Freeman's is pleased to offer works from The Lanny Vines Collection of Fine Continental Furniture and Decorative Arts in our upcoming May auctions English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts and Silver & Objets de Vertu.
Prominent trial attorney Lanny Vines, well known nationally for the high-profile class-action and personal injury cases he represents, has traveled the world building a large and refined collection of fine art and antiques. This expansive collection, which Mr. Vines built alongside his impressive legal career, includes extraordinary sterling silver, period French and English furniture, paintings and sculpture. Until recently, this collection was displayed throughout his historic and magnificent five-acre Redmont home overlooking the city of Birmingham. Designed by the preeminent architectural firm of Warren, Knight and Davis, whose work is credited with establishing Birmingham’s distinctive style in the 1920s, this historic home was an ideal compliment to Mr. Vines’ outstanding collection of fine art and antiques.
Mr. Vines philanthropic activities, both personal and through the Lanny S. Vines Foundation, have provided multiple opportunities over the years to share the beauty of his historic home and vast collection of art and antiques with benefactors of his charitable and political endeavors. Hosting gala events on behalf of organizations such as the Alabama Ballet, the Birmingham Opera, the Birmingham Humane Society and his alma mater the University of Alabama, his home has also entertained numerous national and state political events and figures, including two U.S. presidents, a number of U.S. senators, Speaker of the House of the U.S. House of Representatives and state governors.
Highlights from The Lanny Vines Collection of Fine Continental Furniture and Decorative Arts include a monumental American sterling silver punchbowl, by repute specially commissioned from Reed and Barton for the inauguration ball of Franklin D. Roosevelt to be offered in the 20 May auction Silver & Objets de Vertu. On 19 May, English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts will feature important 18th century English and French furnishings and fine 19th century French bronzes from the Lanny Vines collection.
Exhibition for both auctions open to the public on Thursday, 14 May at 10:00am. Visit us at 1808 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse Square to preview these remarkable works of silver, furniture and decorative arts.