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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 Labeled BUCK WHEAT. Painted Firkin.....SALE PENDING

American, 19th century, having rich, dry, apple-green paint with a complex surface on staved construction, held in place by bands secured by a mixture of copper and iron tacks and nails. Swing handle.... See More

PORK AND FLOUR Signboard/Trade Sign

Probably New England, ca. mid-19th century. Pine, with original dry, crackled patinated white/cream paint with black lettering bordered by a thin bittersweet line. Square-nailed applied picture-fram... See More

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