Freeman’s American Furniture, Decorative & Folk Art 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.
Freemans recently brought to auction the Stevenson-Easby Collection of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, which consisted of fine American furniture and decorative arts. This collection was extensively marketed to both trade and private buyers and surpassed its high estimate, realizing over $725,000. Freemans also sold the Collection of Joseph Sorger, an established Philadelphia art and antiques dealer and collector. It was Mr. Sorgers wish that the collection, which included American Classical and Regency furniture, be sold at Freemans where he had purchased many of the pieces. The exhibition and preview party were held in Mr. Sorgers Delancey Street townhouse-an event that generated excitement for a highly successful auction.
Highlights from recent auctions include:
· An extraordinary fraktur by George Geistweit and dated 1801 from Centre County, sold for $367,000
· A Chippendale, walnut, tall-case clock with works by Edward Duffield, Philadelphia, circa 1755, selling for $193,000
· A miniature portrait of Revolutionary General Daniel Morgan after Charles Wilson Peale (1741-1827) for $85,000
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 American Furniture, Decorative & Folk Arts Department if you wish to discuss buying or consigning works with Freeman’s.