California plein air paintings on horizon at Andrew Jones, Jan. 15-16
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – On Sunday and Monday, January 15 and 16, Andrew Jones Auctions will offer a time capsule collection of more than 550 lots of California plein air paintings, Americana, clocks, fine silver, antiques, Native American works and decorations amassed during the course of 50 years by Jack and Ellen Phillips of San Diego County, California. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Jack, a Naval engineer, and Ellen, a schoolteacher, were high school sweethearts in Colton, California. They married in 1961 and a year later began their collecting journey together. Their first purchase was a Victorian hanging lantern that cost $85. With the passage of time, their eyes sharpened and their tastes were honed as they sought out antiques, fine art, decorations and accessories.
Featured are two works by Granville Redmond, including Rolling Hills with California Poppies, which has an estimate of $100,000-$150,000. Other standout paintings include View from Arroyo Terrace, Pasadena by Guy Rose, estimated at $100,000-$150,000; and three works by Edgar Alwin Payne, led by Fisherman’s Harbor Concarneau, France, which has an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.
The Phillips’s passion for Americana led the couple to collect a broad array of Queen Anne, Chippendale and Federal furniture, including an 18th-century Queen Anne mahogany dressing table, from Pennsylvania/Delaware Valley, estimated at $2,000-$3,000; and a circa-1795 Chippendale gilt bronze mounted mahogany bracket clock by Charles Geddes of New York, estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
Silver offerings include a porringer by Saunders Pittman of Providence, Rhode Island, estimated at $800-$1,200; a Federal three-piece silver tea service by Christian Wiltberger of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, estimated at $1,200-$1,800; as well as English and European pieces.
Also of note are Handel and Tiffany Studios lamps, including an early Tiffany Studios patinated bronze oil lamp, estimated at $2,000-$3,000; as well as a three-light lily lamp, a floor lamp, Favrile glass, Steuben, Boston sandwich colored glass, frakturs, jacquards, quilts, samplers and Native American works.
More than 80 lots of antique jewelry and watches showcase gold, diamond, platinum and gemstone rings, pearl necklaces and Belle Epoque brooches, pendants, whimsical charm bracelets and Native American silver, and turquoise and hardstone pieces. The pocket and wristwatch selection includes examples by Bulova, Hamilton, Le Coultre, Longines, Tiffany & Company and an 18K gold Patek Philippe estimated at $1,500-$2,000.
After spending time in Texas and Washington D.C., the Phillipses returned to California and found their dream home on Mt. Helix, in La Mesa, in the 1970s. There, they enjoyed spending time with friends and neighbors, their dogs, books and building their collection of fine art and antiques. Their academic nature and inquisitiveness allowed the couple to explore and research to make shrewd acquisitions by understanding each item’s history.
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