Over the last fifteen years, Sumpter Priddy III, Inc. has gained widespread recognition for inventory of outstanding quality and for ground breaking scholarship in American decorative arts. An experienced staff, extensive library and comprehensive archives facilitate thorough and often original research.
Sumpter Priddy III, Inc. offers some of the most fully documented inventory available in the marketplace. The gallery features an extensive collection of American furniture and artifacts of everyday life, both urban and rural. It also exhibits fine art by distinguished American and European artists. Unexpected discoveries allow the gallery to continually introduce noteworthy objects in a variety of media.
Sumpter Priddy III, Inc. actively assists its clients in refining their collections and is always interested in purchasing or consigning objects of quality.
Sumpter Priddy III, Inc. maintains superb relationships with an active group of collectors, as well as private and public institutions. Among its clients are the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts; the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; the White House; the Maryland Historical Society; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Historic Deerfield, Inc.
About our Director
Sumpter Priddy III holds a Bachelors Degree in the History of Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Masters from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. He served six years as curator for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and tutored for the Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowship Program.
Long intrigued by the relationship between architecture, history and the decorative arts, he is one of the most active researchers in the field. His rediscovery of numerous artisans whose work shaped taste in early America has contributed significantly to a larger understanding of the complexity of regional style. Recent research includes the careers and the products of craftsmen who came from around the globe to Washington, D.C. during the Federal period.
Sumpter Priddy III lectures frequently throughout the United States. He has contributed articles to The Magazine Antiques, the Chipstone Foundation’s American Furniture, and has served as consultant to numerous publications.