Phillips de Pury Panel “Collecting Contemporary Art”
Panel moderated by Kyle Hardin deWoody, will include art advisor Heidi Lee, conservator, Suzanne Siano from Modern Art Conservation (one of the most called on conservators by major institutions and collectors in New York), Peter Sahlman, and collector, Bernard Lumpkin
Overlooking New York City’s Highline, the panel will be during Phillip’s Contemporary Part II preview. There will have a café open as well.
May 7th, 2011 11am – 12pm
Phillips de Pury Auction House
450 W 15th 11am
Organized by Philae Knight
Phillips was founded in London in 1796 by Harry Phillips, formerly senior clerk to James Christie. During his first year of business, Phillips conducted twelve successful auctions and soon the business was holding sales for some of the most distinguished collectors of the day including Marie Antoinette, Beau Brummel and Napoleon Bonaparte.
To win business, Phillips combined business acumen with a flair for showmanship, introducing new ways to promote his sales such as elaborate evening receptions before auctions – an essential part of the auction business today. Phillips quickly gained the confidence of British society and remains the only auction house ever to have held a sale inside Buckingham Palace.
When he died in 1840, Harry Phillips’ son, William Augustus, inherited a strong and successful legacy and business. In 1879, William changed the firm’s name to Messrs Phillips & Son. In1882, William brought his son-in-law, Frederick Neale into the business, the company was renamed again as Phillips, Son & Neale. This name remained through the 1970s, when the company became Phillips. The company had a reputation for strong regional salerooms dotted throughout The British Isles, selling everything from furniture to art and estates.