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Larry Jackson purchased his first antique in 1975 at the age of 26 in Austin, Texas, deciding that it was a better value than new furniture. He discovered that he could “trade up” and realize a profit when he was ready to do so. Thus began a lifelong love of beautiful antiques. Larry spent his spare time traveling around the country, studying and soaking up every piece of knowledge about antiques and art that he could. He started a research library that today contains over 2,000 rare reference books. Of course, he uses the internet now, but the original copies of his library often have just the information he is unable to find elsewhere.
In the process of learning and collecting, Larry built a notable collection of museum-quality Victorian furnishings, art, and accessories for his home. While he was building this collection, he worked in the family land development business. In 1988, he decided to turn his passion for collecting antiques into a business. He has owned antique and art galleries in Natchez, Mississippi, and Austin, and Houston Texas, before settling in Fredericksburg, Texas with his wife, Jeannie. Larry has served as a consultant as well as a buyer, seller, and locator. He is experienced in working not only with collectors, but with museums, trusts, attorneys, banks, and auction houses. He excels in finding the right buyers for varying types of collections and valuables and in locating the perfect pieces for his clients.
In the 39-year period that Larry has been involved in the world of art and antiques, he has had the privilege of assembling a number of museum-quality collections of art, antiques, and decorative accessories. Larry located and purchased one of the largest, finest, and most complete collections of Belter Furniture in the nation for one of his Midwest clients. This collection also included art, art glass, Tiffany lighting, and other priceless objects. He and Jeannie also helped restore an 1851 Georgia plantation which included acting as a consultant on the original architectural integrity of the home, as well as building a large collection of Rococo Revival furnishings, period lighting, decorative accessories, and fine art. They even found period china and silver to complete the project. It was thrilling to finally pull it all together and place everything in the home.
Another project that he and Jeannie are proud of is furnishing an 1856 Antebellum Mansion called Rosedale in Columbus, Mississippi. Rosedale is a tour home now where Victorian furnishings, including over 60 pieces of Belter and Rococo Revival furniture, are studied and enjoyed by many. Not only were the Jacksons responsible for acquiring the furnishings for these homes, but Larry also later sold the contents of two of the properties for the heirs of the estates.
Larry is well recognized as the leading expert in the United States on John H. Belter furniture. He has bought and sold more of this particular maker’s work than any other individual dealer or store. Larry’s years of general experience working in the antique and art world leaves him with many satisfied clients and an extensive network of business associates. He comes highly recommended as a buyer, seller, consultant, and locator for those desiring expert assistance. The Jacksons are always happy to provide references upon request.
Larry and Jeannie have owned and operated their Fredericksburg, Texas Fine Art & Antique gallery for over 18 years. They are housed in an old warehouse with beautiful wood beams and concrete floors, just one and one half blocks off of Main Street at 209 South Llano. “We love both the look and the feel of the old structure and it shows off our collection of art, furniture, and accessories just perfectly”.
Jeannie Jackson brings a degree in art and art history to the group. She has an impeccably diverse and artistic eye for quality, form, color, and technique which is apparent as one strolls through the gallery. Along with merchandising, Jeannie handles the marketing and public relations. Before joining Larry in the business, she raised two daughters, published a health and fitness magazine, did consulting on various interior design projects, owned gift and jewelry stores and a florist, and taught school. When she and Larry made the decision to pool their talents, they created Larry Jackson Fine Art & Antiques together.
Every month, Jackson’s participates in First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg.
They often do a one-man show for current artists, but always have their ever changing selection of estate art on display. Much of the estate art is purchased out of the estates of private clients or from the original owners who want to sell. It consists of varied works by well respected and collected artists, some of whom are no longer living, yet are highly sought after. The art spans a wide range of styles, subjects, and artists. Texas artists are favored by the Jacksons, but one never knows what they might find in the exciting 8,000 sq. ft. gallery.
The antique area of the gallery is a varied collection of American and European furnishings and objects d’art, including silver, porcelain, cut glass, crystal, cast iron, lighting, leaded glass, jewelry, books, Texas furniture, and lots of other odd and wonderful treasures. Jeannie uses her artistic twist to charmingly display them within the five rooms of the gallery. For the sophisticated collector, there is always 10 to 15 pieces of museum-quality furniture made by leading Victorian cabinet maker John Henry Belter. These beautifully carved pieces are definitely “works of art”!
In addition to the art and antique gallery, the Jacksons serve their community by operating a 3,000 sq. foot Consignment store where there are both antiques and contemporary treasures.
They also operate a Gold and Silver Exchange where clients can sell their unwanted gold and silver. Some of the more outstanding pieces are purchased to sell in the gallery to the many jewelry and silver lovers that frequently visit.
The long-standing reputation of quality, care, and trustworthiness keeps both locals and visitors alike coming back often and recommending Larry Jackson’s to their friends and family.
Please visit our Meet Our Staff page to get acquainted with our talented staff. To see a few of the thousands of items in our gallery, visit one of our Photo Gallery pages. You’ll find get an idea of what is in store for you on your next visit.