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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


Fraktur from the Important Folk Art Collection of Ralph Esmerian

Southeastern Pennsylvania, dated 1820. Watercolor and ink on paper. Anonymous. Religious text for Esther Meyer. Beautiful composition with three-hearts balancing tulips/foliate decoration with Ger... See More

Carved and Painted Sperm Whale by Clark Voorhees

Clark G. Voorhees (1911-1980). Old Lyme, Connecticut or Weston, Vermont. Probably 1950's. Carvings by Voorhees are so highly regarded that even though "vintage" they are often included in fine antiqu... See More

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