Stephen L. Fletcher


Bonhams Skinner, Inc.
Partner, Executive Vice President & Chief Auctioneer Director of American Furniture and Decorative Arts
Boston, MA
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Stephen Fletcher, executive vice president of Skinner, Inc. and director of the Americana department, is widely regarded as one of the nation's foremost experts on Early American Furniture, American Decorative Arts and Folk Art. His expertise in American formal and country furniture and his work over the past 30 years as chief auctioneer and generalist appraiser for Skinner have earned him a deserved reputation as a highly versatile art and antique generalist. Under his skillful eye, the department has grown considerably, making Skinner one of the most formidable auction houses in the world for fine American furniture and decorative arts.

As chief auctioneer for Skinner, Steve can be seen regularly at the Skinner auction podium, and he carries a full schedule of institutional and estate appraisals. He is often sought out as a source of knowledge on early American life, and eagerly lends his expertise to the media, museums, historical societies and nonprofit institutions.

Steve is a corporate member of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and on the board of trustees for the Provincetown Art Association and Museum in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He frequently lectures and was a contributing presenter and writer of "Art and Antiques in Estates," a forum conducted by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, and the Smithsonian Lecture Series.

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