James Compton Gallery Blog

Historic Pueblo Cradleboards

One of my favorite things to collect are the historic Pueblo Cradleboards.  They were used to carry the babies around for the first year or two.  Most of the boards I have found have been reduced down to the simple, plain board.  All the...

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A Tour Through the James Compton Gallery

Here is a quick (2.5 minutes) tour through my gallery.  This is my attempt to include those of you that can’t get to Santa Fe anytime soon. Enjoy your visit!

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3 New Items Added to the Collection

I’m adding three new items to my gallery today.  A round Blackfoot beaded bag, a Crow knife with beaded sheath and a wonderful and early Comanche saddle bag made of buffalo hide. Blackfoot Beaded Bag The round Blackfoot bag is just over 6″ in...

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Three Early Pueblo Water Jars

These three ollas, or water jars, are the favorites of my pottery collection.  All three have the characteristics that make a beautiful jar; a sensuous body, a full neck and an out-flaring finish to the rim.  The Cochiti olla and the Zuni olla have...

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Plains Indian Scouts Wearing Navajo Blankets

It’s rare to find old paintings with Native Americans wearing Navajo blankets, but a friend of mine shared this Bonham’s listing with me.  This painting is by Charles Craig and shows a group of scouts out on the plains.  An encampment can be seen...

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An Unusual Gobernador Large Bowl

This large bowl measures 11″ deep and a diameter of 17″.  While I am not an expert on pre-historic or early historic Southwest pottery, I was informed that this was Gobernador based on it being from the collection of Dwight Lanmon, who is an...

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My Sister’s Pop-up Show coming to Santa Fe

My sister Candace Compton Pappas is having a show here in Santa Fe at the Shelby house from April 18 to May 2.  I own several of her pieces and love having them in my home.  Anyone that comes to my house admires them...

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A Norwegian Blanket, Retevev Technique

This Wonderful Norwegian blanket has similarities to the early classic Navajo blankets.  The colors are the same with golden white, strong red and deep indigo blue.  I was compelled to acquire this blanket both because of the similarities as well as the beauty of...

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Wampum!

I’ve loved wampum for years.  I’m fascinated about its history, evolution and its uses.  Wampum is a bead made out of shell from either the channeled whelk shell or the quahog or Western North Atlantic hard-shelled clam.  The beads produced are either white, purple,...

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Burro Alley in Santa Fe, NM

The James Compton Gallery is on Burro Alley, 28 Burro Alley to be precise. This is a historic street in Santa Fe, NM, and now exists as a pedestrian walking street with access at the north end to West Palace Avenue (actually Sandoval Street...

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