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Sale 260 Lot 922
Sold for US$6,000
Newcomb College Arts & Crafts copper bookends by May Asbury Jones circa 1920, three pairs, one hammered copper with pressed tree design, H6 1/8"; one pair with pierced live-oak with Spanish moss design, H4 1/4"; other with pierced multi-pane window design, H7 1/4";
together with a graphite drawing of window design for bookend, H8 1/4" W6". (7pcs)
Provenance: From the collection of May Asbury and Mary and Alling Jones.
Other Notes: May Hammond Hollinshead Asbury Jones (1901-1986) was born in Milledgeville, Georgia in 1901. Her father, Darden Asbury was the southeastern agent for the Southern Pacific Railway and they lived at times in Birmingham, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Lookout Mountain Tennessee. But it was Milledgeville and her grandparents' home, "Rose Hill", now known as Lockerly Hall that was always "home". Here, as a child her love of art was first encouraged when she began drawing and china painting classes at "China Grove" home to neighbor and family friends, Miss Callie Cook who taught art at the Wesleyan Conservatory in Macon and her mother, Anna Maria Green Cook, author of the definitive History of Baldwin County .
May Asbury entered Sophie Newcomb College in 1919. As a junior she submitted two design proposals one of which was chosen as the Newcomb Undergraduate ring. After graduating with a Bachelors in Design, she spent the remainder of 1923 touring Europe before beginning work in NY in the advertising dept of Bonwit Teller as a fashion illustrator and also writing a monthly column on design and fashion for Milledgeville's "Union Recorder" newspaper.
While living and working in New York, she took classes at Cooper Union as well as The Art Students League. She also studied at Cranbrook, Penland , Arrowmont and Seecelo , the North Carolina art camp of friends and artists, Frances Hall and Frank Stanley Herring.
Returning to Milledgeville in 1938 gave her opportunity to pursue her passionate belief in the innate creativity of children. She taught privately as well as teaching art education classes at Wesleyan College and Woman's College of Georgia now known as Georgia College & State University, the state's designated liberal arts university. In 1940 she married Aubrey Jones and had a son, Aubrey Alling Jones and enjoyed success in roles of working artist, teaching and home-making.
When her love of working in metals and ceramics was curtailed by arthritis, she began to experiment in the art of fused glass while studying pastels and watercolor with fellow artist and friend, Frank Stanley Herring ( Smithsonian Folk Art Collection ).
One of her last works at age 80 was a pastel portrait of her granddaughter, Elizabeth with whom she enjoyed many years of encouraging pursuits of creative opportunities. The majority of her art glass is in local collections as well as the private collection of her granddaughter, Elizabeth Leah Asbury Jones Legere.
Estimate $ 700-900
Good original condition.
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