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On the trail of folk art in Essex

Legendary collectors set the standard for ideal antiques

By all counts, Nina Fletcher Little had a great eye and confidence in her taste. In an era when conventional wisdom dictated that Colonial-era colors were unrelentingly drab, she chose a bright and beautiful orange-yellow (she called it persimmon) for the exterior of the 1728 farmhouse that she and her husband, Bertram K. Little, purchased as a summer home in 1937. They named it Cogswell’s Grant after John Cogswell, recipient of the original 1636 land grant.

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