Rare Arts & Crafts Movement discoveries may lead 20th century arts auction

BOSTON – Modern artwork including paintings, sculpture, and wall hangings, modern furniture are categories expected to dominate Skinner, Inc.’s 20th century furniture and decorative arts auction Dec. 18. Key periods of 20th century design will have take center stage including silver and art pottery from the Arts & Crafts movement. The auction also features antique lighting fixtures,Tiffany lighting, Art Deco lamps and wall sconces.

Arts & Crafts
The sale kicks off with a fine selection of offerings from the Arts & Crafts movement. Of note are collections of Roycroft furniture and Walley pottery. “Collectors will be pleased with the offerings, as this auction features a nice selection of Arts & Crafts material not often seen at auction,” notes department Director Jane Prentiss. Among the other Arts and Crafts highlights is a Celia Laighton Thaxter bowl, painted in New Hampshire and estimated at $2,000 to $3,000.

Metalwork and Silver
Metalwork is always popular with 20th Century enthusiasts, and the sale features a collection of European, mostly English and German, metalwork including inkwells and teapots as well as a fine selection of early 20th decorative belt buckles. Highly sought after Georg Jensen silver will also be available, highlighted by a pair of Pomegranate Candelabra, estimated at $6,000 to $8,000. Arthur Stone silver offerings include a nice modern design set of flatware by Aanton Michelson estimated $4,000-6,000.

Antique Lighting Fixtures including Tiffany
The sale boasts a great selection of Tiffany from lamps to pottery, to glass and metalwork. Lamp highlights include a Bigelow & Kennard table lamp, estimated at $3,000 to $5,000 and a Tiffany studios table lamp in a herringbone pattern, estimated at $6,000 to $8,000.  A Tiffany paperweight daffodil vase, estimated at $5,000 to $7,000, is an example of the fine glass offerings.

An interesting Mary Ogden Abbott wall sculpture graces the sale. Mary Ogden Abbott was a widely traveled artist, hunter, and equestrian.  She was born and lived most of her life in Concord, Massachusetts and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, graduating in 1917.  She then spent eight years in her twenties traveling with her mother across the country, backpacking in the Grand Canyon and Montana, and traveled abroad to the Far and Near East and then through Europe.  She was a landscape painter painting views of the American West, the western Himalayas and Mexico and she also carved wooden doors, including a pair of teak doors that were hung at the entrance of the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.  Her drawings were illustrated in the journal Appalachia and in travel books and her works have been exhibited at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts, the Currier Gallery, Manchester, New Hampshire, Concord Art Association, Concord, Massachusetts, and the Fitchburg Art Center, Fitchburg, Massachusetts.  The wall sculpture depicting a stalking mountain lion amidst rockery and cactus is estimated at $5,000 to $10,000.

Modern Furniture
Mid-century modern furniture up for bid includes pieces by Hans Wegner, as well as other Scandinavian furniture designers such as Poul Kjaerholm.  The sale also features a great selection of George Nakashima furniture from the original commissioner including a chest of draws, dining table, and coffee table.

Previews for the auction will be 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 16,  and 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Dec. 17, and 8 to 9 a.m., Dec. 18. Illustrated catalog #2531B is available at the gallery for $32. Prices realized will be available at Skinnerinc.com during and after the sale. Skinner’s site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs, and bid live in real-time through SkinnerLive! 

A calendar of upcoming auctions and specialty events, include select free appraisal days, can be found at Skinner, Inc. 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 Paintings & Prints, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, 20th Century Design, Fine Ceramics, 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. 

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