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Lynda Cain

Lynda Cain

Vice President, Head of Department


Lynda Cain serves as a Vice President of Freeman's, and is the Department Head for American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts. She specializes in American furniture and decorative arts, American Indian art, American folk art, and Pennsylvania furniture and decorative arts.

Ms. Cain joined Freeman's in 2001 as the company's first American furniture and decorative arts specialist. She began her career in American Decorative Arts as assistant curator at the Detroit Historical Museum.  In 1984 she became Curator of Costume at the Detroit Historical Museum. In 1986 she relocated to Cambridge, Massachusetts and switched from museum work when she joined the American Furniture and Decorative Art Department at Skinner Inc., Bolton and Boston, Massachusetts. Before leaving New England in 1997, she had the great pleasure of directing the cataloguing project of the Folk Art Collection of Nine Fletcher and Bertram K. Little at Cogswell’s Grant, Essex, Massachusetts for the Society of the Preservation of New England Antiquities, now Historic New England. Ms. Cain joined the cast of the popular PBS series Antiques Roadshow in Season 19.

Growing up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan Ms. Cain was greatly influenced by the rich collections of American paintings, furniture and decorative arts held by Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum. She notes her good fortune of working in our two great “attic states:” Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Each Commonwealth has tremendous inventory of historic material, great institutions, and citizens who treasure their inherited and collected items. Ms. Cain appears on the television Antiques Roadshow as an appraiser of Decorative & Folk Arts.