Don Browne

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I am a new dealer to Chairish, but I have been an antiques and art collector and dealer for over thirty years.

If I offer a piece in my store or online it is authentic period vintage and in very good condition for its age. Generally, I only handle objects that are in excellent condition. Occasionally, a flaw or condition issue on a piece is so slight that given its age I will offer it. The description of these pieces will always reflect the issue and the price will be adjusted accordingly. If a buyer is not satisfied with my judgment of age and condition of an item, I will take it back for a full refund of the purchase price.

My interest in fine and decorative art began in the 1980s with a focus on 20th century modernist design. At that time there were good modern designs from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s that went mostly unnoticed by collectors and dealers.

In 1988 I accepted a job offer to work full time in an antique store. In addition to minding the store, it was part of my job to go to estate sales and auctions every week. This is when I began in earnest what has now become a lifelong dedication to collecting. Like many dealers who start out as collectors, I began to buy all the good pieces that I could find not only for my own collection but also to resell.

Over the years I have expanded my appreciation of antiques, art and design from the 18th century through the 21st century. Although collecting has been my most rewarding endeavor, buying to sell has allowed me the opportunity to travel, subsidize my own collection and place pieces with other collectors. Currently I have a shop in Houston and in Galveston Texas and I sell online.

My early specialization in mid-century modern and the growing public interest in the period led to occasions for me to produce a series of exhibitions in non-profit galleries featuring pieces from my collection:

-Mid-Century Modern Revisited 1943-1953, Brazos Projects 2004
-The Hour: Cocktail Time Design, Lawndale Art Center 2008
-Objects by Architects, Houston Modern Market 2012
-Aluminum Is Beautiful, Utility Objects 1930-1970, Houston Modern Market, 2014
-Made In The USA, Houston Community College Gallery, 2018