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Published: 26 July 2017

Treasures Found in New England

Freeman’s locations are strategically positioned throughout the country, catering to some of the nation’s most savvy collectors. As such, our New England location has come across some incredible, historically significant pieces. Here are just a few recent pieces deriving from the New England location that achieved great numbers at Philadelphia auction.


This diamond ring from the May Jewelry sale featured a round, brilliant-cut diamond weighing 6.25 carats. The stone rested within rows of channel-set princess-cut diamonds totaling 2.00 carats. It sold for $68,750.

“Flowers” from pop art icon, Andy Warhol was offered at the Modern + Contemporary Art sale in May. From 1964, the piece was signed and dated in black ink and is from an edition of 300 pieces. The piece sold for $16,250.

Another impressive piece from the same May sale, was a piece by American artist, Al (Alfred Earl) Hansen (1927-1995). The untitled piece was created in 1968 and featured Hershey bar wrappers collaged to a shaped wood panel. The piece sold for $26,250.

In April at the American Furniture, Folk + Decorative Arts sale, this portrait of Daniel Webster (1982-1852) circa 1825 by artist, Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828 was offered at the American Furniture, Folk + Decorative Arts sale. The framed oil on canvas painting sold for $75,000.

This colorful piece by woodworking and design icon, George Nakashima (1905-1990) was offered in the March Craft + Design sale. The sofa, model 3251w was created in 1958 and was crafted from walnut. It sold for $27,500.

Last month, a work from american artist Martin Lewis (1881-1962) was offered at the American Art + Pennsylvania Impressionists sale. The piece was entitled “Rainy Day, Queens” and was executed in 1931. It sold for $37,500.

In April, Freeman’s held its Asian Arts sale. An important piece offered was this After Wen Zhengming from the late Qing Dynasty. From Yuan Ju Ya Shi, the hand scroll featured ink and color on silk with a signature and frontispiece. It sold for $21,250.

This piece signed by King of England, Henry VIII was offered in the June Books + Manuscripts sale in Philadelphia. The document was dated May 12, 1514 and was an order for 25 pounds to be paid to Henry Smythe for the loss of his vessel. The document sold for $17,500.

 

Early this year Freeman’s offered a signed copy of Tender is the Night by famed author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. The first edition was published in 1934 and featured the inscribed “For Lillian Abercrombie/ with best wishes/ of fellow Celt/ F. Scott Fitzgerald.” The book sold for $17,500.

Freeman’s Boston heritage goes back to the 1920s, when we were among the first tenants of the new Boston Chamber of Commerce building. Our current office in Boston’s Old City Hall reaffirms our commitment to best serve our New England clients, providing a global connection for buying and selling fine art, jewelry and antiques. We provide world-class expertise, while remaining dedicated to the standard of one-on-one service. Located in New England and interested in learning how much your art, furniture or jewelry will bring at auction?

Contact a New England specialist for a free consultation today.

 

 

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