American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts


Hindman’s American Furniture Department specializes in American furniture, decorative arts and folk art from the late 17th century and into the 20th century, with examples from New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the Ohio Valley, Kentucky and the South; including items brought to the colonies and early United States by early settlers and merchants, like Chinese export porcelains, textiles, German and other European metalwork.


American Furniture & Decorative Arts

Formal, metropolitan and high-country furniture manufactured in the finest mahogany, walnut, cherrywood, maple and other woods from the William & Mary, Queen Anne, Chippendale, Federal and Classical periods are offered in this category, along with related decorative arts such as clocks, looking glasses, brass, ironwork, Academic portraits, landscape paintings and more.

American Folk Art

Vernacular painted furniture, such as blanket chests, step-back cupboards and pie safes, are offered in this category; as well as paintings by itinerant artists and everyday utilitarian objects, such as stoneware crocks, weathervanes, itinerant paintings, schoolgirl needlework samplers, gameboards, redware and other pottery, carved painted shop signs and figures, toys, advertising and more.

American Silver

Silver holloware, flatware and decorative objects from the 18th and 19th century are offered at Hindman. Prominent firms and silversmiths include Paul Revere, William Hackle, Samuel Vernon, Tiffany & Co., Gorham, Dominick & Haff, Whiting, and many others.

Ben Fisher

Director, Americana, Senior Specialist, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Ben Fisher is a senior specialist in the Furniture & Decorative Arts department at Hindman.

Mr. Fisher rejoined the firm in 2019 after working as a specialist in the American Furniture and Folk Art department at Sotheby’s New York.  His areas of expertise include 18th, 19th and 20th Century American, Continental and English furniture, decorative and folk art.  He had previously worked for Leslie Hindman Auctioneers as the Head of Sale in the Asian Works of Art department, while also being a specialist in the Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts department, as well as the Modern Design department. Prior to joining Hindman in 2013, Mr. Fisher worked in European Furniture and Decorative Arts in Philadelphia.  He began his career working for a prints dealer focusing on works from the 16th through the 20th Centuries. 

Ben Fisher

Director, Americana, Senior Specialist, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Jennifer Howe

Senior Specialist, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Jennifer Howe is a senior specialist in the Furniture & Decorative Arts department at Hindman.

Ms. Howe joined the firm in 2012 working as a specialist in the American and European Furniture and Decorative Arts department as well as the Modern and Contemporary Art and Design department.

Previously, Ms. Howe served as Associate Curator of Decorative Arts at the Cincinnati Art Museum, where she curated exhibitions focusing on American and European furniture, silver, glass and ceramics. Additionally, she was an instructor of Art History at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, an independent consultant to museums and a lecturer on decorative arts. Ms. Howe’s research and publications have focused on late 19th- and early 20th-century decorative arts and design, in particular, on Cincinnati Arts and Crafts metalwork and furniture. Ms. Howe served as editor and contributing author of the book Cincinnati Art-Carved Furniture and Interiors. She received a BA from the University of Cincinnati and an MA in Art History from the University of Minnesota.

Jennifer Howe

Senior Specialist, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Leah Vogelpohl

Specialist, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Leah Vogelpohl is a specialist in the Furniture & Decorative Arts department at Hindman.

Ms. Vogelpohl joined the firm in 2013 as a cataloger in the American and European Furniture and Decorative Arts department. She became a department specialist in 2017, focusing on American decorative arts and silver. She received a BA from the College of Charleston and an MLITT in Art History from the University of Glasgow.

Leah Vogelpohl

Specialist, Furniture & Decorative Arts

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Complimentary Auction Estimates​

You are welcome to submit items electronically or to contact any of our offices directly.​​

Our specialists are eager to help you learn more about your collection and current auction sale estimates. ​

To begin an estimate, our specialists will need:​

  • At least 3 photos​
  • Detailed description​
  • Details on signatures or marks

Auction Specialists

Ben Fisher

Director, Americana, Senior Specialist, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Jennifer Howe

Senior Specialist, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Leah Vogelpohl

Specialist, Furniture & Decorative Arts

The American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts department is currently accepting consignments for upcoming auctions. To request an electronic evaluation of your property, click the button below and begin the consignment process now.