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Maentel Double Portrait

May 22, 2018

We are proud to offer this important full-length double portrait attributed to Jacob Maentel (1778-1863), fresh to the market since it first appeared in 1997 in a regional auction house in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The woman is dressed in a billowing blue dress with lavender undertones that perfectly complements her brilliant blue eyes.  Her upswept hair […]

Maentel Double Portrait

The Fearless Benjamin Lay | September 7, 2017

Interest in the life and preaching of Benjamin Lay (1682 – 1759) has peaked in recent weeks with two articles, one in the New York Times and the other in the September issue of Smithsonian, announcing the publication of a new book about the life and times of this hunch-back Quaker dwarf whose name was […]

NHADA Celebrates 60 Years | July 18, 2017

  On August 10, the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association will celebrate the 60th year of the New Hampshire Antiques Show in Manchester.  Even as young dealers just starting in the business we heard about this ‘must attend’ event and were amazed on first visiting at the treasure trove of Americana to be found.  And […]

Introducing Miss Phebe Webster | May 2, 2017

We are delighted to introduce this recently discovered portrait of Phebe Webster attributed to RW and SA Shute.  She is identified in the upper right as “Phebe Webster Born October 20th 1810”. This watercolor on paper measures 20 5/8” x 16 5/8”.  Phebe was born in Derryfield, now Manchester, NH, where she lived most of […]

Springtime in Philadelphia | April 13, 2017

This year at the Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show we are delighted to showcase an important carousel figure of a rooster from the famous Dentzel shop of Philadelphia, c. 1894-1902.  It is one of the rarest of the Dentzel menagerie figures with approximately six documented examples extant.  It has been the prize piece in the […]

Winter in the Country | February 8, 2017

The date was “December 6, 1943” according to the artist’s label affixed to the canvas.  And in sharp contrast to the peaceful, idyllic winter country scene depicted by Grandma Moses, the world was at war.  On Christmas Eve the painting was sold by The American British Art Center in New York City to the well-known […]

Live from the Winter Antiques Show 2017 | January 19, 2017

Tonight marks the opening of the 63rd annual Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City and our 21st year as an exhibitor at this extraordinary event.   Each year we strive to offer the very finest pieces of American folk art and painted furniture.   For those of you unable to attend […]

Winter Antiques Show 2017 | December 20, 2016

  With 2016 on its way out we now turn a hopeful eye to the New Year and the Winter Antiques Show headlining Americana Week in New York City.  This will be our 21st year exhibiting at this exciting event where we all do our best to turn up those special treasures that capture the […]

‘Tis the Season! | November 30, 2016

                     The Pennsylvania-Germans brought many traditions to this country, a number of them centered on the Christmas season. Besides introducing the decorated evergreen early in the 19th century, they brought with them a legendary, mischievous character named Belsnickel dressed in fur and like a peddler, laden with small gifts and […]

Happy November! | November 2, 2016

Just in time for the holidays and before the snow flies – this wonderful, small horse-drawn sleigh retains its original yellow painted and floral decorated surface.  We believe it to be from Pennsylvania, c.1820-40, and possibly the Lancaster area.  It has wonderful iron hardware and the interior retains the brown vinegar grained finish.  It had […]

Welcome, Abby | September 14, 2016

We are delighted to welcome Abigail ‘Abby’ Flannery as our new office assistant at Olde Hope Antiques.  Many of you may already know her as Abby Starliper of the American Decorative Arts department at Christie’s, New York, where she worked for the past nine years.  It was there that we got to know Abby, particularly […]

The Story of Benjamin Lay | July 14, 2016

The antiques business has the intrigue of a treasure hunt and the possibility of a hidden gem sits in the back of our minds as we browse flea markets, auctions, tag sales, roadside shops, and house calls. As part of our 40th anniversary we wanted to share the story of our own good fortune, of […]

After 40 years, some things remain the same. | May 26, 2016

30 years ago we were interviewed on our 10-year anniversary as Olde Hope Antiques by a local newspaper. It struck us that we could say much of the same now as we come to the end of our 40th year, though the vacationers searching for antiques are far fewer as the internet has replaced the […]

New attribution to portraits by “Mr. Boyd” | April 27, 2016

As reported by Elizabeth Pochoda, Editor of The Magazine Antiques in the January/February 2016 issue: The pair of oil on panel portraits of a young couple, Asa Ransome Swift (1791-1822) and Fawnia Cole Swift (1791-1880), was probably done at the time of their marriage in 1812. They are attributed to Jasper Miles who worked in […]

The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show Returns to the Navy Yard | March 31, 2016

After a year sabbatical, The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show has been reinvented at The Philadelphia Navy Yard April 15-17 with a Preview Party on Thursday evening April 14th.We will be exhibiting many fine examples of American painted furniture, folk paintings, weathervanes and sculpture. A special loan exhibit “Secret Treasures, The Passion of Collecting as […]

The WAS is NOW! | January 21, 2016

The Winter Antiques Show is always one of our favorite events of the year. We hope to see you at the Park Avenue Armory through January 31 where we will be exhibiting exceptional examples of American country furniture in original paint, folk paintings, weathervanes and folk sculpture, textiles, and related decorative accessories – all selected […]

Winter Antiques Show is Fast Approaching | December 28, 2015

The Winter Antiques Show is always one of our favorite times of the year. We hope to see you at the Park Avenue Armory in January, as we will be exhibiting exceptional examples of American country furniture in original paint, folk paintings, weathervanes and folk sculpture, textiles, and related country accessories – selected specifically for […]

All Eyes on the Apple | November 10, 2015

After a beautiful autumn weekend at the Delaware Antiques Show, we are now turning our attention back to preparations for the Winter Antiques Show in New York City in January. The Winter Show is always the highlight of the year, and we have been busy searching for exceptional pieces to exhibit in our booth. Please […]

52nd Annual Delaware Antiques Show | October 9, 2015

November brings with it the annual Delaware Antiques Show, sponsored by the Winterthur Museum. Join us for the Opening Night Party on Thursday, November 5, or attend one of several lectures on collecting and design, hosted throughout the show. We are looking forward to this year’s show and hope to see you there! The Delaware […]

Current and Upcoming Folk Art Exhibitions | September 11, 2015

    With the changing, vibrant foliage and crisp fall air upon us, it is a good time to take a trip and check out some of the excellent exhibitions on view at major museums in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Here are a few of our favorites: 1) American Folk Art Museum, NYC Folk […]