Gerald Kornblau (1928-2011) was an authority on American folk art and a dealer who sold works to private and museum collections. As a photographer, Kornblau was assigned to take photographs while in the army during the Korean War, and some of his war photographs were published in National Geographic in 1953. This cemented a lifelong love of photography, which was evidenced in Kornblau’s collection of vernacular photography and also his documentation of art objects.
Born in New York in 1928, Kornblau opened a gallery in Manhattan in the late 1950s and was known to have high-quality material. He had a passionate interest in nineteenth-century decorative sculpture and weathervanes, so much so that he reprinted the 1875 catalog of weathervanes and finials manufactured by J. W. Fiske. At the 1975 Winter Antiques Show, Kornblau debuted the c. 1812-1813 portraits of Ashbel and Patience Stoddard, residents of Hudson, New York, attributed to Ammi Phillips.
Kornblau passed away on July 24, 2011, after a long illness.