The Pennsylvania Sale

 

On Wednesday, October 28th, Freeman’s will hold its renowned Pennsylvania Sale. This returning event showcases the development of craftsmanship in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Wharton Esherick furniture from the Hedgerow Theatre Collection will highlight the sale, along with works by George Nakashima and a collection of folk portraits by Joseph Maentel.

Launched in 2005 to coincide with Freeman’s bicentennial, The Pennsylvania Sale celebrates Pennsylvania's longstanding legacy as a major and influential artistic region. Building on Freeman’s long-term success selling items from its native state, The Pennsylvania Sale is a comprehensive tribute to the entire region—its history, people, and the art and objects they made, used, and cherished.


Collecting Categories

  • Pennsylvania Books, Maps & Manuscripts
  • Pennsylvania Fine Furniture & Decorative Arts
  • Pennsylvania Folk Art & Fraktur
  • Pennsylvania 20th Century Design
  • Pennsylvania Impressionists


Artists, Craftsmen & Designers of Interest

  • George Nakashima
  • Wharton Esherick
  • Phillip Lloyd Powell
  • Paul Evans
  • Peter Stretch
  • David Rittenhouse
  • Martin Jugiez
  • Joseph Lehn
  • Jacob Maentel
  • The Peale Family
  • Edward Duffield
  • Nicholas Bernard
  • Alexander Calder
  • Harry Bertoia
  • Samuel Yellin

 

This year's Pennsylvania Sale is still open for consignment. If you have a piece that would make an exemplary addition to the event, please contact us using the link below. 



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Highlights: To Be Sold on October 28


WORKS BY THE “DEAN OF AMERICAN CRAFTSMEN,” WHARTON ESHERICK

Wharton Esherick, "Thunder Table", 1929, $150,000-250,000

As part of this year’s Pennsylvania Sale, Freeman’s is proud to present Wharton Esherick furniture made for the Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania. It is one of the most historically significant collections of the artist’s work. Featured above is the iconic “Thunder Table”, carved by Esherick in 1929 in celebration of the success of the Theatre’s production of Thunder on the Left in which his daughter Mary appeared.

 

20TH CENTURY PENNSYLVANIA CRAFTSMAN & DESIGN

George Nakashima, "Slab" Coffee Table, 1961, $40,000-60,000

The sale will feature a rich selection of works by George Nakashima including the above. Vintage pieces from the 1950s through the 1980s by the famed New Hope, Pennsylvania woodworker will be made available. Joining Nakashima is work by 20th-century designers Phillip Lloyd Powell, Paul Evans, and Samuel Yellin, including pieces from the latter’s estate.  

 

FROM PENNSYLVANIA PORTRAITURE TO FEDERAL FURNITURE

Attributed to Jacob Maentel, Mary Ann and John Michael Kitzmiller and their four children, Adams County, Pennsylvania, $80,000-120,000

Pennsylvania portraiture ranges from the formal work of Thomas Sully (1763-1872) to five folk portraits by Jacob Maentel (1778-1863), including the above. Consignments from three East Coast private collections include a selection of fraktur, redware, Chester County needlework, and an extremely fine polychrome carving of a fantail rooster. 

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