James Kochan Fine Art & Antiques

Specializing in American and British art, manuscripts, imprints, maritime and martial artifacts, 1700-1850


James L. Kochan spent nearly two decades as a museum director and curator, principally with the U.S. Army Museum System and the National Park Service (including seven years as supervisory curator at Morristown National Historical Park).  Prior to forming James Kochan Fine Art & Antiques in 1998, he was director of museum collections at Mount Vernon, during which he organized the blockbuster travelling exhibition, George Washington Revealed:  Treasures from Mount Vernon. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for his curatorial and historical work, including the Anne S. K. Brown Military Fellowship at Brown University, the Award of Merit from the American Assoc. for State and Local History (AASLH), a Museum Fellowship from the British Council, and is a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians (CMH).    

Kochan is the author of four books:  Don Troiani’s Soldiers of the American Revolution, Hearts of Oak & Yankee Pluck, and a two-volume treatment on the early United States Army, 1783-1815.  In addition, he is the co-author of three other books, Insignia of Independence:, Don Troiani’s Soldiers in America, 1754-1865 and Hessian Documents of the American Revolution, 1776-1783, as well as having published more than 100 articles and studies on various facets of military, naval, costume, and art history.  He is considered a leading expert on American and British uniforms, accoutrements, martial arms and related military and maritime artwork and artifacts, 1700-1850. 

In addition to Kochan’s current career in the fine art and antiques trade, he continues to serve as an consultant to various museums and historic sites.  Kochan also works with the film/media industry; past projects have included serving as primary historical advisor to A&E Television’s The American Revolution (1994) and other PBS anHistory Channel productions, an expert appraiser for The Antiques Roadshow, and was the primary historical consultant and technical advisor for costume, props and set dressing on Peter Weir’s film adaptation of the Patrick O’Brien novels, Master and Commander: The Far Side of  the World. 

    In our 20 years of operation, perhaps the greatest pleasure has been that of working with discerning private collectors and
institutions in building important collections in the capacity of dealer, as well as agent or consultant.

Institutional Clients

    A. S. K. Brown Collection, Brown U.
    Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
    Fort Ligonier Association
    Fort Ticonderoga 
    Historic Deerfield
    Historic New Orleans Collection
    Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
    King's Landing Historical Settlement, NB
    Library of Congress
    Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Minnesota Historical Society
    National Army Museum (London)
    National Museum of American History
    National Park Service
    Pennsylvania Museum & Historical Commission
    Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Canada
    The Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House
    Tennessee State Museum
    National Museums of Scotland
    Washington County Museum of Art
    William L. Clements Library, U. of MI
    U. S. Army Heritage Center and Museum, Carlisle
    U.S. Military Academy Museum, West Point
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