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

ATLANTA, Ga. – The estate of Thomas Ruben Jones (1929-2014), a prominent Atlanta businessman, patron of the arts, and avid collector of American antiques, fine art, and decorative arts and 18th- and 19th-century Europeans, will be sold without reservation on Saturday, November 11, on location at Mr. Jones’ former plantation estate in North Georgia, at 11 a.m. EST.

For security reasons, the domain address will only be revealed the week before the sale. It has a 30513 zip code, however, and out-of-town guests are encouraged to book accommodations in Blue Ridge or Ellijay, Ga. It’s about a 90-minute drive from Buckhead, Atlanta, where, as it turns out, Mr. Jones owned and operated the Ruben Jones Antiques business in the 1970s.

The auction will be conducted by Ahlers & Ogletree of Atlanta, which emphasizes that it will be an auction where everything sells, regardless of price, with no reserve or minimum. “It’s not often you see an estate as beautiful as this sold without any reservations,” said Robert Ahlers, President of Ahlers & Ogletree. “It’s an added incentive for people to drive or bid online.”

Online auctions will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com Telephone and mail order auctions will also be accepted. A preview will take place on Friday, November 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Paintings from the estate of Mr Jones include a 1780 oil on canvas portrait of 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 Savannahsigned (estimated between $1,500 and $3,000).

Furniture will include a Southern Federal inlaid hunting panel with two deep drawers, likely made in the early 19th century, with mixed woods and brass hardware, 41 inches high (est. $6,000-$8,000 ); and a classic New York marble-topped wharf table, circa 1815-1830, made of mahogany, marble, and gilt gessowood and having a petticoat mirrored back (est. $3,000-$5,000).

One of the most interesting lots is a circular Chinese export famille rose and grisaille dish circa 1735 from the Lee of Cotton service, with the coat of arms proudly displayed on the plate and finely decorated with two scenes representing 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 to $6,000).

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

A 78-piece Hicks & Meigh ironstone dinner service (24 dinner plates, 16 dessert plates, 18 soup bowls, 8 trays, 2 gravy boats and a tureen with lids and holders, vegetable dish with lid and a drainer ) should cost between $4,000 and $6,000; while a pair of English Edwardian urn-shaped wine coolers dating from around 1900, in faceted mahogany veneer, 27 inches tall, are expected to fetch between $2,000 and $4,000.

Also to be sold will be a 33-inch-tall Continental Bronze Garden Statue of the Goddess Diana, depicted standing with her hand resting on the antlers of a stag, having a beautiful weathered green patina (est. $3,000-$5,000 ); and a fine English or American pair of 19th-century Regency giltwood convex girandole mirrors with eagle mounts, purportedly purchased from Israel Sack (est. $2,000-$4,000).

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

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

Ahlers & Ogletree is a multi-faceted family business covering the antiques, estate, wholesale, liquidation, auction and related industries. Ahlers & Ogletree is always on the lookout for quality submissions for future auctions. To consign an item, estate, or collection, you can call them at 404-869-2478; or, you can email them, at [email protected]

To find out more about Ahlers & Ogletree and the upcoming on-site auction of the Thomas Ruben Jones estate on Saturday, November 11 at 11 a.m. (the actual address will be revealed a week before the sale), visit www.AandOActions.com. Updates are released often. You can also follow Ahlers & Ogletree on social media, via Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

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