SKINNER REPORTS EXCELLENT RESULTS FROM AMERICAN FURNITURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS AUCTION: SALE GROSSES A study by Constantino Brumidi for The Apotheosis of Washington set an auction record at the March 4, 2012 Skinner American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction in Boston.
tea table c. 1740-60 which sold for $11,257.50. Stephen Fletcher, Director of American Furniture and Decorative Arts noted “we have seen improving demand for antique American furniture in our recent sales. In our experience, the marketplace for high quality examples of period furniture remains strong.”
Other Notable Sale Results
A diminutive stoneware ‘grotesque’ face jug descended through the family of a Massachusetts antiquarian who was actively collecting in the late 19th and early 20th centuries sold especially well. An early 20th century note retrieved from the interior of the vessel reads: “Monkey Jug= made at Bath S.C. 1862 by negro slaves/Aiken S.C.” Estimated between $800 and $1,200, the jug sold for $56,287.50. According to Fletcher “face jugs provide an important view into the culture and life of enslaved African-American potters in the 19th century.” He continued “This example is an extraordinary piece with a fascinating history, and it’s in perfect condition.”
Other strong performers included a 19th century portrait of Americas Cup racing yacht America that sold for $35,550; a Sturtevant Hamblen painting of a young girl sold for $15,405; and a unique and vibrant suffragette fund-raising quilt sold for $16,590. The quilt, which was probably made in New York State in the late 19th century, resembles the American flag and has the names of many individual contributors to the cause embroidered on the red and white stripes. Noteworthy among these is the name of Susan B. Anthony.
Upcoming Skinner Americana Auctions
The next Skinner Americana auction will take place on August 11 and 12 in Marlborough, Massachusetts, and will feature the collection of the late William Hubbard, antiquarian and auctioneer from Sunderland, Massachusetts. A collection of Shaker furniture from Tyringham, Massachusetts will also be offered. Consignments are now being accepted. Please contact the Skinner American Furniture and Decorative Arts department directly at 508-970-3229.
Skinner, Inc. is one of the world’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art. With expertise in over 20 specialty collecting areas, Skinner draws the interest of buyers from all over the world and its auctions regularly achieve world record prices. Skinner provides a broad range of auction and appraisal services, and it is widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the auction business. Skinner’s appraisal experts regularly appear on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, and its specialty departments include American Furniture & Decorative Arts, American & European Works of Art, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, 20th Century Design, Fine Ceramics, Fine Silver, Fine Jewelry, Couture, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Wines, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, Fine Judaica, Antique Motor Vehicles, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Discovery and Science, Technology & Clocks. Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Marlborough, Mass. For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site www.skinnerinc.com.