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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


Rare CARVED PINE "Chandler" Trade Sign

Great Lakes, 19th century. Gilt paint over gesso on carved pine, even the chain links are carved from pine. This trade sign was from a Lake Erie ships "chandlery", which was a supplier of goods for ... See More

Handled Early Cooper-Made Firkin in Rich Apple Green Paint

Probably New England. ca. 1840. White pine staves and appears to be ash bands. Cut nail joinery of the bands, while the handle is held by wooden pins. Retains a most desirable original deeply satur... See More

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