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Superb Private Collections Highlight European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction at Skinner This January

Selection of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Lots on Offer

Selection of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Lots on Offer

BOSTON, MA – December 19, 2014 – Skinner kicks off the new year with a robust auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts on January 10th in Boston. From several important private collections, including the Stillwell Collection of Doulton, Part II, in addition to a wonderful selection of Fine Silver, more Fine Ceramics, furniture, paintings, glass and sculpture, discover an array of treasures to add to a collection or enhance your space.

Fine Ceramics

On the heels of its first auction of the Stillwell Collection of Doulton in October, Skinner is pleased to offer Part II of this remarkable assemblage. Captivated by the beauty and artistry of the late 19th and early 20th century, collectors Linda and Al Stillwell gathered exceptional vases and figures in highly decorated Doulton stoneware from all over the globe, including numerous examples by celebrated artists such as George Tinworth and Hannah and Florence Barlow.

A large Martin Brothers Stoneware “Wally” Bird Jar and Cover, England, 1882 (Lot 218, estimated between $10,000 and $15,000) is sure to excite in its first appearance at auction. Also highlighting the auction’s largely English offerings in fine ceramics are strong collections of Wedgwood: the Barron Collection; the Twinight Collection, and two private Midwest collections of Fairyland Lustre.

German porcelain includes a striking, late 19th/early 20th century hand-painted plaque depicting Mary Magdalene, after Pietro Antonio Rotari (Lot 596, $800 to $1,200), in addition to an extensive Meissen Blue Onion pattern dinner service (Lot 275, $900 to $1,300).

The Estate of Sir Alasdair Munro of Lindertis, BT

Skinner presents the opportunity to own a piece of a Scottish castle with The Estate of Sir Alasdair Thomas Ian Munro. Munro (1927-2014). The sixth Baronet of Lindertis was born in London and moved to Vermont in the mid-20th century, where he became an importer of Scottish antiques and the director of the St. Andrew’s Society of Vermont. An intriguing 18th century collection, the assortment features over fifty lots of furniture, fine porcelain and family portraits.

Mildred Watkins Sterling Silver and Enamel Box, Cleveland, Ohio, mid-20th century (Lot 130, Estimate $2,000-$4,000)

Mildred Watkins Sterling Silver and Enamel Box, Cleveland, Ohio, mid-20th century (Lot 130, Estimate $2,000-$4,000)

Fine Silver

More than 160 lots of American, English, Russian and Continental silver shine in the January auction. Leading a section of American silver are examples from Tiffany & Co., including two inscribed silver presentation pieces, c. 1864, given to Capt. D.B. Barton of the Steamship Columbia (Lot 66, $800 to $1,200); a beautiful custom-made Gebelein sterling silver flatware service, Boston, c. 1934 (Lot 114, $5,000 to $7,000); as well as a sterling silver and enamel box by well-known mid-century Cleveland silversmith Mildred Watkins (Lot 130, $2,000 to $4,000).

Russian silver is well-represented by two colorful pieces of enameled silver by Feodor Rückert (Lots 60 and 61, $500 to $700 and $1,000 to $1,500). Strong continental silver includes a six-piece Jean Puiforcat .950 Silver Tea and Coffee Service, Paris, c. 1925 (Lot 46, $12,000 to $18,000), while a pair of George II Sterling Silver Bowls, 1747-48, highlights English silver at auction (Lot 2, $2,000 to $4,000).

Joseph Auguste Rousselin (French, 19th Century), La Foire de la St.-Martin à Pau (Lot 459, Estimate $30,000-$50,000)

Joseph Auguste Rousselin (French, 19th Century), La Foire de la St.-Martin à Pau (Lot 459, Estimate $30,000-$50,000)

Furniture & Decorative Arts

An excellent selection of 80 lots of furniture is led by an attractive, late 19th century Herter Brothers Aesthetic Movement rosewood mirrored dresser (Lot 567, $3,000 to $5,000)  and two mid- to late- 19th century Anglo-Indian rosewood pieces (Lots 739 and 740, $2,000 to $3000 and $1,000 to $1,500).

Two large-scale oil paintings on offer  include Joseph Auguste Rousselin’s  La Foire de la St.-Martin à Pau, 1885 (Lot 459, $30,000 to 50,000) and Georges de Geetére’s The Harem Guard (Lot 732, $20,000 to 30,000).

Among exquisite glass items at auction are a set of eight 18th century English stained lead glass panels depicting the tale of Robin Hood (Lot 508, $2,000 to 4,000). Exceptional sculpture and bronze figures – exemplified by a Charles-Rene Saint-Marceaux seated figure (Lot 649, $800 to $1,200) – round out the auction’s decorative arts offerings.

Previews, Catalog and Bidding

Previews for the auction are free and open to the public, and will be held on Thursday, January 8, from noon to 5 P.M., and Friday, January 9, from noon to 8 P.M. Illustrated Catalog #2776B is available from the Subscription Department, at 508-970-3240, or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online, at www.skinnerinc.com, both during and after the sale. The Skinner website enables users to view every lot in the auction, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in realtime, through SkinnerLive!

About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, Asian art, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, as well as in Coral Gables, Florida, with bidders participating in person, by phone, and online. Join auctions live with SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at www.skinnerinc.com, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

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Contacts

Stuart Slavid
Director of European Furniture & Decorative Arts
508-970-3203
european@skinnerinc.com

Stylish Living in New York City: The Greenberg and Faraminian Collection

After Albert Ernest Carrier Belluse (French, 1824-1887)   L'enlevement D'hippodame (The Rape of Hippodamia) (Lot 246)

After Albert Ernest Carrier Belluse (French, 1824-1887) L’enlevement D’hippodame (Lot 246)

An army veteran, Dr. Jesse Greenberg graduated from Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine in Chicago in 1954. His partner, William Faraminian, pursued a career with the United Nations. Dr. Greenberg and Mr. Faraminian split their time between New Jersey and an apartment on Sutton Place in New York City, where they stayed as they enjoyed the ballet, opera, and the arts.

In addition to these interests, Dr. Greenberg and Mr. Faraminian strongly supported the gay rights movement as it progressed from the aftermath of the Stonewall riots towards equality, knowing full well the risk to their careers in medicine and diplomacy.

At New York auctions and during their travels all over the world, Dr. Greenberg and Mr. Faraminian amassed and treasured an extraordinary collection over the course of half a century. The decision had been made to disband this collection, a celebration of their love of art as well as their commitment to each other for over fifty years.

I arrived at their home on a rainy day a few months ago. My first impression was of stepping back in time, into a collector’s apartment of decades ago: classical marble statuary; elegant French furniture, including a pair of Louis XVI Bergeres signed “J.B. Boulard;” and muscular bronzes by Moigniez, Plazzotta, and Carrier Belluse.

Further exploration revealed other treasures: important English and continental sterling silver; a Napoleon III bronze-mounted alabaster mantel clock; an ancient-style glass vessel, incongruously ensconced in its own velvet-lined giltwood Georgian-style case.

George IV Irish Sterling Silver Tray, bearing marks for Dublin, 1825-26 (Lot 231)

George IV Irish Sterling Silver Tray, 1825-26 (Lot 231)

Pair of Louis XVI Painted and Upholstered Bergeres, Paris, c. 1770 (Lot 290)

Pair of Louis XVI Painted and Upholstered Bergeres, Paris, c. 1770 (Lot 290)

The couple clearly collected with an informed eye and recognized quality when they saw it. As I examined their treasures, I wished that I could have known these two gentlemen, and I feel privileged that Skinner has the opportunity to present their New York City collection at auction.

Please join us for the previews on October 9-10, and for the auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts on Saturday, October 11, 2014 in Boston.

The interior of Dr. Jesse Greenberg and William Faraminian's New York City apartment

The interior of Dr. Jesse Greenberg and William Faraminian’s New York City apartment

Fine Collections of Silver, Ceramics, Porcelain and More Highlight Skinner Auction on October 11

Selections from The Freedland Collection of Yachting Trophies

Selections from The Freedland Collection of Yachting Trophies

BOSTON, MA – September 23, 2014  Skinner, Inc. announces its October 11th auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, showcasing over 700 lots, many hailing from exceptional private collections, including a West Coast collection of silver yachting trophies; a New York City collection featuring French furniture and silver; Part I of the Stillwell Collection of Doulton, and more.

Stuart Slavid, Director of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, observed, “Passionate collectors meticulously gathered these objects over many years. We’re pleased to offer such a fine group of important collections this October.”

The Freedland Collection of Yachting Trophies

A private West Coast collection will appeal to yachting and sailing enthusiasts. Over one hundred lots of trophies represent the golden age of yachting in America and some of its most prestigious races and clubs. The majority of trophies were crafted in sterling silver by important makers such as Tiffany, Gorham and Whiting.

Consignor Steve Freedland noted, “I always felt that these trophies told a history of early America and the pastime of some of its most storied families, such as the Vanderbilts, the Morgans, and the Whitneys. I am hopeful that the new owners of these treasures will appreciate them for their history and enjoy owning them as much as I have.”

The most significant examples in this collection are dated from the late 19th century, with the earliest trophy from 1853: an S. Kirk & Son .917 silver New York Yacht Club trophy (Lot 111, estimated between $1,000 and $1,500).

On October 9th, Skinner will host a special lecture by Kurt Hasselbalch, curator of the Hart Nautical Collection at the MIT Museum. Hasselbalch will discuss the legacy of premier yacht builder and mechanical engineer Nathaniel Greene Herreshoff, who designed and built every America’s Cup winner from 1893 to 1920. Many of Herreschoff’s prize-winning crafts are represented by trophies in this auction.

 Pair of Louis XVI Painted and Upholstered Bergeres, Paris, c. 1770 (Lot 290, Estimate $8,000-$12,000)

Pair of Louis XVI Painted and Upholstered Bergeres, Paris, c. 1770 (Lot 290, Estimate $8,000-$12,000)

The Dr. Jesse Greenberg and William Faraminian Collection

Skinner will present nearly 100 lots of French furniture, British and continental silver, art bronzes, and decorative objects from the Dr. Jesse Greenberg and William Faraminian Collection. Dr. Greenberg and his partner Mr. Faraminian amassed a collection at their Upper East Side apartment over the course of half a century, collecting pieces at New York auctions and elsewhere throughout the world. In addition to the arts, Dr. Greenberg and Mr. Faraminian strongly supported the gay rights movement as it progressed from the aftermath of the Stonewall riots toward equality. This collection celebrates their love of art as well as their commitment to each other for over fifty years.

Signed French furniture by important makers is well represented by a pair of Louis XVI painted and upholstered bergeres by Jean Baptiste Boulard circa 1770 (Lot 290, $8,000 to $12,000) in addition to a Louis XV/XVI transitional tulipwood-veneered and lacquer-mounted occasional table, signed by Roger Vandercruse Lacroix (Lot 256, $800 to $1,200). A lovely, oval George III sterling silver monteith (Lot 250, $2,000 to $3,000) highlights English and continental silver available in the collection.

 Pair of Aesthetic-style Yellow Ground  Porcelain Palace Vases, England/France, 19th century (Lot 476, Estimate $10,000-$15,000)

Pair of Aesthetic-style Yellow Ground Porcelain Palace Vases, England/France, 19th century (Lot 476, Estimate $10,000-$15,000)

Fine Silver & Ceramics

Additional examples of fine silver at auction include a spectacular six-piece Kidney, Cann & Johnson coin silver tea and coffee service (Lot 45, $8,000 to $10,000). Standout Tiffany & Co. and Georg Jensen silver will also be offered.

Several superb private collections showcase pottery, ceramics, and porcelain. The Stillwell Collection of Doulton, Part I, comprises over 100 lots of stoneware, porcelain, and other ceramics. Captivated by the beauty and artistry of late 19th and early 20th century Doulton Lambeth and Burslem pottery and figurines, collectors Linda and Al Stillwell gathered examples from all over the globe. Many objects in the collection are designed by known artists of Doulton: Hannah Barlow and her sister, Florence Barlow, Mark V. Marshall, and George Tinworth.

A private collection from the Estate of a Texas Gentleman features a 19th century pair of Aesthetic-style yellow ground porcelain palace vases (Lot 476, $10,000 to $15,000). Approximately 50 lots of Property from a Private New York Collection of Royal Copenhagen china and figurines will be offered. A Private New York Collection of Parian Figures rounds out the auction’s fine ceramics offerings, encompassing 15 figures made in England, France, and the United States.

Flemish Mythological Tapestry, Brussels, 17th century (Estimate $20,000-$25,000)

Flemish Mythological Tapestry, Brussels, 17th century (Estimate $20,000-$25,000)

Furniture & Decorative Arts

Among a selection of first-class furniture at auction is an English William IV rosewood- and calamander veneered games table, circa 1820, featuring gilded lion paw feet (Lot 348, $3,000 to $5,000). A French-made Napoleon III Sevres-style porcelain- and bronze-mounted center table (Lot 319, $8,000 to $12,000), from the Texas estate, is inset with a central plaque painted with a portrait of Louis XVI alongside 18 smaller plaques, including a portrait of Marie Antoinette.

Skinner will also spotlight an exceptional grouping of six tapestries, all in remarkable condition, including the auction’s top lot: a Flemish mythological tapestry from Brussels in the 17th century, depicting Zeus and Hera (Lot 343, $20,000 to $25,000).

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

Previews are free and open to the public, and will be held on Thursday, October 9, from noon to 5 PM, and Friday, October 10, from noon to 8 PM. Illustrated catalogs are available from the Subscription Department, at 508-970-3240, or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online at www.skinnerinc.com both during and after the sale. The Skinner website enables users to view every lot in the auction, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time, through SkinnerLive!

About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series Antiques Roadshow since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, and in Coral Gables, Florida, with an international audience of bidders participating in person, by phone, and online through the SkinnerLive! online bidding platform. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at www.skinnerinc.com, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @Skinnerinc.

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Contacts

Stuart Slavid
Director of European Furniture & Decorative Arts
508-970-3203
european@skinnerinc.com

Fine Marble, Silver, Ceramics and More Highlight Auction

BOSTON, MA – June 30, 2014  Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce its July 19th auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, featuring a diverse selection of treasures, including private collections of 19th century marble sculpture and ornamental table clocks, a robust offering of American and European furniture from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, fine silver, and fine ceramics by Meissen, Wedgwood, Royal Worcester and more.

Marble Sculpture

After Antonio Canova (Italian, 1757-1822), Pair of Carrara Marble Figures of the Pugilists Creugas and Damoxenos (Lot 246, Estimate $70,000-$90,000)

After Antonio Canova (Italian, 1757-1822), Pair of Carrara Marble Figures of the Pugilists Creugas and Damoxenos (Lot 246, Estimate $70,000-$90,000)

A stellar collection of 19th Century Marble Sculpture at auction on July 19th offers larger-than-life appeal, highlighted by an important pair of seven-foot-tall Carrara marble figures of pugilists after Antonio Canova, signed “Morelli e Rinaldi” (Lot 246, estimated between  $70,000 and $90,000). Another pair of the same stature, by the same makers, can be found at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. These monumental works in a classical style are just one example from a private Midwest collection which also includes a variety of high-quality, portrait busts depicting historical figures such as George Washington (Lot 272, $7,000 to $9,000), Napoleon (Lot 274, $2,000 to $4,000), Seneca (Lot 266, $2,500 to $3,500) and more.

Ornamental Clocks

Skinner will also spotlight nearly 50 lots of ornate Viennese Table Clocks from a private Southern collection. These eye-catching European clocks date from the last quarter of the 19th century and are sure to please for their handiwork and sheer decorative quality. Most are silver-gilt and enameled, mounted with precious and semi-precious gemstones, hardstones, and pearls.

Fine Silver

Fine Silver from around the world will be presented at auction, including American, English, Continental, Russian, South American, Mexican, and Asian silver. The section’s top lot is a Russian .875 Silver and Hardstone mounted Kovsh (Lot 63, $20,000 to $30,000), depicting Boyan, a popular figure with Russian Romantic artists. Tiffany & Co. is represented by several noteworthy offerings, including a Sterling Silver Epergne (Lot 81, $15,000 to $20,000) and an Olympian Pattern Sterling Silver Flatware Service (Lot 126, $10,000 to $15,000). A five-piece Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Tea and Coffee Service with the accompanying silver tray and tea strainer, with stand (Lot 57, $8,000 to $12,000) is also available. Collectors will enjoy a limited edition set of silver chess pieces representing figures from the American Revolution (Lot 32, $5,000 to $7,000). The Liberty set, made by the English silversmith James Goodbrand in 1973, arrives from the private Midwest collection referenced above.

Furniture

Wooton Renaissance Revival Walnut and Bird's-eye Maple Superior Grade Cabinet Secretary (Lot 319, $20,000-$40,000)

Wooton Renaissance Revival Walnut and Bird’s-eye Maple Superior Grade Cabinet Secretary (Lot 319, $20,000-$40,000)

Leading a strong section of furniture are two exceptional cabinet secretary desks, including a Superior Grade Wooton Renaissance Revival Cabinet Secretary (Lot 319, $20,000 to $40,000), made by the Indianapolis-based company in the late 19th century. Another highlight from the American Victorian period is Joseph Moore’s Office Queen Cabinet Secretary (Lot 366, $20,000 to $40,000). Moore was the general manager of Wooton Manufacturing Co. in 1876, but by 1878 he had patented his own “Cabinet Desk” and began working in direct competition with Wooton. According to Stuart Slavid, Director of European Furniture & Decorative Arts at Skinner, “Both of these cabinet secretary desks represent the top of the line from their era. The sophisticated craftsmanship evident in each – as well as their scarcity – makes these desks extremely collectible.” An Oak Tall Clock, retailed by H. Muhr’s & Sons, Philadelphia (Lot 327, $5,000 to $7,000) and seven-piece walnut parlor suite, in the manner of John Jelliff, including two armchairs, four side chairs, and a settee (Lot 335, $8,000 to $12,000), round out the selection of American Victorian furniture. This section also features a variety of furniture styles from England and Europe, including an Italian Pietra Dura and Pietra Paesina-inlaid Walnut Table Cabinet inlaid with fossils (Lot 515, $4,000 to $6,000).

Decorative Arts

Skinner will present over 30 lots of porcelain figures by Meissen, including two offerings of the German maker’s iconic Monkey Band Figures (Lot 701, $10,000 to $15,000 and Lot 605, $10,000 to $15,000). According to Stuart Slavid, “Meissen represents the height of German porcelain. The Monkey Band offerings at auction on July 19th are particularly desirable, as it’s quite rare to see these figures in such large groupings. Wedgwood also features prominently in this auction, with nearly 50 lots representing the variety of wares produced by the English maker spanning 250 years of production. Additional English works include a highly desirable Aesthetic teapot by Royal Worcester designed by R.W. Binns in the spirit of Oscar Wilde. This whimsical piece is molded with a mustachioed dandy on one side and his female companion on the reverse. (Lot 514, $7,000 to $9,000). Another standout offering of Royal Worcester porcelain are a pair of ewers hand-painted by Harry Davis, (Lot 505, $1,200 to $1,800). Skinner will also feature a Martin Brothers Miniature Stoneware Wally Bird Jar and Cover (Lot 526, $5,000 to $7,000) – a sought-after piece, as miniature ceramics by the maker are often hard to come by. Another exceptional offering is a cased presentation of the Kings of France, featuring 74 commemorative medallions depicting French rulers (Lot 650, $2,000 to $4,000).

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

Previews are free and open to the public, and will be held on Thursday, July 17, from noon to 5 PM, and Friday, July 18, from noon to 8 PM. Lot 246, a pair of Carrara Marble Figures of the Pugilists after Antonio Canova, is available for preview in Marlborough, MA by appointment only. Illustrated catalogs are available from the Subscription Department, at 508-970-3240, or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online at www.skinnerinc.com both during and after the sale. The Skinner website enables users to view every lot in the auction, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time, through SkinnerLive!

About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series Antiques Roadshow since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, and in Coral Gables, Florida, with an international audience of bidders participating in person, by phone, and online through the SkinnerLive! online bidding platform. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at www.skinnerinc.com, find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/skinnerauctions, or follow us on Twitter @Skinnerinc.

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Contacts

Stuart Slavid
Director of European Furniture & Decorative Arts
508-970-3203
european@skinnerinc.com

April Consignment Days in New England

Meet with Skinner appraiser Victoria Bratberg, Director of Fine Jewelry

Meet with Skinner appraiser Victoria Bratberg, Director of Fine Jewelry

Portland, Maine

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Skinner Announces April Auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts

Spotlighting Fine Silver and Souvenirs of the Grand Tour from the Collection of Thomas S. Holman

Russian Gem-set and Cloisonné Enameled .875 Silver Frame, Moscow, 1899-1908 (Lot 79, Estimate $14,000-$18,000)

Russian Gem-set and Cloisonné Enameled .875 Silver Frame, Moscow, 1899-1908 (Lot 79, Estimate $14,000-$18,000)

BOSTON, MA – March 19, 2014 On April 5, Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, featuring nearly 600 lots of objects from a variety of countries and periods, including fine silver and souvenirs of the Grand Tour from the Collection of Thomas S. Holman. Items range from English furniture to Russian silver and American cut glass to Austrian bronze figures.

According to Stuart Slavid, Director of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, “This auction features a broad range of fine objects representing various styles, time periods, and countries. It offers an excellent assortment of furniture and decorative arts for all collectors and connoisseurs.”

Collection of Thomas S. Holman

Skinner is pleased to offer approximately 100 lots of souvenirs of the Grand Tour from this private, Manhattan-based collection.

In the 18th and early 19th century, wealthy young Englishmen embarked on lengthy travels to the Continent, known as the Grand Tour. The voyage could last months or even years, and was intended to round out one’s education, which still emphasized a strong knowledge of Classical arts and architecture, languages, history, literature, and philosophy. Later in the 19th century, the advent of rail and steamship travel allowed more middle-class adventurers to continue the tradition of the Grand Tour.

Souvenirs of the Grand Tour from the Collection of Thomas S. Holman

Souvenirs of the Grand Tour from the Collection of Thomas S. Holman

Thomas S. Holman assembled his collection of souvenirs of the Grand Tour over the course of 42 years, beginning at the age of 18. His interest developed from his exposure to the ancient world through childhood trips to London, Paris, and Greece. He studied at Oxford University and the University of Vienna and traveled as an adult to Munich, Berlin, Italy, England, and France.

“It’s uncommon to see a grouping of Grand Tour items of this size, making this auction a tremendous opportunity for collectors,” said Leah Kingman, European Furniture & Decorative Arts Specialist.

Highlights from this fascinating collection include a number of Micromosaic-inlaid Paperweights, depicting several famous Italian landmarks and other relics (Lots 251-258, estimates range from $400-$600 to $1,000-$1,500); a Group of Bronze and Marble Models of Columns and Ruins (estimates range from $400-$600 to $2,000-$3,000); and a Selection of Grand Tour Ceramic Vessels (estimates range from $400-$600 to $1,000-$1,500).

Furniture & Decorative Arts

Spanish Baroque Gilt-metal and Bone-mounted Walnut Vargueno, 17th/18th century and later (Lot 468, Estimate $4,000-$6,000)

Spanish Baroque Gilt-metal and Bone-mounted Walnut Vargueno, 17th/18th century and later (Lot 468, Estimate $4,000-$6,000)

Desirable furniture offerings abound in this sale, including a Spanish Baroque Gilt-metal and Bone-mounted Walnut Vargueno, (Lot 468, $4,000 to $6,000).

This auction includes strong examples of fine English furniture, such as the Christopher Dresser for Coalbrookdale Cast Iron Hall Stand from Shropshire, England, circa 1880 (Lot 388, $2,000 to $4,000), as well as a Pair of George III Satinwood-veneered Gate-leg Games Tables from the late 18th century (Lot 455, $2,000 to $4,000).

Also available is an exceptional Extensive Meissen Blue Onion Dinner Service from Germany, circa 1900 (Lot 378, $7,000 to $9,000). A large, late 19th century Russian Iconostatis Icon Depicting the Mother of God of Galatea (Lot 321, $2,000 to $4,000) stands out, as does a beautifully-carved, white marble sculpture of a woman by Ferdinando Andreini, (Lot 481, $3,000 to $5,000).

Rounding out the auction’s decorative offerings is a strong group of bronze, including Gilbert William Bayes’ Greek Dancer, circa 1905, depicting a kneeling woman holding a large hoop (Lot 451, $3,000 to $5,000), as well as an Austrian Cold Painted Bronze Figure of a Persian Warrior from early 20th century (Lot 555, $4,000 to $6,000).

Fine Silver

Five-piece Victorian Sterling Silver Tea and Coffee Service, London, 1841-42 (Lot 27, Estimate $8,000-$12,000)

Five-piece Victorian Sterling Silver Tea and Coffee Service, London, 1841-42 (Lot 27, Estimate $8,000-$12,000)

Skinner will offer nearly 200 lots of silver on April 5, including selections from Russia, Austria, England, and the United States.

Russian highlights include a Gem-set and Cloissoné Enameled .875 Silver Frame, attributed to silversmith Orest Kurlyukov, 1899-1908 (Lot 79, $14,000 to $18,000); a late 19th/early 20th century Russian Icon with Gold-washed Silver Riza by Khlebnikov (Lot 76, $2,000 to $3,000); and a Russian Parcel-gilt .875 silver Trompe L’Oeil Sugar Box, circa 1887 (Lot 77, $3,000 to $5,000).

According to Slavid, “Russian silver is very desirable among collectors right now. We are pleased to offer several exquisite pieces which not only showcase excellent craftsmanship and design, but are also fresh to market.”

From Austria comes a Silver Flatware Service by J.C. Klinkosch (Lot 57, $8,000 to $12,000).  This extensive service, by a highly desirable maker, is in fine condition and comes with its original box.

A selection of English offerings includes a Five-piece Victorian Sterling Silver Tea and Coffee Service from London c.1841-1842 (Lot 27, $8,000 to $12,000), as well as a George III Sterling Silver Two-part Centerpiece, by Joseph Preedy, also from London, c. 1801-1802 (Lot 17, $4,000 to $6,000).

Examples of American silver span the continent. A Shreve & Co. 14k Golf and Golf Quartz Match Safe from San Francisco, CA, in the late 19th century be available (Lot 105, $800 to $1,200), as well as a group of ecclesiastical items from 20th century including a Gorham Gold-washed Sterling Silver Ciborium (Lot 191, $3,000 to $5,000). These pieces of ecclesiastical silver were individually commissioned by particular members of the clergy or local parishes, making each piece unique.

Additional highlights include a Ball, Black & Co. Egyptian Revival Sterling Silver Covered Tureen (Lot 94, $3,000 to $5,000), and a Pair of Maison Cardeilhac Art Deco .950 Silver, Ivory and Tortoiseshell Wine Coolers from Paris, circa 1930 (Lot 70, $18,000 to $22,000).

Previews, Catalog and Bidding

Previews for the auction will be held on Thursday, April 3, from noon to 5 P.M., and Friday, April 4, from noon to 8 P.M. Illustrated Catalog #2715B is available from the Subscription Department, at 508-970-3240, or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online, at www.skinnerinc.com, both during and after the sale. The Skinner website enables users to view every lot in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time, through SkinnerLive!

About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series Antiques Roadshow since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, with an international audience of bidders participating in person, by phone, and online through the SkinnerLive! online bidding platform. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at www.skinnerinc.com, find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/skinnerauctions, or follow us on Twitter @Skinnerinc.

 

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Contacts

Stuart Slavid
Director of European Furniture & Decorative Arts
508-970-3203
european@skinnerinc.com

Kate de Bethune
Director of Marketing
press@skinnerinc.com

Selling Silver: Before You Sell your Family’s Antique Silver for Scrap, Consider Consignment

Selling Silver

At a mere 3 troy ounces, the melt value on this item would have been in approximate region of $120. Its quality and charming design brought the auction result to $1,300.

A woman came in to Skinner with a collection of family silver that she no longer wanted. She’d already been to a smelter, who offered her $800 to melt the silver down for scrap. It was tempting to take the money, but she felt badly about the decision and decided to come to Skinner auction house first. Clearly she was uncomfortable with the idea of scrapping something with family history and artistic value.

Although the items in the silver collection in question aren’t extraordinarily rare pieces, as with all antiques the objects have some history and interest as decorative objects. The pieces she brought in included early 19th century coin silver spoons, as well as 20th century bowls, cake plates, and small sewing pieces.

Many people, including myself, have difficulty seeing any item that a craftsperson worked long and hard to create being melted down for its weight in silver (or gold). Still, with silver prices being so high in today’s market, we are finding that there are some instances where the price a silver item will bring at auction runs quite close to what a smelter or scrapper might pay.

For those of us dedicated to the world of antiques and art, the idea of scrapping is difficult to take, but we know that it is an option for people looking to generate income from unwanted objects. But, with all things being equal, before making that decision, we encourage investigating selling your silver at auction, rather than melting it down.

If you take a collection to a smelter or scrapper knowing nothing about when it was manufactured, or by whom, you may inadvertently let go of a rare, high quality silver piece for significantly less than its true worth. Even worse than the monetary loss, a rare art object could be destroyed. Scrapping for silver weight takes only the material into account when assessing value. And, weight is only one part of the equation. An item’s age, rarity, and aesthetics are other factors to be considered when assessing an items’ worth.

So, before scrapping your silver, have it inspected by a specialist. A silver appraiser at an auction gallery will inspect your pieces, identify their date of manufacture, and assess quality, condition, and aesthetics together with the value in silver weight. Once you have this information, you can then make an educated decision about what to do with the items.

In Fine Silver auctions at Skinner, we often see silver sell well beyond its melt value. Here are a few examples of small items that achieved mighty results:

Selling Silver

Overlooked or mistaken for an ashtray, this 11 troy oz. piece would have scrapped at about $440. As a truly hand-crafted piece by a well known silversmith’s shop, it achieved a result of $1,400.

Selling Silver

Without the knowledge that this form and pattern are extremely collectible, this piece could have been deemed melt-worthy, and at approx. 7 troy oz., would have scrapped in the region of $280. The hammer price was $1,200.

 

Our next Fine Silver auction will take place in Boston on January 11, 2014. Take a look through the auction catalog to learn more about the types of silver items that draw the most interest from collectors.

The antiques world is a business of knowledge. The person with the most knowledge walks away with the best value and the greatest rewards. At Skinner, our expert appraisers can empower you with knowledge about your silver or other antiques to help you make an informed decision about what to do with items that hold your family’s history.

Note: This post was originally published in May 2011

Skinner to Ring in the New Year with European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction

BOSTON, MA – December 15, 2013 Skinner, Inc. is pleased to kick off the 2014 winter season with an exceptional sale of European Furniture & Decorative Arts on January 11. This auction will feature an eclectic assortment of period furniture, fine selections of ceramics and silver, as well as exquisite examples of cameo glass, cut glass, and Spanish Colonial art.

Fine Silver

Seven-piece Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Tea and Coffee Service, New York, 1873-91 (Lot 132, Estimate $20,000-$30,000)

Seven-piece Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Tea and Coffee Service, New York, 1873-91 (Lot 132, Estimate $20,000-$30,000)

Skinner will offer over 200 lots of silver, with a broad range of flatware and hollowware from the United States, Europe, and Central and South America. The sale will open with over 50 lots of British silver including a fine pair of George III tureens by Thomas Robbins (Lot 17, estimated between $1,000 and $1,500) as well an extensive Art Deco flatware service by Charles Boyton III (Lot 54, $2,000 to $4,000).

The robust section of American-made pieces features a seven-piece Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Tea and Coffee Service, complete with coffeepot and teapot, covered sugar container, creamer, waste bowl, kettle, and a covered butter dish (Lot 132, $20,000 to $30,000). Scrolling foliage and blooming flowers embellish this Persian-influenced set.

A grand selection of silver descended through the prominent Brown family of Rhode Island will be available as well. Part of this collection includes a six-piece Japanese Enameled Silver Tea Service, circa 1900, adorned with decorations of wisteria vines and birds with bamboo-form handles (Lot 98, $1,000 to $1,500). This set appears to have been a Christmas gift, as it is inscribed “S.A.B.S. from I.M.A.S Pasadena California Christmas 1902.” Also available is a six-piece Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Tea and Coffee Service, decorated with lobes and stylized flower petals (Lot 126, $3,000 to $5,000). It is also monogramed “SAB” and inscribed, “A Wedding Gift to Sophia Augusta Brown From her Mother October 7th 1885.”

In addition, the January 11 auction will feature over thirty pieces of continental silver, including a small, stand-out collection of highly-prized Russian silver. Highlights include a Pair of Russian .875 Silver Figural Candlesticks from Moscow, circa 1893, (Lot 89, $3,000 to $5,000), as well as an attractive Russian .875 Silver Traveling Tea Service from St. Petersburg, circa 1908, engraved with a crown and monogram (Lot 91, $8,000 to $12,000).

Fine Ceramics

Martin Brothers Miniature Stoneware Wally Bird Jar and Cover, England, c. 1902 (Lot 260, Estimate $6,000-$8,000)

Martin Brothers Miniature Stoneware Wally Bird Jar and Cover, England, c. 1902 (Lot 260, Estimate $6,000-$8,000)

Skinner is pleased to offer an outstanding selection of pottery and porcelain from the 18th through the 20th centuries, with a large focus on English ceramics including Wedgwood from the Jean Mazur Collection of Palm Springs, California, the JoAnn Portz Collection of Waukesha, Wisconsin, and a private Vermont collector. Among these works is a strong collection of Fairyland Lustre, prized for its bold, bright and fanciful designs.

Stuart Slavid, Director of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, said: “Fairyland Lustre ceramics are some of the most desirable items in this sale and are incredibly popular among Wedgwood collectors.” These stellar offerings include a Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Vase, circa 1920, depicting the Christian feast of Candlemas, with a blue rim border of goblins climbing a bell rope (Lot 366, $4,000 to $6,000) and a Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Torches Vase, circa 1920, featuring a painted flame sky and Flaming Wheel border at its base (Lot 368, $3,000 to $5,000).

Wedgwood collectors will also be pleased to find a wide selection of jasper in a variety of colors, ranging from a light blue jasper Michelangelo vase to a black and white jasper canopic jar and cover and a full size dark blue jasper Portland vase. A wide assortment of black basalt busts, figures and table wares will also be available. Other ceramics highlights include fine 18th century saltglaze and tortoiseshell wares, English parian, majolica, and a Mintons Henry Deux ware wine pitcher designed by Charles Toft, Senior (Lot 253, $1,000 to $1,500).

A Miniature Stoneware Wally Bird Jar and Cover, circa 1902, by the highly sought-after Martin Brothers is an important example of 20th century pottery (Lot 260, $6,000 to $8,000). This item will be offered on the heels of Skinner’s July auction of European Furniture and Decorative Arts, in which a Martin Brothers Stoneware Humidor – modeled as two birds standing in an amorous pose – sold well over its pre-sale estimate for a total of $57,000.

Furniture & Decorative Arts

Pierre Jules Mene (French, 1810-1879)  L'Accolade (Lot 422, Estimate   $3,000-$5,000)

Pierre Jules Mene (French, 1810-1879) L’Accolade (Lot 422, Estimate $3,000-$5,000)

An exceptional selection of furniture includes a lovely American Renaissance Revival Marquetry and Parcel-gift Center Table, adorned with an inlaid, bucolic scene of a couple surrounded by foliate scrolls on a rosewood ground (Lot 635, $1,200 to $1,800). English furniture comprises nearly half of the items in this section, with such notable offerings as a George I-style Japanese Bureau Cabinet (Lot 552, $2,000 to $3,000).

Slavid observed, “The January auction is a great introduction for new collectors looking to purchase quality, antique furniture. Not only are the pieces beautiful and diverse, they are also affordable.”

Decorative arts highlights include a bronze cast of two horses, L’Accolade, by the desirable French sculptor Pierre Jules Mene (Lot 422, $3,000 to $5,000), as well as a whimsical Pair of Italian Baroque-style Carved, Painted and Gilded Wood Blackamoore Candlesticks from Venice (Lot 491, $3,000 to $5,000), each with a figure standing on a gondola stern, holding a sconce above his head with one hand, while the other grasps an oar.

Fine examples of glasswork are a highlight of this sale, including an important collection of American cut glass. Among the items are a late 19th century Emerald Green Vase decorated with flowerheads and foliage (Lot 527, $500 to $700). Plentiful English cameo glass offerings include a Stevens and Williams vase in white cameo with leafy flowers in various stages of bloom (Lot 475, $2,000 to $4,000).

Latin American Antiques

Spanish Colonial Santos Figures (Lots 721-723)

Spanish Colonial Santos Figures (Lots 721-723)

Approximately 40 lots of Spanish Colonial items will be offered in this sale, including a beautiful, late 18th century Spanish Colonial Embossed and Polychrome-painted Leather Trunk (Lot 588, $5,000 to $7,000), adorned with two painted monkeys, star-shaped studs, and featuring wrought-iron hardware. Other Spanish Colonial furniture highlights include a Chased Repousse-decorated Silver Mirror, framed by scrolling foliage, flowerheads and a leaf-tip border (Lot 733, $5,000 to $7,000).

Among an array of religious figures for sale are carved, painted, and gilded wood figures of Saint Francis (Lot 721, $2,500 to $3,500), the Infant of Prague (Lot 722, $2,000 to $3,000), and the Virgin Immaculate (Lot 723, $1,200 to $1,800).

Silver is also featured as part of this collection, highlighted by the Three Silver Santos Figure Crowns, (Lot 100, $500 to $700) and a Spanish Colonial Silver Horse Bridle, decorated with stylized foliage and applied birds (Lot 99, $1,000 to $1,500).

Previews, Catalog and Bidding

Previews for the auction will be held on Thursday, January 9, from noon to 5 P.M., and Friday, January 10, from noon to 8 P.M. Illustrated Catalog #2698B is available from the Subscription Department, at 508-970-3240, or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online, at www.skinnerinc.com, both during and after the sale. The Skinner website enables users to view every lot in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time, through SkinnerLive!

About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series Antiques Roadshow since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, with an international audience of bidders participating in person, by phone, and online through the SkinnerLive! online bidding platform. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at www.skinnerinc.com, find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/skinnerauctions, or follow us on Twitter @Skinnerinc.

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Stuart Slavid
Director of European Furniture & Decorative Arts
508-970-3203
european@skinnerinc.com

Kate de Bethune
Director of Marketing
press@skinnerinc.com

2014 Consignment Days

Meet individually with a Skinner appraiser for a complimentary verbal assessment of your antiques, jewelry, fine art, silver or other collectibles. Our nationally recognized appraisers will be holding consignment days throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, and Florida. Florida consignment days this winter will include events in Coral Gables, Naples, and West Palm Beach featuring appraisers from our Fine Art, Jewelry, and Fine Silver departments.

Director of Fine Silver

Stuart Slavid, Director of Fine Silver

Founder of the Fine Jewelry department

Gloria Lieberman, Founder of the Fine Jewelry department

Robin S.R. Starr, Director of American & European Works of Art

Robin S.R. Starr, Director of American & European Works of Art

These events are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, although we strongly recommend booking an appointment in advance.

Consignment Day Calendar

January 2014: Coral Gables, Florida
February 2014: Naples & West Palm Beach, Florida
April 2014: Portland, Maine & Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Consignment Days 2014

Fine Art & Silver Consignment Day in Portland, Maine

The Fine Art and Silver Departments
are headed to Portland, Maine!

Reserve a free auction evaluation with specialists Robin Starr and Stuart Slavid. Skinner is currently accepting consignments in the following categories:

Sold for $10,800: George IV Sterling Silver Ewer, London, 1829-30

Fine ArtAmerican & European paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, drawings, works on paper

Fine SilverAmerican, English, Danish, Continental and Asian including hollowware, flatware, tableware and ornamental wares

Monday, November 11, 2013

Appointments: 11AM – 4PM

Register Now

Location
The Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street
Portland, ME 14101

Reservations
508-970-3240
events@skinnerinc.com

Sold for $1.2 Million: Fitz Henry Lane (American, 1804-1865), Camden Mts. from the Graves