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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

Tuesday, April 8, 11AM – 4PM

REGISTER FOR PORTLAND

Maine Historical Society

489 Congress Street

Portland, ME 04101

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Thursday, April 10, 10AM – 4PM

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Discover Portsmouth

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Reserve a consignment evaluation with a Skinner fine jewelry, fine art, or silver specialist.

Reservations:
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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

Skinner Announces Strong Results from October Auction of Fine Judaica

Sold for $450,000: Seder Haggadah shel Pesach, Pressburg, copied and illustrated by Aaron Wolf Herlingen, 1735

BOSTON, MA – October 24, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. achieved exceptional results from its small but robust auction of Fine Judaica on October 3rd. The auction, featuring 178 lots, grossed a total of $660,439.70. Drawing buyers from around the world, this sale underscored Skinner as a leading auctioneer of Jewish ceremonial items, Torah ornaments, artwork, books and more.

Scarce works and material new to the marketplace were particularly well received, including an illustrated Seder Haggadah shel Pesach manuscript from the personal collection of Nahum Goldmann as well as works by American Jewish artist Ilya Schor, among others.

Property from the Estate of Nahum Goldmann

The auction’s top lot, a rare, hand-illustrated Seder Haggadah shel Pesach manuscript by the scribe-artist Aaron Wolf Herlingen, sold for $450,000. This previously unrecorded manuscript, created early in Herlingen’s career, is one of fewer than fifty pieces extant by the artist, most of which remain in museum collections. The manuscript is one of many noteworthy items from the personal collection of Nahum Goldmann, one of the most prominent leaders of the Jewish people and the Zionist movement in the 20th century.

“Herlingen is viewed as a master calligrapher of the 18th century,” said Kerry Shrives, Director of Fine Judaica at Skinner. “Not only was Skinner’s offering previously unrecorded, it was in fine condition and annotated with a detailed family record of prior ownership, imparting a great degree of rarity to the manuscript.”

Works by Ilya Schor

Sold for $12,000: Ilya Schor (1904-1961), Untitled, c. late 1950s

Skinner was pleased to once again offer a range of works by Ilya Schor, a multi-faceted and renowned creator of American Jewish art and Judaica. One of the auction’s top lots was Schor’s striking Untitled brass and copper rivet sculpture from the 1950s, which fetched $12,000. A testament to his legacy, Three Ilya Schor Hand-painted Beach Pebbles, picked up while summering in Provincetown, sold for $1,320, well beyond the pre-sale high estimate of $250.

“Schor’s works typically perform well at auction, and the October 3rd results were no exception. From sculptures to jewelry to his charmingly hand-painted rocks, this auction featured exemplary and desirable work by the artist,” observed Shrives.

Additional Top Sellers

Skinner holds the distinction of being one of the only major auction houses hosting periodic auctions of Fine Judaica, with the establishment of the department in 1994. The October 3rd auction demonstrated Skinner’s continued strength in bringing rare and previously unseen items to auction. Additional items that drew great interest included examples from the the Bezalel School of Arts & Crafts; notably, a hand-worked, early 20th century Bezalel Brass Framed Ivory Plaque by Boris Schatz, which fetched $10,600; and a Bezalel Brass and Mixed-metal box, also by Schatz, which sold for $4,800, far exceeding the pre-sale high estimate of $300. A Russian Silver Torah Breast Plate (1885) also performed well, selling for $21,600 and smashing the pre-sale high-estimate of $3,000.

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

Kerry Shrives
Director, Fine Judaica
508-970-3256
judaica@skinnerinc.com

Kate de Bethune
Director of Marketing
press@skinnerinc.com

Designer Spotlight: Fine Silver by David Andersen

David Andersen opened his eponymous shop in Christiania (now Oslo) Norway in 1876. As a designer and retailer specializing in jewelry and silver wares, Andersen’s business model closely mirrors that of Danish silversmith Georg Jensen, who was twenty-three years his junior. Jensen opened his shop in 1904. Upon Andersen’s death in 1901, his sons took over company operations and designs. Today, David-Andersen (the company’s name since the early 20th century) is practically synonymous with mid-century enameled silver jewelry.

Enameled and Amethyst-mounted Sterling Coffee Service, David Andersen (Sold for $7,110)

While embracing contemporary design aesthetics, David-Andersen silver drew on a long tradition of enamel work, both at the company and in Scandinavia. Today’s collectors covet pieces in the Art Nouveau and Dragestil styles that date from the first fifty years of the company’s production. The incorporation of virtuosic techniques, such as plique-a-jour enameling, or expensive materials, like semi-precious hardstones, only add to a piece’s appeal. The silver ewer and coffee service depicted here both typify early work in the Art Nouveau style. Polychrome enamel and semi-precious stones are effortlessly incorporated into the naturalistic designs.

The October 5, 2013 European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction features Fine Silver, including these two Andersen salts that are typical of the company’s early production. One features a raised amethyst-colored basse-taille enameled bowl framed by pierced green plique-a-jour enameled leaves. The other is decorated with traditional floral cloisonné enameling and rests on lion-form feet. Although these silver salts are modest pieces compared with the hollowware mentioned above, they remain strong examples of the high quality design and execution found in the early work of the David-Andersen company.

David Andersen Art Nouveau Sterling, Enamel, and Carnelian-mounted Ewer, c. 1876-88 (Sold for $5,332.50)

Suite of Gilt Sterling Silver and Enamel Jewelry, David-Andersen (Sold for $888.75)

Two David-Andersen Enameled Sterling Silver Salts (Lot 123, Estimate $200-$250)

A Guide to Gorham Silver Patterns: The Designs of F. Antoine Heller

What do these four silver flatware patterns have in common?

Versailles Pattern (Lot 204) Mythologique Pattern (Lot 210) Fontainebleau Pattern (Lot 215) Old Medici Pattern (Lot 216)

If you answered that they’re all Gorham, you’re correct. But there’s an even more interesting connection – the same designer conceptualized all four patterns: F. Antoine Heller.

F. Antoine Heller was born in France in 1845, and the Beaux Arts movement in France greatly influenced his development as an artist. He came to America in the late 1870s to work for Tiffany & Co., where some suggest that he helped design the celebrated Olympian pattern. After seeing his work for Tiffany, Gorham quickly lured the French designer away.

Heller’s first pattern for Gorham, Fontainebleau, appeared in 1882 and was featured on the cover of that year’s catalog. Like many of his other flatware patterns, the service featured a variety of motifs on each terminal. In this case, characters from the court of Francis I adorn the silver. From the minute details in each character’s clothing to the intricate treatment of the space behind the figures, the pattern perfectly captures the Beaux Arts aesthetic. The academic nature in which Heller looked to the past for inspiration also stems from the Beaux Arts movement. Even some of his non-figural patterns, such as St. Cloud and Cluny, take their names and inspiration from real places with historical significance: Château de Saint-Cloud and The Hôtel de Cluny respectively.

Mythologique may be Heller’s most celebrated pattern, and featured not only single characters, but entire figural scenes. Introduced in 1894, the fine silver flatware set includes twenty-four different mythological subjects. Each terminal features a character or several characters inspired from Greek myths, supported on a stem with various classical motifs such as fluted columns and anthemion. The Luxembourg Museum in Paris acquired their own Mythologique service for their collection in 1896.

The upcoming Fine Silver auction on October 5, 2013 features a number of multi-motif, figural flatware services designed by F. Antoine Heller for Gorham. Stop by the auction preview in Boston on October 3rd or 4th to take a look.

Assembled Gorham Versailles Pattern Sterling Silver Flatware Service, Providence, Rhode Island, last quarter 19th century (Lot 204, Estimate $4,000-$6,000)