Auction and Appraisal Services are now available at Julia’s Woburn office!
Located in the elegant, historic “1790 House” on 827 Main Street, this office provides comprehensive identification, valuation, and auction services to the public. Of particular interest is “Free Appraisal Wednesday.” Simply bring your item into our office from 10:00 to 4:00 on Wednesday and we will provide a free verbal appraisal!
The office is conveniently located just off of Exit 35 on Interstate 95/Route 128 and is designed to be a great resource to customers from the greater Boston, Massachusetts area and all points west. Doors are open regular business hours Monday through Friday and Saturday by appointment. Please call ahead at (781) 460-6800 to confirm a specialist is in the office–and not off on a house call, which happens frequently.
Julia’s Woburn location has a strong track record of discovering outstanding regional, national, and international items. Recent exceptional finds from this office include a Korean Longevity Screen (sold for over $603,000), civil war armaments (sold for over $103,000), and original New Hampshire presentation fire buckets from the early 1800s (sold for over $36,000).
James D. Julia’s Woburn office is co-managed by two long time antique and auction industry veterans. The first is Mr. James Callahan, who also serves as Julia’s Director of Asian Arts. Mr. Callahan is a long-time Boston-area antique dealer, appraiser, and consultant, and is a regular on the popular PBS TV program “Antique Roadshow.” His greatest expertise is in the areas of Asian art, culture and customs, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Khmer, Thai, Burmese, Ottoman Turkish, Armenian, Arabic, Persian, and Indian artifacts and antiquities. He also has great experience and knowledge as a generalist appraiser with expertise in arms and armor, 19th-century European and American furniture and decorative arts, jewelry, fine silver from the 18th to the 20th century, and paintings and prints.
Jim Callahan became fascinated with Asian art at a very young age. By the time he was eleven years old, he was the youngest exhibitor at a Boston area antiques show. He has worked with auction houses since the 1970s and was director of Asian Arts at a leading Boston auctioneer for 16 years. There he built the department from annual sales of $230,000 to $11 million annually at the time he left.
Woburn’s co-manager is Mr. Martin Willis. Martin has over 40 years experience in the antique business, having come from a family of auctioneers and spending his childhood weekends and summers at auction events across New England. Martin is James D. Julia’s Director of Decorative Arts for Boston area, and specializes in important furniture, paintings, sculpture, and items of beauty from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Over the course of his career, Martin has worked for well known auction companies across the country in the roles of consultant, appraiser, and auctioneer. While at the Clars Auction Gallery in California, Martin was responsible for the sales of the estates of TV mogul Merv Griffin and talk show host Tom Snyder. Martin also conducted the Josiah Bartlett Auction in New Hampshire.
In an effort to help the antiques community improve its visibility and attract new enthusiasts, Martin started the Antique Auction Forum in 2009. This biweekly podcast features conversations with well-known industry standouts. Over 5,000 people worldwide tune in each month to this popular source of antique related news and information. Martin is a frequent contributor to popular and trade publications/blogs, including the San Francisco Chronicle’s “What’s It Worth” column and Antique Trader.
We welcome you visit our Woburn facility with one item or an entire collection of items you are considering consigning to auction. We are also able to come to your home or office to view and evaluate large or numerous items at no charge or obligation. Please contact Jim Callahan at email@example.com or Martin Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org or the office at (781) 460–6800 to learn more.