The Coral Gables Museum, which celebrates, investigates and explores the civic arts, is hosting Skinner Antique Appraisal Day, a unique consignment event where attendees can bring antiques, art and jewelry to the museum, 285 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables, and find out what they are worth from qualified appraisers from Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers — free of charge.
The event will take place on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 1 to 7 p.m., in the museum’s Community Room with separate tables for each category. Attendees may reserve a meeting time with an appraiser in advance or wait in line on the day of the event. To register for an appointment, call 305-503-4423, send email to Florida@skinnerinc.com or register online at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/eventllr=v6ep7kbab&oei dk=a07eaaqmayzbc7cc0a5.
After an item is appraised, attendees may choose to leave it on consignment with Skinner in the Coral Gables office. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of any items consigned during Skinner Antique Appraisal Day will benefit the Coral Gables Museum.
Appraisers from the Fine Art, Fine Jewelry and Fine Silver Departments of Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers, a Boston-based nationally recognized appraisal company, will provide verbal assessment of antiques, jewelry, fine art, silver or other collectibles. Three appraisal specialists will be offering expert analysis including:
Stuart Slavid, director of the Skinner’s European Furniture & Decorative Arts Department, who also oversees the Silver Department that hosts quarterly auctions with the best in American, English, Continental and Asian silver. He is recognized internationally as one of the foremost authorities on Wedgwood pottery
As a leading auctioneer and general appraiser at Skinner, Slavid often lectures, conducts benefit auctions, and can be seen regularly on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow.
April Matteini, Skinner’s regional director for Florida. With more than 20 years of experience, she evaluates and consults on a range of material, from individual pieces of fine jewelry to entire estates. Prior to Skinner, she was the founder and managing member of A. Matteini & Co. LLC, an independent jewelry appraisal service specializing in modgemstones, and watches.
Robin Starr, director of Skinner’s American & European Works of Art, oversees a staff of specialists who appraise and catalog prints, paintings, sculpture, and works on paper for a wide variety of clients. Starr is widely regarded as one of Skinner’s most vibrant and animated auctioneers, bringing an enthusiastic spirit to the podium at Skinner’s American & European Paintings & Prints auctions, held three times annually. Her area of specialization is in American paintings and prints from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Coral Gables Museum’s mission is to celebrate, investigate and explore the civic arts of architecture and urban and environmental design, including fostering an appreciation for the history, vision, and cultural landscape of Coral Gables; promoting beauty and planning as well as historic and environmental preservation for a broad audience, including children, families, and community members, as well as local, regional, national and international visitors.
The museum optimizes its mission by cultivating effective partnerships, and providing programming that includes exhibitions, collections, educational offerings, lectures, tours, publications and special events. The museum is the Official Visitors Center of the City of Coral Gables.
For more information about educational programs or volunteering, visit www.coralgablesmuseum.org.