20th Century Design

Freeman’s auctions of Design feature an impressive variety of studio furniture, ceramics, and glass, and emphasize the fine and rare in order to appeal to the discerning collector and institution alike. Our experts are industry leaders with specialized knowledge of the market for works by important and influential designers and craftsmen from around the world


Collecting Categories:

  • American Studio Furniture & Design

  • Tiffany Glass & Lighting

  • Post-War & Contemporary Design

  • Modern & Contemporary Ceramics

  • European Design

Artists & Designers of Interest: 

  • George Nakashima

  • Mira Nakshima

  • Wharton Esherick

  • Phillip Lloyd Powell

  • Paul Evans

  • Samuel Yellin

  • Louis Comfort TIffany

  • Wendell Castle

  • Judy McKie 

  • Dale Chihuly 

Additionally, as Pennsylvania’s premier auction house, Freeman’s is committed to the craftsmanship and artistry of Pennsylvania. We specialize in the sale of George Nakashima, our most celebrated craftsman-designer of the 20th century. 

Each year, Freeman’s sells a critical mass of Nakashima with the goal of attracting the strongest interest from Nakashima buyers, without saturating the market. An industry leader in the sale of George Nakashima works, Freeman’s marketing efforts and personal relationships with buyers and the Nakashima studio make us a destination for the most active and serious collectors of Nakashima, and help us to achieve some of the strongest prices for this artist. 

Freeman’s most recent Design auction saw a 96% sell-through rate for George Nakashima furniture, with nearly 75% of lots offered selling at or above their high estimates. During this sale, Freeman’s also achieved the best auction price of the season for a piece of furniture by George Nakashima when the Important “Holtz” table sold for $137,500.


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Upcoming Auctions


Art + Design

March 23, 11AM EST

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June 8, 11AM EST

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“Tim Andreadis has good taste; his sale was carefully chosen and not overloaded with mid-market material or works by living artists. Collectors furnishing downtown apartments and suburban houses should put his sales on their calendars.”

—Maine Antique Digest



Single-Owner Collection Successes

A Bucks County Life: The Collection of Bonnie O'Boyle

On December 10, 2018, Freeman’s presented A Bucks County Life: The Collection of Bonnie O’Boyle, a single owner sale exhibiting the eclectic taste of the local philanthropist who surrounded herself with Pennsylvania art, craft and design in her historic farmhouse in Doylestown.

Sell Through: 95%

Final Sale Total: $782,131

Pre-Sale Estimate: $466,750 - $724,150



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