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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Freeman's Spring European Art & Old Masters auction brought to market close to 200 works from the Dutch, Italian, and Continental schools. We are excited to invite consignments for our Winter auction.