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"Jacquiminot" La Rose a Powers Model for the Coty Extravaganza, "Beauty is a Joy Forever" July 1941" - Photograph by Harold Costain

A Picture Is Worth a
Thousand Words

by Mark Ford, CEO
A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Many of you have commented to me over the past couple of years about the quality of our images and pictures in our catalogs, flyers and online. I thought you may be interested in learning about the process and how "the magic happens."

Every single item that we offer for sale at our auctions comes to our facility in Fairfield, ME for cataloging and photography. Our catalogers inspect each item, and identify what images and pictures will provide the best information to potential bidders. Sometimes it is critical to identify a mark, an artist, a serial number, engraving or another critical detail. Sometimes it is designed to focus on the beautiful condition and color of the piece.

Each of these shots enters into our photography management system. This information is provided to our team of full-time photographers. We typically have four to six full time photography set-ups... Read more

What's It Worth
Important and rare vintage photograph depicting a Dahlonega, Georgia family portrait by Margaret Bourke-White

Important and rare vintage photograph depicting a Dahlonega, Georgia family portrait by Margaret Bourke-White. Featured on the front cover of "You Have Seen Their Faces" by Margaret Bourke-White & Erskine Caldwell. Sold for $13,800.

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

Harold Haliday Costain-Illustrative Photographer
Mr Costain, born in 1897, lived and worked most of his life in Scarsdale N.Y. He entered the photography business at the same time as lifestyle magazines proliferated the market along with the expansion of the advertising industry. This was the same time as halftone processing became common in print media using photographs besides text. In the early 1920s 15% of all illustrated ads used photographs. By 1930, almost 80% did. At this time he was commissioned by many publications such as "Town & Country," "House and Garden," "Fortune and Country Life" to promote American industries, products and consumer lifestyles. Costain's work was widely exhibited around the world and was awarded numerous medals, trophies and certificates.

Julia's is pleased to offer 300 vintage photographs from this important American photographer. Many of the works were exhibited at Salons across the world and bear exhibition labels on the verso. The photographs are fully signed and cover the range of his career. This collection descended directly from the artist through the family.

Costain behind the camera
Costain behind the camera
Fire-Chief, 'Chet' Dobbs Exhibited Bruxelles Salon 1935
Fire-Chief, "Chet" Dobbs Exhibited Bruxelles Salon 1935; Bristol, England Salon 1935 & Cape of Good Hope Salon 1936

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.