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 FORTHCOMING AUCTIONS

ASIAN ARTS
Sale Date: Sep 13 2014 10am
 

PHOTOGRAPHS & PHOTOBOOKS
Sale Date: Sep 16 2014 11am
 

ESTATE JEWELRY
Sale Date: Sep 17 2014 10am
 

ENGLISH & CONTINENTAL FURNITURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS
Sale Date: Oct 07 2014 10am
 

BOOKS, MAPS & MANUSCRIPTS
Sale Date: Oct 16 2014 10am
 

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MODERN & CONTEMPORARY WORKS OF ART
Sale Date: Nov 02 2014 2pm
 


 PRESS RELEASES

Privately Owned for More Than a Century: Henry C. Gibson Collection of Fine and Rare Asian Works of Art Heads to Auction at Freemans

Privately Owned for More Than a Century: Henry C. Gibson Collection of Fine and Rare Asian Works of Art Heads to Auction at Freemans

 
From Early Daguerreotypes to Mid-Century Works: Photographs & Photobooks at Freeman's

From Early Daguerreotypes to Mid-Century Works: Photographs & Photobooks at Freeman's

 
Freeman's to offer The Debbie & Michael Coslov Collection of Important English Majolica

Freeman's to offer The Debbie & Michael Coslov Collection of Important English Majolica

 
A 'Wild Cherry' on Top at Freeman's: Results from the June 8  American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists Auction

A 'Wild Cherry' on Top at Freeman's: Results from the June 8 American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists Auction

 
Andreadis Appointed 20th Century Design Specialist at Freeman's

Andreadis Appointed 20th Century Design Specialist at Freeman's



 Departments


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20th Century Design

We are now accepting consignments of 20th century design through  early September for the November Pennsylvania Sale. To make your appointment for a private complimentary consultation, please contact Tim Andreadis at 267.414.1215 or tandreadis@freemansauction.com.

Your regional office representatives are also available to assist you with consignments for this or any other upcoming auction:
Gabrielle Dominique Aruta, Main Line
Kelly Wright, New England Region
Colin Clarke, Southeast Region
William A. Rudd, Midwest Region
Michael Larsen, West Coast


Ranging from the British Design Reform movement of the mid-19th century through Postmodern and Contemporary, the 20th Century Design department specializes in international furniture and decorative arts. Auctions of 20th century design feature works by Gio Ponti, Hans Wegner, Pierre Jeanneret, Jean Prouve, Isamu Noguchi, and Charles and Ray Eames, and highlight genres such as American Studio Furniture, Scandinavian Design, Modern & Contemporary Ceramics, and Italian Glass. Freeman’s has offered several important works from the Pennsylvania Studio craft movement and New Hope School, including examples of artists such as Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima, Harry Bertoia, Paul Evans, and Phillip Lloyd Powell.

Past Sale Highlights include:

  • George Nakashima exceptional Minguren I coffee table, sold for $101,575
  •  Finn Juhl "Chieftain" armchair, Niels Vodder, Denmark, circa 1949 brought $55,000
  •  Wharton Esherick cherrywood music stand, 1962, sold for $25,000
  • Tiffany Studios leaded glass Peony lampshade sold for $160,000


Our team of specialists and consultants are able to advise on the current market conditions and help clients achieve the best results by reaching bidders world-wide. We welcome consignments of all sizes, from single objects to entire collections, and respond to inquiries with discretion and expertise. Please contact a member of Freeman’s 20th century design department if you wish to discuss purchasing or consigning at auction.



American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists

We are now accepting consignments through early October for our December auction of American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists.  To make your appointment for a private complimentary consultation, please contact Molly Morrow at mmorrow@freemansauction.com or 267.414.1253.

 

Freeman’s American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists department features works dating from the eighteenth to early twentieth-centuries, with subjects ranging from landscapes and historical portraiture to genre paintings. Two auctions of American Art  & Pennsylvania Impressionists are held annually in June and December. Led by Vice Chairman Alasdair Nichol, this department has earned a reputation for their impeccable knowledge, intelligently structured catalogues and consistently excellent auction results.

Previous auctions have reflected the diverse traditions associated with American art: the Hudson River School, the Ashcan School (many of these artists studied in Philadelphia), Regionalism, Western art, and illustration. Freeman's is perhaps best known for its success with the Pennsylvania Impressionist artists, selling more works by these painters than any other leading auction house at world-record prices. 

Auction highlights include:

  • James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s "Blue and White Opal – The Photographer" for $469,000.
  • Daniel Garber’s "Old Farm in the Hills" sold for $457,000
  • Edward Redfield’s "Early Morning Sunlight, Spring" for $362,500
  • John George Brown’s "Bird Nesting" realized $375,250
  • An auction record was set for Frederick DeBourg Richards, "The Glory of the Alleghenies,"  which fetched $68,500


Freeman’s attracts an international audience and therefore reaches a world-wide buying base. We are best known for continually offering quality material and our team of specialists is able to advise on the current market enabling clients to reach the most favorable results. Consignments are always welcome from single objects to entire collections and we respond with discretion and expertise. Please contact a member of our Department if you have questions or wish to discuss buying or consigningwith us.



American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts

We are now accepting consignments through mid-September for our November auctions of American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts and the annual Pennsylvania Sale.  To make your appointment for a private complimentary consultation, please contact Whitney Bounty at 267.414.1254 or wbounty@freemansauction.com.

Your regional office representatives are also available to assist you with consignments for this or any other upcoming auction:
Gabrielle Dominique Aruta, Main Line
Kelly Wright, New England Region
Colin Clarke, Southeast Region
William A. Rudd, Midwest Region
Michael Larsen, West Coast


Freeman’s American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts department specializes in property ranging from the early eighteenth through the twentieth-century, featuring exceptional material from New England to the Southern States. Our sales offer a superb variety of consignments: furniture, fine silver, export porcelain, ceramics, glassware, textiles, maritime art and objects, portraiture, historical and landscape paintings, decoys, and folk art. Two sales are conducted annually: the first in April, coinciding with the Philadelphia Antique Show, and the second a two-day auction in November that includes our annual Pennsylvania Sale, which is exclusive to Freeman’s. This auction features furniture, paintings, decorative and folk items made and used in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, from the Colonial period to the turn of the twentieth-century.

Highlights from recent auctions include:

  • An extraordinary fraktur by George Geistweit and dated 1801 from Centre County, sold for $367,000
  • A painted and decorated yellow pine blanket chest attributed to Johannes Spitler (1774-1837) brought $350,500
  • Rare thirteen star American Revolutionary Flag achieved $212,500


Freeman’s attracts an international audience through its catalogs and website, and is best known for continually offering quality material. We welcome consignments, from single items to entire estates, and always employ an effective marketing strategy to maximize auction results. Please contact a member of our American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts department if you wish to discuss buying or consigning works with Freeman’s.



Asian Arts

Freeman’s Asian Arts Department offers a wide-variety of objects that encompass works from East Asia, the Asian sub-continent, as well as from the Middle East, Oceania, and Africa. With two sales a year in March and September, Asian fine and decorative art meets an ever-increasing global demand. Our internationally-trained specialists have proven expertise in ceramics, ivory, bronze, jade, and particularly Chinese furniture and scholars’ objects.

Highlights from recent auctions include:

  • An Imperial jade seal in realized $3.5 million
  • A collection of works by Chen Chi-Kwan (Chen Qi Kuan) sold for a combined $353,133
  • A Ming Dynasty gilt bronze and cloisonne covered jar sold for $1.54 million
  • A flambe-glazed bottle vase sold for $408,400


China’s rising prosperity, and the ability of Freeman's to source material of a high quality, has resulted in record prices at our auctions. Freeman’s welcomes consignments, from single objects to entire collections, and responds with discretion and expertise. Our team of specialists and consultants is able to advise on the current market and help achieve the best results by reaching a world-wide buying base. Please contact a member of our Asian Arts Department if you wish to discuss buying or consigning your works with us.



Books, Maps & Manuscripts

We are now accepting consignments through mid-August for our October auction of Books, Maps & Manuscripts and mid-September for the annual Pennsylvania Sale in November. To make your appointment for a private complimentary consultation, please contact Christianna Scavuzzo at 267.414.1247 or cscavuzzo@freemansauction.com.

Your regional office representatives are also available to assist you with consignments for this or any other upcoming auction:
Gabrielle Dominique Aruta, Main Line
Kelly Wright, New England Region
Colin Clarke, Southeast Region
William A. Rudd, Midwest Region
Michael Larsen, West Coast


Freeman’s offers fully-catalogued sales of fine antiquarian books, manuscripts, prints, maps, ephemera, and nineteenth-century photographs three times a year. A book sale was our first significant auction when we opened for business in 1805 and, as the first purpose-built auction house in the United States, Freeman’s Books, Maps & Manuscripts department enjoys the privilege of continuing this tradition in the welcoming environment of its present location since 1924 on Chestnut Street. Freeman’s knowledgeable specialists, led by Department Head David Bloom, provide an expertise and quality of service that remains unchanged.

 Highlights include:

  • Broadside. "Glorious News for America." Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Furber & Russell, [May 16?], 1766. , realized $50,000
  • Original photograph, signed, of Abraham Lincoln sold for $103,000
  • 7 vols. John James Audobon, The Birds of America, achieved $59,375
  • Autograph Manuscript Signed. Arthur Conan Doyle, ."Mr. Sherlock Holmes to His Friends." [London], Jan., 1927. , sold for $80,500


Freeman’s attracts an international audience and are best known for continually offering quality material. Consignments are always welcome, from single objects to entire collections, and we respond with discretion and expertise. Please contact a member of this department if you have any questions, or wish to discuss buying or consigning your Books, Maps & Manuscripts with Freeman’s.



English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts

We are now accepting consignments through November for our January International Sale.  To make your appointment for a private complimentary consultation, please contact  Sarah Blattner at 267.414.1225 or sblattner@freemansauction.com.

Your regional office representatives are also available to assist you with consignments for this or any other upcoming auction:
Gabrielle Dominique Aruta, Main Line
Kelly Wright, New England Region
Colin Clarke, Southeast Region
William A. Rudd, Midwest Region
Michael Larsen, West Coast


Freeman’s English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts Department offers a wide-range of property consigned from estates and private collections. Focused on works from the eighteenth and nineteenth-centuries, these sales include pieces from the Baroque to the mid twentieth-century, often with a strong representation of eighteenth-century English furniture and furnishings. The three sales each year in January, May, and October are traditionally highpoints of our auction calendar and attract a strong national and international client-base.

Highlights from recent auctions include:

  • Russian guilloché, champlevé, and cloisonné enameled silver-gilt icon of the Lord Almighty by Ivan Tarabrov and retailed by Fabergé  sold for $37,500  
  • An important ormolu mounted Russian Imperial hand painted gilt decorated porcelain urn from The Collection of Robert & Barbara Safford brought $494,500 
  • A very fine gilt metal mounted Meissen porcelain and gilt metal mounted giltwood secretaire cabinet  from The Collection of Robert & Barbara Safford sold for $254,500


The record setting 'white glove' auction of The Collection of Robert & Barbara Safford in September 2013 brought buyers from around the world, achieving $3.9 million overall. Freeman’s international team of specialists and consultants are committed to providing each client with the best service and advice possible about the current market. We welcome consignments from single objects to entire collections and respond with discretion and expertise. Please contact a member of our English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts Department if you wish to discuss buying or consigning with us.



European Art & Old Masters

The European Art & Old Masters department grew out of Freeman’s continued success with the sale of European works of art from the sixteenth to nineteeth centuries that were previously included in our Fine American & European Paintings & Sculpture auctions. Our European Art & Old Masters auctions will be held biannually in June and January. This particular area of art continues to realize strong prices and has displayed a sustained resilience during the pronounced fluctuations of the overall art market.

Highlights from recent auctions include:

  • A painting by Hubert Robert sold for $331,000
  • A still life by German Johann William Preyer achieved $191,200
  • An elegant portrait by Dutch-born Sir Peter Lely sold for $169,000
  • A Flemish picture of the Colosseum reached $133,000
  • A still-life by Jean-Baptiste Garnier, sold for $94,000.


Freeman’s attracts an international audience and is best known for continually offering quality material. Our team of specialists and consultants is able to advise on the current market and help clients achieve the best results by reaching a world-wide buying base. We welcome consignments, from single objects to entire collections, and respond with discretion and expertise. Please contact a member of Freeman’s European Art and Old Masters department if you wish to discuss purchasing or consigning paintings and sculpture from this period.



Jewelry & Watches

We are now accepting consignments through early September for our November auction of Jewelry & Watches.  To make your appointment for a private complimentary consultation, please contact  Natalie Prusich at 267.414.1212 or nprusich@freemansauction.com.

Your regional office representatives are also available to assist you with consignments for this or any other upcoming auction:
Gabrielle Dominique Aruta, Main Line
Kelly Wright, New England Region
Colin Clarke, Southeast Region
William A. Rudd, Midwest Region
Michael Larsen, West Coast


Freeman’s offers important and unique treasures in sales held in the spring and fall. Pieces hail from private estates up and down the East Coast, and include fine colored gemstones and diamonds from designers such as Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, Boucheron, Tiffany & Co., David Webb, and Bulgari.

Highlights from recent auctions include:

  • ‘Golconda’ lady’s platinum and diamond dinner ring, 10.8 carat modified Asscher cut colorless, Type IIa diamond sold for $482,500
  • Lady’s yellow and white diamond dinner ring, stunning emerald cut yellow diamond, 12.69 carats for $362,500
  • Art Deco Kashmir sapphire, platinum and diamond ring, Cartier, mixed cut sapphire approximately 6.7 carats realized $206,500
  • Lady’s platinum and diamond necklace, 1940s for $157,000


Freeman’s attracts an international audience and a world-wide buying base. With over fifty years combined experience, Department Head Micheal Larsen and Chairman Beau Freeman provide clients with sound advice on the market to help achieve superior results. Consignments are always welcome from single objects to entire collections and we respond with discretion and expertise. Contact one of our specialists in the Jewelry & Watches department if you wish to discuss buying or consigning your treasures with Freemans.



Modern & Contemporary Art

We are now accepting consignments through early September for our November auction of Modern & Contemporary Art.  To make your appointment for a private complimentary consultation, please contact Shannon Jeffers at 267.414.1231 or sjeffers@freemansauction.com.


Your regional office representatives are also available to assist you with consignments for this or any other upcoming auction:

Gabrielle Dominique Aruta, Main Line
Kelly Wright, New England Region
Colin Clarke, Southeast Region
William A. Rudd, Midwest Region
Michael Larsen, West Coast


The team of specialists Vice Chairman Alasdair Nichol has built is one of the largest outside of New York City. Anne Henry, Head of the Modern & Contemporary Art Department, competed with several major New York City and international auction houses to win the plum consignment of the Lehman Brothers Collection. The sale was arguably the most talked-about collection of the fall, 2009 auction season. On the heels of this success, Freemans secured the Neuberger Berman Collection in 2010. Under the management of Mr. Nichol and Ms. Henry, both of these corporate collections achieved an exceptional 100% sell-through rate, bringing over $2.5 million, and more than doubling pre-sale estimates.

With two sales a year in May and November, Modern & Contemporary auctions have added unprecedented numbers of new bidders, and more than eighty world auction records to Freeman’s list of successes. It also confirmed our reputation as a "safe pair of hands" when it comes to the often sensitive issue of deaccessioning corporate collections. Modern & Contemporary auctions are comprised of a carefully selected mix of works from a range of movements, including École de Paris, Surrealism, Pop, and Abstract Expressionism. Freeman’s has had notable successes with sculpture including works by Lipchitz, Noguchi Bertoia, Botero, and Calder. Freeman’s is also committed to promoting established, mid-career, or emerging artists originally from the Philadelphia area. The works of Vincent Desiderio, Bo Bartlett, Bill Scott, Edna Andrade, and Warren Rohrer have resulted in impressive auction results.

Highlights from recent auctions include:

  • Lucio Fontana, "Concetto Spaziale" sold for $1,161,000
  • Claes Oldenburg, "Model for Clothespin" realized $373,000
  • Harry Bertoia, "Sound Sculpture"sold for $295,000
  • Alexander Calder, "Red Bull" sold for $530,500

Freeman’s auctions attract an international audience. Our team of specialists is able to provide advice on the current market and help clients achieve the best results by reaching a world-wide buying base. We are known for continually offering quality material, welcoming consignments, from single objects to entire collections, and responding with discretion and expertise. Please contact a member of our Modern & Contemporary Art Department if you have any questions about our upcoming sales, or wish to discuss buying or consigning your modern and contemporary paintings, sculpture, or prints.


Oriental Rugs & Carpets

Freeman’s offers a broad selection of carpets and antique Oriental rugs in an impressive variety of weavings. Often included in these sales are palace, oversize, and room-size carpets woven in urban areas of Persia and India, as well as scatter-size urban and nomadic weavings, runners and village trappings.

Items generally date from the late eighteenth through the mid-twentieth-centuries with a selection that will appeal to the cognoscenti, interior decorator and private collector seeking exceptional workmanship and design.

Freeman’s has featured several estate collections, including the noted Robert Montgomery Scott collection. The early Caucasian Sunburst rug from this estate sold for $341,825 - a record auction result for a Caucasian weaving.

Freeman’s attracts an international audience and are best known for continually offering quality material. Consignments are always welcome, from single objects to entire collections, and we respond with discretion and expertise. Please contact a member of this Department if you have any questions, or wish to discuss buying or consigning your rugs and carpets with Freeman’s.



Photographs & Photobooks

We are now accepting consignments through mid-July for our September auction of Photographs & Photobooks.   To make your appointment for a private complimentary consultation, please contact Shannon Jeffers at 267.414.1231 or sjeffers@freemansauction.com.


Your regional office representatives are also available to assist you with consignments for this or any other upcoming auction:

Gabrielle Dominique Aruta, Main Line
Kelly Wright, New England Region
Colin Clarke, Southeast Region
William A. Rudd, Midwest Region
Michael Larsen, West Coast


 

Recent auctions have featured several interesting groups of material.  A record setting price was set in September 2013 for Bert Stern's iconic portfolio titled "The Last Sitting." Fueled in part by a media frenzy prior to the auction, the portfolio of ten photographs of Marilyn Monroe shot just six weeks before her death soared to a record hammer price of $41,250 . This sale also included photographs from the Avon Collection, proceeds of which benefitted the Avon Foundation for Women, the company’s charitable organization dedicated to breast cancer research and ending domestic violence. This collection consisted of over 90 works by some of the most celebrated female photographers of the 20th century including Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Berenice Abbott, and Sally Mann.

Other recent successes include:

  • Robert Mapplethorpe's "Lydia Cheng" which sold for $22,500
  • Andreas Feininger "Queen Elizabeth in New York Harbor" achieved $9,375
  • A portfolio of 25 prints by George Tice of Amish life sold for $18,750


Our team of specialists and consultants are able to advise on the current market conditions and help clients achieve the best results by reaching bidders world-wide. We welcome consignments of all sizes, from single objects to entire collections, and respond to inquiries with discretion and expertise. Please contact a member of Freeman’s Photographs & Photobooks Department if you wish to discuss purchasing or consigning photographs at auction.



Silver & Objets de Vertu

We are now accepting consignments through mid-October for our December auction of Silver & Objets de Vertu.  To make your appointment for a private complimentary consultation, please contact  Sarah Blattner at 267.414.1225 or sblattner@freemansauction.com.

Your regional office representatives are also available to assist you with consignments for this or any other upcoming auction:
Gabrielle Dominique Aruta, Main Line
Kelly Wright, New England Region

Colin Clarke, Southeast Region
William A. Rudd, Midwest Region
Michael Larsen, West Coast


 Freeman’s has been selling silver and objets de vertu for seven generations and is now conducting auctions dedicated to this genre. The bi-annual Silver & Objets de Vertu auction is conducted every spring and fall and includes American, English, and Continental silver from the seventeenth to the nineteenth-centuries, as well as Modern and Post-War pieces by well-known makers such as Buccellati, Tiffany, and Georg Jensen. In addition to fine tableware, centerpieces, candelabra, and flatware services, these auctions also highlight objets de vertu, including Russian enamel, gold boxes, scent bottles, and card and cigarette cases.

Highlights from recent auctions include:

  • Faberge silver and enameled firebird kovsh which sold for $533
    ,000
  • A George Paulding Farnham silver and enameled vase for Tiffany and Co. achieved $115,000
  • A pair of French silver seven-light candelabra by Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot, circa 1830, sold for $55,000


Freeman’s attracts an international audience through its catalogs and website, and is best known for continually offering quality material. We welcome consignments, from single items to entire estates, and always employ an effective marketing strategy to maximize auction results. Please contact a member of our Silver & Objets de Vertu department if you wish to discuss buying or consigning works with Freeman’s.


The Pennsylvania Sale

Freeman’s is now inviting consignments through mid-September of 20th century design, historical manuscripts and documents as well as American furniture, folk and decorative arts for our annual Pennsylvania Sale in November. We encourage you to be a part of this specially curated auction honoring Pennsylvania’s rich history and creativity. Make your appointment for a private complimentary consultation and to discuss consignments into this sale.

Lynda Cain, American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts
Whitney Bounty
, American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts
David Bloom, Books, Maps & Manuscripts
Tim Andreadis, 20th Century Design

 

Freeman’s is committed to the craftsmanship and artistry of our Commonwealth. As America’s oldest auction house, founded in Philadelphia in 1805, we celebrate the Quaker state’s legacy each November with The Pennsylvania Sale. This annual auction features an array of works made and used in Pennsylvania from the earliest Colonial period through the 20th century. Collectors will find historical manuscripts and documents, furniture, silver, folk and decorative arts as well as studio and contemporary design in the auction.


Recent highlights from The Pennsylvania Sale:

  • The Francis-Fisher-Coxe Chippendale carved mahogany card table, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1760, Sold for $229,000
  • The first public printing of United States Constitution. The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser. Philadelphia: Dunlap & Claypoole, September 19, 1787. Sold for $225,000
  • Exceptional Minguren Icoffee table
    , George Nakashima (1905-1990), sold for $101,575
  • Silkwork picture, The Folwell School, Philadelphia, PA, dated 1812, sold for $50,190

Freeman’s attracts an international audience and therefore reaches a world-wide buying base. We are best known for continually offering quality material and our team of specialists is able to advise on the current market enabling clients to reach the most favorable results. Consignments are always welcome from single objects to entire collections and we respond with discretion and expertise. Please contactone of our specialists  if you have questions or wish to discuss buying or consigning with us.