Fine Art


Nothing is more universal than art. It transcends time and place and yet it can express the nuanced details of a moment in ways that language cannot. The Leland Little Fine Art Department encompasses both celebrated regional artists, such as Maud Gatewood and Claude Howell, as well as those whose art speaks to the world at large, from the quintessentially American scenes of Andrew Wyeth to the famous portraiture of Thomas Sully to the contemporary abstractions of Sohrab Sepehri of Iran.


Claire Fraser

Claire Fraser

Fine Art & Silver Director

Claire Fraser has been with Leland Little Auctions since May 2004. A life-long interest in material culture led her to a BA from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Art History, with a business concentration. Her passion is working with consignors and collectors to find the best market for their fine silver and original works of art. Claire has also spent time working with the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Beyond the auction world, Claire is a dedicated volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle.

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From the Personal Collection of James H. Craig & Randy S. Johnson

When asked if there was any difference between his personal and professional acquisition decisions, longtime fine arts consultant and antique dealer Jim Craig said that his choices for his private collection could be chalked up to “personal addiction.” The comment belies the passion for the arts and Americana that drove Craig’s distinguished career for over half a century.


Women in Contemporary Art


Art Consultant Marjorie Hodges on the Contemporary Art Market


Painting Horses


Manjit Bawa


The Through Line - Following The Legacy of American Realism


American Art From the Collection of James H. Craig and Randy S. Johnson


Lost Wax Bronze Casting

The process of turning bars of bronze into detailed sculpture is mind-bending. How do artisans realize an artist's intricate vision in a substance that only exists as an intractable solid or a molten liquid?


New York's First Artists' Cooperatives

"Here's an idea that makes me super comfortable: how about instead of getting a steady job you try to scrape out a living as an artist?" said no parent in history.


The Anthony & Davida Artis Collection of African American Fine Art

Anthony & Davida Artis base their art collection on the three things that are most important to them: faith, family, and African American faces.


Larry Wheeler Reflects on the Life and Legacy of Joe Rowand

The creative magic of Joe Rowand was in full flower from the moment he opened his Somerhill Gallery at Straw Valley on US 15/501 on the edge of Chapel Hill in 1972.


One of Sri Lanka's Best-Known Artists for Over 60 Years

Sri Lankan artist Senaka Senanayake had 10 international solo exhibitions before he was a teenager. And yet somehow, as young man he still didn't plan to make art his life's work.


Excerpts from For My People

Select stanzas from the iconic poem by author Margaret Walker, with accompanying lithographs by artist Elizabeth Catlett for the 1992 special artist's edition of the poem.


From Florence to Philadelphia to Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Emanuele Caroni's Telegram of Love was one of three sculptures by the Italian artist shown at the Philadelphia World's Fair, The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876.


The Collection of Art Historian and Designer Sterling Boyd

A great eye is rarely confined to a single category. For Sterling Boyd, the synthesis of his extensive knowledge and impeccable style was a personal collection of art and antiques that brought together beauty and history.


A Modern Art Trivia Treasure Hunt

We love a good piece of art on the wall as much as anyone. But while we can appreciate art in an aesthetic vacuum, the stories behind the works are what really bring them to life. So to give ample dimension to the art in our Modern Art & Design auction, we made you a trivia treasure hunt around some of the standout works that were offered.


Dressing Women in Art

So much art of all kinds has been inspired by the beauty of the female form. With the abundance of fine jewelry and fine art in The Signature Fall Auction at our disposal, we give the artists' muses the decoration they deserve.


A Catalyst of Ideas

"Diego was a catalyst in the literal sense of the word: something that precipitates or facilitates a change" (Raymond Foye, The Brooklyn Rail)