David Thompson and Jane Turano-Thompson come by their shared interest in antiques from different paths. David spent his early years in Woodbury, Connecticut, then moved with his family to Vermont. From a young age, he had been interested in antiques and art, fields he pursued at Williams College, earning his degree in art. After teaching art at the high school level, he formed David Thompson Antiques & Art, a business that continues to the present. He has personally restored three antique houses for himself and Jane, most recently a sea captain’s house on Cape Cod. David served on the Board of Trustees as Head of Collections of the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury, Vermont.
Jane, a graduate of Smith College where she majored in art history, works independently as an historian specializing in early American photography. She began her publishing career in New York at Scribner’s, then joined the American Art Journal, becoming Editor and then Consulting Editor. She has written for numerous art and antiques publications and lectured at many museums and organizations including the American Antiquarian Society, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, and the Daguerreian Society. She is a contributor to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History, published by Oxford University Press and was the featured speaker at “Exploring the Eye of History” symposium of the New England Archivists Association.
David met Jane Turano at a pier show in New York where he was an exhibitor and she was reporting for Maine Antique Digest. After they married, they lived in Middlebury, Vermont, then moved to Cape Cod. They enjoy sharing their passion for historic Americana and researching the items they find. Several Civil War images from their personal collection were exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and published in the accompanying book, Photography and the American Civil War. Together, they do antiques shows from Maine to Illinois and enjoy interacting with collectors and colleagues in their travels.