Pennsylvania Furniture & Decorative Arts
Freeman's dedicated team of Pennsylvania furniture and decorative arts specialists have established an international reputation for their sales of works in this genre, both through our Philadelphia-based auction house as well as online. Their expert knowledge of furniture and decorative arts, and of the current market, become essential to the overall successful sale of these works of the Commonwealth from the 18th to the 20th-century.
Located in the heart of William Penn’s “holy experiment” of tolerance and brotherly love and close to one of his original five squares, Freeman’s has offered fine Pennsylvania furniture and decorative arts since its founding in 1805. As colonial America’s largest city, Philadelphia produced furniture and decorative items made by immigrant and home-grown craftsmen that were unrivalled in quantity and quality. The counties outside of Philadelphia, including Montgomery, York, Chester, Lebanon, Centre, Allegheny, Somerset and Bucks, established early their own traditions of distinctive and remarkable furniture, decorative and folk arts.
The annual Pennsylvania Sale celebrates this tradition by offering a variety of items: furniture; time pieces; silver; metalware; textiles; needlework; quilts; ceramics; portraits; historical paintings and miniatures; glassware and carvings; created in the cities and the countryside; and from Formal to Folk; originating in the Commonwealth from the 18th to the 20th -century. Articles imported from Europe and China for the Commonwealth are also included, as is portraiture of historical and military figures, and historical paintings and items relating to the significant role Philadelphia played in the founding of this nation. The provenance, history of ownership and the historical significance of an object, is a key feature for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Sale. Each item is carefully researched and recorded in the cataloguing of the object.
Past Pennsylvania Sales have included furniture works by, and attributed to: Solomon Fussell; William Savery; Benjamin Randolph; Thomas Affleck; Daniel Trotter; John Elliott; the Garvan carver; and Nicholas Bernard and Martin Jugiez; a number of Windsor chair makers; the Stretch Family; Edward Duffield; Henry Connelly; Ephraim Haines and Joseph Barry; Anthony K. Quervelle; and Michel Bouvier. Portraits and historical paintings by Saint-Mémin; Charles Willson Peale; James Peale; Rembrandt Peale; Thomas Sully; Jacob Eiccholtz; Robert Street; and Thomas Birch, are regularly included.
Freeman’s annual Pennsylvania Sale takes place each fall, and through our website, we have become a leader in hosting online auctions for buying and selling Pennsylvania furniture and decorative Arts. To make an appointment for a private complimentary consultation, please contact one of our specialists.