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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


Brilliant Full Length Portrait of a Young Boy

Oil on canvas. Signed lower right "Wm Lydston Jr" "Pinxt" (painted by) "Boston 1847". This bold portrait is beautifully executed of an unusually handsome young boy with big expressive eyes and long ... See More

Small Dometop Document "Bucher" Box.....SOLD

Pennsylvania, ca. 1800-1810. White pine, with original tinplated sheet-iron hasp and hinges. Joined by unheaded cut nails and hide glue. Dry, patinated, untouched surface with normal wear from period ... See More

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