Maritime & Sporting Art
Freeman's many successful sales of maritime and sporting art at our Philadelphia-based auction house, as well as online, reflect the extensive knowledge and expertise of a superb team of dedicated specialists in our Maritime & Sporting Art Department. Their understanding of the current market has been essential to the overall successful sales of these paintings of marine and sporting subjects by various featured artists, such as Montague Dawson, Frank Benson, and Sir Arthur Munnings.
Sought-after American marine artists include Antonio Jacobsen and James Buttersworth, both of whom have been sold in Freeman’s auctions. Due to its rich naval tradition, British artists tend to predominate in the marine section of our European art sales, with Montague Dawson considered by many to be the leading maritime artist of the twentieth century and a particular favorite. In the European sales, due perhaps to their devotion to the turf, British artists lead the field. Equestrian subjects by Sir Arthur Munnings, if not as much in demand as in their heyday, still command strong prices, while racecourse and coaching scenes by Alken, Herring, Sartorius and Pollard attract enthusiastic bidding.
Amongst American sporting artists who have sold particularly well at Freeman's auction of significant American art Frank Benson and Carl Rungius are two of the most popular. Others include Ogden Pleissner, John Whorf, Edmund Osthaus and Aiden Lassell Ripley, whose fishing and hunting subjects have found dedicated followers at American art auctions.
Freeman’s often offers maritime and sporting art as part of our twice annual sales of American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists and European Art & Old Masters. Recently, Freeman’s held an inaugural Sporting Sale, which showcased a variety of both American and European artists working in a variety of media to depict themes of hunting, fishing, and equestrian endeavors. A noteworthy success in the sale was an excellent example of Sir Alfred Munnings’ work entitled “Huntsman and Hounds, North Cornish Hunt”, which brought $281,000 at auction. Through our website, we have become a leader in hosting online auctions for buying and selling maritime and sporting art. To schedule an appointment for a private and complimentary consultation, please contact one of our specialists.