American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts 

A bust of George Washington

As America’s oldest auction house, Freeman’s has sold fine American furniture and decorative arts longer than any auction house in the country. Our American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts department is well-known for offering fresh-to-market and historically significant examples of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, portraits, silver, and textiles from the Philadelphia area, as well as New England and Southern material culture.

Freeman’s specialists bring a broad and impressive range of materials to our twice-annual American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts auctions, including formal and country furniture, timepieces, silver, needlework, quilts, portraits, Chinese Export porcelain, pottery, militaria, flags, American Indian arts, Folk painted furniture, decoys, Fraktur, carvings, and weathervanes.

Key to Freeman’s successes in this department is a market return to regionalism; with a growing appreciation for American-made objects, quintessentially American items are maintaining and growing strength in the market. Positioned in the birthplace of the nation with a long-standing reputation for excellence, Freeman’s consistently delivers strong results for significant American items.

Freeman’s American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts department has been entrusted with a number of collections from important institutions and museums, including Property Deaccessioned from the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, The American Indian Collection of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, and Furnishings from Historic Lemon Hill Mansion.

The department has overseen several important single-owner collections in recent years to resounding success—most recently, the record-breaking $4.42M sale of signer Charles Carroll’s copy of the Declaration of Independence, The American National Flag Collection of Jeffrey Kenneth Kohn, MD, Property from the Estate of George A. “Frolic” Weymouth, and A Grand Old Flag: The Stars & Stripes Collection of Dr. Peter J. Keim.

 
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Property from The Estate of Patricia B. Wells

Freeman’s has been offering fine examples of American furniture and decorative arts for over two centuries.

 

Over the years, we have set numerous world auction records and continue to hold those for a paint-decorated Pennsylvania box ($744,825), a fraktur ($366,750), and an American looking glass ($293,000). With a focus on research and scholarship, our knowledgeable and experienced specialists continually deliver strong results and are always available for complimentary auction valuations.

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Lynda Cain

 

Lynda Cain

VP  |  Head of American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts

267.414.1237

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Andrew Taggart

 

Andrew Taggart

Specialist, American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts

267.414.1225

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laura-quintrell

 

Laura Quintrell

Registrar | Decorative Arts

 267.414.1227

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News

 

 

04/28/2022    

Meet the Peales, the First Family of American Artists

Important portraits of early American figures

04/19/2022    

Philadelphia Classics: Americana Across Mediums

The story of a painter and a cabinetmaker

03/10/2022    

Your Guide to Mochaware Ceramics

How these iconic designs became highly sought after

11/02/2021    

Birds of America: Exotic, Patriotic, and Familiar

Explore the avian offerings of Freeman's November 10 auction

11/01/2021    

Philadelphia Views: Picturing the 19th Century

On offer at Freeman's November 10

10/29/2021    

Eight American Flag Designs You Might Not Know About

Selections from The American National Flag Collection of Jeffrey Kenneth Kohn, MD

10/21/2021    

Why Silver Was So Important in Early American History

Freeman's to offer extensive selection November 10

10/05/2021    

The American National Flag Collection of Jeffrey Kenneth Kohn, MD

To be offered at Freeman's November 10

06/28/2021    

Freeman’s to Sell Signer Charles Carroll’s Copy of The Declaration Of Independence

A rare document, the last of the six signers’ copies known to still be in private hands

06/16/2021    

How Charles Carroll's Copy of the Declaration of Independence was Discovered in Scotland

An Important American Document’s Past and Present Scottish Ties

04/22/2021    

How Did Philadelphia Become the Workshop of the World?

The History of American Craft

04/01/2021    

Excited for Baseball Season? Rare Baseball Memorabilia Comes to Auction at Freeman's

The Collection of Jeffrey Kenneth Kohn, MD