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Posted 4 years 146 days ago ago by Gary Sullivan     2 Comments


Carved rosette attributed to Samuel McIntire, Salem, Mass
We recently bought an interesting Federal chest on chest from the Salem, MA school of cabinetmakers and wood carvers. We have just begun doing a little research on it. Matt was pretty excited to find that the carved rosettes are a nearly identical match to some attributed to the McIntire workshop by Dean Lahikainan in his book entitled, Samuel McIntire, Carving an American Style. It’s nice when the research supports our initial impressions. The carvings still show remnants of original gilding on the berries. It must have looked amazing when the surface was bright gold leaf.

I made a visit to Nantucket last weekend. Walking on Main Street there is like stepping back into the 18th century. It’s always a pleasure to walk around, taking in the architecture. Stopped into the Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) and checked out the new Exhibit of objects from their collection. Wish I had time to see the new Rick Burns film on the history of Nantucket. It just opened at the NHA on July 1st. Have to go back soon to see it.

We’ve had great response to posting the prices of some of our inventory on the website. I think this system is here to stay. We are still tweaking the website and will be making changes and adding content in the coming months. There are a number of instructional videos that we plan to produce and post on the site, but finding the time is difficult.

Brimfield is next week. I’ll probably go one day. The July show is always very hot. I hope the tornado didn’t put any of the venues out of business. I don’t think it did.

Carved rosette attributed to Samuel McIntire, Salem, Mass


  • 4 years 141 days ago
    My husband and I are still in our very early years of learning about and looking for unique and interesting quality antiques to add to our home, but, for what it is worth, I commend Gary for including prices on any of his inventory. I appreciate it. It doesn't intimidate me. It isn't a deterrent to asking questions. I don't make assumptions based solely on the price. Most of the people we know use laptops, iphones etc. for communicating and searches of any kind. Most rely on the ability to independently obtain answers quickly to questions from nearly any location. Although I'm not as techno-savvy as some, I have definitely adapted to and incorporated technological developments in my 20s, and now 30s. I am starting to "rely" on the availability of answers and resources of information or research available online. I still go to shows and read books cover to cover, but, I spend at least as much time online. There are challenges that accompany this reliance and set of expectations, but I don't predict any slowdown or turnaround, so I'm grateful that Gary has given me access on his excellent website to one more little bit of information.

  • Gary Sullivan 4 years 141 days ago
    Thank you for the kind words. I think it's important to educate anyone who is interested in antiques and the arts, particularly young people, about the merits of furnishing with antiques. The more accurate information that they can access, the better it is for all of us.


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