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Illustrator, b. 1880 - d. 1927

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      • Rare Original American WW I Poster LIGHT CONSUMES COAL
        Oct. 28, 2023

        Rare Original American WW I Poster LIGHT CONSUMES COAL

        Est: $5,000 - $7,000

        Phillips, Clarence Coles 1880 - 1927 Light Consumes Coal Lithograph 1917 27.9 x 20.4 in. (71 x 52 cm) Printer: Edwards & Deutsch, Chicago Condition Details: (B+) on linen, prof. restored edge tears, incl. a 3 in./8 cm tear at the center top edge, and two prof. restored losses in the bottom left and top right corners, rare find in this condition#USA #World War I #Light #Art Nouveau

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      • Coles Phillips (American, 1880-1927) Bag and Baggage, LIFE Magazine cover, Decem
        May. 12, 2023

        Coles Phillips (American, 1880-1927) Bag and Baggage, LIFE Magazine cover, Decem

        Est: $20,000 - $30,000

        Coles Phillips (American, 1880-1927) Bag and Baggage, LIFE Magazine cover, December 15, 1921 Gouache on paper laid on board 17-1/8 x 19 inches (43.5 x 48.3 cm) (sheet) PROVENANCE: Illustration House, New York; The collection of Jane and Stephen Klain; Private collection, New York. The present work is accompanied by a copy of LIFE MAGAZINE, December 15, 1921. "Coles Phillips embodies innovative American periodical and advertising design between 1911 and 1927, a period considered a Golden Age of illustration. In 1907 he became a staff artist at Life Magazine, and the following year created his first "fadeaway girl" design in which the color of the figure's clothing and background are the same... Not only is the viewer encouraged to imaginatively fill-in the form, but the magazine reduced costs by using only a few colors of printing ink. Such images, designed for Life and Good Housekeeping to advertise products sold by Overland automobiles and Luxite hosiery, often centered on a type of young, alluring female that became known as the Phillips Girl." (www.metmuseum.org) HID01801242017

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      • Coles Phillips (American, 1880-1927) Collier's Weekly magazine cover, April 23,
        Nov. 04, 2022

        Coles Phillips (American, 1880-1927) Collier's Weekly magazine cover, April 23,

        Est: $15,000 - $25,000

        Coles Phillips (American, 1880-1927) Collier's Weekly magazine cover, April 23, 1921 Gouache and watercolor on board 21-1/4 x 14-3/4 inches (54.0 x 37.5 cm) (image) Signed lower left: Coles Phillips PROVENANCE: The artist; The artist's wife by descent; The collection of Charles Martignette; The estate of the above; Private collection, Seattle, Washington, acquired from the above; Heritage Auctions, Dallas, May 7, 2016, lot 68149; Acquired by the present owner from the above. HID01801242017

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      • Clarence Coles Phillips, USA (1880-1927), Illustrations for Life Magazine [8], Vintage reproduction prints Life Pub. Co.
        Sep. 28, 2022

        Clarence Coles Phillips, USA (1880-1927), Illustrations for Life Magazine [8], Vintage reproduction prints Life Pub. Co.

        Est: $80 - $120

        Clarence Coles Phillips USA, (1880-1927) Illustrations for Life Magazine [8] Vintage reproduction prints Life Pub. Co.

        Theodore Bruce
      • 3 Original Vintage 1920s LIFE Magazine Covers Philips
        Mar. 24, 2020

        3 Original Vintage 1920s LIFE Magazine Covers Philips

        Est: $100 - $350

        Artist: Phillips, Clarence Coles 1880 - 1927. Life (3 Magazine Posters). Technique: Letterpress Print 1921 - 1926. Size: 10.2 x 8.2 in. (26 x 21 cm). Printer: . Condition Details: (B+) 3 magazine covers from 1921, 1922, and 1926, matted, sealed in plastic, not examined under matting, matting size 14x11 in./36x28 cm. Estimate: $350. Reserve / Starting Price: $100.

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      • 3 Original Vintage 1920s LIFE Magazine Covers Philips
        Mar. 10, 2020

        3 Original Vintage 1920s LIFE Magazine Covers Philips

        Est: $100 - $350

        Artist: Phillips, Clarence Coles 1880 - 1927. Life (3 Magazine Posters). Technique: Letterpress Print 1921 - 1926. Size: 10.2 x 8.2 in. (26 x 21 cm). Printer: . Condition Details: (B+) 3 magazine covers from 1921, 1922, and 1926, matted, sealed in plastic, not examined under matting, matting size 14x11 in./36x28 cm. Estimate: $350. Reserve / Starting Price: $100.

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      • 3 Original Vintage LIFE Magazine Covers PHILIPS
        Mar. 10, 2020

        3 Original Vintage LIFE Magazine Covers PHILIPS

        Est: $100 - $350

        Artist: Phillips, Clarence Coles 1880 - 1927. Life (3 Magazine Covers). Technique: Letterpress Print 1909. Size: 11 x 7.8 in. (28 x 20 cm). Printer: . Condition Details: (B+) 3 magazine covers from 1909, 1910, and 1911, matted, sealed in plastic, not examined under matting, matting size 14x11 in./36x28 cm. Estimate: $350. Reserve / Starting Price: $100.

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      • C. Coles Phillips (American, 1880-1927) Orders/Skirts Will be Shorter this Fall,
        May. 03, 2019

        C. Coles Phillips (American, 1880-1927) Orders/Skirts Will be Shorter this Fall,

        Est: $25,000 - $35,000

        C. Coles Phillips (American, 1880-1927) Orders/Skirts Will be Shorter this Fall, Life Magazine cover, August 28, 1924 Watercolor and gouache on paper laid on archival paperboard 20-1/2 x 16-1/4 inches (52.1 x 41.3 cm) (sheet) Signed lower right: Coles Phillips PROPERTY FROM THE SORDONI COLLECTION PROVENANCE: Sale: Illustration House, Inc., New York, November 9, 2002, lot 101; Acquired by the present owner from the above. EXHIBITED: Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, "Selections from the Sordoni Collection: American Illustration & Comic Art," April 7-May 20, 2018. LITERATURE: S.I. Grand, Selections from the Sordoni Collection: American Illustration & Comic Art, exhibition catalogue, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 2018, pp. 56-57, 150, no. 25, 59, illustrated. HID01801242017

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      • CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927). LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 27x20 inches, 70x51 cm. Edwards Deutsch & Litho Co. Chicago.
        Feb. 07, 2019

        CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927). LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 27x20 inches, 70x51 cm. Edwards Deutsch & Litho Co. Chicago.

        Est: $3,000 - $4,000

        CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927) LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 27 1/2x20 1/4 inches, 70x51 1/2 cm. Edwards Deutsch & Litho Co. Chicago. Condition B: repaired tears, creases and overpainting at edges and in image; minor losses at edges; trimmed slightly. Mounted to board. Rawls p. 20, Modern American 28, Darracott p. 36.

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      • Coles Phillips
        May. 20, 2018

        Coles Phillips

        Est: $50 - $100

        2 Coles Phillips Magazine pictures

        Hewlett's Antique Auctions
      • CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927). LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 27x20 inches, 69x51 cm. Edwards Deutsch & Litho Co. Chicago.
        Mar. 01, 2018

        CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927). LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 27x20 inches, 69x51 cm. Edwards Deutsch & Litho Co. Chicago.

        Est: $3,000 - $4,000

        CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927) LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 27 1/4x20 1/4 inches, 69 1/4x51 1/4 cm. Edwards Deutsch & Litho Co. Chicago. Condition B: repaired tears and restored losses at edges, some affecting image and text; creases, abrasions, restoration and overpainting in margins and image. In what is perhaps the most "artistic" of the American World War I posters, Phillips unites the bold, direct elements of German object posters by artists such as Lucien Bernhard with the intricate swirls and patterns of American Art Nouveau in the style of William Bradley. Interestingly, while it may echo the work of European artists (specifically a 1907 image by Peter Behrens featuring a light bulb), the poster represents a drastic divergence from Phillips'' usual style. He was nationally known for his "fadeaway girls," which graced the covers of Life Magazine from 1908 onward. In these images, which stylistically borrowed from both the Beggarstaff Brothers and Ludwig Hohlwein, Phillips featured attractive young women whose clothing was the same color as the background, forcing the viewers to complete the image with their imagination. Rawls p. 20, Modern American 28, Darracott p. 36.

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      • Light Consumes Coal. 1917
        Oct. 11, 2015

        Light Consumes Coal. 1917

        Est: $2,000 - $2,500

        Artist: CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927) Size: 20 1/2 x 27 7/8 in./52 x 70.7 cm Edwards & Deutsch, Chicago Printed during World War I, this striking example of the American Object Poster sets a glowing bulb against intricate Arts & Crafts wallpaper. The beautiful design, however, is not advertising anything, but simply reminding the viewer to turn off their lights in order to save coal for the war effort.

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      • CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927). LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 28x20 inches, 71x52 cm. Edwards & Deutsch Litho Co. Chicago.
        Aug. 05, 2015

        CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927). LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 28x20 inches, 71x52 cm. Edwards & Deutsch Litho Co. Chicago.

        Est: $2,000 - $3,000

        CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927) LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 28x20 1/2 inches, 71x52 cm. Edwards & Deutsch Litho Co. Chicago. Condtiion B+: losses in left corners; water staining in image and text; tears at edges; creases in margins and image. Paper. In what is perhaps the most "artistic" of the American World War I posters, Phillips unites the bold, direct elements of German object posters by artists such as Lucien Bernhard with the intricate swirls and patterns of American Art Nouveau in the style of William Bradley. Interestingly, while it may echo the work of European artists (specifically a 1907 image by Peter Behrens featuring a light bulb), the poster represents a drastic divergence from Phillips' usual style. He was nationally known for his "fadeaway girls," which graced the covers of LIFE magazine from 1908 onward. These images featured attractive young women whose clothing was the same color as the background, forcing the viewers to complete the image with their imagination. Rawls p. 20, Modern American 28, Darracott p. 36, Theofiles 79.

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • Coles Phillips (American, 1880-1927), lithographic poster, Holeproof Hosiery, poster reads: "Reason and duty urge you to buy; Wears ...
        May. 26, 2015

        Coles Phillips (American, 1880-1927), lithographic poster, Holeproof Hosiery, poster reads: "Reason and duty urge you to buy; Wears ...

        Est: $400 - $800

        Coles Phillips (American, 1880-1927), lithographic poster, Holeproof Hosiery, poster reads: "Reason and duty urge you to buy; Wears longer than any other brand, saves time and money for men, women, and children, 42 1/4" x 27 3/4" sheet

        William Bunch Auctions & Appraisals
      • Original Flanders Electric Auto Magazine Poster 1913
        Mar. 03, 2015

        Original Flanders Electric Auto Magazine Poster 1913

        Est: $100 - $400

        Phillips, Clarence Coles 1880 - 1927. Flanders Colonial Royal (Magazine Insert). Letterpress Print 1912. Size: 12.5 x 20 in. (32 x 51 cm). Printer: no information. Condition Details: (A-/B+) was folded vertic., on linen, minor staining, magazine insert, magazine text on the back slightly visible.

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      • RARE Original American WW I Poster LIGHT CONSUMES COAL
        Oct. 25, 2014

        RARE Original American WW I Poster LIGHT CONSUMES COAL

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        Phillips, Clarence Coles 1880 - 1927. Light Consumes Coal. Lithograph ca. 1918. Size: 27.9 x 20.4 in. (71 x 52 cm). Printer: Edwards & Deutsch, Chicago. Condition Details: (B+) on linen, 2 long unobtrusive tears/creases in the left half prof. restored, small restored loss at the top edge, flaws have been excellently restored.

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      • Coles Phillips, watercolor, "After the Seabath"
        Jun. 07, 2014

        Coles Phillips, watercolor, "After the Seabath"

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        Coles Phillips, watercolor, "After the Seabath", preliminary rendering for the 1919 Williams' Talc Powder advertisement, signed and dated lower right "Phillips 1919", 11 3/4" x 6 3/4" (viewed), good condition. From the Estate of Janet Collier San Rafael, California.

        San Rafael Auction Gallery
      • A Young Man's Fancy
        Mar. 13, 2014

        A Young Man's Fancy

        Est: $200 - $300

        <p> Unpaginated. 19 full page color plates by Phillips and other decorations by E. Stetson Crawford. (4to), original blindstamped brown cloth, lettered in gilt. First Edition.</p> <p> Iconic image of beautiful young women.</p>

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      • CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927). LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 27x20 inches, 69x51 cm. Edwards Deutsch & Litho Co. Chicago.
        May. 13, 2013

        CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927). LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 27x20 inches, 69x51 cm. Edwards Deutsch & Litho Co. Chicago.

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927) LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 27 1/4x20 1/4 inches, 69 1/4x51 1/4 cm. Edwards Deutsch & Litho Co. Chicago. Condition B: repaired tears and restored losses at edges, some affecting image and text; creases, abrasions, restoration and overpainting in margins and image. Trimmed. In what is perhaps the most "artistic" of the American World War I posters, Phillips unites the bold, direct elements of German object posters by artists such as Lucien Bernhard with the intricate swirls and patterns of American Art Nouveau in the style of William Bradley. Interestingly, while it may echo the work of European artists (specifically a 1907 image by Peter Behrens featuring a light bulb), the poster represents a drastic divergence from Phillips' usual style. He was nationally known for his "fadeaway girls," which graced the covers of Life Magazine from 1908 onward. In these images, which stylistically borrowed from both the Beggarstaff Brothers and Ludwig Hohlwein, Phillips featured attractive young women whose clothing was the same color as the background, forcing the viewers to complete the image with their imagination. Rawls p. 20, Modern American 28, Darracott p. 36.

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • Luxite Hosiery. ca. 1919
        Sep. 06, 2012

        Luxite Hosiery. ca. 1919

        Est: $1,200 - $1,500

        Artist: CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927) Size: 28 1/4 x 42 in./71.8 x 106.5 cm Morgan Litho, Cleveland

        Poster Auctions International Inc
      • Luxite Hosiery. 1919
        Sep. 06, 2012

        Luxite Hosiery. 1919

        Est: $1,700 - $2,000

        Artist: CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927) Size: 28 x 42 3/8 in./71.2 x 107.6 cm Philipp-Schulz Litho, Milwaukee At once melancholy and hopeful, this poster gracefully displays the sensuality of a woman’s legs next to those of a convalescing WWI officer, both clad in Luxite hosiery. As with the two figures, the brand presents a combination of refined elegance and strength.

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      • CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927). LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 27x20 inches, 67x51 cm. Edwards & Deutsch Litho Co., Chicago.
        Aug. 01, 2012

        CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927). LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 27x20 inches, 67x51 cm. Edwards & Deutsch Litho Co., Chicago.

        Est: $3,000 - $4,000

        CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927) LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 27 1/2x20 inches, 67x51 cm. Edwards & Deutsch Litho Co., Chicago. Condition B: repaired tears, creases and restoration in image. Framed. Rawls p. 20, Modern American 28, Darracott p. 36.

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      • CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927). LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 27x20 inches, 70x51 cm. Edwards & Deutsch Litho Co., Chicago.
        Feb. 02, 2012

        CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927). LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 27x20 inches, 70x51 cm. Edwards & Deutsch Litho Co., Chicago.

        Est: $3,000 - $4,000

        CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927) LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 27 3/4x20 1/4 inches, 70 1/2x51 1/2 cm. Edwards & Deutsch Litho Co., Chicago. Condition B+: restored losses and minor restoration at edges. In what is perhaps the most "artistic" of the American World War I posters, Phillips unites the bold, direct elements of German object posters, by artists such as Lucien Bernhard, with the intricate swirls and patterns of American Art Nouveau in the style of William Bradley. Walton Rawls writes in Wake Up America that with the exception of Phillips, "in the work of the majority of American artists who contributed posters to the war effort, there is little evidence of direct inspiration from European precedents" (p. 20). Rawls p. 20, Modern American 28, Darracott p. 36.

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • COLES PHILLIPS
        Dec. 09, 2011

        COLES PHILLIPS

        Est: $30,000 - $40,000

        COLES PHILLIPS (1880 - 1927) American artist and illustrator. In 1907, Phillips met with J. A. Mitchell, the publisher of Life magazine, and was hired onto its staff. Phillips would be associated with the magazine throughout his life. The work of Phillips quickly became popular with Life's readers. In May 1908, he created a cover for the magazine that featured his first "fadeaway girl": a figure whose clothing matched, and disappeared into, the background. Phillips developed this idea in many subsequent covers. Phillips' use of negative space allowed the viewer to "fill-in" the image. Phillips also produced cover art for Good Housekeeping, and advertising images. His works also appear in the 1921 and 1922 editions of the U. S. Naval Academy yearbook, Lucky Bag. An original Phillips watercolor, one of his most famous images, "Midshipmite", 20 1/2" x 27 1/2" (sight), framed. The image, known to every fan of Phillips' work, depicts a demure young lady wrapped in an oversized sailor's great coat, offset by her pettite feet crossed at the bottom. Her figure is framed by an inverted sea-green triangle in the background with two seagulls facing each other at top, signed "C. COLES PHILLIPS" at upper-right. At lower-right is executed the seal of the U.S. Naval Academy, with the year of the publication of this image, "1912". There is no mistaking that this is an original painting, and not a lithograph or other reproduced image. This piece was discovered in the Phillips' home in New Rochelle, New York where he died of tuberculosis at the age of 47. In 2010 our consignor, an art appraiser with fifty years' experience, was asked to appraise and receive on consignment various Phillips works which were owned by an elderly lady who had purchased Phillips home after his demise. Six original Phillips illustrations were consigned, along with three oil paintings by other artists which we believe are portrayals of Phillips' brother, sister and father. They are included in the lot, though in rough, damaged condition. "Midshipmite" is in far better condition: is does bear some slightly uneven toning below and to the right of the lady's neckline -- we presume this is due to the effects of some exposure to sunlight and perhaps a competent art restorer could lessen this effect. Besides the above, this image bears two tiny specks near the bottom but is in otherwise fine condition. With notarized letter of provenance from the art appraiser, our consignor.

        Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
      • C. Coles Phillips (1880-1927) Magazine cover, Good
        May. 22, 2010

        C. Coles Phillips (1880-1927) Magazine cover, Good

        Est: -

        C. Coles Phillips (1880-1927) Magazine cover, Good Housekeeping, March 1913; Woman reading book in window nook.

        Illustration House
      • Phillips, C. Coles - Holeproof Hosiery Company ad illustration
        May. 06, 2010

        Phillips, C. Coles - Holeproof Hosiery Company ad illustration

        Est: $18,000 - $24,000

        COLES PHILLIPS (American, 1880-1927) Holeproof Hosiery Company ad illustration, 1922 Watercolor on paper 24 x 25 in. Signed lower left This lovely ad illustration was published in Life, Redbook, Library Digest, Good Housekeeping, Pictorial Review, and Women's Home Companion magazines in 1922 and 1923. This popular piece was also reproduced on page 109 of All American Girl -- The Art of Coles Phillips by Michael Schau, Watson-Guptill, 1975; page 185 of Famous American Illustrators by Arpi Ermoyan, Society of Illustrators, 1997; and page 30 of The Great American Pin-Up by Charles Martignette and Louis K. Meisel, Taschen, 1996. From the Estate of Charles Martignette.

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      • CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927). LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 27x20 inches, 68x52 cm. Edwards & Deutsch Litho Co., Chicago.
        Aug. 05, 2009

        CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927). LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 27x20 inches, 68x52 cm. Edwards & Deutsch Litho Co., Chicago.

        Est: $3,000 - $4,000

        CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927) LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 27x20 inches, 68x52 cm. Edwards & Deutsch Litho Co., Chicago. Condition A- / B+: repaired tears and restoration at edges; minor abrasions in image. Matted and framed. In what is perhaps the most "artistic" of the American World War I posters, Phillips unites the bold, direct elements of German object posters by artists such as Lucien Bernhard with the intricate swirls and patterns of American Art Nouveau in the style of William Bradley. Walton Rawls writes in Wake Up America that with the exception of Phillips, "in the work of the majority of American artists who contributed posters to the war effort, there is little evidence of direct inspiration from European precedents" (p. 20). Interestingly, while it may echo the work of European artists (Rawls points specifically to a 1907 image by Peter Behrens featuring a light bulb), the poster represents a drastic divergence from Phillips's usual style. He was nationally known for his "fadeaway girls," which graced the covers of Life magazine from 1908 onward. In these images, which stylistically seemed to borrow from both the Beggarstaff Brothers and Ludwig Hohlwein, Phillips featured attractive young women whose clothing was the same color as the background, so that viewers needed to complete the image in their imagination. Rawls p. 20, Modern American 28, Darracott p. 36.

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (American, 1880-1927)
        Jul. 15, 2009

        CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (American, 1880-1927)

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (American, 1880-1927) Model 20 Hudson Motor Car, ad illustration Gouache on board 16 x 33.5 in. Signed lower right From the Estate of Charles Martignette.

        Heritage Auctions
      • POSTER: CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927).
        Aug. 06, 2008

        POSTER: CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927).

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        CLARENCE COLES PHILLIPS (1880-1927) LIGHT CONSUMES COAL. Circa 1918. 27 3/4x20 1/2 inches, 68 1/2x52 cm. Edwards & Deutsch Litho Co., Chicago. Condition B+: repaired tears and creases in margins and image; restored losses and restoration in top right and bottom left corners; wrinkles at edges. In what is perhaps the most "artistic" of the American World War I posters, Phillips unites the bold, direct elements of German object posters by artists such as Lucien Bernhard with the intricate swirls and patterns of American Art Nouveau in the style of William Bradley. Walton Rawls writes in Wake Up America that with the exception of Phillips, "in the work of the majority of American artists who contributed posters to the war effort, there is little evidence of direct inspiration from European precedents" (p. 20). Interestingly, while it may echo the work of European artists (Rawls points specifically to a 1907 image by Peter Behrens featuring a light bulb) the poster represents a drastic divergence from Phillips's, usual style. He was nationally known for his "fadeaway girls," which graced the covers of Life magazine from 1908 onward. In these images, which stylistically seemed to borrow from both the Beggarstaff Brothers and Ludwig Hohlwein, Phillips featured attractive young women whose clothing was the same color as the background so that viewers needed to complete the image in their imagination. Rawls p. 20, Modern American 28, Darracott p. 36.

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