Andrew Jones is regarded as one of the most experienced and knowledgeable appraisers in California and has a long-standing reputation of successful sales at an international level.
Most recently (2002-2018) Andrew Jones was the Director of furniture and decorative arts for Bonhams in North America, responsible for restarting the department in Los Angeles in 2004 after its closure in 2001. He took the sales to a new high, in respect of the quality of items offered, the accuracy of the catalog descriptions and the prices realized.
Recognized for his comprehensive insight of the auction business and the international market, Andrew Jones has handled property from the estates of Richard Blackwell, Sammy Cahn, Michael Curtiz, Onalee Olson Doheny, Jose Iturbi, Ann Miller and Gregory Peck and from the collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Warner Bros studios, Universal Studios, Diahann Carroll, J Z Knight, Rod Stewart and Rupert Murdoch. In his time in Los Angeles, he has spearheaded the single owner collections of Jean Perkins Stewart, Elizabeth Colyear Vincent, Maria Helen Smith, Sue Mengers, Sir Daniel Donahue and William Keck II.
Jones started his career in his native England in the late 70's at a provincial auction house G A Key in Norfolk, an all-encompassing venue that sold everything from fine art and antiques to produce and livestock. Of his time there, Jones says, "It was a wonderful way to learn the business from the grass roots level." In 1982, he left Keys and started with Phillips Auctioneers in London, after spells in various specialist departments he went back to Norfolk to manage the regional office for Phillips in Norwich. This was a time of great excitement in the business, the market for antiques and fine art was booming and for the next 19 years he was instrumental in bringing numerous major house sales to Phillips. In 2001, Phillips merged with Bonhams and Jones headed to California to join Butterfields soon to become Bonhams and Butterfields.
Jennifer previously was with Bonhams Auctioneers for seventeen years in various capacities from Los Angeles office Administrator to Furniture and Decorative Arts Business Manager and Cataloguer. Most recently, Jennifer held the position of Director of Decorative Arts and Ceramics, in which she appraised, vetted and catalogued items in these areas for all of North America. During her time at Bonhams, Jennifer was instrumental in inventorying and cataloging single owner collections such as the Estates of Elizabeth Colyear Vincent, Maria Helen Smith, Sir Daniel Donahue and William Keck, II.
Before joining Bonhams, Jennifer worked at the San Diego Museum of Art in the Education department as a Coordinator for the Museum’s Saturday Art School program. As an intern, Jennifer assisted in the Heritage Department at the Hotel del Coronado, interviewing guests who stayed at the hotel during World War II for an oral history program.
Jennifer has a Master of Arts in Museum Studies and Art History and a Bachelor of Arts in European History.
Aileen Ward has a vast breadth of knowledge in the auction industry from property appraisals in numerous genres including Decorative Arts, Furniture, Objects of Vertu and Silver to business getting, sale curation and administration.
Aileen’s experience includes most recently the position of Director of Fine Silver and Objects of Vertu for Bonhams, North America. During her seven-year tenure with Bonhams she was responsible for broadening the profile of the department with the successful sale of historically important works achieving six-figure prices and significantly increasing sale revenue. Prior to Bonhams, Aileen served as Vice President, Director of Antiques and Estate sales for five years at John Moran Auctioneers in Pasadena. She refined the presentation and cataloguing of the Antiques and Decorative Arts auctions, initiated the online sales and heightened the profile of these auctions which dramatically expanded the firm’s client base. Aileen moved to California after eleven years with Christie’s in New York. She began her career at Christie’s East in 1995 in client services and moved into the Furniture and Decorative Arts as auction administrator soon thereafter. She worked as sale administrator managing clients and sale consignments and moved into a specialist role three years later. During the eight years that followed, Aileen catalogued, researched and marketed high profile collections. As an Assistant Vice President in Christie’s European Furniture Department she focused on business getting and collaborated with a team of top international specialists on notable sales in which works achieved record prices.
Aileen has an academic view of the objects in the auctions she manages and understand the importance of revealing and preserving the historic context of works. She enthusiastically researches items and prepares scholarly catalogue essays. Aileen hold a Bachelor of Arts from the American University of Paris.
Ry was previously with Bonhams since 2013, most recently cataloguer and inventory controller for the Furniture and Decorative Arts department. A Southeastern Pennsylvania native, Ry relocated to Los Angeles after finishing his undergraduate degree and immediately went into the auction business. Before entering an art department at Bonhams, Ry began his career as an art handler in the Los Angeles saleroom learning the basics of the business from the ground up. He has held various positions in preparatory and operational roles before settling into the Furniture and Decorative Arts department. Ry has a keen interest in American decorative arts and material culture. He has recently completed the Winterthur Institute focusing on domestic objects used or made in America between the 17th and 20th centuries, held annually at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Winterthur, Delaware.
Ry received his BA in Art History from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.