$948,000 Sale of Chairs in Freeman’s Asian Auction Shows Power of Global Market

$948,000 Sale of Chairs in Freeman’s Asian Auction Shows Power of Global Market

In Freeman’s April 13 Asian Arts auction, competitive bidding across the board sent lots soaring past their pre-sale estimates. The sale was led by Lot 28, a pair of Chinese huanghuali armchairs; the handsome pair, exemplars of Chinese craftsmanship from the late Ming to Qing dynasty, achieved $948,000 following an estimate of $80,000-120,000, setting the tone for a sale filled with spirited bidding wars.

 

“We were delighted to achieve such a strong result for the family who had so carefully preserved these rare and beautiful chairs for nearly 70 years in a local collection,” says Ben Farina, Head of Freeman’s Asian Arts department. “The response to our international marketing was extremely gratifying, leading to an exceptionally long day on the rostrum. We are delighted to have achieved the sale results for our consignors and look forward to curating our next sale.”

 

The sale’s successes underscore the strength of market demand for Asian art, particularly Chinese furniture, cultural artefacts, design objects, and artwork. In a remarkable testament to this strength, two finely-painted Chinese blue and white porcelain panels sold for $403,200, more than 200 times their pre-sale high estimate (Lot 157; estimate: $1,500-2,000).

 

Qing dynasty artistry consistently outperformed estimates in Wednesday’s sale, led by porcelain and jade highlights: a rare and unusual Chinese famille-rose-decorated “Butterflies and Blossoms” vase, four-character Yongzheng mark that achieved $189,000 (Lot 7; estimate: $5,000-7,000), and a Chinese creamy-white jade carving of a bear that sold for $107,100 (Lot 78; estimate: $3,000-5,000).

 

Freeman’s is privileged to offer works from several collections assembled by astute connoisseurs and connect with the next generation of art lovers. As always, the market responds enthusiastically when rare and unusual pieces are offered from esteemed collections.

 

Wednesday’s auction builds on the successes of Freeman’s 2021 season, in which Chinese works likewise commanded impressive prices, led by the $378,000 sale of an important Imperial pale celadon-white jade “Taishang Huangdi zhi bao” seal. The department is already seeking consignments for its forthcoming 2022 sales.

 

 

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Freeman’s States Growth With Their First Florida Representative

Freeman’s States Growth With Their First Florida Representative

Continuing its trajectory of national and international growth, Freeman’s has appointed Kate Della Monica as a regional representative in Florida, effective immediately.

“We are continuing our ambitious expansion plans for Freeman’s,” says Fraser Niven, Freeman’s Chief Executive Officer. “At the heart of that expansion is a firm commitment to meeting and exceeding the needs of our client base. We’re delighted to appoint Kate Della Monica as the company’s first regional representative in Florida; her presence will be indispensable to clients throughout the state and region.”

Kate is available to clients seeking valuations and paths to consignment across Freeman’s many areas of specialisation, spanning centuries and mediums. She is particularly attuned to consignments of jewellery, timepieces, and design objects.

Kate will leverage her expansive experience as a Specialist in Freeman’s Jewellery and Watches department to serve collectors of 20th century and contemporary design, gemstones and diamonds, and designer watches and handbags, from single items to entire estates. She will be regularly joined by specialists from across Freeman’s departments to craft personalised consignment solutions on behalf of clients.

Freeman’s roster of regional representatives has grown over the past several years to include the New England, Washington, D.C., Midwest, Southeast, and now Florida regions. Rooted in Freeman’s dedication to bespoke client services, the regional representative program ensures attentive, specialised appraisal and consignment services across collecting categories.

 

ABOUT KATE DELLA MONICA
Kate Della Monica is a Senior Specialist in the Jewelry and Watches department, and serves as Freeman’s first Regional Representative in Florida. Kate joined Freeman’s in January 2018 as a Department Administrator. While at Freeman’s, Kate has honed many skills to support her both in the field acquiring property for consignment and behind the scenes in the laboratory and office. She has completed the Graduate Gemologist program at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), and is USPAP compliant. Kate’s commitment to continuing her education and experience as a specialist and appraiser drives her excitement for the auction business.

Before joining Freeman’s, Kate worked as an assistant director of a Philadelphia art dealing business, where she experienced the auction world through a consignor’s perspective. She attended school in Philadelphia, receiving a BFA in 3-D Fine Art from Moore College of Art & Design. In addition to her work in the visual arts, Kate is a musician who has traveled the country playing original music. As she settles in Florida, Kate is excited to explore more creative outlets in a new environment while expanding the Freeman’s brand.

 

 

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Freeman’s Makes Lisa De Simone Head of Modern & Contemporary Art

Freeman’s Makes Lisa De Simone Head of Modern & Contemporary Art

Freeman’s has appointed Lisa De Simone as head of its Modern and Contemporary Art department, effective immediately.

“Freeman’s is uniquely positioned as both America’s oldest auction house and a premier destination for important modern and cutting-edge contemporary art,” says Fraser Niven, Freeman’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are thrilled to have Lisa on board as our new Head of Department, signaling an ongoing investment in talent in service of our international client base, who turn to Freeman’s for a fresh-to-market modern and contemporary selection.”

The announcement comes on the heels of strong Modern and Contemporary successes in Freeman’s 2021 and 2022 seasons. Modern and Contemporary Art commanded $1.8M across 54 lots in May 2021, nearly $5M across 80 lots in November 2021, and featured the $428,400 sale of an important Henry Moore sculpture in May 2022. The department boasts impressive sales of such highly collectible 20th- and 21st-century artists as François-Xavier Lalanne, Andy Warhol, Barbara Hepworth, Harry Bertoia, and Romare Bearden, among others—and continues to build on past successes with future-facing appointments and expansions.

 

ABOUT LISA DE SIMONE
Lisa joined Freeman’s in 2022, following years in the secondary and primary Post-War and Contemporary art markets in London and New York.

Lisa earned a MA in the History of Art at University College London, and upon graduation joined Christie’s (London), where she worked for ten years. Following Christie’s, she was part of the team that launched artnet online’s selling platform, introducing new collecting categories like Urban Art. Lisa then returned to London as Specialist of Contemporary Art at Phillips, where she launched several emerging artists onto the secondary market and organized selling exhibitions in New York and London.

In the primary market, Lisa was the Director of C24 Gallery in New York, where she organized many groundbreaking exhibitions of contemporary art across mediums, collaborating with Philip Glass and Ali Kazma in anticipation of his representation of Turkey at the 55th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia. Most recently, Lisa was the Senior Specialist of Post-War and Contemporary Art at Bonhams (New York), where she spearheaded the record sale of The Grace House mural by Keith Haring. Her passion is contemporary art with a strong emphasis on German Post-War, Pop Art, and contemporary art including photography.

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Freeman’s- Sets world auction records for American woman artists

Freeman’s- Sets world auction records for American woman artists

Exemplary works by women artists once again yielded strong results in Freeman’s June 6 American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists auction. Totaling $2.64M and attracting an impressive number of new buyers (40% of total), the sale reconfirmed the auction house’s ability to steward fresh-to-market works with strong provenance to successfully satisfy market demand.

 

The sale was led by Winter Decoration—a large-scale view of Lambertville by celebrated Pennsylvania Impressionist Fern Isabel Coppedge (1883-1951)that more than doubled its pre-sale low estimate of $100,000 to achieve $252,000. New world auction records were set for both Philadelphia Illustration Artist Sarah S. Stilwell Weber (1878-1939) and Emma Fordyce MacRae (1887-1974), a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and member of the Philadelphia Ten. Weber’s Three of Us (Saturday Evening Post Cover) elicited spirited competition and exceeded expectations, shattering the existing world auction record of $52,000 to realize $119,700 against an estimate of $30,000-50,000. MacRae’s Melina in Green sparked a lengthy bidding war that ultimately saw the striking portrait achieve $63,000easily surpassing its $8,000-12,000 estimate as well as the 2008 world auction record of $23,750. 

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The sale also garnered strong interest for works by 19th century artists that were fittingly exhibited salon-style in the gallery. Highlights from this collecting category included Still Life with New York Tribune, Beer Stein, Pipe and Tobacco by William Michael Harnett (1848-1892) and Near the Outlet of the Waccasassa River, Florida by Hermann Herzog (1832-1932), which sold for $69,300 and $40,950, respectively.

Freeman’s June 7 Collect: American Art Sale was led by a new world auction record for William Formby Halsall (1841-1919); Gay Head in Winter soared past its $2,000-3,000 estimate to realize $37,500. A similarly strong result was achieved for Manuel Azadigian (1901-1924), whose Spring in the Valley sold for $15,120over five times its pre-sale low estimate of $3,000. The sale marked a rare auction appearance for the Armenian-American artist, who had a short career on account of his untimely death. 

“These back-to-back sales once again proved our long-held belief that works most often sell best where they were made, and we are proud to extend the list of Philadelphia artists for whom we hold the auction record,” remarked Chairman Alasdair Nichol. “Collectors’ tastes are diversifying, and we are excited by the continuing opportunity to usher formerly overlooked artists into the spotlight.”

 

 

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