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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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Rarely Found Diminutive 18th Century Tavern Table in Early Paint

New England, ca. 1740-1760. Oval, overhanging top on a molded apron resting on turned and splayed legs joined by molded box stretcher raised on button feet. Early 19th century in-use oxidized blue pai... See More

Neat Paint Decorated Miniature Blanket Chest or Trinket Box......SALE PENDING

New England, likely New Hampshire, ca. early to mid-19th century. White pine. Sweet little box in strong original conditon. Retains first dry paint of darker-green wisps over a sage ground, with ori... See More

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