Philip Standish Read, American (1927-2000) was well-known among the elite Palm Beach residents. This particular painting hung in the prestigious Casa Phippsberger enclave. Very few records of his sales are available because his paintings are rarely re-sold unless the owner passes away. Of the few available that pertain to auction prices, his high price was $3450.00. A very comparable sized painting sold in 2015 for approximately $1600.00 after buyer's premium.
Medium: Oil on Canvas.
Title: "Chicken Or The Egg".
Size: 69" Tall, 40" wide.
Signed: Lower right.
Condition: Good to Very Good Condition.
Provenance: Collection of Robert Eigelberger, Casa Phippsberger, a prominent Palm Beach, Florida estate
Philip Standish Read was born in Dobbs Ferry, New York and trained at the Art Students’ League and the Académie Julian. After relocating to the Palm Beaches, Read designed at least one program cover for the Palm Beach Heart Ball, as evidenced by clippings on the reverse of one of his Venetian fantasy gouaches. Read’s Venetian-inspired murals became quite popular in Palm Beach and throughout the nation, and he was a well-known, well-liked artist whose work still enhances several Palm Beach collections, including the restaurant Chez Jean Pierre. In an interview with Read in the Palm Beach Post, written by Judith Clemence, May 2, 1972, the artist stated that “painting murals isn’t always fun,” as it entailed back-breaking work. He also revealed that he had studied murals prodigiously throughout Europe. Read’s collectors included Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper, Jerry Lewis, and the Rockefellers. He exhibited at the Flair Galleries (directed by Ken Lloyd) in Palm Beach; Ann Jacob’s gallery in Marietta, Georgia; Tiffany’s and Cartier’s in New York; and his murals were featured in major magazines including House and Garden. Peggy Guggenheim, Max Ernst, and Jean Cocteau considered him a friend. Source: Palm Beach Visual Arts by Deborah Pollack, © Deborah Pollack, published by Pelican Publishing Company; Edward and Deborah Pollack Fine Art “Philip Standish Read,” unpublished gallery biography; Gary Schwan, “Philip Read, Muralist and Socialite,” (obituary) Palm Beach Post, November 4, 2000 Jan Sjostrom, “Mural Artist Philip Read dies at 73,” (obituary) Palm Beach Daily News, November 3, 2000.
Credit Line: Palm Beach Visual Arts by Deborah Pollack, © Deborah Pollack, published by Pelican Publishing Company
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