Michael Haskell opened his first shop in 1969 after several years of selling at antique fairs and American Indian Art Shows. The business was a success from the beginning with much of the inventory coming from local Santa Barbara collections and estates. At about that time Michael whom had studied and collected antique Native American art also developed an intense interest in early Spanish and Spanish Colonial Antiques, encouraged by his trips to visit relatives in Mexico he began to travel extensively in Mexico and South America buying Spanish Colonial art when great things were plentiful and comparatively inexpensive, it was an irreplaceable learning experience.
Michael Haskell has traveled and lectured extensively including the Huntington Library on Spanish Colonial Art, and curated, Symbols Of Status, Spanish Colonial Silver In California, For the Santa Barbara Historical Museum and authored the 1996 exhibition catalog. He was also co-curator for the 1975 exhibit, Visions Of Life: Art of the Plains Indians for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
Michael also offers appraisals of Native American Indian Art, Pre-Columbian Art and Early Spanish and Spanish Colonial Art to collectors and institutions, including the Southwest Museum (now The Gene Autry Museum), The Santa Barbara Art Museum, The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History The Museums of Santa Fe, including, The International Folk Art Museum, The Spanish Colonial Art Museum and the, Palace of The Governors among many others.
Growing up in a family of dealers, Eric learned the business through osmosis. Going with his father to flea markets and estate sales from the age of 4, Eric started buying and selling rare objects and furnishings early. Eric, has a degree in the History of Art and Architecture from University of California Santa Barbara. And is the companies specialist in the trade. Working with the top designers and architects in sourcing unique findings. Eric, spends countless hours every week in search of interesting material. Eric, is a three time One Kings Lane tastemaker. He also is the head of Haskell Design, Inc, which specializes in high-end residential design, as well as a line of furnishings on display at Michael Smith's Jasper showroom. Eric is responsible for incorporating modern pieces into the collection, and is very knowledgeable about modern design. When not working Eric spends time with his wife and two wonderful daughters, surfing or playing outdoors.
Michael Haskell antiques specializes in 16th-18th Century Spanish, Italian, Spanish Colonial, Mexican and European Antiques. We also offer modernist furniture from Latin masters such Don Shoemaker, Arturo Pani, Pepe Mendoza and Scandinavian Mid-Century and Modern masters.
Haskell Antiques and Haskell Lighting work closely with the trade. Please contact us to set up a trade account.