Charles Jones - Photographs New York Friday, April 5, 2024 | Phillips
  • A highly accomplished gardener, Charles Jones plied his trade on a number of private estates in England in the 1890s including Ote Hall in Sussex, where the images in this lot were likely taken. Jones had a great deal of success as a propagator of flowers and vegetables, and he documented the results photographically. Jones’s visual style was admirably straightforward, and he leaned into photography’s ability to capture volume and texture. Working almost exclusively with a plain background, his photographs possess a Modernist precision well ahead of their time. Produced primarily for his own use, Jones’s prints were produced in very limited quantities, and many are unique. 

    • Literature

      Sexton and Johnson, Plant Kingdoms: The Photographs of Charles Jones, pp. 27, 38, for various prints

    • Catalogue Essay

      The photographs included in this lot are as follows:

      Cucumber Telegraph
      Pea Gladstone
      Turnip, Green Globe
      Leek Prizetaker
      Globe Beets
      Bean Runner


Selected Studies of Vegetables

circa 1900-1902
Six gold toned printing-out-paper prints.
Varying sizes from 4 1/4 x 6 in. (10.8 x 15.2 cm) to 8 x 6 in. (20.3 x 15.2 cm) or the reverse
Each initialed and titled in pencil on the verso.

Full Cataloguing

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $27,940

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New York Auction 5 April 2024