The collection of renowned Dallas interior designer John Phifer Marrs will be auctioned online,…

Large wallpaper panel in Gracie’s Summer Harvest pattern, landscape with tea house, bridge and garden, 87 inches by 73 inches, top of panel frame drilled for hanging.
Auctioneers J. Garrett

DALLAS, Tex. – A special collection curated by John Phifer Marrs – the renowned Southern interior designer known for a sleek, fresh and inviting design method called New Southern Style – will be sold in a two-day online auction scheduled for the weekend of April 2 and 3 by J. Garrett Auctioneers of Dallas, at 10 a.m. Central both days. Nearly 700 lots will be auctioned.

“Pieces from John’s own collection will include fine European and American antiques and fine art,” said Julie Garrett VanDolen, an officer at J. Garrett Auctioneers. She added, “John has selected some wonderful items that are perfect for creating a solid base for collecting antiques, fine silverware, European art and unique decorative pieces for the home.

Mr. Marrs’ work has been regularly featured in local and national publications, including Architectural Digest, Traditional Home, Texas Home and many more. He just released his new book, Interiors for collectors, and remains busy with design work and author appearances. Marrs will be signing copies of her book at the April 1 auction preview.


In addition to Mr. Marrs’ selections, items from several private estates will also be on sale, along with a superb collection of fine jewelry. The collection includes top designers such as David Webb, Tiffany & Co., Piaget, Elizabeth Gage, DeGrisogono, Chanel and others. Fresh pieces from the estate, many fine diamonds and rare gemstones will all be available to the public.

Here are three stunning jewels that will certainly delight bidders:

  • A 52 ct white gold diamond ring, set in a 14 kt white gold diamond halo style ring, H color, SI2 clarity, valued at $66,000 (Day 2; est. $25,000 – $35,000 )
  • An 18-karat gold filigree butterfly-style necklace with approximately six carats of diamonds, retailed for over $28,000 (Day 2; est. $15,000-$25,000)
  • An Elizabeth Gage Properly Marked Fluorite Bead and Diamond Multi-Strand Necklace in 18k Yellow Gold, originally $20,000+ (Day 1; est. $8,000-$18,000)

19th century Victorian English tortoise and abalone sarcophagus form a tea box, with restorations to fitted interior, having small losses but still looks good.
Auctioneers J. Garrett

Italian furnishings will include a 21st century Italo Valenti faux bronze cocktail table, stamped, with oval gallé glass on two cast composite resin fenders with optical illusion bronze rope supports, 70 inches long by 39 inches deep; and a pair of 20th-century Italian Classic style parquet chests of drawers, each with geometrically patterned ebony, lemon, cherry and walnut inlays, having a rectangular two-drawer case, oval escutcheons and square legs tapered.

De France is a large 19th century Louis XVI style giltwood mirror from the Beaux Arts period, having a crest and pendentive with urn, putti and floral garlands, a divided oval frame with cabochon cartouches and plaques of beveled mirror, 64 inches wide by 44 inches wide; and a pair of 20th-century Louis XVI-style giltwood consoles, each with a brown marble D-top, a guilloche and garland blocked skirt, fluted legs, and a large floral basket centering the frame.

Offerings from Victorian England will include a pair of mid-19th century Japanese collectible cabinets, each with gilt flower sprays and rectangular cases with 14 graduated drawers on brackets, both 41 inches high. tall over 43 inches wide; and a 19th century tortoise and abalone sarcophagus form a tea box, with restorations to the fitted interior, with small losses but it still presents well.

Pair of 20th century Louis XVI style giltwood consoles, each featuring a brown marble D-top, guilloché and garland blocked skirt and fluted legs.
Auctioneers J. Garrett

Rounding out this short list of expected auction highlights is a large wallpaper panel in Gracie’s Summer Harvest pattern, featuring a landscape with a tea house, bridge and garden, 87 inches by 73 inches, top of panel frame drilled for hanging; and a pair of 19th century Venetian giltwood lanterns painted green in the Baroque taste, with triangular housings, fitted with glass panels, foliated scroll terminals and a ball pendant, each lantern measuring 24 inches in height and 13 inches deep.

John Phifer Marrs interiors reflect his Southern roots and combine a sense of the past with comfort and convenience. His projects include grand residences, vacation homes, executive offices, and even the official residence of a United States Ambassador. In 2014, DMagazine named Mr. Marrs one of the “Dallas Dozen” – a tribute to the city’s 12 most important players.

“I think everyone should collect something,” Mr. Marrs once said. As an interior designer and antiques supplier, he helps clients build their collections and also designs walls, rooms and wings in high-end homes to display their items. His book Interiors for collectors showcases the homes of people with a passion for collecting and their talent for displaying almost anything.

Online auctions will be facilitated by and Offers from absentees will also be accepted. An in-person preview will be held Friday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time at the J. Garrett Auctioneers Gallery at 9203 Diplomacy Row in Dallas. Mr. Marrs’ book signing will take place that day from 4-5 p.m. A wine hour will take place from 4 to 6 p.m.

  1. Garrett Auctioneers, Ltd. is a full-service auction company with over fifty years of combined experience in the antiques business. The firm specializes in real estate auctions and works with individuals, estate and trust attorneys and estate executors to provide a holistic approach to all aspects of an auction. J. Garrett also buys entire domains.
  1. Garrett Auctioneers uses the latest internet technology to promote sales to a live, online global audience of qualified buyers. The company is always on the lookout for quality consignments for future auctions. Interested parties can fill out an online form or call 214-943-7801 for a free, no-obligation evaluation; or, they can email [email protected]

To learn more about J. Garrett Auctioneers and the online-only auction of items from the John Phifer Marrs collection on the weekend of April 2-3, starting at 10 a.m. Central Time both days, please visit Updates are released frequently.

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