On April 22, Freeman’s continued its 200+ year tradition of achieving strong results for rare and excellent examples of American furniture, textiles, paintings, folk & decorative arts: The Captain Abraham Perry French & Indian War engraved powder horn realized $25,000 while a signed, folk portrait of a Rhode Island lady by William Kennedy (1817-1871) soared past its high estimate, ultimately selling for $17,500. There was also spirited competition among bidders for a group of fish decoys attributed to Oscar Peterson (1887-1951) and for the colorful and whimsical collection of items made by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company.
Freeman’s once again proved itself a leading seller of items made and used in Pennsylvania, with many of the sale’s highlights being works of the Commonwealth from the 18th to the 20th century: a Federal inlaid mahogany tall case clock by Samuel Breneiser, Adamstown and Reading, PA, circa 1800, sold for $23,750; a Philadelphia Chippendale sofa, circa 1770, brought $21,250; and a watercolor and ink drawing of the “The Court House, Reading, Berks County, PA” by Frederick A. Holtzwart (German, 1806-?) achieved $12,500. The top three prices of the day were posted by stellar examples of furniture by George Nakashima (1905-1990), with the top lot being the Special Minguren I coffee table that sold for $55,000.
Top Lots from the April 22 2015 Auction American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts including 20th Century Design
Lot 99: George Nakashima (1905-1990), Special Minguren I Coffee Table, 1981, Sold for $55,000
Lot 192: George Nakashima (1905-1990), Special Cherry Room Divider, 1984, Sold for $40,000
Lot 207: George Nakashima (1905-1990), Early Slab Coffee Table, 1955, Sold for $33, 750
Lot 35: The Captain Abraham Perry French & Indian War engraved powder horn, November 11, 1756, Sold for $25,000
Lot 342: Khotan carpet, east Turkestan, circa 1st quarter 19th century, Sold for $25,000
Lot 71: Federal inlaid mahogany tall case clock, Samuel Breneiser, Adamstown and Reading, PA, circa 1800, Sold for $23,750
Lot 31: Chippendale carved mahogany camel-back sofa, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1770, Sold for $21,250
Lot 129: William Kennedy (1817-1871), Portrait of a Rhode Island Lady, Sold for $17,500
We have already started to build what promises to be an exciting, two-day sale for the fall auction season, and we invite you to be a part of this upcoming November auction American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts and our 10th Anniversary Pennsylvania Sale. Consignments and inquiries are always welcome.