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Many years ago, before I was a dealer, I bought a small, mid-18th century painting of a boy holding a candle as a gentleman read.  It was probably a study for a larger work.  It was on a thick, small ... See More

Why is provenance important?

An antique that has a confirmable provenance to a great collector (or great dealer), particularly from years ago, often adds considerably to its value.  In the space of folk art, names that come to mi... See More

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

The Expression:  UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL is one that we hear often, but when did we start using it in America? Research indicates that its first documented use in America was in the Revolutio... See More


OUTSTANDING Portrait of a Handsome Teen/Young Man.... Prior

New England, ca. 1835-1845. Oil on pressed board. Attributed to William Mathew Prior (1806-1873). Prior rendered a fun and outgoing likeness of a most confident, pleasant and fashionable blue-eye... See More

Paint Decorated Bentwood Box.

New England, ca. 1840. Pine top and bottom with what appears to be ash sidewall. Joinery by iron tacks and wooden pegs. Charming paint decoration with wisps of bittersweet against mustard. Retains... See More

Special examples of American 18th and 19th century paint decorated objects, folk paintings, folk art, historical wooden ware, and early furniture.