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Andrew Jones' auction of the Jack and Ellen Phillips collection, Jan. 15-16, grosses $1.487 million
The online-only auction achieved over 1 ½ times the pre-sale estimate and was highlighted by two California Impressionist paintings – by Granville Redmond and Guy Rose; both works finished at $237,500. Online bidding was on several platforms.
By: Andrew Jones Auctions
The auction was a time capsule collection of important California plein air paintings, Americana, clocks, fine silver, antiques, Native American works and decorations amassed over fifty years by the Phillipses. Jack, a Naval engineer, and Ellen, a schoolteacher, were high school sweethearts in Colton, Calif. They married in 1961 and a year later began their collecting journey together.
"The busy pre-sale preview brought in a host of new faces to our galleries as well as established buyers, collectors and art and antique aficionados who braced the unusually soggy Los Angeles weather," said Andrew Jones, the president and CEO of Andrew Jones Auctions, based in Los Angeles. "Clients remarked it was the best local private collection they had seen in decades."
The two-day auction featured over 500 lots and was led by paintings from acclaimed California Impressionists Granville Redmond (1871-1935) and Guy Rose (1867-1925). Redmond's oil on canvas titled Rolling hills with California poppies and Rose's oil on canvas titled View from Arroyo Terrace, Pasadena each sailed past estimate to post identical selling prices of $237,500.
Another work by Redmond, titled California wildflowers, fetched $40,000. Other notable prices included Fisherman's Harbor, Concarneau, France, an oil on canvas painting by Edgar Payne (American, 1883-1947), that achieved $81,250; and Pasadena poppy fields (looking up Allan St. from Colorado St.), which realized $32,500. All prices quoted include the buyer's premium.
Also offered were works by plein air artists as well as Hudson River School, genre and marine painters. These included an oil on board ambient View of the Hudson River by Henry Ary (American, 1807-1859) that made $17,500. Also, a wonderful oil on pine panel domestic scene of Figures at a table by Lilly Martin Spencer (English/American, 1822-1902) finished at $7,500.
Next up for Andrew Jones Auctions is the over 400-lot DTLA Collections & Estates auction on February 1st, including, art, antiques, design and accessories;
To learn more, visit www.andrewjonesauctions.com.
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