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The real economics of an antique show.

I often get asked how much it costs to do an antique show.  Here is an example:  Recently, I exhibited at a fine show about 400 miles away with room-setting walls and a regional audience.  I traveled ... See More

WHY?

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

Look for hidden information!

Sometimes one can find an indicator of the origin, the maker, an owner, or other provenance or history of a piece by looking very carefully for written or impressed writing. Case study:  I recently ha... See More

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Early Treen Child's Plate in Scarce Berry-Colored Paint.....SALE PENDING

Probably New England, ca. 18th to early 19th century. Retaining its first berry-colored dry paint, this very thin treen plate is from a hardwood, probably maple, shrunken dramatically out of round. ... See More

Remarkable Tree of Life Family Record

Fitchburg, MA, ca. 1807. Watercolor on paper. From a small group of "Heart and Tree" family records from northern Middlesex County, MA, and nearby southern New Hampshire. This watercolor represents th... See More

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