Press Release  January 4, 2018

Highlights from Skinner's January 12th European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction

Courtesy Skinner Auctioneer and Appraisers

Framed Stained Glass Panel of a Watery Landscape, early 20th century, in the manner of Duffner and Kimberly, polychrome decoration depicting a tree and plants by the water with birds and flowers, glass panel ht. 61, wd. 41 1/2, original frame, ht. 67, wd. 47 1/4, and later surround, ht. 78 1/2, wd. 49 in. 

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. will present an auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts in its Boston Gallery on Friday, January 12th. With over 600 lots on offer, the auction will feature an expansive selection of fine silver as well as European furniture and decorative arts of the 17th through early 20th centuries.

The auction opens on Friday, January 12th at 10AM with 300 lots of silver featuring a broad range of flatware and hollowware from the United States, England, and Europe. English silver opens the sale with strong early offerings as well as some unusual pieces of Georgian tableware. Continental European silver offerings are highlighted by some large Italian silver centerpieces as well as French and Russian tableware, while selections from American section feature hollowware from strong makers such as Tiffany and Gorham. Some highlights in the silver section include:

Lot 1 William III Sterling Silver Punch Bowl, estimate $4,000-6,000

Lot 9 Pair of George II Sterling Silver Candlesticks, estimate $2,000-4,000

Lot 108 French .950 Silver-gilt Covered Bowl and Undertray, estimate $4,000-6,000

Lot 122 Italian .800 Silver Center Bowl and Stand, estimate $3,000-5,000

Lot 142 Five-piece Georg Jensen “Cosmos” Pattern Sterling Silver Tea Service, estimate $6,000-8,000

Lot 177 Six-piece Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Tea and Coffee Service with Silver-plated Tray, estimate $8,000-10,000

Lot 183 Jacobi & Jenkins Sterling Silver Harness Racing Trophy, estimate $1,500-2,500

Italian .800 Silver Center Bowl and Stand, (Lot 122, Estimate $3,000-5,000)

Furniture, decorative art, and fine ceramic offerings begin at lot 300 and span a wide array of styles and mediums from several sizable Herend porcelain dinner services to two Sevres-style porcelain mounted tables. The top lot of the sale is an impressive micromosaic-mounted table with a central scene of St. Peter’s Square. This lot is complimented by another micromosaic plaque featuring the Arch of Titus. Fine ceramic offerings include an assortment of English ceramics featuring Wedgwood. Sculpture is also well-represented with numerous examples in bronze as well as an attractive marble bust of Venus. These highlights and others from the furniture and decorative arts offerings include:

Grand Tour Micromosaic and Specimen Table with Eastlake-style Base, (Lot 327, Estimate $12,000-18,000)

Lot 327 Grand Tour Micromosaic and Specimen Table with Eastlake-style Base, estimate $12,000-18,000

Lot 303 Pair of Russian Empire Rock Crystal-mounted Ormolu Compotes, estimate $8,000-12,000

Lot 313 Framed Stained Glass Panel in the manner of Duffner and Kimberly, estimate $5,000-7,000

Lot 311 Empire Ormolu Plateau in the manner of Pierre-Philippe Thomire, estimate $3,000-5,000

Lot 386 Grand Tour Micromosaic Plaque, estimate $3,000-5,000

Lot 333 Reaching Jaguar by Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington, estimate $3,000-3,500

Previews & Event

Previews will be held in Boston on Wednesday, January 10th from 12PM – 5PM and on Thursday, January 11th from 12PM – 8PM. Catalogs available for purchase at 

In conjunction with Thursday’s evening preview, Skinner will host a reception and lecture beginning at 5:30PM titled Today’s Interiors – Seeking Modernity in Antiques by interior designer Paula Daher.

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