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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


Scarce and Exceptional Pictorial Trade Sign, Dealer in Cattle

American, Westminster, Maryland. 19th century. Double-sided, with original COMPLETELY UNTOUCHED dry, paint decorated surface on wooden board with sturdy, chamfered wooden molding. Iron hanging brac... See More

Early Dated Rundlet with Exceptional Sculptural Form.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca 1807. Also known as "rum keg". Staved construction with beautiful button-hole joinery, the straps appearing to be ash while the staves are likely oak or chestnut. Never painted whic... See More

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