Andrew Jones auction will present an exceptional auction on October 10e: “The Lady Victoria White Collection” from Beverly Hills, CA. The collection is best described as “English country house meets Californian chic”. Lady White lived in Beverly Hills for many years and established a home and style that reflected inspirations and passions of a lifetime. The online-only event starts at 10 a.m. Interested parties can contact Andrew Jones Auctions at www.andrewjonesauctions.com. Lady Victoria White is a well-known socialite and businesswoman who was briefly married to legendary Hollywood film producer Robert Evans. Evans has produced iconic films such as “The Godfather”, “Rosemary’s Baby”, “Love Story”, “Chinatown” and many more. The auction will include a Robert Evans hardcover copy of the first edition of Robert Towne’s “Chinatown” screenplay, published in 1983 and signed by Robert Towne in 1983.
“The Lady Victoria White Collection” auctioned by Andrew Jones tells an elegant and personal story. Lady White’s long-standing love for horses is best illustrated by four paintings contained in the collection of renowned impressionist equestrian artist Sir Alfred Munnings: The Kilkenny Horse Fair ($ 200,000 to $ 300,000) and Make a polo field in Princemere ($ 100,000 to $ 150,000) as well as Lark III, an Irish Setter ($ 25,000 to $ 35,000) and a landscape evocative of country life in the hometown of Munnings, Dedham Winter at Flatford Mill ($ 15,000 to $ 25,000), a scene along the River Stour also favored by John Constable.
British Impressionism mingles with Modernism, in particular four lithographs also part of the Lady White collection of the Californian pop art innovator Ed Ruscha: they present a large number of two works –Two people temporarily separated and two happy people ($ 8,000 to $ 12,000) as well as a unique silkscreen print by Andy Warhol $ (1) ($ 30,000 to $ 50,000) and a range of additional pieces by Jules Cavailles, Charles Van den Eycken, Paul Gustav Fischer, Ormond Gigli, Robert Longo, Richard Serra and Kiki Smith.
Lady White’s international life of exploration and glamor is reflected in the pieces she chose to create her domestic sanctuary. Furniture and decorative arts included in the collection range from an international selection of fine silver, porcelain, an impressive violet wood tomb chest of drawers mounted in Regency gilded bronze ($ 20,000-30,000), Chinese and Delft blue and white porcelain, rare books, bronzes and jewelry. The collection even extends to the garden with decors by Michael Taylor and Rose Tarlow.
“The connoisseur layers included in the truly unique Lady Victoria White collection reveal her deep appreciation for the breadth of fine and decorative arts, punctuated by her many whimsical touches,” said Andrew Jones, President and CEO of the direction of Andrew Jones Auctions.
About LADY VICTORIA WHITE
Born in Los Angeles and having spent her early years in the San Fernando Valley, Victoria White’s life has been anything but suburban. She started her modeling career at the age of 15. Just before she was 17, she was discovered by Eileen Ford who brought Victoria to New York where she quickly found success as one of Ford’s most in-demand models. While living in New York City, she met Lord Gordon White, one of the most successful corporate looters of the 1970s and 1980s and the co-founder of Hanson PLC, the British conglomerate.
After a 5-year court, they married and Gordon introduced Victoria to the upper echelons of society. On Saturdays and Sundays, they ate lunch at McMullen’s on the Upper East Side or at Scott’s in London for dressed crab. Victoria and Gordon were inseparable throughout their marriage. Gordon sparked Victoria’s interest in the collection and for them the collection encompassed everything from homes and jewelry to furniture and fine art. Victoria and Gordon frequently wandered the auction rooms of art galleries, jewelers, and furniture design studios in search of the next treasure. They would often visit the studio of John Singer Sargent and peruse galleries displaying Renaissance and Impressionist paintings. Gordon and Victoria’s love for horses has led to their collection of sporting art showcased by prominent equestrian paintings by artists like Sir Alfred Munnings as well as dog portraits.
Victoria inherited Gordon’s eye for the finer things in life and it quickly took her to her first auction where at 22 she lifted her first paddle and from that day on her love auctions has been established. Gordon entrusted her with the management of acquisitions of their growing collection of beautiful objects and she quickly learned to value these assets and she acquired the discipline of knowing when to move forward with a purchase and when to take a step back. She learned the ins and outs of the auction scene, valuing the room and getting into the minds of other bidders. Christie’s and Sotheby’s have become his homes away from home.
Throughout their time together, Victoria and Gordon have decorated several residences, including a French-inspired design in Bel Air, an English Tudor in Beverly Park as well as homes in London and New York. Managing the houses has become not only a primary responsibility for Victoria, but a passion. The functioning of the houses included their furnishing and the enhancement of the interior decoration. This meant more time at auctions where Victoria developed her interest in art and furniture and honed her auction skills.
Gordon died in 1995. Although Victoria lost Gordon, he left her her collector’s spirit and the wisdom to navigate the world of beautiful objects and Victoria continued to cultivate her interest in art and design over the years. future. But it was also time for the next chapter of his life. She remarried and raised a family in Beverly Hills. A few houses later, she landed at 1061 Woodland Drive, her precious home designed by Paul Williams where she lived for 16 years. Woodland Drive brought Victoria not only the peace and quiet of gardens and pools and majestic eucalyptus trees, but also an introduction to her neighbor, Robert Evans, the iconic Hollywood producer and former director of Paramount Pictures. Victoria literally walked around Evans’ house with her homemade apple pie and it was love at first sight. Soon after their marriage and, along with Evans, Victoria was introduced to the world of Hollywood cinema, business and celebrities. Although they ended up going their separate ways, they remained close friends for years after his death in 2019.
Robert Evans’ world offered her new adventures and a new perspective, and she went from the traditional world of the Grandmasters and sports art to the electricity of pop and modern art, becoming an enthusiastic collector. by Andy Warhol and his contemporaries including Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Tom Wesselmann and Robert Longo. Victoria did not abandon the European art she had accumulated, she skillfully incorporated it into her newly acquired contemporary pieces and created an eclectic mix of old and new. She also discovered the work of British-born artist Damian Elwes and purchased several of his works, including paintings from his Amazon jungle period as well as recent pieces such as his iconic work, Basquiat’s workshop.
After Evans passed away, it was, alas, time for another change, another adventure. Victoria acquired a house in the Summerlin community of Las Vegas in 2011. Her mother, brother, sister and nephews lived in Vegas, and Victoria searched for a house nearby. The logistics of running two large houses became too demanding, and Victoria decided to reduce her holdings and made the difficult decision to sell her beloved Paul Williams home. As difficult as that decision was, the upside was that it gave her some much-needed free time to embark on a major renovation of her Summerlin home. Downsizing meant downsizing its vast collection of furniture, artwork, and collectibles, and that gets us where we are now. Since it is difficult to give up many of her precious possessions, Victoria looks to others to take management, appreciate their wits, and extend their pleasure to those who appreciate the finer things in life.
She misses the gardens, lush plantations and expansive grounds of Woodland Drive, but she is also enjoying her new life to the fullest which is currently focused on renovating her Summerlin residence and starting another exciting chapter with her new husband, a prominent Las Vegas lawyer. and former district attorney. She looks forward to expanding her interest in the arts to include support for the next generation of artists. Victoria is comforted to entrust her collection from the Woodland Drive years to Andrew Jones Auctions and to know that her treasures will soon be in the love of new homes.
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