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MFA Boston opens Paul Revere's time capsule

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This is a great story about the time capsule recently discovered in the cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House. It was originally placed there in 1795 by Paul Revere and Governor, Samuel Adams, not knowing if it would ever be discovered. The idea of it is so interesting and thought provoking, I think it is worth the read. Here is a link to the story:
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First new American art museum in half a century

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Here is a story from Antiques and the Arts Weekly.  I find it to be encouraging
First Major Museum For American Art Established In Almost A Half Century Opens 
  If you are a fan of adventurous museum buildings and great American art, you are going to love the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and its world-class collection. Marking a significant development on the US cultural scene, the institution, the brainchild of Alice B. Walton, daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton, opened to the public on November 11. It is the first major museum devoted to American art established in almost a half century.
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“Pilgrim Century” furniture discovery

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The keno Brothers revealed a remarkable discovery on Anderson Cooper’s show today. They unearthed a fantastically early chest, made in 1685, which makes it one of the oldest surviving chests made in America. It descended in the family of the woman who currently owns it. She [Read More...]

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Art as collateral

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It seems that art and antiques are better collateral than other assets these days. Read about how some high flyers are pledging valuable objects from their fine art collections as collateral to do real estate deals. I picked this story up on Artfix Dailey.

Here is the article from Bloomberg:

Michael Steinhardt, the former hedge-fund manager who has spent at least $200 million on fine art, is using part of the collection to [Read More...]


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Rarely seen objects from the White House Collection to be on view at The Smithsonian

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Back in 1961, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy had the vision and sense of culture to begin forming a collection of American decorative arts at the white house. What she started 40 years ago has grown into an extraordinary repository for some of the finest examples of Early American furniture and decorative objects. It's a show place, where foreign dignitaries as well as Americans can get a sense of the craftsmanship that defined early America. A [Read More...]

Seymour secretary desk and bookcase, Boston

Categories: categoryCurrent Events categoryEarly American Furniture categoryHistorically Significant


Exceptional dwarf clock by Joshua Wilder of Hingham, MA

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We were thrilled to purchase an exceptional clock at the March 6th Americana sale at Skinner Auctions. The circa 1822 dwarf clock, standing about four feet high is an exact miniature of a tall case (grandfather) clock. Early 19th century dwarf clocks from the Hingham/Hanover area, on the South Shore of Massachusetts, are highly prized by collectors. We purchased the clock for $189,600. on behalf of a private collector. Although not a record for a [Read More...]

Joshua Wilder dwarf clock

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