An artist, conservationist, collector, carriage connoisseur and whip, and renowned host, George A. “Frolic” Weymouth, (1936-2016), was a polymath or modern day “Renaissance Man.” Born in Wilmington, Delaware to Dulcinea Ophelia Payne du Pont and George T. Weymouth, Frolic received his nickname from his mother, who felt the name aptly encapsulated his spirited personality and ambitions.
Throughout his life, Weymouth was highly influenced by art and remained close to prominent artists, including the Wyeth family. He helped found the Brandywine River Museum and later the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, to protect large tracts of land along the Pennsylvania-Delaware border for both environmental and art historical motivations. His mid-eighteenth century home, Big Bend, situated on 250 acres of rolling hills and woodlands in Chadds Ford, was an ideal setting for his equestrian lifestyle and functioned as the perfect stage to display his cherished collection of eighteenth-century inspired furniture and decorative arts. The entertainments held at Big Bend are legendary and provided treasured memories to those who were fortunate enough to have attended.
Freeman’s is delighted to offer a selection of furniture, household items and ceramics from Big Bend in our November 16th American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts auction. Auction goers will have a rare opportunity to acquire mementos ranging from early American furniture, ceramics and wrought iron. An enchanting sculpture depicting two playful greyhounds by Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington will also be featured in the December 4 auction American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists. Additional items from the collection will be offered in a forthcoming sale in February 2017.