At Freeman’s, we take pride in providing excellent service to our clients at all stages of the auction process—from the initial auction estimate of your property through to its consignment, sale and ultimately, shipment to its new home.
Our knowledgeable team of specialists and staff are available to assist you throughout this process and to provide you with complimentary auction estimates for your property without you having to leave your home.
“In today’s technology-driven world, an increasing number of our clients are electing to interact with us online, and we have made considerable effort to make our online buying and selling experiences as convenient and efficient as possible.”
Alasdair Nichol, Chairman
The easiest and fastest way for you to receive a complimentary auction estimate for your property is online. All of our specialists are currently available for virtual consultations. Please email them to set up a meeting.
Condition is an important factor in determining the value of a work of art and collectors will often pay a premium for works that are in a pristine and unrestored state. Depending on the collecting category, however, the role condition plays may vary. For example, an Old Master painting is generally expected to have some wear and tear and collectors are often willing to accept some degree of conservation. Similar issues in Modern & Contemporary works, on the other hand, can significantly detract from their value.
—Dunham Townend, Head of Modern & Contemporary Art
Evaluating jewelry is more complex than just determining the materials out of which a piece is made. For example, a signature from a notable house or maker— such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co., David Webb, and Cartier— will generally increase the overall value of a piece. This holds especially true if the object dates to a particularly sought after period, such as Art Deco or Belle Epoque.
—Virginia Salem, Head of Jewelry & Watches
From period furniture to silver, ceramics to textiles, our Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts auctions encompass works across collecting categories and spanning centuries. Regardless of the type of object we are selling, we place an emphasis on and tend to see the highest prices realized for fresh-to-market and historically significant property with impeccable provenance. An object’s history — its current or previous ownership and its exhibition and sale history — can significantly affect its value.
—Lynda Cain, Head of American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts
The Consignment Process
Freeman’s accepts consignments from a wide variety of collecting categories including fine art, design, decorative arts and jewelry. While there are types of items within these categories that we are not able to offer at auction, we will always let you know if we are not able to handle your property.