Freeman’s is an industry leader in the sale of Pennsylvania and American studio furniture, craft, and design, in particular works by George Nakashima, Samuel Yellin, Wharton Esherick, Harry Bertoia, Phillip Lloyd Powell, and Paul Evans. Our 20th Century and Contemporary Design department presents work by both iconic and emerging designers in four to six annual sales that bring fresh-to-market property to auction.
Freeman’s international team of experts has 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 postwar and contemporary design. In frequent collaboration with our sister auction house, Scotland’s Lyon & Turnbull, Freeman’s specialists are committed to the highest industry standards in the vetting and presentation of property.
Our Design auctions emphasize an impressive variety of studio furniture, ceramics, and glass; our Art and Design auctions feature selections of multiples, works on paper, and design pieces by modern and contemporary artists.
Freeman’s boasts one of the industry’s highest sell-through rates for family collections, as well as works by famed New Hope woodworker George Nakashima. Freeman’s has sold the most valuable work by George Nakashima to appear at auction in four of the last five years; single-owner sales, like the 2020 sale of a rediscovered set of seven windows by Tiffany Studios for $705,000, underscores Freeman’s strength in bringing new-to-market discoveries to international audiences.
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.
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.
VP | Division Director, Decorative Arts & Design | Head of Department
Associate Specialist I Decorative Arts & Design
Registrar | Decorative Arts