James Compton Gallery Blog

A Recent Acquisition – Cree Pipe Bag, Circa 1870 – 1880

Item #: 657Origin: CreeDate: Last Quarter 19th C., likely 1870 – 1880Media: Glass beads on hideDimensions: 19″ without fringe, 6″ wide, 29.5″ with fringeDescription:  This Cree pipe bag has two strongly different designs.  The first includes two, elongated tracks, perhaps extended crosses, done in...

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COVOID-19; They Were the Worst of Times, They Were the Best of Times

The above work is by Edvard Munch, titled Melancholy III, 1902, and is a wood block original on display at the MOMA which I visit last month in NYC. It was the piece I bonded with most on that visit, identifying with the contemplative...

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A New Trastero Means A Re-organization of the Gallery….

For those of you that have been inside my gallery, you know how small it is.  One new addition can throw everything off balance.  Well, I got a grouping of New Mexican furniture, a trastero, a bench and two chairs.  The trastero is the...

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Navajo Woman’s Chief’s Blanket

JUST IN! This Navajo weaving is a Woman’s variant of the Chief’s third phase wearing blanket.  I just acquired it late last week. The weaving measures 66″ by 51″.  The wool is all hand spun and includes natural brown and carded grey for the...

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Video Presentation of a Navajo Saddle Blanket

This Navajo Saddle blanket measures 52″ x 35.5″, natural cream white, synthetic dyed red and natural carded brown/grey handspun wool with some green and brown 4 ply germantown yarns. There is some fading to the colors, some dye run, a few small repairs and...

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THE Navajo Blanket

I discovered an object so beautiful, so intriguing, that it changed my life. It’s an early Navajo blanket dating to the first half of the 19th century. I saw the blue first. It’s an Yves Klein sort of blue, so pure and saturated I...

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Happy New Year and thank you for your Support

Happy New Year to you all!  Thank you for your support in this first year of my Gallery.  Here’s a video of my end of year statement.    

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Visit to see the Keam Pottery Collection at the Peabody Museum

Harvard Peabody Museum In early November I was in Boston for the Skinner Auction and made a point to visit the Peabody Museum at Harvard in Cambridge.  I was excited to visit the main floor exhibit of historic Native American Indian art – they...

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A Rare Taos/Picuris Kiva Bowl

This bowl, which has shell tempered clay and measures 4″ tall and 9″ diameter, is considered to be a rare example of a piece of complete pottery from the Scott County Pueblo, El Cuartelejo, in Western Kansas.  While there are no papers documenting this...

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An Early Pueblo Drum

It is very rare to come across a Pueblo drum as early as this one. It came to me recently directly from a Pueblo person who had had it some time before getting it from another Pueblo person.  While dating these drums is not...

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