News-Antique.com - Mar 30,2009 - nancy Reilly one of the principals of Piccolo Art and a lover of all things Scottish was singing for her supper(see below at the show).
At the DC Spring Antiques Show yesterday, someone I know happened on a 19th century watercolor at a stand called Piccoloart. When our small group of visitors descended, proprietor Nancy Christman Reilly was so charming--even reciting a stanza from Robert Burns's Address To A Haggis in front of portraits featuring two tartan-clad worthies--that we bought three smaller 19th century pictures right off the wall. The mom-and-pop Reillys hail from Ohio, spent years in England, Nancy trained at Sotheby's, and they now live and work in Edenton, North Carolina, of all places...If you are interested in British portraits and miniatures--or the poetry of Robert Burns
Piccolo Art had two great Italian school pastels which were sold on the back of her performance.
The unique thing was that the pastels were in excellent condition and showed the influence of the French empire style of dress. This style came into fashion during the revolution and continued until the victorian period beginning in 1837. Almost all of Europe was influenced in dress and style furiture and architecture by Napolean including America.