PHILADELPHIA, PA—Freeman’s 2 October International Sale was an overwhelming success, achieving a sale total of just over $2.4 million, tripling its presale low estimate total.
The auction featured lots across multiple departments, including Asian Art, British and European Furniture and Decorative Arts, Rugs, Objets de Vertu, European and Old Master paintings and works on paper, and Silver.
Among the many highlights from the sale were several works of Asian Art, most notably a Chinese carved spinach green jade Luduan censer on a gilt metal base (Lot 163), which sold for $250,000, outselling its presale low estimate, as well as a Chinese blue and white rectangular porcelain plaque, attributed to Wang Bu (1898-1968), delicately painted to depict two fisherman by a river by an old tree. The piece (Lot 65), was originally owned by Dr. Harold H. Louckes and shattered its presale estimate, garnering an impressive $574,000.
Ben Farina, Head of Appraisals and Asian Art states: “We were extremely pleased with the results of the Asian arts offered. It is rare to have the privilege to offer not just one but several private collections which have come down to us by inheritance. Most notable were the strong prices achieved for Chinese scholars items and works of art from the collection of