PHILADELPHIA — Freeman’s is pleased to announce the creation of its Client Advisory Services department, a highly focused division dedicated to providing bespoke service for Freeman’s clients throughout the buying and selling process.
Headed by Chief Client Officer Thomas McCabe and Director of Client Advisory Services and Private and Corporate Collections Grace Fitts, the department works on behalf of clients to realize their visions.
Freeman’s team boasts extensive experience in handling single-owner collections across categories, working alongside Freeman’s specialists, support staff and the marketing team to highlight the unique narrative behind each collection or estate. Freeman’s excellent track record in sales of single-owner collections speak for themselves: most recently, the white-glove sale of the collection of Virginia and Stuart Peltz achieved $1.4 million; a selection of sculptures by Francois-Xavier Lalanne from a prominent Washington, D.C. family sold for $2.1 million; and the 2019 sale of the collection of Robert J. Morrison achieved $1.5 million.
About Thomas McCabe
As a senior member of the team, Thomas McCabe serves as Freeman’s chief client officer, which places the emphasis of its services firmly on its clients and allows McCabe to be their champion in the business.
McCabe’s focus is the development and refinement of company processes to enhance the overall experience of the clients’ journey with the buying and selling of art, objects, and jewelry. He is also responsible for overseeing the team’s handling of an estate or collection and achieving the optimum results for these clients.
McCabe continually develops Freeman’s programs and partnerships with companies, museums, institutions, and nonprofit organizations using his extensive experience gained cultivating relationships in the art community during 15 years in the greater Philadelphia region.
Following his graduation from Trinity College, Hartford, where he majored in art history, McCabe earned a Masters in art business from the Sotheby’s Institute (2006). He is an active member of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, and the Franklin Institute, and is also a board member of the Lankenau Medical Foundation and Peter’s Place.
About Grace Fitts
Grace Fitts is director of client advisory services and private and corporate collections at Freeman’s, where she manages and develops a portfolio of Freeman’s top clients across all department categories and works with specialists to identify and connect with clients to best represent their auction and buying needs. Fitts assists with managing single-owner and corporate collections, creating seamless, straightforward processes for consignors.
Fitts understands Freeman’s strengths as a premier boutique East Coast auction house, and strives to create a welcoming, warm environment where clients can have open discussions about their goals and visions.
Fitts began her career with Freeman’s as an intern in the American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts department, which then led to a registrar position in the Decorative and Asian Arts departments. In 2019 she moved into a cataloguing position for the British & European department, where she managed the extensive single-owner collection Across Continents: Property from the Collection of Ambassador & Mrs. Alexander Weddell. Prior to joining Freeman’s, Fitts worked as an intern for the Decorative Arts Trust, and attended the University of Alabama, where she majored in art history and received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude.