Freeman's to Present The Stanley Bard Collection: A Life at the Chelsea

The Chelsea Hotel was an institution defined by the extraordinary lives of the countless legendary residents it housed over its colorful 135-year history. The hotel was home to a revolving door of guests – gritty and sophisticated, talented and wealthy – that included musicians, immigrants, poets, heiresses and artists alike.  Their lives are inextricably linked with the hotel’s mythic history and their stories haunt its halls.

One Thousand Years of Collecting

Jeffrey M. Kaplan is the definition of a true renaissance man; Kaplan’s remarkable taste is coupled with an insatiable curiosity regarding all things cultural. While many collectors choose to focus only on one area of collecting, Jeffrey Kaplan’s life and experiences have led him to work with many. He acquired the works of artists in depth and aspired to create a collection of collections: Chinese ceramics, 20th century design, European furniture & decorative arts, Art Glass of the 19th-21st centuries, American modernist works on paper as well as European prints.

The Richmond Collections

Freeman’s is proud to offer property from two prominent and beloved Richmond retailers; Bachrach’s Jewelry  and Mariah Robinson Antiques. First opened in 1887 and expertly curated by Max Spigle Jr. and John H. Klein,Bachrach’s was a downtown staple for generations providing  Richmonders with exquisite jewelry and fine silver. Max’s wife,  Mariah Robinson, built a reputation for excellence in her Carytown shop, Mariah Robinson Antiques, offering the best of American  and European paintings, furniture and decorative arts.

Ben Farina serves as Vice President of Freeman’s and is the Department Head for Asian Arts. From the Philadelphia area, Farina has always been interested in the Arts. He first joined Freeman’s as the Gallery Director in 1992 and is returning after more than 20 years in the field.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991 from the University of Virginia where he studied History and Studio Art. In 1998 he received his Master of Fine and Decorative Arts degree from Sotheby's Institute, London.

The Brewster Collection

Freeman’s is pleased to offer an exceptional single owner auction of property from the Estate of Andre and Nancy Brewster of Maryland, both respected activists and philanthropists on December 15. Married in 1945 and described as an “inseparable couple” who shared many common interests, they passed away earlier this year—Andre at age ninety in February and Nancy a week later on her ninety-first birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Brewster worked together on many fronts, including sharing a goal to preserve natural wild lands.

The Inaugural Hong Kong Auction

Freeman’s is pleased to announce their premiere auction in Hong Kong on 31 May  in partnership with auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull. To be held at the Liang Yi Museum during the prestigious Asia Week Hong Kong 2016, this specially curated auction features a 600-year-old Chinese Ming cup valued at $3 million.

The Fall 2016 Auction Schedule

Collectors have looked to Freeman’s to introduce their treasures to the world for generations. Our firm is built on the expertise of our specialists and our ability to achieve auction records in all major collecting areas. We are now seeking fine art, jewelry, furniture, and antiques to sell in our autumn sales. We invite you to auction with us.


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