The holiday season is upon us, and Freeman’s Holiday Sale is the perfect place to look for inspired and unique gifts for your loved ones. Finding just the right gift can be a daunting task, but our Holiday Gift Guide—updated this year to include presents for the home and office—is here to help.
The iconic Hermès Kelly first debuted in 1930, the creation of Robert Dumas. Its trapezoidal shape lends an air of sophistication to what was originally intended to be a plain, functional bag. The then-nameless bag was carried in 1956 by actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly, who used it to hide her baby bump. Et voila, the Kelly bag became an overnight sensation. This example, in delicious cocoan crocodile leather, is the ultimate luxury accessory (estimate: $15,000-20,000).
Cartier first unveiled the Panthère watch in 1983, though the panther had long been the company’s signature animal, appearing on necklaces, brooches, and bracelets since 1914. Similar to the classic Cartier Tank style watch, the Panthère features a square case with exposed screws. Its link bracelet is the watch’s calling card, and this offering, in two-tone gold, goes with everything (estimate: $800-1,200).
All black everything. This sleek, fourteen karat gold strap watch by Jaeger-LeCoultre may be vintage (it’s from the 1950s) but its elegant black dial and strap give it a timeless style, perfect for today’s gent (estimate: $300-500).
While this Mexican tortoiseshell-inlaid sterling silver Art Deco box may have been originally intended for cigarettes, it would make a unique gift for even a non-smoker. Made between 1925 and 1930, the top is decorated with entwined serpents, and its size makes it an ideal catch-all for countless odds and ends: cufflinks, collar stays, tie pins, spare buttons or even loose change (estimate: $300-500).
This lot of three art glass vases would add a decorative touch to a dining table or windowsill this holiday season and all year round (estimate: $300-500). With vases this beautiful, who needs to add flowers?
Tea for two, and two for tea. Elevate your afternoon tea (you do have afternoon tea, don’t you?) with this sterling silver five-piece tea and coffee service, including a teapot, coffeepot, sugar bowl, creamer, and waste bowl (estimate: $1,200-1,800).
Lot 443, an “Atmos” clock by Jaeger-LeCoultre (estimate: $400-500), makes the perfect desk accessory. The iconic torsion pendulum clock from the renowned Swiss maker requires no manual winding, instead relying on the temperature and change in atmospheric pressure from its surrounding environment to draw energy.
In an increasingly paperless world, there are still a few stalwart holdouts who prefer and rely on printed documents. Keep your stack tamped-down and tidy, with a two glass paperweights, with multicolored millefiori designs, and a decorative crystal desk obelisk, from Tiffany & Co. (Lot 438, estimate: $300-500).