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Freeman's Boutique Sale of Design

Lita Solis-Cohen | March 19th, 2017

Photos courtesy Freeman’s

Freeman’s in Philadelphia offered 57 lots of 20th-century design on Sunday, March 19, from a small, well-designed catalog, and it was not ignored. There were buyers in the room, online, and on phones, and some bids had been left with the auctioneer.

Tim Andreadis, head of sale, said the 103¾" long hanging wall case by George Nakashima, made in 1972 with a free-edge top, that sold on the phone for $62,500 (includes buyer’s premium), estimated at $30,000/50,000, went to a European collector. It was one of 27 lots of Nakashima in the sale, and they all sold. The 26 other Nakashima lots ranged in price from $1560 for a 1960s High Mira Chair to $37,500 for a Long Chair with white cotton webbing. The same price of $23,750 was paid for a Nakashima slab coffee table (est. $20,000/30,000) and for a cross-legged dining table (est. $30,000/50,000).


George Nakashima (1905-1990), hanging wall case, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1972, 18¼" x 103¾" x 19¼", with four drawers below a shelf in the center section, sold on the phone for $62,500 (est. $30,000/50,000).

A Wharton Esherick feather-grained crotch cherry cutting board, 1962-63, sold for $5000 (est. $1500/2500), almost as much as a 1964 Esherick three-legged stool that sold for $5313 (est. $3000/5000).

New Yorkers in the salesroom bought the first and the last lots in the sale. A Harvey Ellis and Gustav Stickley side chair, inlaid with pewter, copper, and fruitwood, with its original rush seat, sold for $16,250 to the trade. The last lot, a Poul Kjaerholm PK54 dining table with a round cipollino marble top, a matte-chromed steel square base, and maple leaves stored in a stand sold for $13,750 (est. $7000/9000) to a New York collector who was thrilled to get it. It seats six without the leaves and 12 with the leaves attached.


Poul Kjaerholm (Danish, 1929-1980), PK54 dining table, E. Kold Christensen, Denmark, 1963, flint-rolled cipollino marble, matte-chromed steel square base, maple leaves, signed twice with impressed manufacturer’s mark “Denmark,” 26" high x 55" wide, 83" wide with leaves attached, sold for $13,750 (est. $7000/9000) to a New York collector.

Andreadis said he was pleased with his sale, which brought a total of $544,334 with buyers’ premiums (the presale estimates were $402,100/615,400, figured without buyer’s premium). The sale averaged just under $10,000 a lot and was 96.5% sold by lot. Andreadis said he is working on another various-owners design sale for the fall season and pointed out that 20th-century design often appears in Freeman’s sales of single-owner collections, which appear regularly on Freeman’s schedule.

See (www.freemansauction.com) for more from the sale.


Originally published in the May 2017 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2017 Maine Antique Digest

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