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This remarkable secretary was the centerpiece of Allan and Penny Katz’s booth at the 2015 Winter Antiques Show this January. Alyce Perry Englund, the Richard Koopman Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, was among the many struck by the historic value and artistry of the secretary; the museum acquired the piece soon after the show. “We are thrilled to add this stunning piece to the collection,” says Englund, adding, “In addition to the exquisite craftsmanship, it tells a story so tragic and deeply-rooted in our country’s heritage, it is a treasure to behold for art and history buffs alike.” Allan Katz remarked...

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