Philadelphia, PA, United States
DoneSat, Nov 19, 2005 3:00 PM UTC
The Bicentennial Pennsylvania Sale
CELEBRATING 200, CELEBRATING PENNSYLVANIA When Tristram Bampfylde Freeman was named auctioneer for the City of Philadelphia in 1805, the city was the largest city in America and the hub of the country’s creative output. In the 200 years since, Philadelphia has risen and fallen and risen again in prominence, but the state of Pennsylvania has remained the source of some of the most interesting and important furniture, design and historical output in the country. With the Bicentennial Pennsylvania Sale, Freeman’s recognizes the great wealth and diversity of fine and important material with Pennsylvania origins. We begin with the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, continue on through 18th and 19th century furniture, decorative arts and folk art, and close with the visionary work of twentieth century craftsmen Samuel Yellin, Paul Evans and George Nakashima. The importance of Pennsylvania material has long been recognized in the fine art and antiques collecting community, but never before has such a monumental sale focusing solely on Pennsylvania material been assembled. These four days of sales (closing with the fine Berks County Collection assembled by the late Esther H. Ludwig, presented in a separate catalogue) represent what we see as the inaugural Pennsylvania sale, and what we believe will become an important moment in the annual calendar of collectors of fine Americana.