MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Skinner Inc. will host its annual Holiday Auction on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at noon EST and on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. The two-day sale of 1,500 lots presents an assortment of beautiful antique and one-of-a-kind gift items for the holidays, including sterling silver tableware, jewelry, designer clothing and accessories, textiles, furniture, rugs, and decorative arts. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.
Sterling silver include a Tiffany & Co. sterling silver trumpet vase (lot 1, estimated between $400 and $600), a four-piece international Wedgwood sterling silver tea service (lot 72, $800 to $1,200), and an 1890 English silver bowl with a James Wakely & Frank Clarke Wheeler maker’s mark (lot 91, $400 to $600).
The smallest boxes often contain the best gifts. Skinner’s Holiday Auction of estate jewelry offers exquisite antique and artist-made jewelry and watches, highlighted by a Jensen sterling silver and garnet bird brooch (lot 226, $200 to $300); a 14K gold, ruby, enamel and diamond hinged bangle (lot 283, $800 to $1,200); and a “Riviera” stainless steel woman’s wristwatch by Baume & Mercier for Tiffany & Co. (lot 365, $300 to $500). A 14K gold, coral and jade necklace (lot 395, $300 to $400) and a 14kt gold, onyx, and diamond cocktail ring (lot 374, $400 to $600) will also be sold.
Vintage designer clothing is a perfect way to make a splash at any holiday gathering. Following the successful sale of a Mariano Fortuny gown for $9,480 in September, Skinner is will offer two Fortuny silk pleated “Delphos” gowns with Venetian glass beadwork. One is available in tea pink and the other in olive green (lots 650 & 700, both lots $4,000 to $5,000). A triangular Brussels lace wedding veil in ivory, circa 1820, (lot 631, $600 to $800), and a Revillon Paris adjustable length dark brown fur coat with belt (lot 715, $300 to $500) will also be offered.
Day two of Skinner Inc.’s Holiday Auction includes a large selection of gift items such as Austrian bronzes, Steiff teddy bears, hold-to-light Santa Claus postcards, formal tableware and mid-century modern furnishings.
Notable examples of furniture include a Louis XV-style marble-top, gilt-metal-mounted, inlaid, and veneered side cabinet (lot 928, $400 to $600); an Alvar Aalto black leather bentwood armchair and a pair of black leather upholstered blondewood fan-leg stools (lot 970, $700 to $800); and a pair of Victorian Renaissance Revival upholstered carved walnut parlor armchairs (lot 1115, $700 to $900).
A 19th century American oil painting depicting a lake view in the mountains (lot 1149, $300 to $500), an 83 piece Villeroy & Boch ceramic Watteau pattern ceramic partial dinner service (lot 1158, $400 to $600), and two Korean iron-mounted pine tansu chests (lot 1192, $400 to $600) will also be offered.
Skinner will also be offering over 50 lots from the collection of Penny Marshall, American actor, director and author. Lots 801 to 852 in the sale reflect her well-known collecting aesthetic that brings together folk art, Arts & Crafts, and modern design.
A collection of over 115 late 19th and early 20th century Austrian cold-painted bronze miniature figures will be sold. These figures have remained in the collection of a middle-class German banking family since they were purchased. The grandmother of the consignors collected the figures during vacations and visits to Austria and the Black Forest in the period up to 1930. This collection encompasses a range of subjects that were available at the time, from life-like figures of insects to Black Americana to whimsical miniatures of animals dressed up or engaged in human-like activity. The condition of the pieces is exceptional, with original paint and details.
Bergmann, the most well-known maker of the day, is represented by a miniature group of chickens at a water pump (lot 1151, $150 to $200), a “gold” pig (lot 1167, $275 to $350), and a squirrel with nut figure (lot 1102, $125 to $150).
For more information on this auction contact Cara Elmslie, director of Skinner Discovery Auctions at 508-970-3290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internet live bidding will be available throught LiveAuctioneer.com.
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