20th Century and Contemporary Design 

Our 20th Century & Contemporary Design department oversees between four and six annual sales, presenting works by iconic and emerging designers. Along with Lyon & Turnbull based in the UK, Freeman’s international team of experts have advised private collectors, museums, corporate clients and those working with family collections on the sale and acquisition of works ranging in date from the British Design Reform movement to Post-War and Contemporary Design. Freeman’s specialists are committed to the highest industry standards in the vetting and presentation of property.

We are an industry leader in the sale of Pennsylvania and American studio furniture, craft, and design, including works by George Nakashima, Samuel Yellin, Wharton Esherick, Harry Bertoia, Phillip Lloyd Powell and Paul Evans. Works of American studio furniture, ceramics, glass, and metalwork feature prominently in our Design sales.

Freeman’s boasts one of the highest sell-through rates in the industry selling family collections and new-to-market discoveries with strong results. Furniture by famed New Hope woodworker George Nakashima is prominently featured in our auctions, and Freeman’s has sold the most expensive work by George Nakashima to appear at auction in 4 of the last 5 years.

 

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Records and Results

Works in Freeman’s sales are presented with collectors in mind and we seek rare works of iconic design with important and unique histories of ownership.

 

Freeman’s specialists are steeped in the history of Pennsylvania and American art and design, having handled family and private collections with discretion and expertise. Our relationships with living artists and their studios, leading gallerists, collectors, museum curators, and scholars ensures the highest attention to detail and exposure to the international design market. Freeman’s has a commitment to research and values authenticity, expertise, and working on behalf of sellers to achieve the highest value for their property.  

Angels Representing Seven Churches: A Rediscovered Set of Windows by Tiffany Studios 

November 10, 2020

Encompassing a rare surviving group, the set of windows were saved from demolition when the New Jerusalem Church was torn down to make way for an Interstate in 1964. Purchased by the Swedenborgian Church in southeast Pennsylvania for a planned chapel, the windows remained stored in a barn until they were “rediscovered” in the early 2000s during a sensitive restoration where it was revealed that one of them was signed by Tiffany Studios. The windows then went on a national tour to more than fifteen institutions, including the Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, the Delaware Art Museum, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and the Museum of Russian Icons.

 
Sell-through rate: 100%
Pre-sale Estimate: $150,000-250,000
PRICE REALIZED: $705,000

Wharton Esherick: The Hedgerow Theatre Collection 

October 28, 2020

Building on Freeman’s long-term success selling items from its native state, Freeman's presented 12 works by Wharton Esherick from the Hedgerow Theatre Collection as a part of our 2020 Pennsylvania Sale. The collection achieved the highest-ever sale total at auction for a collection of Wharton Esherick's work.

 
Sell-Through Rate: 100%
Pre-sale Estimate: $220,000-$356,000
result: $394,375

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Tim Andreadis

 

Tim Andreadis

VP  |  Division Director, Decorative Arts & Design  |  Head of Department

267.414.1215

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Kimberly Miller

 

Kimberly Miller

SVP  |  Specialist, Design

267.414.1216

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Sonnie Solomon

Client Consignment Administrator

267.414.1217

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Our International Partners

John Mackie

 

John Mackie

Head of Department

Lyon & Turnbull  |  Edinburgh

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Philip Smith

 

Philip Smith

Specialist

Lyon & Turnbull  |  London

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