Skinner, Inc. to host Discovery auction on November 14

. October 27, 2012

Skinner, Inc. will host a Discovery auction on November 14th and 15th in its Marlborough gallery. The two-day sale of 1200 lots presents an excellent assortment of paintings and prints, as well as Americana-style furniture and decorative arts.

Oil painting of a ship coming into port by Pietro Fragiacomo

Studio Paintings (lots 1-500)
Highlights from a diverse selection of artwork include an oil painting of a ship coming into port by Pietro Fragiacomo (lot 22, estimated between $1,500 and $2,000), a watercolor depicting gatherers at the shore by Melbourne Havelock Hardwick (lot 36, $700 to $900), and an oil painting of a 19th century pastoral view with distant mountains (lot 589, $700 to $900). Henry Moore’s Thirteen Standing Figures from the 1958 illustrated book Heads, Figures and Ideas (lot 448, $400 to $600) and a 20th century synchromist composition (lot 302, $1,000 to $1,500) from a private collection in Oceanport, New Jersey are also available.

Country Americana (lots 501 – 1200)
Session two, which features Country Americana, will include a great selection of Americana-style furnishings including baskets, paintings, quilts and stoneware, highlighted by approximately 65 lots from the collection of Nancy Skinner, co-owner of Skinner, Inc., and her late husband Robert Skinner. The Skinners’ private collection was built over 60 years and demonstrates Bob Skinner’s impeccable taste in country furniture with old paint and surface, early American wrought iron, folk art, wooden ware, painted tin, silhouettes, and children’s objects. Among this charming group of material are thirteen painted velvet fruits and vegetables (lot 512, $200 to $300), eight small woven splint baskets (lot 503, $400 to 600), a late 19th century painted stuffed velvet toy rabbit figure on a turned wood base (lot 523, $200 to 300), and a 20th century country red-painted pine slant-back cupboard (lot 513, $300 to 500).

Notable examples of American furniture include a country classical cherry and tiger maple veneer bureau (lot 828, $300 to $500), a set of four Michael Dunbar green-painted Windsor sack-back knuckle-arm chairs (lot 878, $300 to $500), and a set of four Victorian Eastlake-type upholstered partial-gilt ebonized carved walnut parlor side chairs (lot 935, $300 to $400).

Two early ovoid stoneware jugs, one impressed “BOSTON,” and the other “CHARLESTOWN” (lot 674, $300 to $500), a late 19th century pieced and appliquéd red and green leaf pattern quilt (lot 751, $600 to $800), a blue-painted pine cupboard with paneled door (lot 772, $300 to $500), a silk and wool thread needlework sampler featuring alphabet panels over a record of seven members of the Michner family beginning in 1804 and ending in 1840 (lot 795, $300 to $500), and nine pieces of English blue transfer-decorated Staffordshire teaware (lot 1023, $300 to $400) are also on offer.

Previews, Catalogue, and Bidding (Tuesday preview will stay open until 7pm!)
Please note that Skinner has extended the preview hours with an additional two hours on Tuesday evening.

Previews for the auction will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Thursday, November 15, 2012, 9 a.m.-10 a.m.

A text catalogue for #2620M is available by mail from the subscription department at 508-970-3240. It is also available at the gallery. Prices realized will be available at 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! Like us on Facebook at

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