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Skinner to host auction of European furniture and decorative arts

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Skinner to host auction of European furniture and decorative arts

Time: October 14, 2011 at 4pm to October 15, 2011 at 6pm
Location: Skinner's Boston gallery
Street: 63 Park Plaza
City/Town: Boston
Website or Map: http://www.skinnerinc.com
Phone: 617-350-5400
Event Type: auction, of, european, furniture, and, decorative, arts
Organized By: Darlene Hollywood
Latest Activity: Sep 20, 2011

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Event Description

Skinner, Inc. announced it will host an auction of European Furniture and Decorative Arts on October 14th and 15th at its Boston gallery. The sale kicks off on Friday at 4 p.m. with nearly 650 lots of fine silver. Saturday’s session II commences at 10 a.m. and includes Continental and British ceramics, glass, statuary, clocks, paintings and prints, lighting, rugs, textiles and antique furniture.


Fine Silver

Fine Silver highlights include a monumental and historic George V presentation trophy, “The Alexander Channel Cup” presented to Henry F. Sullivan, a native of Lowell, MA, and a celebrated endurance swimmer in the early years of the 20th century. Sullivan was the first American to swim across the English Channel. This magnificent trophy is a masterpiece of silversmithing, and an historic relic of the golden era of adventure, exploration, and sporting first achievements. Lot 194 is estimated at $30,000 to $50,000.


Offered early in the sale and expected to induce heated bidding is lot 3, a yellow gold, cloisonné enamel, rock crystal bowl. The bowl Mughal c. 18th century, by Robert Phillips, is created in the archeological style and reflects the mid-19th century fascination with Greek and Roman antiquity. Phillips, known for his fine jeweled gold mountings on Mughal crystal bowls and archaeological-inspired jewelry exhibited at the 1867 Paris Exposition Universelle. It is likely that this bowl, with an auction value of $8,000 to $10,000, was exhibited there.

Decorative Arts, European Furniture and Smalls

Collections of note in Session II include an extensive grouping of English tea caddies, such as lot 1123, an ivory and green tortoiseshell harlequin tea caddy, c. 1800, estimated at $5,500 to 6,500, and lot 1129, a George III pagoda-top pressed tortoiseshell double tea caddy, c. 1810, estimated at $17,000 to $19,000. The sale also features a diverse collection of meerschaum pipes and cheroot holders, including lot 617, a large example with carved baseball players, with an auction estimate of $500 to $700.

Furniture highlights include a 19th century Dutch polychrome painted cupboard, lot 651, estimated at $6,000 to $8,000; lot 882, a pair of Napoleon III ebonized ormolu and sevres-style porcelain-mounted twin beds, estimated at $12,000 to $18,000; and lot 1116, a late Jacobean carved walnut armchair, with an estimated auction value of $3,000 to $5,000.

Previews, Catalogue and Bidding

Previews for the auction will be held on Thursday, October 13th from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, October 14th from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. Illustrated catalogue #2566B is available by mail for $35 ($42 for foreign requests) from the subscription department at 508-970-3240. It is also available at the gallery for $32.  Prices realized will be available at www.skinnerinc.com during and after the sale. Skinner's site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogues, and bid live in real-time through SkinnerLive! To register for real-time bidding go to http://www.skinnerinc.com/buy-sell/skinner-live.php.  Or, for more information call 508-970-3000.


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