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Boston enjoys the Etruscan revival

30 September 2019

Among the best known of Castellani’s essays in the archaeological revival style is this ‘Etruscan’ gold and glass grapevine pattern necklace.

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Late career portrait by Jean-Baptiste Greuze emerges at Skinner

16 September 2019

A portrait of an unidentified young man by the 18th century French artist Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725-1805) will feature in the auction to be held by Skinner in Boston on September 27.

Wedgwood Fairyland lustre vase

Fairyland lustre still sparkles from the rostrum

29 July 2019

The market for Wedgwood ceramics may not be as bullish as it was three decades ago but this range of wares, produced from the First World War through the interwar period, continues to enjoy some of the strongest demand for the factory’s products which stretch across two and a half centuries.

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Signed photo is a Curie curiosity

17 June 2019

Bid to a much higher than expected $23,000 (£17,970) in a Massachusetts auction was the signed photograph of Marie Curie shown here.

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John Singer Sargent later watercolours raise a combined $220,000 at Boston sale

20 May 2019

The American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is best known for the high-society ‘swagger’ portraits that had earned him fame and fortune, but the watercolours he produced in greater number are more commonly available at auction.

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Micromosaic panels in two US auctions

13 May 2019

These two 19th century micromosaic panels feature in different US auctions this month.

John Singer Sargent watercolour

Fresh-to-market John Singer Sargent watercolours emerge at Skinner auction

09 May 2019

Two watercolours by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) that have been in a private American collection for nearly a century have emerged will be offered at an auction in Boston this week. One of them was described in the artist’s catalogue raisonée as “one of the most subtle and beautiful of Sargent’s architectural studies”.

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Wedgwood vases offered at Boston auction

18 March 2019

On April 13 Skinner in Boston is holding one of its periodic sales of European furniture, silver and ceramics. Wedgwood is almost always a feature of these auctions and the latest is no exception.

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Asia Week New York auction highlights including the Chenn Family collection of Chinese paintings at Heritage Auctions

11 March 2019

A selection of highlights from auctions being held either as part of or timed to coincide with Asia Week New York.

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Henry Moore makes matters confusing

25 February 2019

An original drawing by Henry Moore (1898-1986) – which the artist labelled as a lithograph – was among the top-sellers of European art at Skinner (23/20/12% buyer’s premium) in Boston.

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The many ‘fearless’ faces of Edith Weber: highlights from the jewellery sale at Skinner in Boston

11 February 2019

The opening 96 lots of the sale at Skinner (23% buyer’s premium) in Boston on December 4 were from the stock of the former New York dealership Edith Weber Antique Jewelry.

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Detective fiction trailblazer equals Edgar Allan Poe record

17 December 2018

‘The Fall of the House of Usher’, ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, ‘The Mystery of the Marie Roget’ and ‘The Purloined Letter’ are among now famous works that are to be found in the newly discovered first issue copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales shown below.

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Rare Native American pipe offered in Boston

12 November 2018

A North-west Coast Tlingit pipe in the form of a bear will be offered at an upcoming auction in Boston.

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Van Cleef & Arpels in tune at Skinner

12 November 2018

This novel 14ct gold, cabochon emerald, diamond, and ruby brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels carries an estimate of $5000-7000 at Skinner of Boston’s sale of Important Jewelry on December 4.

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Autumn 2018: Auction previews in the US from Boston to California

17 September 2018

With buying opportunities proliferating across the US this autumn, ATG picks out a selection of highlights appearing at auctions from Boston to California.

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Bard doubts and beastly beliefs

27 August 2018

Briefly noted in ATG No 2353 was a copy of Through the Looking Glass sold for £30,000 at Sotheby’s (25/20/12.9%) on July 10, where it was part of the eighth and latest sale of books from ‘The Library of an English Bibliophile’.

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