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Published: 2 March 2017

Pennsylvania by Design | Artists of the Philadelphia Region Dominate at Freeman's Craft + Design Auction

Since taking over Freeman's 20th Century Design department in 2015, Tim Andreadis has focused on bringing remarkable works by Pennsylvania icons like George Nakashima, Wharton Esherick, Phillip Lloyd Powell, and Paul Evans to auction. Freeman’s March 19 Craft + Design sale is no exception.  The fifty seven lot sale is dominated by Pennsylvania designers George Nakashima and Wharton Esherick, offered alongside iconic works by Pierre Jeanneret for Chandigarh, Poul Kjaerholm, Edward Wormley and others.

A longtime resident of New Hope, Pennsylvania, George Nakashima changed the course of furniture design forever through his highly influential and dramatic designs in wood.   Originally embraced for its unconventional yet timeless style, his work is today highly collectible and popular amongst a new generation of global collectors and design enthusiasts. The March 19 auction offers thirty seven works from the famed studio, including a Fine and Rare Cross-Legged Dining Table, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1960 (estimate $30,000-50,000), and an Exceptional Hanging Wall Case, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1972 (estimate $30,000-50,000).

Another Pennsylvania craftsman with an international reputation is the man dubbed the "Dean of American Craftsmen," Wharton Esherick. From furniture and furnishings, to sculpture and printmaking, Esherick left a legacy of design credited with the resurgence of interest in hand made furniture and furnishings. All of the works by Esherick represented in this sale come to auction directly from the original owners, or by family descent. Highlights of work by this illustrious designer being offered at auction later this month include a Walnut Coffee Table, Paoli, Pennsylvania, 1961 (estimate: $30,000 - 50,000), and ) a Walnut Feather Crotch Side Table, Paoli, Pennsylvania, 1962 (estimate $15,000-20,000). A rare watercolor of a Fairhope, Alabama landscape created by the artist in 1920 is one of the stand out pieces in the group, the first painting by Esherick to appear on the market.

Craft + Design is also highlighted by works from important American, Danish, French, and Italian designers including Pierre Jeanneret, Paul Evans, Tommi Parzinger, Edward Wormley, and Poul Kjaerholm.  A striking Sculpted Cabinet, circa 1970, by Belgian craftsman Pia Manu (estimate $10,000-15,000) numbers among the stand-out selections of this tightly curated sale, as does a sleek PK 54 Dining Table from Danish designer Poul Kjaerholm, an early example produced by  E. Kold Christensen (estimate $7,000-9,000), and a number of stylish works by Swiss designer Pierre Jeanneret, including a circa 1955 teak and cane upholstered lounge chair for the city of Chandigarh, India (estimate $5,000-7,000).

Exhibition for Craft + Design begins on March 15, and kicks off with a special opening night wine and cheese preview and panel presentation titled “Trends in Contemporary Craft + Design” that evening. The event boasts a distinguished panel of speakers, including Elisabeth Agro, The Nancy M. McNeil Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Co-Founder of the Critical Craft Forum, the highly celebrated Philadelphia stained glass artist Judith Schaechter, Steven Learner, the Founder and Creative Director of New York’s Creative Design Fair, and Evan Snyderman, the owner and Co-founder of R & Company Gallery in New York.

Notable Lots from Freeman's March 19 Craft + Design Auction:

  • George Nakashima (American 1905-1990) Fine and Rare Cross-Legged Dining Table, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1960. Estimate $30,000-50,000
  • Wharton Esherick (American 1887-1970) Walnut Feather Crotch Side Table, Paoli, Pennsylvania, 1962. Estimate $15,000-20,000
  • Edward Wormley (American 1907-1995) La Gondola Sofa, Model 5719, Dunbar, Berne, Indiana, 1957. Estimate $6,000-8,000
  • George Nakashima (American 1905-1990) Long Chair, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1968. Estimate $30,000-50,000
  • Poul Kjaerholm (Danish 1929-1980) PK 54 Dining Table, E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1963. Estimate: $7,000 - 9,00014
  • George Nakashima (American 1905-1990) Sofa, Model 32512, Widdicomb, USA, 1958. Estimate $6,000-8,000.

Viewing Times
Wednesday, March 15 10:00am-5:00pm
Thursday, March 16 10:00am-5:00pm
Friday, March 17 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, March 18 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, March 19 10:00am-12:00pm

Auction
Sunday, March 19 at 12pm

View the Auction Catalogue

To be offered 03/19/17: Wharton Esherick (American 1887-1970) Walnut Coffee Table, Paoli, Pennsylvania, 1961. Estimate: $30,000 - 50,000;  George Nakashima (American 1905-1990) Exceptional Hanging Wall Case, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1972. Estimate $30,000-50,000

 

 

 

 

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