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. Our Important Spring Auction
included a selection of significant pieces
from Craig’s home in Sarasota, FL, which he shares with his husband, Randy Johnson.
Before he was passionate about antiques, Jim Craig was passionate about music. A gifted violinist from a young age, Craig studied at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and Juilliard. But when his first paying job with the North Carolina Office of Archives & History in Raleigh tasked him with applying the same attention to North Carolina decorative arts that had heretofore been given to the arts of New York and Pennsylvania, Craig discovered the passion for antiques that would occupy his life.