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.
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
SVP | Specialist, Design
Client Consignment Administrator