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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Skinner brings a touch of colour

11 September 2017

The coloured stones market remains strong, so Skinner can expect strong international competition for an antique sapphire pendant brooch (below) in Boston on September 19.

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Polikoff ceramics collection comes up at Boston auction

19 June 2017

On July 13 Boston saleroom Skinner will be offering the Victor & Muriel Polikoff Collection comprising nearly 300 lots of 18th and early 19th century ceramics.

Rich seams for dealers and auctioneers from Portuguese ‘golden period’

18 April 2017

From noble jewels to semi-precious gems, a show in May will celebrate a ‘golden period’ of Portuguese jewellery in the 18th century. Here we preview the exhibition and then present other recent and forthcoming sale highlights.

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Boston outshines New York with $22m vase

22 September 2014

The US staged a raft of dedicated Asian auctions in New York salerooms and beyond last week. Top lot as ATG went to press was this 2ft 10½in (88cm) high fencai vase from the Qianlong period with a six-character turquoise Qianlong mark to the base when it sold for $22m (£14.2m) hammer at Skinner (23/20/12% buyer’s premium) in Boston on September 17.

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Jensen jewellery shines in Boston

18 September 2014

This silver and labradorite floral necklace designed by Georg Jensen c.1915 sold for $17,000 (£10,970) at a recent auction held by Skinner of Boston.

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London-made lathe takes $190,000 in Massachusetts

10 January 2013

A rare Holtzapffel & Company rose engine lathe turned a few heads at Skinner’s recent Science, Technology and Clocks sale to take $190,000 (£124,185) as the top lot of the day.

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The high art of the weathervane

30 August 2012

Weathervanes have always been at the pinnacle of aspirations for collectors of American folk art.

Skinner launch online-only fixed-time auction platform

16 April 2012

LEADING US regional saleroom Skinner are to launch an online-only auction platform.

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Turning lathe at $55,000 in US sale

15 August 2011

THIS Holtzapffel & Deyerlein ornamental turning lathe made in London c.1827 came up for sale at Skinner in Marlborough, Massachusetts in a Science, Technology and Clocks sale.

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The $80,000 Italian Boston tea party

17 January 2011

ESTIMATED at $20,000-30,000, this Vezzi porcelain octagonal teapot and cover attracted great interest among European buyers at the latest sale held by Skinner in Boston.

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Frog service remnant jumps to $46,000

17 August 2009

THE so-called Frog Service made by Wedgwood for Catherine the Great was one of the most prestigious creations by the Staffordshire entrepreneur and one that helped forge his international reputation.

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Evidence that Avarice pays

08 May 2009

THE deadly sin of avarice was the theme of this large 16th century Flemish tapestry, but the warning failed to temper the desire of bidders when it came up at Skinner's most recent sale of European furniture and decorative arts in Boston in the USA on April 11.

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Tiffany and Walters prove key links in the $350,000 chain

23 March 2009

AN impressive example of Renaissance revivalism seen at Boston-based auction house Skinner on March 17 combined blue chip-names in both provenance and maker.

Ex-employee charged with stealing from Skinner

13 January 2009

A former long-term employee of New England auctioneers Skinner has been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly stealing over $724,000 worth of cash and auctioned property.

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The $180,000 Beardsley that hung in a Boston bathroom

24 November 2008

FOUND hanging in a Boston bathroom, the whereabouts of this Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) illustration had been a mystery for more than 80 years. Entitled The Climax, and hanging in the lavatory alongside another Beardsley pen-and-ink drawing called A Platonic Lament, the owners had no idea of its significance.

Skinner announce Marlborough move

26 August 2008

East Coast auctioneer Skinner are to move their suburban headquarters from Bolton to Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Bottoms up in Boston

03 September 2007

Following Christie’s decision to hold liquor sales in New York, Boston auctioneer Skinner is to launch a wine department.

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Estimate knocked into an $85,000 official’s hat

29 September 2004

HIGH spot of the Asian works of art section of Skinners’ July 17 sale in Boston was an $85,000 (£49,945) bid on a pair of 16th/17th century, cane-seated hardwood ‘Official’s Hat’ chairs from the collection of Professor James Hightower. In a post-sale announcement, Skinners Asian specialist described them as “quintessential examples... and undoubtedly the finest pair of hat chairs to have come on the market in decades”.

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Boston dinner party

09 September 2004

THE biggest surprise in the July 17 sale held by Skinners of Boston was provided by a pair of Chinese chairs, but the pair of 3 7/8in (10cm) high, Wedgwood & Bentley blue jasper portrait medallions of c.1779 right, depicting William Penn & Benjamin Franklin, also did well.

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American Impressionists in Paris

16 June 2004

TWO of the more successful lots from a May 14 sale of American and European pictures held in Boston by Skinners are seen here.

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