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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


Vibrant, Pristine Paint-Decorated Tinware Tea Canister

Likely Pennsylvania or Connecticut, ca. 1840. Attributed to the Filley family of tin workers. Bold paint decoration on black asphaltum in remarkable, virtually mint condition. An exceptional exampl... See More

Early Paint Decorated Frame

Northeast America, ca. 1830-1840. Original PAINT simulating crotch mahogany on pine. Excellent for housing a fine period folk art painting, or as art by itself. Excellent structural condition; minor a... See More

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