About Peggy

I have been collecting, buying and selling antiques from Houston, Texas for more than 30 years. I carefully research almost every item that passes through my hands and provide you with as much information as possible, including artist biographies, sitter genealogy information, and references to books and museum collections that will help you understand and appreciate the items purchased. I retired from the practice of law to devote my time and energy in being the best antiques consultant I can be. I look for every opportunity to increase my knowledge and graduated from the Winterthur Winter Forum. I provide consultation to major auction houses and museums with regard to antique silhouettes. I have given educational lectures to museum docents, antiques study groups, dealer associations, appraisers, and other groups from Texas to Maine. I have been interviewed and quoted in, and provided photographs of my collection and inventory for numerous nationally distributed magazines in both the U.S. and the U.K., trade journals, books, major auction house catalogs, and online educational websites. I started business in a brick & mortar shop in Houston and exhibited at respected antiques shows starting in the 1980s. I designed and have been responsible for every aspect of this website since 2004. I fully guarantee my inventory to be as represented.

I promise to keep this website filled with fresh inventory at affordable prices. I will always have items to help you build a new collection or add to an established, serious collection. I buy the best items I can and offer them to you at affordable prices. I offer consultation services in building your collection. You will always find the largest collection of authentic antique silhouettes for sale and the best educational information about period silhouettes here!

I remove prices from item listings once you have committed to buying them and remove photos of items that I have sold to you within 30 days of completing the sale. I believe that your privacy is more important than touting those items I have sold in the past. I will sometimes use my copyrighted photos of sold items for educational purposes or as part of my greeting card collections, but never to promote the fact that I once sold something that you now own. If you would like to have the photo of your item removed prior to my regular website update, please let me know. However, it is important for you to know that I retain the copyright to all images and may use those images in later publications. As an honor to you, images used in greeting cards will include an attribution to your collection unless you prefer otherwise.

  • Publications and Interviews

    Payne, Suzanne Rudnick & Payne, Michael, "Images of the American People: Small Portraits from 1820 to 1850", Antiques & Fine Art Magazine, Winter-Spring 2013, 226-233.

    Page, Melinda, "What to Collect Now: Silhouettes", Country Living Magazine, June 2014, 39-42.

    Kenney, Al, "Micro-Targeted Marketing, The Art of Marketing", Maine Antique Digest, April 2014, 11-B (pdf attached by permission of Maine Antique Digest).

    Viator, Jane, "Picture Perfect", Antiques Roadshow Insider, April 2011 (pdf attached by permission of Antiques Roadshow Insider).  Great article about theorem painting.

    Lefko, Linda Carter, "The Art of Grisaille Painting", Early American Life, March 2011.  10-21.

    Rutherford, Emma, "Profiles of a New World -- the Portrait Silhouette in North America", America in Britain, Volume XLVIII, 2010 (pdf attached by permission of The American Museum in Bath).

    "Through The Looking Glass", Portland Monthly, November 2010.

    Viator, Jane, "Shadows From The Past", Antiques Roadshow Insider, November 2010 (pdf attached by permission of Antiques Roadshow Insider).

    McClard, Peggy, "Antique Tokens of Love & Friendship", Houston-Antiques.com, September 2009.

    Rutherford, Emma, Silhouette:  The Art of the Shadow.  Rizzoli, New York, 2009.  Images taken by Peggy McClard Antiques and of McClard Collection silhouettes in Chapter "Profiles of the New World" pages 183-222.

    LeFever, Gregory, "Side by Side, Faces in Black and White", Early American Life Magazine, June 2009.

    McClard, Peggy, "Antique Silhouettes", Houston-Antiques.com, March 2009.

    Cloutier, Anne Marie, "Something About Silhouettes", Country Living Magazine, January 2009 (online article at CountryLiving.com).  This article features old and new silhouettes.  Please see frame 5 of the online article for part of my collection and inventory.

    Payne, Suzanne Rudnick and Payne, Michael R., "Six Choices for the Sitter, James H. Gillespie (1793-after 1849)", Antiques & Fine Art, 200 (Summer/Autumn 2008) (online article at antiquesandfineart.com).

    "Top 10 Collectibles for 2008", Country Home Magazine, July/August 2008.

    "Let's Go Antiquing - What To Collect Now: Watercolor Folk Portraits", CountryHome.com, February 2008.

    Anderson, David, "Dallas Texas, Ralph Willard's Tower Antique Show", Maine Antique Digest, May 2007, 36B-38B (pdf, copyright by Maine Antique Digest).

  • Contact Peggy for More Antique Information

    Please contact Peggy for more detailed photos, condition reports, shipping information, and return policy.  Or just tell her what you like to collect so she can be on the look out for it. Peggy hopes you will keep her in mind when you are ready to purchase something fun (like an antique silhouette or antique portrait....or some other type of early folk art)!

    Peggy is always interested in buying single items or full collections of items of the same type and quality as what you find on this website.  Peggy does not do monetary appraisals because her legal and business training leads her to believe there is a serious conflict of interest when an antique dealer who might be interested in buying a piece tells someone what the piece is "worth".  Certified appraisers are qualified to give you a monetary appraisal.  Antique dealers may be qualified but should conflict out of giving the same monetary appraisal.

    Peggy is available for lectures and guidance in building your collection.  She is also available for consultation with museums, auction houses and appraisers.


Please note that due to an enormous number of fraudulent money orders in circulation, my bank routinely holds funds from all money order deposits for at least 45 days as the bank awaits payment. Because of this absurdly long hold, I no longer take money orders--this includes U.S. Postal Service money orders.

Please click here for my liberal Return Policy.