James Compton Gallery Blog

Ahkima Honyumptewa is the winner Best of Class Textiles at SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market

A Beautiful Hopi White Manta with Accents Ahkima Honyumptewa (Hopi) from Paagvavi in Third Mesa is the winner for SWAIA’s Santa Fe Indian Market for Best of Class in Textiles. Ahkima is both a painter and a weaver.  I am very proud to sponsor...

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James Compton Gallery will Sponsor Best of Class in Textiles at SWAIA

For the first time the James Compton Gallery is sponsoring the winner for the 100 anniversary of the 2022 SWAIA (Southwestern Association For Indian Arts) in Classification IV – Textiles Best of Class. I am proud to contribute to the mastering of weaving and...

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An Eskimo Excavated Sculpture of a Whale

A Sperm Whale Interpretation? This streamline carving a whale, perhaps a sperm whale,  has the most beautiful form and surface patina.  The elegant lines suggest a sperm whale with the high, angular head.  This item was most likely excavated (the collection history is lost)...

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New to the Gallery a Max Luna Library Table

This Spanish Colonial New Mexican table came from a client born in New Mexico who’s grandfather knew Max Luna, having worked along side him. He purchased this table directly from him around the time that it was made.  It’s a really lovely example of...

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An Early New Mexican Rio Grande Weaving, Possibly 18th Century

Clues Defining this Weaving as a Rio Grande Blanket A rare and unusual blanket came into my gallery. The blanket was brought to me as a pueblo weaving. I discovered with close inspection that it was a New Mexican Rio Grande blanket woven by...

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A Group of Early Zuni Tourist Fetishes

A group of early Zuni tourist fetishes were purchased from the Tres Compadres Ranch of the McMahon family of Houston, TX. Patricia Bennett McMahon (1929-2017) and her sister had one of the early art galleries in Santa Fe, NM and I imagine that these...

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Recent Acquisition of a Group of New Mexican Bultos and Retablos

A Collection of Bultos and Retablos by Alden Frick McGrew I recently acquired a group of bultos and retablos from one previous owner. The deceased owner is Alden Frick McGrew (1910-1987), former chairman of the Art Department University of Colorado, by descent within his...

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Summer in Santa Fe is here! Come explore…

I recently had an article about my gallery in the Antiques and the Arts Weekly publication in a section they did for the summer called “The Old West”.  I am copying this article  here with a few changes. Below is a view of Gran...

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Kent Williamson as Part of the James Compton Gallery

Kent Williamson has joined my gallery for the better part of the summer.  From June 26 through about Aug. 17 Kent will be displaying and selling some of his wonderful items in my gallery.  He specializes in Plains Indian material as well as Western...

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I will be showing at the Cody Old West Show in Santa Fe 7/26 – 7/27

Things appear to be getting back on track after a 14 or so month hiatus due to the pandemic!  Boy, the last year will be one I will never forget. I will be showing at the Cody Old West Show and Auction this weekend,...

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