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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


WANTED: Early Painted and Paint Decorated Woodenware

Seeking special examples of 18th/19th century woodenware in original paint. Please email photos to earlypieces@aol.com, or call 585-385-9002. See More

Bold, Bright, OUTSTANDING Theorem.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 1830-1840. Paint on velvet. Strong visual appeal, retaining brilliant, bright unfaded saturated colors and crisp, clean composition, the flowers bursting from the bulging, stylized ba... See More

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