Dealer Kelly Kinzle.

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1 How did you get your start?

My parents were antique dealers and auctioneers in Duncansville, Pennsylvania. By the time I was able to lift things, my father put me to work. When I was 21, I went out on my own and have been in the business ever since.

2 What and where do you sell?

We focus on American furniture, decorative and folk art, particularly from Pennsylvania. I love clocks so we sell a lot of those. That being said, we are interested in anything that’s great. We are also building an inventory of classic cars.

Our next big event is the wonderful Philadelphia Show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in April. Last year was the first year at this new location and the show was very beautiful.


“An Art Deco masterpiece” – a 1930 Isotta Fraschini offered for $1.4m by Kelly Kinzle.

3 What is one great discovery you’ve made?

A mantelpiece designed in 1882 by the architect Halsey Ricardo for Buckminster Park, seat of the Earls of Dysart, in Leicestershire, England. It was set with jasper plaques and medallions made by Wedgwood using 18th century moulds. Ricardo used a particular green of his own mixing that was copied by Wedgwood to create a new jasper colour, used only for this particular commission. The colour is now commonly referred to as Dysart green after the owner of the house. I found it in Philadelphia while door knocking.

4 What do you collect personally?

We have a collection of interesting tall clocks and classic cars from the 1920s and 30s.

5 Real ale or espresso martini?

Espresso martini.

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