For more than twenty-five years, Kurt and Janine Kilty have lovingly sought out and acquired a significant collection of early American paint decorated pieces furniture, decorative arts and “smalls.” “Although there is a wide range of items in the collection, our emphasis is on paint decorated Americana made prior to the Industrial Revolution, (c 1800 – 1840),” says Kurt. “We were privileged to live in southeastern Pennsylvania, and also in New England, where we became enthralled with the simple beauty, the amazing craftsmanship, and, in some cases, the mere survival of these pieces. I learned early in my experiences to identify knowledgeable and trustworthy antiques experts who specialize in the Americana that my wife and I treasure. I have scrupulously limited my acquisitions to those gained through such credible sources.”
This extensive collection includes outstanding red ware and stoneware pieces, and uncommon examples of decorative accessories of everyday early American life, including baskets, needlework, tin ware, hearth ware, Fraktur and paintings.
“We have been delighted with how well these items integrate with modern architecture and design, while at the same time rewarding us with the spirit of a proud and hard-won past, “says Janine. “Every day, as I open the drawer of an 18th century painted chest, I imagine what treasures the first owner stored here, and my day is enriched by this meditation.”
We are now letting a few items from our collection go and welcome you to review the images on this site, and to contact us if you find any of them of interest.