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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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Exceptional Sailor-Engraved Powder Horn

Probably Coastal New England, ca. early 19th century (possibly late 18th). Carved and engraved horn with pine plug. Profusely decorated with vignettes of places the sailor had seen (real or imagined... See More

Scarce Blacksmith and Carriage Maker Painting

Probably Connecticut, ca. 1870-1880. Oil on canvas. The proud owners/workers standing before the Shea and McCarthy Blacksmithing and Jobbing Shop joined with the C.S. Gamwell Carriage Shop. As with... See More

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