American Art 

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As the only house outside of New York with auctions devoted solely to American Art, Freeman’s consistently sells high-quality works in various media and subject matter. Our sales of American Art feature some of the most recognizable names in the field, including three generations of the Wyeth family (Newell Convers Wyeth, his son Andrew Wyeth, and grandson Jamie Wyeth); graduates of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, such as Cecilia Beaux and Thomas Eakins; and notable Philadelphia figures like William Glackens, Arthur B. Carles, and the Peale Family (Charles Willson, Rembrandt, and Raphaelle).

Freeman's June 6 American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists auction far outperformed its overall estimate to achieve an impressive sale result of nearly $3.5M. The 89-lot auction featured a 91% sell-through rate and multiple standout sales, confirming Freeman’s strength in presenting important American art at auction. Between December 2020 and June 2021, Freeman’s has achieved their best year yet for American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists: with over $10 million realized for fewer than 200 lots. In recent years, Freeman’s has won the consignment of several major American Art collections, such as The George D. Horst Collection of Fine Art ($4.4 million), The Collection of Dorrance 'Dodo' H. Hamilton ($6.1 million), as well as the Ottenberg Collection—all white glove sales that yielded resounding prices for works by renowned American artists such as Frank Weston Benson, Jonas Lie, Childe Hassam, Martin Johnson Heade and Martha Walter.

 

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Records and Results

Paintings from the Ottenberg Collection featuring Arthur Beecher Carles
Paintings from The Collection of Dorrance 'Dodo' H. Hamilton installed in the Hamilton home

The Collection of Dorrance "Dodo" H. Hamilton 

April 29, 2018

Freeman’s proudly brought to auction the collection of Dorrance "Dodo'" H. Hamilton, renowned Philadelphia philanthropist and horticulturist. The sale of more than 150 lots was led by a rare painting by Paul Cézanne and featured works by William Trost Richards, Martin Johnson Heade, Childe Hassam and Maurice Prendergast, all of which reflected her preference for surrounding herself with what she loved, without concern for trends.

 

Sell-Through Rate: 99%
Pre-sale Estimate: $3,369,750–5,421,250
result: $6.1M
Artwork from the George D. Horst Collection of Fine Art as originally installed

The George D. Horst Collection of Fine Art

March 30, 2014

The fine art collection amassed by Pennsylvania businessman George D. Horst hung in a custom built gallery on his estate, unseen by the public for nearly a century. Mr. Horst’s collection reflected his special love for Pennsylvania Impressionists, such as Daniel Garber, Edward Willis Redfield, William Lathrop, as well as for American artists known as 'The Ten,' including Childe Hassam and Frank Weston Benson. Other sale highlights included a magnificent still life by Emil Carlsen, an impressive Jonas Lie, as well as an idyllic George Loftus Noyes landscape, which all set new world auction records for their respective artists. Overall, the white glove auction garnered much attention and elicited consistently strong bidding, setting new world auction records for 20 artists.

 
Sell-Through Rate: 100%
Pre-sale Estimate: $1,268,800–1,904,200
result: $4.3M

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Alasdair Nichol

Chairman  |  Head of Fine Art

267.414.1211

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Raphaël Chatroux

Specialist, American Art

267.414.1253

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David Weiss

 

David Weiss

SVP  |  Senior Specialist, Fine Art

267.414.1214

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Olivia Zvara

 

Olivia Zvara

Registrar & Associate Cataloguer, Fine Art 

267.414.1251

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