WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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knowledge is surely the sword and shield of any collector, whether through formal education, self-directed reading, or attendance at auctions, shows, and galleries. Tapping into an insiders' Papier mache hand puppets, advertising art, and board games are well-followed collectors' categories network makes sense, too, whether through informal relationships with fellow collectors, calls to dealers with whom you have done business, or even through the agency of a paid consultant. An Act of Prudence And whether you find yourself bidding in hundred- or hundred-thousand-dollar increments, A dealer often guarantees her or his offerings. curbing your enthusiasm to the extent that your passion for the antique is seasoned with a cool Auction houses do their very best to assure sense of value is the best proof you can have against disappointment and even heartache. Or per- provenance, but once outside the ambit of haps you might pursue a different course. the Skinners and major international firms like Bonhams and Christie's, caution is worth observing. That is not to suggest that auction houses do not exercise every means to create sales of substance and significance. Give yourself a treat: Google the websites of the "Big Four," (Bonhams, Christie's, Sotheby's, and Phillips) for a visual treat and a virtual walkabout through a mind-boggling array of the very best in fine art and antiques. Better yet, take advantage of the proximity between Wellesley and Weston to nearby Marlborough or Boston and invest a Saturday We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 in a visit to Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers. Since its founding in Wellesley in the 1960s, Skinner has risen to become a world-class competitor. Prior to an auction, buy a catalog. You will not regret it. A sampling of those recently 110

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