About John K. Russell
John K. Russell is a dealer specializing in Shaker antiques and other objects of great design. For over three decades he has placed some of the finest pieces in major collections and institutions. Contemporary reference books on Shaker contain numerous references to material sold by Mr. Russell.
He is a respected member of the American antiques community and has lectured on Shaker artifacts at prominent museums, art galleries, trade gatherings and historical societies. Mr. Russell also serves as a consultant to collectors and museums and is frequently retained to authenticate and acquire Shaker and other American antiques. He often collaborates with appraisers to evaluate and value Shaker items.
John is a founding member of the Antiques Dealers Association of America (ADA) and served as President of the Board of Directors for seven terms. During this time he assisted with the planning and implementation of ADA’s highly successful antiques shows, the first held in White Plains, New York and more recently in Deerfield, Massachusetts in conjunction with Historic Deerfield.
He also started the ADA Award of Merit program that honors those whose contributions to the antiques field have impacted the industry. ADA awardees include Albert Sack, dealer, Morrison Heckscher, Director American Wing, Metropolitan Museum of Art and David McCullough, author and historian.
John served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Hancock Shaker Village Inc. from 2011-16 and was Chair of the museum’s Collections Committee. John created the museum’s “Peer to Peer” program which is an innovative and successful forum that provides collector’s with an opportunity for a hands-on experience to study and learn about the museum’s 22,000 artifacts as well as items from the participant’s own collections. This in-depth forum draws collectors from all over the United States.