LOS ANGELES – Bidders nationwide and around the world responded enthusiastically to the collection of Jack and Ellen Phillips of San Diego, California, which blasted through its overall estimate by more than one and a half times, totaling $1.487 million and earning white glove status in an online sale held January 15-16 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 during 50 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 two-day auction featured more than 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 their estimates to post identical selling prices of $237,500.
Another work by Redmond, titled California wildflowers, realized $40,000. Other strong performers included Fisherman’s Harbor, Concarneau, France, a painting by Edgar Alwin Payne (American, 1883-1947) that achieved $81,250.
Also offered were works from the Hudson River School and 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. In addition, a wonderful oil on pine panel domestic scene titled Figures at a table by Lilly Martin Spencer (English and American, 1822-1902) finished at $7,500.
Antiques and decorative arts choices included American furniture, fine silver, porcelain and art glass, folk art, scientific instruments, Native American works and accessories. A set of six Chippendale mahogany side chairs made in Rhode Island in the late 18th century seriously exceeded its estimate of $700-$1,000 to finish at $13,750, while a pair of mid-18th century Dutch silver candlesticks by Gregorius van der Toorn II made $10,625, and an early Tiffany Studios bronze and Favrile glass oil lamp attained $5,000.
The estate jewelry was highlighted by a selection of watches, including a Patek Philippe 18K gold wristwatch that sold for $4,250.
Jack Phillips had a fascination with clocks and scientific instruments. His late 18th-century Chippendale gilt bronze mounted mahogany bracket clock by Charles Geddes sold for $11,875, and a William and Mary ebonized table clock made $6,000.
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