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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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Colorful Folk Art Portrait Confidently Attributed to Royall Brewster Smith.....SOLD

Probably Maine. Oil on canvas. This portrait of a handsome young gentleman is attributed to Royall Brewster Smith who was active in Maine from about 1830 to 1837. Superb use of strong hues and tona... See More

Scarce Spice Chest in Blue Paint

American, probably New England, ca. 1820-1840, in a beautiful blue paint with black painted lettering and decoration. White pine. Dovetailed case and drawers, with drawers reinforced by early cut na... See More

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