Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers
Freeman’s is an U.S auctioneers and appraisers, based in Philadelphia. The company offers over 30 in-house auctions every year in a wide variety of sale categories, including:
- American Furniture
- Decorative & Folk Art
- English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts
- Asian Arts
- Fine American & European Paintings
- Modern and Contemporary Art
- Rare Books
- Fine Prints
- Fine Jewellery & Silver
- 20th / 21st Century Design.
Each of these categories is represented by its own specialist department, which run dedicated sales throughout the year.
The company was founded in 1805 by Samuel T. Freeman and has preserved its status as a traditional family business for over 200 years. It has upheld its role as Philadelphia's leading appraisers and auctioneers, and in 2000 the company formed a marketing alliance with Scotland's Lyon and Turnbull, allowing them to expand into the overseas European market.
20th / 21st Century Design
Specialists: Jim Buckley, Amy Parenti
The 20th/21st Century Design department at Freeman’s specializes in American and European furniture and decorative arts from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day.
American Furniture, Decorative & Folk Arts
Department head: Lynda Cain
The American Furniture, Decorative & Folk Art Department specializes in property ranging from the early 18th through the 20th century. It conducts two annual sales: the first in April to coinciding with the Philadelphia Antique Show, and the second two-day auction in November, which includes their annual Pennsylvania sale.
Department head: Robert Waterhouse
The Asian department offers a wide variety of items that include objects from the Asian subcontinent, the Middle East, Oceania and Africa, and conducts two sales a year in March and September. The department specialists have expertise in ceramics, ivory, bronze, jade and particularly Chinese furniture and scholars’ objects.
Fine American & European Paintings & Sculpture
Department head: Alasdair Nichol
Sales from this department feature Old Master paintings as well as works dating from the 18th to the early 20th centuries from countries across Europe and with subjects ranging from landscapes and historical portraiture to genre paintings.
The American section also includes paintings and sculpture from the 19th and 20th centuries ranging from the Hudson River School, the Ashcan School, Regionalism, Western art, and illustration.
Fine English & Continental Furniture, Silver & Decorative Arts
Department head: Robert Waterhouse
The department is focused on the 18th and 19th centuries, with sales including pieces from all periods from the Baroque to the mid 20th Century with a strong representation of 18th century English furniture and furnishings. It holds three important sales a year in late January, early May, and early October, which are considered high points in the company’s auction calendar.
Fine Jewellery & Watches
Senior specialist & company Chairman: Samuel 'Beau' M. Freeman II
Sales from this department frequently include fine coloured gemstones and diamonds, and catalogues routinely include material from Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, Boucheron, Tiffany & Co., David Webb and Bulgari. The fine jewellery sales also offer a variety of collectible Victorian and Art Deco pieces.
Modern & Contemporary
Department head: Anne Henry
The department’s sales have included an eclectic mix from early and mid 20th century masters including Renoir, Picasso, Miro and Chagall, Surrealist, Postwar and Pop artists such as Warhol and Lichtenstein, and cutting edge contemporary artists such as Sam Taylor-Wood and Gilbert & George.
Oriental Rugs & Carpets
Specialists: Richard Cervantes, David Weiss
The department offers old and antique Oriental rugs and carpets in two annual auctions. Each sale features a variety of weavings including palace and oversize carpets, room-size carpets woven in urban areas of Persia and India, scatter-size urban and nomadic weavings, runners, and village trappings. The majority of rugs and carpets offered in these sales usually date from the late 18th through the mid-20th centuries.
Photographs & Photobooks
Specialists: Kate Molets, Aimee Pflieger
The newly-established department specializes in historical to contemporary photography, photo albums and photobooks. Previous sales have included works by Annie Leibovitz, Edward Curtis, Bernice Abbott and William Wegman.
Rare Books, Manuscripts & Ephemera
Department head: David Bloom
The department, which has existed for over 85 years, offers fully catalogued sales of fine antiquarian books, manuscripts, prints, maps, ephemera and 19th century photographs at three annual sales per year.
Sport Memorabilia and Pop Culture
Specialists: Simeon Lipman, Kati Gegenheimer
This department, also newly-established, specializes in sports, music and entertainment memorabilia along with new emerging markets such as Punk and Hip Hop, designer toys, street art, and more. The company plans to hold three auctions per year which will include both contemporary and classic material.
In addition to the general and specialist auctions it conducts, Freeman’s also offers a number of other services including:
A full range of appraisal services for purposes such as; insurance, probate, family division, charitable contribution, gift, divorce, inventory and insurance loss.
An experienced Trusts & Estates department, offering initial walk-through and evaluations, access to the expertise of a wide array of personal property specialists, comprehensive proposals, and ongoing support through the entire selling process.
A Museum Services department, which provides expert advice in the areas of acquisitions, deaccessions, and appraisal services for museums and other institutions.
- An important painted, decorated and incised pine candle box, probably Lancaster County, circa 1780-1810, which sold for $744,825.
- An exceptional George Geistweit Fraktur, dated 1801 from Centre County, which sold for $367,000.
- An important Chinese blue and white Ming-style Qianlong vase, which sold for $1.385 million
- The painting ‘Old Farm in the Hills’ by American Impressionist painter Daniel Garber, which sold for $457,000.
- A Faberge silver and enameled ‘firebird’ kovsh which sold for for $533,000.
- A signed photo of U.S President Abraham Lincoln, which sold for $85,000.
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