SOURCE: Skinner, Inc.

Skinner, Inc.

April 06, 2010 11:57 ET

Skinner Auctions Studio Artwork by Known Artists April 14th

Auction Preview Online at www.skinnerinc.com

MARLBOROUGH, MA--(Marketwire - April 6, 2010) -  Studio artwork isn't just the bastion of Soho lofts. Skinner, Inc. announced today that its upcoming April Discovery auction will feature a special offering of Studio Artwork, an attractively varied selection of American & European paintings, prints, sculpture & works on paper, all affordably estimated to sell to the highest bidder. 

The two day, 1,200 lot auction, to be held at Skinner's Marlborough, Massachusetts gallery at 274 Cedar Hill Street, kicks off on Wednesday April 14th at 2 p.m. with over 500 lots of Studio Artwork. Thursday's session begins at 10 a.m. and features Discovery's usual selection of American, European, Asian furniture & decorative arts. Highlights include Victoriana, ceramics, art glass, lamps, and property from a Martha's Vineyard estate.

According to Skinner Discovery department Director and art appraiser, Kerry Shrives, "The Studio paintings, prints and sculptures featured in this auction are better quality works than one might typically find at a local estate auction. There is a large number of works by well-known and listed artists, many coming from New England estates. Both the quality of a piece and an artist's reputation can be key factors in whether or not a particular work of art retains or increases its value over time."

Continues Shrives, "My advice to beginning art collectors is always know what you are buying, and who you are buying it from -- are they reputable? Know how to spot a quality work of art and if possible, try to learn a bit about the artist who created it. Decide your budget, then, let your heart and your eyes be your guide. Just buy what you like, what appeals to you."

Skinner's Discovery auctions are held every month in Skinner's Marlborough, Massachusetts gallery. They offer the general public the rare opportunity to learn about art, antiques, and collectibles at auction, in a relaxed and non-intimidating auction setting. They are a great way to learn about the value of fine tangibles. All Skinner auctions are free and open to the public, and offer bidding in person, over the phone or online at Skinner's website.

Skinner-Live! Online Bidding on Skinner's Website
Skinner's website features real-time online bidding via the SkinnerLive! bid applet. Visit www.skinnerinc.com and click on the blue SkinnerLive! Bidding button for full instructions prior to the auction. Once pre-registered on our website, you can join in the live bidding as soon as the auction begins and listen along with the real-time live audio feed of the auction from the comfort of your home or workplace. All lots in the auction are also available for viewing at www.skinnerinc.com. The website provides full-color thumbnail images and full lot descriptions. It allows users to leave bids online, and view prices realized in real-time during and after the auction. Visit www.skinnerinc.com to sign up for our free eZine of upcoming arts & antiques auctions and events.

Skinner Lot Alert
Looking for a particular item at Skinner? Sign up to receive Skinner's Lot Alert -– it's a personal shopper service that automatically notifies you via email when an item matching your interest is posted to the Skinner website. From there, you can view the lot, get condition reports and bid online. You'll find registration for our Lot Alert under the Buy/Sell Tab on Skinner's homepage at www.skinnerinc.com.

Auction Previews and Catalogue Information
To view the auction property prior to the auction, attend the auction preview in person on Tuesday, April 13th, 12-5, Wednesday, April 14th, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursday, April 15th, 8-9:30am, at Skinner, 274 Cedar Hill Street, Marlborough, Mass.  Auction catalogs are available for purchase at the gallery for $9.00. For questions regarding property in the auction, please contact Skinner's Discovery department at 508-970-3202 or email discovery@skinnerinc.com.

About Skinner
Skinner, Inc. is one of the world's leading auction houses for antiques and fine art and the only major auction house headquartered in New England. 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, Fine Ceramics, Fine Silver, Fine Jewelry, Couture, 20th Century Furniture & Decorative Arts, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Judaica, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, Science & Technology, Fine Clocks, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, Fine Wines, and Discovery. Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA. For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner's web site www.skinnerinc.com.

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