20th Century Furniture & Design

Freeman’s knowledgeable team of 20th Century Furniture & Design specialists have an international reputation for their successful sales of artwork from our Philadelphia-based location and through our live online auctions. They are experts not only of the furniture and design, but also on the conditions of the current market, an essential combination for any successful auction.  We welcome consignments of all sizes—from single objects to entire collections— and respond to inquiries with discretion and expertise.

Works for sale in our 20th Century Furniture & Design auctions include many styles from midcentury and modern design.  Artists’ works sold at Freeman’s typically include genres such as American Studio Furniture, Scandinavian Design, Modern and Contemporary Ceramics, and Italian Glass. Auction highlights include $15,535 achieved for a 'Diamond' flatware service designed by Gio Ponti for Reed and Barton, and a Finn Juhl "Chieftan" armchair by Niels Vodder circa 1949 which brought $37,500.

Freeman’s sales of 20th Century Furniture & Design have offered several important works from the Pennsylvania Studio craft movement and New Hope School. Highlights have included $101,575 garnered for an exceptional Minguren I coffee table by George Nakashima and a world auction record of $123,750 set for Wharton Esherick's cocobolo sculpture "Essie/Rebecca."


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Savy sellers know the value of provenance.  It’s why so many choose to offer their collections of Pennsylvania Art & Design locally with Freeman’s, enhancing their collection’s provenance through Freeman’s unrivaled storytelling and ability to strengthen the collection’s unbroken chain of ownership.

To find out more about selling your works of 20th Century Design at auction, or to make an appointment for a private, complimentary consultation, please contact one of our specialists.

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Related Departments: Pennsylvania 20th Century Design, Postwar & Contemporary Design, Prewar Design (1860-1940)

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