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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


Early New Jersey Sampler

Middlesex County, NJ, dated 1828. Appears to be silk thread on linen. Pleasing composition with central Federal home atop a tiered-hill flanked by pine trees and birds, with three deer in the foregr... See More

Sweet, Small, Grained and Gilt Paint Decorated Box

Northeast America, ca. 1840. Original black-over-red faux-rosewood and bronze-paint decoration on pine. Note how the artist applied the dark graining paint in confident, broad sweeping brush stroke... See More

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