Since 2018, Freeman’s European Art and Old Masters department has held auctions dedicated to the sale of fine Continental and British paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and prints from the 15th through the late 19th/early 20th centuries. As one of the country’s only major auction houses outside of New York to hold such sales, Freeman’s is a market leader, presenting high-caliber artworks from the other side of the Atlantic—a frequently overlooked category.
Our emphasis on scholarship, connoisseurship, and lot selectivity—paired with our unique marketing alliance with our sister auction house Lyon & Turnbull, one of the longest established fine art and antiques auction houses in the United Kingdom—has greatly benefited our consignors. It has also led to a number of noteworthy successes in the sale of an array of artworks ranging from, and including such schools as, the Renaissance, the Baroque, the Barbizon, the Pre-Raphaelites, La Belle Époque, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism.
Our European Art and Old Masters specialists have obtained major successes with 19th-century French Impressionist paintings and sculptures by Eugène Boudin, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot, Blanche Hoschedé Monet, Henry Moret, Maurice Utrillo, and Jean Dufy, among others.
Notable results include Cézanne’s La Vie des Champs (sold for $1.4M) and the rare late-15th-century Nursing Madonna by the iconic Netherlandish painter The Master of Embroidered Foliage, which sold for $2.5M—the highest price realized for an Old Master painting in Philadelphia, and a world-record price for the artist. Another standout result for the department is the sale of the exemplary White Interior by famed Viennese Secessionist Carl Moll, which sold for $4.75M—approximately tenfold its estimate, a new world-record price for the artist, and a new house record for Freeman’s, capping off a sale that netted over $6.4M in only 67 lots.
April 29, 2018
Freeman’s proudly brought to auction the Collection of Dorrance "Dodo" H. Hamilton, renowned Philadelphia philanthropist and horticulturist. The single-owner sale of more than 150 lots was led by a rare painting by Paul Cézanne and featured works by Henri Fantin-Latour, Pierre Joseph Redouté, Eugène Boudin, and Sir Alfred Munnings, reflected her preference for surrounding herself with what she loved, without concern for trends.