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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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Early Carved and Engraved Ladle

Probably New England, ca. 1790-1840. Maple. Beautifully carved "volute" terminal of the handle, as seen on fanback Windsor chairs of the period. Further augmented with the intials PGR., in early fo... See More

Opposing Finger Box with Rare Polychrome Design

New England, likely Maine, ca. 1820-1840. Original polychrome paint; pine top and bottom; maple side band. The fanciful paint decoration is exceedingly rare, with only one other example known. Pain... See More

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