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20th Century Design

Freeman's bi-annual sales of 20th century and contemporary design regularly include works by George Nakashima, Paul Evans, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Hans Wegner, Gio Ponti, Emile Galle, and others.  Freeman's is an industry leader in the sale of works by New Hope School and Pennsylvania designers, having set numerous records for works by George Nakashima, Paul Evans, Harry Bertoia, Phil Powell, and Wharton Esherick.  The department is always seeking quality consignments and is available to consult on the current market for your works.

For more information about buying or selling 20th Century Design, please contact specialist Tim Andreadis.

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American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists

Freeman’s American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists department specializes in the sale of works of significant American art, bringing fresh-to-market works from prominent names such as Andrew Wyeth, Edward Willis Redfield, Fern Isabel Coppedge, NC Wyeth, Frederic Remington and more to auction.  Led by Vice Chairman Alasdair Nichol, the American Art department has a reputation in the business for its impressive expertise on subject matter, its intelligently structured catalogues, and its fostering of consistently excellent auction results.

View the December 4 Auction Catalogue

American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts

Freeman’s American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts department specialists provide expert advice on single items or on large collections of material dating from the early eighteenth-century through the twentieth-century. Holding two sales annually, in April and November, the department is primarily focused on American Furniture and decorative arts, American folk art, silver and American Indian works of art. Our department specialists are well-versed in current art market trends and conditions and have established an international reputation for top auction results.

For more information about buying or selling works of American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts, please contact specialists Lynda Cain or Whitney Bounty.

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Asian Arts

Freeman’s Asian Arts department specializes in Chinese Works of Art, Chinese Paintings, Japanese Works of Art, and in Korean Works of Art. Two department auctions are held annually, one in March and one in September. Our department specialists are well-versed in current art market trends and conditions and have established an international reputation for top auction results.

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Books, Maps & Manuscripts

A book sale was Freeman’s first significant auction upon its opening in 1805. As the first “purpose-built” auction house in the United States, Freeman’s Books, Maps & Manuscripts Department enjoys the privilege of continuing this tradition in the welcoming environment of its current location (since 1924) on Chestnut Street in the heart of Philadelphia. Our team of experts, led by Department Head David Bloom, provides quality of service that remains unchanged since its opening over 200 years ago.

For more information about buying or selling Books, Maps & Mansucripts, please contact specialists David Bloom and Ben Truesdale.

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British & European Furniture & Decorative Arts

Freeman’s British & European Furniture & Decorative Arts department focuses on European antiques, furniture and decorative arts from the eighteenth and nineteenth-centuries. Our department specialists are well-versed on current market conditions, and have established an international reputation for successful sales of works of decorative art and furniture from England, Russia, Turkey, Germany, France and beyond.   

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European Art & Old Masters

Freeman’s European Art & Old Masters department holds two auctions annually - one in June and one in January. Featuring paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture from the sixteenth to the nineteenth-centuries with an emphasis on maritime and sporting art, Old Master drawings, and 19th century painting, our auctions of European Art & Old Masters have garnered international attention. Our department specialists are well-versed in current art market trends and conditions, and have established reputation for achieving top auction results.

For more information about buying or selling European Art & Old Masters, please contact specialist David Weiss.

View the January 23 Auction Catalogue

Jewelry & Watches

Freeman’s Jewelry & Watches department consists of a team of specialists with proven auction results when it comes to prominent gems, signed pieces by preeminent makers, Art Deco jewelry, watches and timepieces. Our department specialists have a wealth of experience behind them and are well-versed on the current market trends and conditions, with proven auction results. The department holds two sales annually - one in the fall and one in the spring.

For more information about buying or selling Jewelry & Watches,  please contact department specialists Virginia Salem, Michael Larsen, and Lauren Peck.

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Modern & Contemporary Art

Freeman’s Modern & Contemporary Art department specializes in paintings, sculpture and prints by modern and contemporary artists including Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro and more. Pop Art from Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein as well as Pennsylvania artists like Harry Bertoia and Elizabeth Osborne are often featured.  Our specialists’ extensive experience with art of this genre, and attention to the pulse of the current market, become essential elements for ensuring the successful selling artwork at auction.

View the December 6 Auction Catalogue

Private & Corporate Art Collections

Freeman’s Private & Corporate Art Collections team provide auction and appraisal services for fine art, jewelry, and antiques for individual clients and estates, corporate clients, private institutions, and charitable organizations. Throughout Freeman’s history, the company has continuously demonstrated its ability to auction extraordinary pieces from corporate collections of art. Our dedicated international team provides tailored advice and service for our corporate clients in sales ranging from single objects to larger, more diverse collections of art, antiquities or other luxury goods.

For assistance in consigning your private or corporate art collection, please contact Thomas McCabe.

Silver & Objets de Vertu

Freeman’s has been selling silver and objets de vertu for seven generations and is now conducting auctions dedicated to this genre. The bi-annual Silver & Objets de Vertu auction is conducted every spring and fall and includes works of American, English, and Continental silver from the seventeenth to the nineteenth-centuries, as well as Modern and Post-War pieces by well-known makers such as Buccellati, Tiffany, and Georg Jensen. In addition to fine tableware, centerpieces, candelabra, and flatware services, these auctions also highlight 'objets de vertu,' such as Russian enamel, gold boxes, scent bottles, and card and cigarette cases.

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The Pennsylvania Sale

Freeman’s is committed to the craftsmanship and artistry of our Commonwealth. As America’s oldest auction house, founded in Philadelphia in 1805, we celebrate the Quaker state’s legacy each November with The Pennsylvania Sale. This annual auction features an array of works made and used in Pennsylvania from the earliest Colonial period through the 20th century. Collectors will find historical manuscripts and documents, furniture, silver, folk and decorative arts as well as studio and contemporary design highlighted in this unique auction.

For more infomation about buying or selling works in The Pennsylvania Sale, please contact specialists Lynda Cain (Pennsylvania Furniture & Decorative Arts), Tim Andreadis (Pennsylvania 20th Century Design) or David Bloom (Pennsylvania Books, Maps & Mansucripts).

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Photographs & Photobooks

Freeman’s specialists have a comprehensive knowledge of current market conditions, essential to the overall success of auctions of 19th century cased images, historical photographs, fine travel albums, portfolios, modern and contemporary photographs, and fine photobooks. 

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Oriental Rugs & Carpets

Freeman’s offers Oriental Rugs & Carpets dating from the late eighteenth century and earlier through the mid-twentieth century as stand-alone sections within our auctions of furniture and decorative arts. Our department specialists are well-versed in current art market trends and conditions and have established an international reputation for top auction results.

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Musical Instruments

Freeman’s Musical Instruments department is led by Frederick Oster, who is an internationally recognized authority on the violin family and American fretted instruments such as acoustic guitars, mandolins, and banjos. He brings more than 40 years of experience in the appraisal, certification, dealing, and restoration of fine and historically important musical instruments, dating as far back as the 17th century to Freeman's.

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