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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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Remarkable Symbolic and Patriotic Mason's Engraved Horn Beaker with Handle.....SALE PENDING

America, ca. 1790-1830. Cow horn, brass, wood, and polychrome inks. May have been used for ladling, or perhaps a presentation piece. Profusely engraved with symbols of the freemasons, including the... See More

Sensational Paint Decorated Document Box in Yellow Ochre

New England, likely Maine, ca. 1820. Best example of this form I have had in years. DOVETAILED case of white pine, decorated all the way around in sponged vinegar paint on a yellow ochre ground........ See More

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