$1.37 Million Four-Day Auction At Freeman's, Pushes Annual Total over $21 Million From December 11th through the 14th, Freeman’s staged sales of rugs, decorative arts, couture and jewelry, selling more than 1,400 lots for $1.37 million.
News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - Philadelphia, Penn., December 21, 2005 – From December 11th through the 14th, Freeman’s staged sales of rugs, decorative arts, couture and jewelry, selling more than 1,400 lots for $1.37 million. The total brought the company’s annual sales figure to an all-time high of $21.25 million, ending a four-week span in which the company sold more than $10 million in fine art and antiques.
The four days of sales were powered largely by estate material, including the top lot of the auctions – a large Mohtashem Kashan carpet from a Philadelphia estate that sold for $77,675. A fine collection of jewelry from the North Carolina estate of Charles and Pauline Hayworth served as the backbone for the jewelry sale, including a platinum and diamond necklace that sold for $65,725. Other highlights from the Hayworth collection included an Art Deco platinum, ruby and diamond ring at $59,750, a large platinum and diamond engagement ring at $43,020, a platinum and diamond flexible bracelet at $31,070 and an Art Deco platinum, diamond and emerald bracelet at $27,485.
Top results from the decorative arts section of the sale included a wrought iron floor lamp with a Daum Nancy glass shade designed by Edgar Brandt ($16,730), a Tiffany sterling seven-piece tea and coffee service ($10,755) and a KPM porcelain plaque signed “Wagner,” depicting a young beauty with flowers in her hair ($7,767). Handbags and luggage were the most hotly contested items in the couture sale, topped by a large Louis Vuitton steamer trunk that fetched $7,170 and a Hermes Birkin bag in signature orange calfskin that sold for $5,078.
The 200th anniversary year gave Freeman’s consignors many reasons to celebrate. Following is a brief overview of some of the year’s high notes:
fine paintings and sculpture
The paintings department, under the direction of Alasdair Nichol and David Weiss, led the company with a total of more than $7.5 million. Once again, Edward Willis Redfield and other Pennsylvania Impressionists brought the top prices of the year, including Redfield’s “Home by the River” at $567,750 in June; and “Washington’s Birthday, New Hope” for $453,625 in December. Top results also were achieved for works by Daniel Garber, George Sotter and Fern Coppedge, and new world records were set for Kenneth Nunamaker, Everett Lloyd Bryant and RAD Miller.
Works by other American artists also fared well over the course of the year, including $342,750 for “An Old Fashioned Garden” by Maurice Brazil Prendergast and $106,500 for Milton Avery’s “Ping Pong Players.” A monumental 103-inch “Sound Sculpture” by Harry Bertoia led sculpture results with $77,675, and European works were led by the British artist Edgar Hunt, whose “Wayside Bread” sold for $59,750.
The story of the year for Lynda Cain’s department, which generated over $4.6 million, was the estate of Esther H. Ludwig of Shoemakersville, PA. Pennsylvania’s first woman banker stopped collecting American furniture and ceramics in the late 1940s, when she turned her attention to race horse; but between 1940 and 1949, she had amassed a collection of Americana