Madelia Hickman Ring is a specialist in American Furniture, Folk Art and Decorative Arts and is a member of Bonham's Furniture & Decorative Arts Department, based in their New York office. She works closely with the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices to source Americana, as well as English and Continental furniture and decorative arts, for sale in New York.
Ms. Ring has over 15 years experience in the auction and private art market. She began her career in 1995 in the Furniture & Decorative Arts Department at Butterfield & Butterfield in San Francisco, where she helped catalogue American, English, and Continental property. She moved to the East Coast in 1999 to attend an intensive programme in American Decorative Arts, where she focused on 18th and early 19th century Furniture and Folk Art. Upon graduation, she worked as a cataloguer and researcher for a nationally-prominent dealer in early American Furniture and Folk Art in Woodbury, Connecticut. During this time, she published articles that appeared in Antiques and Fine Art.
In 2004, Ms. Ring joined the American Furniture & Folk Art Department in the New York offices of an international auction house; in 2008, she joined an internet-based auction firm based in Northwest Connecticut as she focused on starting a family. During her career, she has worked towards the successful sale of several important collections and has made research contributions for some recent landmark publications in the field of American decorative arts. She lectures frequently on American decorative arts and is an expert in provenance and genealogy research, where she has made a name for herself.
Ms. Ring holds a Masters of Art in American Art History from the University of California; she is a member of the Decorative Arts Trust, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Mayflower Society and the New England Historic Genealogical Society. She sits on the board for the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead in Windsor, Connecticut and is the Historic Preservation chairman for the Roger Sherman chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.