The tradition of beautiful silver accessories ties us to the celebrations of the past - tables set for special holidays, gifts given to mark life’s milestones. At Leland Little Auctions we believe in honoring the stories of our history by making important antiques relevant in our lives today. From the coin silver of 18th and 19th century America to the most recognizable names in sterling like Gorham and George Jensen, our Silver Department presents silver wares that not only beautify our present, but honor our past.
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.
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.
The Gorham Coin Silver Tea Service in our upcoming Signature Summer Auction is nearly identical to the one purchased by Mary Todd Lincoln during her famously over-budget White House redecorating spending spree in the early 1860s.
Leland Little is proud to offer a Private Collection from Greensboro, North Carolina in our Signature Summer Auction on June 11. This collection features exemplary American and English furniture, fine art and more with storied provenances.