Freeman’s is honored to announce it has been selected to bring to auction the Collection of Dorrance "Dodo" H. Hamilton, renowned philanthropist and horticulturist. The collection includes items from her three residences located in Newport, Rhode Island; Strafford, Pennsylvania; and Boca Grande, Florida. It will be offered in two auctions: the fine art, furniture, porcelain, silver and other decorative and personal items will be presented as a single-owner sale, The Collection of Dorrance "Dodo" H. Hamilton on April 29; while Mrs. Hamilton's jewelry collection will be offered in Freeman's Fine Jewelry auction on May 9.
A woman of many accomplishments, Mrs. Hamilton had a special commitment to philanthropy. “She was a much-beloved figure whose name resonates in Philadelphia and far beyond. ‘Dodo’, as she was known to everyone, left an indelible imprint upon the places she called home through her generous philanthropic acts which improved and enriched the lives of many,” said Freeman’s Chairman Alasdair Nichol.
Mrs. Hamilton fostered the growth of the educational, environmental, cultural and creative sectors of the communities in which she lived. “Hers was a life well-lived and the collection reflects her passions and enthusiasms. We look forward to the exciting events and auctions this spring,” added Mr. Nichol.
The collection of more than 150 lots, comprised of paintings by Cézanne, Hassam, and Garber, jewelry by Cartier and Tiffany & Co., European and American decorative arts, reflects her preference for surrounding herself with what she loved, without concern for trends.