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October 29, 2013

Hamilton Hall Americana lecture Sunday

SALEM — Stephen Fletcher, the chief auctioneer at Skinner Inc., will deliver the 2013 Hamilton Hall Americana Lecture on Sunday.

In his 3 p.m. talk at Hamilton Hall, Fletcher will highlight some of the extraordinary discoveries over his 40 years in the auction business. They include a rare French Canadian commode found supporting a television set on Martha’s Vineyard, and a valuable japanned high chest taken out of an uninhabited house.

As director of Skinner’s Americana department, Fletcher is regarded as one of the country’s leading experts on American decorative arts, early American furniture and American folk art. He is a frequent guest on the PBS television program “Antiques Roadshow.”

On Sunday, Fletcher will be introduced by Dean Lahikainen, the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts at Peabody Essex Museum.

The $25 admission supports the ongoing restoration of Hamilton Hall, a National Historic Landmark designed in 1805 by Samuel McIntire, the famous Salem architect and woodcarver.

To register for the limited seating, go to www.hamiltonhall.org.

Stephen Fletcher’s lecture is made possible, in part, with support from The Salem Five Charitable Foundation, Kensington Stobart Gallery, Marine Art Gallery, Landry and Arcari, Clarke Brothers Fuel, and Waters and Brown Paint and Decorating.

Tom Dalton can be reached at tdalton@salemnews.com.

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