Coral Gables

Skinner auctions to appraise jewelry, art, antiques free of charge at Coral Gables Museum

Skinner specialist Stuart Slavid, vice president and director of fine ceramics, will provide expert analysis during the Coral Gables Museum event.
Skinner specialist Stuart Slavid, vice president and director of fine ceramics, will provide expert analysis during the Coral Gables Museum event.

Ever wonder what Granny’s antique ring is worth? Or that painting your parents left you?

Find out Thursday, when Coral Gables Museum hosts its first Skinner Antique Appraisal Day, in which qualified appraisers will inspect attendees’ antiques, art and jewelry, free of charge.

“Many of our attendees are individuals who want to monetize valuable art or jewelry they have inherited,” said April Matteini, Florida regional director Skinner auctioneers appraisers. “Others might just want to know today’s market value of an object they purchased many years ago. There is always an element of excitement as one finally finds out the price of granny’s brooch or if the piece of art they bought years ago has increased in value. Many times selling these items generates a nice financial outcome for the owner, and in this case also benefits the Coral Gables Museum.”

Skinner, a Boston-based appraisal company with offices in Orlando, Naples and West Palm Beach, opened its first store in Coral Gables last year.

Coral Gables Museum director Christine Rupp said she expects museum members to be turn out on a large scale for Skinner Antique Appraisal Day.

“I’m looking forward to all the nice things people will bring,” Rupp said. The event will be held in the museum’s community room, where separate tables will be set up for each category.

Attendees may reserve a meeting time with an appraiser in advance or wait in line on the day of the event. After an item is appraised, attendees may leave it on consignment with Skinner in their 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.

Skinner appraisers from the fine art, fine jewelry and fine silver departments, will provide verbal assessments of antiques, jewelry and other collectibles.

Among the appraisal specialists:

▪ Matteini, an appraiser 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 founder and managing member of A. Matteini & Co. LLC, an independent jewelry appraisal service specializing in modern and antique fine jewelry, diamonds, gemstones, and watches.

▪ Stuart Slavid, director of Skinner’s European Furniture & Decorative Arts Department, who also oversees the silver department. Slavid is internationally recognized as one of the foremost authorities on Wedgwood pottery. He often lectures, conducts benefit auctions, and can be seen regularly on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow.

▪ Robin Starr, director of Skinner’s American & European Works of Art. She oversees a staff of specialists who appraise and catalog prints, paintings, sculpture, and works on paper for a wide variety of clients. Skinner regards Starr as one of the company’s most vibrant and animated auctioneers. Her area of specialization is in American paintings and prints from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Ellen Dyer, the Coral Gables Museum’s membership and volunteer coordinator, said she believes the appraisal event will greatly appeal to antiques collectors. “The event will be exciting for Skinner, exciting for any new attendees and for the museum,” she said.

If you go

▪ What: Skinner Antique Appraisal Day

▪ Where: 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

▪ When: 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday

▪ Price: Free. To register for an appointment, call 305-503 4423 or email