European Furniture & Decorative Arts
Freeman’s European Furniture & Decorative Arts specialists have an international reputation for our auctions of fine European property. Our sales regularly feature an array of fine pieces of continental origin, including the arts of France, Austria, Germany, Italy, and Russia. Freeman’s specialists’ expertise with relevant styles, periods, and designers compliments our in-depth understanding of the current commercial market for this property, contributing to the overall success of each sale.
Fine French furniture, including period pieces by known makers such as Jacob Freres and Benneman, as well fine late nineteenth-century revival style pieces by craftsman such as Francois Linke and Paul Sormani are featured in many sales. Early Italian and German furniture, sculpture, clocks, tapestries, and continental porcelain by factories such as Sevres, Meissen, KPM, and the Russian Imperial Porcelain factory are frequently seen and sold at auction.
European furniture and decorative arts is a particular strength at Freeman’s, and record prices have been achieved in this category. A rare and important Berlin (KPM) porcelain tall-case clock, was offered in the “white glove” single-catalogue auction of the Collection of Robert and Barbara Safford and sold for $242,500 in 2013 – the sale realized a total of $3.7 million. The European Furniture & Decorative Arts Department has also sold several fine nineteenth-century Italian marble sculptures, including the life-sized “Slave Girl” by Scipione Tadolini, which realized $121,000 in 2011.
European Furniture & Decorative arts auctions are held twice annually, in the spring and in the fall. To schedule an appointment for a private and complimentary consultation, please contact one of our specialists.