During the 70's and 80's both of us worked in high pressure
environments: Michael in aerospace and Diana in the music
industry. By 1990, we had each reached a crossroad in our
lives and decided to hold hands with the maxim of 'now or
never' and together, we jumped into the unknown. We
left behind our careers with not much more than a hope that
we could turn our private passion of collecting Americana
and folk art into a livelihood.
We look behind the road that we have traveled together and wonder where those 20 plus years have gone? The years seemed to have vanished like smoke through a keyhole, more than likely because this journey has always felt like a labor of love instead of work.
When we began all those years ago, we didn't know much about
transforming a love of collecting into a viable business,
but we knew that if we put educating a client ahead of just
selling them some item and if we gave them the opportunity
to buy the best and finest quality that they could afford,
whatever their budget, they would return again and again.
Indeed they have done just that.
Much has changed in this business over the years but one
thing has remained constant throughout our experience: we
have built our lives, our reputation and the very fabric
of our business, day in and day out, on the premise that
honesty, forthrightness and intelligence trumps all. Our
motto has always been to buy what we love in the absolute
best condition possible with no apologies, knowing that if
we were moved by a piece, we rightly felt that someone else
would see the merits of it and soon it would find a new home.
That credo has served us well. Our clients continue to amaze
and reward us with their confidence and trust to help them
build world class collections. More so, they inspire
us, as they are willing to wait and pay for the exceptional
and the unusual.
We started all those years ago in the little house where no one lived, with rooms filled with folk art, Americana and rustic for sale and where all our clients visited us by appointment only. In 2002, we moved to our gallery on Third Street here in Los Angeles, the likes of which no one here or anywhere in the country had seen before.
The year of 2010 brought us full circle, returning to our roots of operating
our new gallery by appointment only. With that and our first rate website,
we are changing the model of how we reach our clients in these ever changing
Our website is but a small representation of our ever changing
inventory. If you do not
find what you are looking for here, give us a call or send
us an email and let us know what is on your wish list.
In addition to our appointment only gallery and website, we provide auction
representation services, estate planning and disbursement
as well as brokering, with all transactions kept strictly
We are proud members in good standing with the Antiques Dealers Association of America (ADA), the Antiques Council, the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association (NHADA) and the Antiques Dealers Association of California (ADAC). Michael's expertise is recognized as a member of the Americana and Folk Art Vetting Committee for the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show.
We have been featured in Architectural Digest, The Magazine Antiques, California Home &
Design, In Style and Rolling Stone and have also
appeared numerous times on HGTV in segments featuring Americana
and folk art.
We look forward to working with and building a great relationship
Diana Douglas Michael J. Ogle
All that is good and true has come to us because of you.
28 April 1995 Daisy 2 September 2010
About that name…When we opened the business in 1990, we were sitting together trying to come up with a great name for our endeavor. We tossed around our names, separately and together and all kinds of things and ideas, but nothing sounded right.
Somehow we started talking about where all the treasures were hidden that we would have to search out and find to bring to our clients. One of us said something to the effect that 'all the good things are probably in every American attic or every American garage' and just like that, it clicked and our name was born.
A personal and belated 'after the fact' thank you to the maestro, Pat Metheny, as it was truly meant to be.