Ronald Bourgeault


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Ron Bourgeault has been involved with American antiques since he was a youngster, with early interests in coins, glass and Currier & Ives prints. He was exhibiting at the prestigious New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association show at age 14, and at 23 was the youngest exhibitor at the preeminent East Side Winter Antiques show at the Armory in New York.

Mr. Bourgeault spent the next 25 years exhibiting at these and other major antique shows in cities across the country. During this time he refined his expertise in American antiques and folk art and broadened his knowledge of general antiques. In addition to exhibiting as a dealer, he maintained an antiques shop first in Salem, Massachusetts, and then in Hampton, New Hampshire.

Mr. Bourgeault's first auction was conducted to benefit a New England museum with the sale of property donated by a prominent Boston family. The success of this auction led him to continue in the auction arena. By 1987, he made a commitment to devote his time solely to Northeast Auctions. The business has grown to approximately $26 million in sales and has broken records for auctions held in New England, as well as having achieved record prices in various individual categories, including American furniture and folk art, fine paintings and marine and China trade antiques.

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