Former Smithsonian Native American bird artifact may fly to $600K

Native American Indian artifact

“The Smithsonian Bird,” a prehistoric porphyry granite birdstone that is considered the finest discovered thus far could sell for as much as $600,000 in a June 23, 2012 auction hosted by Dan Ripley. Its name is derived from the fact that it was once part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Read More +

America’s tramp art legacy

tramp art frame

In the new book, “A Legacy in Tramp Art”, author Clifford Wallach writes of artists who toiled in wood and of the people who include tramp art in collections. He presents tramp art as an important art movement in regard to the artistic legacy of the common man who produced art not in the schools or workshops that taught or produced art, but in their homes. Tramp art, Wallach shows, defines folk art in its purest sense. Read More +

James D Julia adds Willis, Callahan to new Massachusetts office

James D. Julia has opened a satellite office at the historic 1790 House of Woburn, Mass. to better serve a growing roster of clients in the greater Massachusetts area and further west. The location will offer consignment and appraisal services and as a drop off point for sales conducted at Julia’s Maine headquarters. It is also the new workspace for two high-profile antiques auction experts: James Callahan and Martin Willis. Read More +