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The booth of David Schorsch and Eileen M. Smiles, with an 1825 tavern sign, right, and a minstrel trade figure
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DECORATIVE ARTS DIARY
by Brook S. Mason



If you believe hipster contemporary art is the only niche collectible making the market roar with unprecedented ferocity, think again. Right now, folk art -- 19th-century Americana crafted by anonymous, self-taught artists, reflecting a simpler time -- is soaring to new price levels. This new development is readily apparent at the 53rd annual Winter Antiques Show at the Seventh Regiment Armory on Park Avenue, Jan. 19-28, 2007.

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