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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

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Elaborate Decorated Paper Box

Pennsylvania, probably Lancaster area, 19th century. Fancy needlework and beaded lid on pressed-board box with dark blue wallpaper embossed with light blue, green, and mustard decorations. Interior ... See More

Colorful Perching Rooster/Chicken Fraktur Drawing

Likely Pennsylvania, ca. 1840. Watercolor on laid paper. Highly stylized rendering of a rooster or chicken with yellow body accented by a bittersweet outline and wing, the wing further highlighted b... See More

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