The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Thursday, October 18, 2018

Oil on canvas portrait from the Circle of Sir Thomas Beech will be sold by Ahlers & Ogletree
Oil on canvas portrait from the Circle of Sir Thomas Beech (Br., 1738-1806), of Miss Ann Congreve with Three Children (1780), signed and dated (est. $8,000-$12,000).

ATLANTA, GA.- The estate of Thomas Ruben Jones (1929-2014), a prominent Atlanta businessman, patron of the arts and avid lifelong collector of 18th and 19th century American and European antiques, fine art and decorative arts, will be sold without reserve on Saturday, November 11th, on-site at Mr. Jones’ former plantation estate in north Georgia, at 11 am Eastern.

For security reasons, the address of the estate won’t be revealed until the week before the sale. It has a 30513 zip code, however, and out-of-town guests are encouraged to secure lodging in either Blue Ridge or Ellijay, Ga. It’s about a 90-minute drive from Buckhead, in Atlanta, where, it so happens, Mr. Jones owned and operated the Ruben Jones Antiques business in the 1970s.

The auction will be conducted by Ahlers & Ogletree of Atlanta, which is stressing that this will be an auction where everything sells, regardless of price, with no reserves and no minimums. “It isn’t often you see an estate as fine as this being sold without any reserves,” said Robert Ahlers, president of Ahlers & Ogletree. “It’s added incentive for folks to make the drive or bid online.”

Online bidding will be available, through and Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. A preview will be held Friday, Nov. 10th, from 10 am-5 pm.

Thomas Ruben Jones was a staunch and enthusiastic supporter of the arts, and his many antique objects reflect that passion. At the High Museum of Art, he served as chairman of both Friends of the Decorative Arts and the Acquisition Trust. He also was a member of the Atlanta Historical Society and served as president of the Antique Study Group, a club of recognized connoisseurs.

Paintings from Mr. Jones’s estate include a 1780 oil on canvas portrait from the Circle of Sir Thomas Beech (Br., 1738-1806), of Miss Ann Congreve with Three Children, signed and dated, 54 inches by 60 inches framed (est. $8,000-$12,000); and a late 19th or early 20th century oil on canvas by Herbert C. Farnum (Am., 1866-1925), titled Savannah, signed (est. $1,500-$3,000).

Furniture will feature a Southern Federal inlaid hunt board with two deep drawers, likely made in the early 19th century, with mixed woods and brass hardware, 41 inches tall (est. $6,000-$8,000); and a classical New York marble-top pier table, circa 1815-1830, made from mahogany, marble and gilt gesso wood and having a petticoat mirror back (est. $3,000-$5,000).

One of the more interesting lots is a circa 1735 Chinese Export famille rose and grisaille circular porcelain dish from the Lee of Cotton service, with the coat of arms proudly shown on the plate and finely decorated with two scenes depicting London, with the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the River Thames and London Bridge, and two of Canton, with the city walls and Folly Fort on the Pearl River, each divided by panels of chrysanthemums and peonies (est. $4,000-$6,000).

An unused set of 32 panels of View of North America, originally designed in 1834 by Zuber et Cie (Fr., founded 1797), but made in the 2000s, with each panel about 18 ½ inches by 12 feet 6 inches, should realize $8,000-$12,000. Also, an Italian Venetian rococo-style bed frame having an elaborate headboard with Madonna panel, dated 1772, is estimated to garner $3,000-$5,000.

A Hicks & Meigh 78-piece ironstone dinner service (24 dinner plates, 16 dessert plates, 18 soup bowls, 8 platters, 2 sauceboats and a tureen with lids and stands, vegetable dish with cover and one drainer) should breeze to $4,000-$6,000; while a pair of English Edwardian urn form wine coolers from around 1900, faceted mahogany veneer, 27 inches tall, should make $2,000-$4,000.

Also sold will be a Continental bronze garden statue of the goddess Diana, 33 inches tall, shown standing with her hand resting on the antlers of a deer, having a nice weathered green patina (est. $3,000-$5,000); and a nice English or American pair of 19th century Regency giltwood convex girandole mirrors with eagle mounts, purportedly purchased at Israel Sack (est. $2,000-$4,000).

Thomas Ruben Jones grew up in Paulding County, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University in 1952. In 1954 he joined his brother Benson in Atlanta as vice president of Longleaf Lumber Co., and later joined a partnership with his father and brothers in Jones Wood & Timber Corp., a pulpwood dealership. He also managed his family’s many land holdings across several counties.

In 2001, Jones acquired an authentic Williamsburg village in Blue Ridge, Ga., along with his life partner of 49 years, Lowell Jacks. There, the two men raised peacocks, turkeys, emus, horses and chickens. Six years ago he bought and restored the Henry B. Tompkins house on West Wesley. Designed by Neel Reid and built in 1923, the home’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today's News

October 30, 2017

Exhibition presents ancient sculpture to audiences as never before: In vibrant color

Exhibition at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg focuses on the endless loop in art

Bode-Museum presents over 70 major works of African sculpture

Pharaonic influences on display at Egypt art show

In new exhibition, Guillermo Kuitca reflects on the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain Collection

TEFAF New York Fall 2017 opens to strong attendance and robust sales

Museum Barberini shows East German art

Andy Warhol's 'Puma Invader (Positive)' to spearhead Bonhams Post-War & Contemporary Art Sale

Lawren Harris canvas from the UK and international masterpieces will take the stage at Heffel's fall auction

Hayv Kahraman's third solo exhibition at Jack Shainman Gallery on view in New York

Design Week Mexico and Museo Tamayo launch temporary architectural pavilion in Mexico City's Chapultepec Park

New exhibition of wearable sculptures by Ernesto Neto opens in Sao Paulo

Museo Jumex opens first solo exhibition in Mexico by French artist Philippe Parreno

Exhibition of new works by Danish photographer Thomas Bangsted on view at Marc Straus

Corey Helford Gallery opens exhibition of new work by street artist HUSH

Oil on canvas portrait from the Circle of Sir Thomas Beech will be sold by Ahlers & Ogletree

Artist collective Jochen Schmith opens exhibition of conceptual works at the Drawing Room in Hamburg

Jonas Mekas redefines the spaces of the Missoni Boutique with a series of cinematographic works

Morgan Lehman Gallery opens exhibition of works by Kim McCarty

Petzel Gallery opens exhibition of works by Jorge Pardo

Newark Museum unveils installation created with more than 500 plates by ceramic artist Molly Hatch

Musée de design et d'arts appliqués contemporains opens exhibition of works by François Daireaux

The influence of Scandinavian design in Canada revealed in 'True Nordic'

Yellow Creature: Kunstmuseum Luzern opens new exhibition

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- The Mummy poised to reclaim its title as the world's most expensive film poster

2.- Money museum showcases 1943 Cent valued at $1 million

3.- Is Robin Cunningham the Mysterious and Unknown Grafitti Artist Banksy?

4.- Freeman's autumn jewelry auction set to dazzle

5.- Phoenix Art Museum presents never-before-seen artifacts from Teotihuacan

6.- Sotheby's breaks auction record for any bottle of wine twice in one sale

7.- Buyer of shredded Banksy work goes through with deal

8.- The Frick Pittsburgh opens a major exhibition of works by Isabelle de Borchgrave

9.- Prime Minister Mark Rutte gives a history lesson in the Rijksmuseum

10.- Paris finds spot for controversial Jeff Koons tribute

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful