American Furniture & Decorative Arts

Next Auction

Wednesday, April 6 at 10am
Exhibition: April 2 - 5


This auction showcases important American furniture and decorative arts from the Colonial period through the Federal and Classical styles. Silver, ceramics, mirrors, Chinese Export porcelain, American Indian art, and rugs will also be offered. A special section of the sale will feature a broad selection of paintings and Audubon, Currier & Ives, and topographical prints.


Our specialists are always available to discuss the sale of a single object or an entire collection. To have your property evaluated for possible consignment you may:

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Strong prices for American paintings, including portraits by Gilbert Stuart deaccessioned from the Metropolitan Museum of Art


David A. Gallager

David A. Gallager
SVP, Director, American Furniture
212-427-4141, ext 271

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David A. Gallager has twenty-five years of experience in the appraisal and cataloging of works of art and furniture. He has appraised collections and estates for private individuals, international auction companies, museums and fiduciaries throughout the United States.

Mr. Gallager joined Doyle New York in 1994 as Senior Estate Appraiser and Director of the American Furniture Department. He is responsible for appraising important estates, as well as researching and cataloging American furniture and related decorative arts for twice yearly sales. Additionally, he assists in cataloguing important English and Continental furniture for auction. Mr. Gallager spent several years as an independant appraiser and served as the President of the Appraisers Association of America from 2005 through 2006, after which he returned to Doyle New York as a Senior Vice President, Director of American Furniture and Decorative Arts, and Specialist in Charge of the newly introduced Doyle+Design auction category.

Prior to Doyle New York, Mr. Gallager was employed for fourteen years by Sotheby's as the director of a furniture department, a cataloguer of decorations, and for eight years as one of the two full-time general appraisers. As an appraiser for Sotheby's, Mr. Gallager performed a wide range of insurance and fair market value appraisals for institutions and private clients, and he advised clients as well as the gallery's specialty departments on the sale of fine and decorative arts. He was responsible for creating reports in defense of appraisals by other Sotheby's specialists, which were reviewed by the IRS Art Panel.

He is Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America, the leading professional organization of personal property appraisers. From 1998, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Appraisers Association of America. Mr. Gallager is on the adjunct faculty of New York University/Appraisal Studies Program where he teaches courses on the connoisseurship of furniture and appraisal methodology.

Mr. Gallager holds a Master Degree in the History of Art from Boston University, is a graduate of the Attingham Summer School for the Study of the English Country House, and the Victorian Society Summer School in Britain. He is a member of the Furniture History Society.

Mr. Gallager is a participating appraiser on the Antiques Roadshow, a WGBH production televised nationwide on the PBS network.


The Smith Family Set of Eight Chippendale Mahogany Chairs Philadelphia, 1775-1785

Sold For $335,625


Painted and Decorated Blanket Chest

Sold For $288,000


Carved and Painted Wood Snowflake on Stand John Scholl, Germania, Pennsylvania, 1907-1916

Sold For $174,500


Assembled Pair of Rare Classical Ormolu Mounted Mahogany Swivel Top Card Tables

Sold For $96,000


Chippendale Maple Chest on Chest

Sold For $90,000