DENVER, Pa. – Pennsylvania antiques dealer David Horst has joined Morphy Auctions as chief consultant to the company’s Americana department. Horst will handle consignments and cataloging of all Americana and folk art auctioned by Morphy’s while at the same time retaining his presence as a dealer on the antiques show circuit.
Originally from Lebanon, Pa., Horst, 39, earned a bachelor of business administration degree from California University of Pennsylvania. Following his graduation from college in 1995, Horst entered the financial sector as a specialist in retail commercial lending for an Annville, Pa., bank then known as Dauphin Deposit.
Horst’s interest in Americana was stirred when an antiques co-op opened near the bank where he worked.
“I starting going in there at lunchtime. It was fascinating to me. I quickly fell in love with the antiques business,” Horst said.
In the mid 1990s, Horst took the next logical step toward his inevitable career in antiques by renting a booth at the Annville co-op. On many nights he could be found at area auctions, buying merchandise with which to restock his booth.
“It became a ritual – auctions every night, set up at Root’s Old Mill Flea Market in Manheim on Tuesdays, and again at The Black Angus in Adamstown on Sunday,” Horst said. “Things really changed when I started doing the bigger shows, like York, Nashville’s Heart of Country, and Frank Gaglio’s show during Philadelphia Antiques Week.”
Horst developed a specialty in stoneware and ceramics, with a particular expertise in mocha spatter and gaudy Dutch; as well as Pennsylvania German antiques of all types, including painted furniture.
Horst’s broad knowledge will be instrumental to the growth of Morphy’s Americana department, said Morphy’s CEO, Dan Morphy. “David is passionate about antiques, and he really knows his way around many forms of Americana and early Pennsylvania pieces,” said Morphy. “He’s still a fixture at shows and auctions, and still gets up at 5 a.m. every Sunday to shop the Black Angus market. At the same time, he’s a doting single father to his young son and daughter. We’re a company based on strong family values and were very impressed by that.”
“In the antiques business, knowledge is gold. Morphy’s is very fortunate that David Horst, with his incredible knowledge gained from many years of first-hand experience as a dealer, agreed to head our Americana division,” Morphy said. “He holds a position of respect within the antiques trade and will be a tremendous asset to our team.”
To contact Horst, visit Morphy’s online.
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