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Published: 20 June 2013

Watercolors From a Private Collection Achieve Impressive Total

Freeman’s held its first single category auction of European Art & Old Masters on Tuesday June 18th. The sale drew international interest from private collectors, institutions and important art dealers. Four prime examples of early 19th century British watercolor consigned from the estate of a prominent Philadelphia lawyer helped to carry the day, with works by (attributed to) John Martin, Samuel Palmer, Thomas Rowlandson and Edward Lear selling for an impressive combined total of $115, 788.

“The market for prime examples by the leading British watercolorists of the early 19th century is particularly resilient, especially amongst buyers from UK buyers," said Senior Vice President David Weiss.

Other paintings which realized strong prices at the sale included a fine Johann Wilhelm Preyer still life ($62,500), a watercolor by Sir William Russell Flint, “Portrait of Isobel” ($27,500) and “Ceres” by an unknown 17th century Neapolitan painter ($26,250).

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