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Attributed to Ammi Phillips - Pair of Ancestral Portraits
Attributed to Ammi Phillips - Pair of Ancestral Portraits

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Visit Maine
by Jim Julia, President

Eight times a year, visitors travel from all over North America and various parts of the world to attend nationally and internationally recognized auctions at James D. Julia Auction House in Fairfield, Maine. The diverse offering of quality antiques, fair and honest representation, the excitement and thrill of participating live is what continually draws these bidders. Over the years however, a number of visitors have found reasons to extend their stay. Some have even relocated. Maine has tremendous wealth of offerings. Article Image Mountain vistas, breathtaking ocean views, over 2500 lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams teaming with many species of sport fish including the renowned Eastern Maine brook trout and Land lock salmon. For well over 150 years now, drawn by the beauty, the hunting, the fishing, the hiking, and in general, the extraordinary... Read more.

What's It Worth

Unsigned - Young Boy in Blue/Grey Dress with Dog Holding a Garland of Flowers. The painting sold for $23,700.

If you have a single item, collection or entire Estate and want to know "What's it worth?" please take a picture and email us at antiques@jamesdjulia.com. We are always looking for rare & valuable items, as well as collections for our auctions.

An Appreciation of Nineteenth-Century Folk Portraits by David Krashes
Many so-called "primitive" portraits of the first half of the nineteenth century are extraordinarily captivating in their abstract, imaginative, and seemingly humble execution. Their beauty and charm lie in the manner in which the artists used colors and perspective. While the most prized primitive portraits show degrees of ingenuity and a divorce from reality that appeal to today's aesthetics, there was an appreciation for the images many years prior. Early-twentieth-century artists Robert Laurent, William Zorach, Elie Nadelman, and Charles Sheeler recognized the abstract qualities of American "primitives" and not only collected them, but drew inspiration from them.

The often asked question, "But is it a good likeness?" doesn't apply exclusively to folk portraits. In modern portraiture the likeness often bears little resemblance to the actual sitter, though we still see the result as an appealing work of art. The same can be said

for primitive folk portraits. More important than attaining a likeness was the fact that the artist probably achieved his goal of painting an image that pleased the sitter and his or her family.

Primitive portraits were generally painted by itinerant artists who worked for food and lodging or who rented their facilities, staying in an area until all interested subjects had been painted before moving on. They occasionally advertised their services in newspapers, offering additional skills such as fancy, sign, and coach painting to broaden their potential for income. Some artists charged different rates depending on how much a sitter was willing to spend, which was reflected in whether the finished product had more or less realism and modeling.Some itinerant artists painted... Read more.

Attributed to Horace Bundy - Portrait of Two Children
Attributed to Horace Bundy - Portrait of Two Children

At James D. Julia, Inc. we are always seeking high quality antiques of all types for our year-round auctions. We offer the best seller commission rates in the industry, as low as 0% for high value items and collections. Please contact us directly at 207-453-7125 (Maine office) or 781-460-6800 (Boston area office) to learn more or if you are considering consigning one item, an entire collection or an estate to auction. All inquiries are confidential and without obligation.

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