Chris Barber

Deputy Director of American Furniture & Decorative Arts

Chris Barber

Deputy Director of American Furniture & Decorative Arts

Skinner Inc.




Chris Barber is a specialist in Skinner’s American Furniture & Decorative Arts Department. His special areas of interest are American furniture and 19th century folk art. Chris has also had experience working with 18th and 19th century American clocks, nautical and maritime art and antiques, and cataloged an extensive collection of early microscopes.

Chris joined Skinner 2004, and since that time has expanded his role to include auctioneering. An avid supporter of the arts, Chris is a member of the Museum Council at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and often lends his talents to supporting art and antique appraisal events for non-profit and corporate institutions. Prior to joining Skinner, Chris was a member of the American Paintings and Sculpture Department at Christie’s auction house in New York.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University. He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.


Appraisal Videos

Watch Chris Barber on the PBS TV series Antiques Roadshow:

Vander Ley Bros. Rococo Revival-style Settee, ca. 1935

Sailor’s Shellwork Valentine, ca. 1860
APPRAISED VALUE: $3,000-$5,000

Concord, Massachusetts Card Table, ca. 1800
APPRAISED VALUE: $3,000-$5,000

Victorian Baby Carriage, ca. 1870

German Baroque Lockbox, ca. 1625
APPRAISED VALUE: $10,000-$15,000

1863 Gilt Bronze-mounted Gaslight
APPRAISED VALUE: $10,000-$15,000

Iberian Rococo Chair, ca. 1775
APPRAISED VALUE: $1,000-$1,500

Swiss Bird Automaton, ca. 1900
APPRAISED VALUE: $1,000-$1,200

Pansy Stockton Sun Painting, ca. 1950
APPRAISED VALUE: $1,000-$1,500

Hans Wegner Designed Mid-Century Valet Chair
APPRAISED VALUE: $6,000-$8,000


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