Thomas Jefferson’s set of Aeschylus tragedies leads Freeman’s Books and Manuscripts sale Feb. 6

Seven-volume collection of the works of Greek tragedian Aeschylus from the library of President Thomas Jefferson, estimated at $80,000-$120,000 at Freeman's.

PHILADELPHIA — A seven-volume set of Aeschylus tragedies specially made for President Thomas Jefferson is the highest-estimated lot at Freeman’s Books and Manuscripts sale scheduled for Tuesday, February 6. The complete sale catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Jefferson wasn’t just a book collector; he enjoyed creating unique volumes from original editions that suited his reading style. Beginning in March 1820, Jefferson tasked Philadelphia-based bookseller John Laval (1769-1839) to acquire different editions of Aeschylus for the express purpose of constructing this multilingual set. It features translations in Greek, French, English, and Latin, and has numerous notations throughout, presumably in Jefferson’s hand. The set also includes an ownership inscription from New York politician and attorney Gulian C. Verplanck on the front endpaper in the first volume, which reads: “Bought at the sale of the Library of Thomas Jefferson. Washington March 3d-1829. The volumes were compiled by himself and bound by his direction. This mode of binding together translations commentaries &c being a favorite with him. Many of the classics in the Library of Congress are examples of it. G.C.V.” The set carries an estimate of $80,000-$120,000.

John Hills was one of the foremost cartographers of the American Revolution and one of the leading mapmakers of the United States’ first capital, Philadelphia, following independence. He served in the British Army as a cartographer during the Revolutionary War, but resigned in 1784 and remained in America. In 1796, with the support of Philadelphia mayor Matthew Clark, Hills completed this map, which has come to be considered ‘the most important survey of the city of the Post-Revolutionary generation’ and which is, according to the Stanford Libraries, “today a landmark of early American urban cartography.” Notably, this map was part of the Martin P. Snyder collection, the famed Philadelphia historian. Only one other example of this map has appeared at auction since 1990. It is estimated at $12,000-$18,000.

Nineteenth-century monographs with color plates of animals and birds remain a strong category among collectors, having been pursued and preserved for more than a century. Color plates, or color images, were extremely novel in the early to mid-19th century, and acquiring a book that featured them was an expensive endeavor. The best surviving examples come from ornithologists such as John Gould, an English scientist and author who famously identified the birds that would become known as Darwin’s finches (Charles Darwin would cite Gould’s work in his seminal book On the Origin of Species)A Monograph of the Odontophorinae, or Partridges of America is Gould’s fourth work and was published between 1844 and 1850. This example is a “handsome copy” according to Freeman’s, and has an estimate of $10,000-$15,000.

Wedgwood Liberty Ware archive emerges in third Rubin collection sale at Freeman’s Jan. 25

Wedgwood Liberty Ware teawares plus two albums assembled by Lillian Gary Taylor documenting the project, estimated at $8,000-$12,000 at Freeman’s.

PHILADELPHIA — An archive related to the Wedgwood Liberty Ware project designed to raise money for victims of the First World War will be offered at Freeman’s on Thursday, January 25. It carries an estimate of $8,000-$12,000 as part of the third tranche of the remarkable Ellis and Suzanne Rubin collection of Wedgwood ceramics. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The driving force behind Liberty Ware was the Baltimore society figure Lillian Gary Taylor (1885-1961). She created the design – a center shield with the American stars and stripes, surrounded by the flags of the 11 Allied countries – and used her wealth and connections to sell more than 9,000 pieces.

Alongside two Liberty Ware tea services, one in bone china and another in Queensware, this archive includes two albums she assembled that together document the entire project, from the original Wedgwood factory proof designs to arrangements with the wholesalers William H. Plummer & Co. Included alongside letters, original drawings, receipts, invoices, and canceled checks are personal notes of thanks for tea services sent to important dignitaries, among them President Woodrow Wilson, former President Theodore Roosevelt, and then-British Prime Minister Lord Arthur Balfour.

Freeman’s is currently selling the far-reaching Rubin collection across a number of sales. The content, displayed together in the couple’s Bucks County, Pennsylvania home, represents 60 years of collecting. It spans the entire history of Wedgwood factory production from the 18th century to the 20th century.

Following two exclusively Wedgwood auctions in 2023, this 305-lot offering begins with the neoclassical forms made in the 1770s under the Wedgwood & Bentley partnership and closes with some of the factory’s more adventurous 21st-century models. In between are multiple examples of black basalt, caneware, jasperware, creamware, majolica, pate-sur-pate and the 1930s designs of Alfred Powell and Keith Murray.

Various iterations of Daisy Makeig-Jones’ Fairyland lustre ware number close to 40 lots. Particularly scarce are pieces in the so-called Nizami range, inspired by Persian literature and named after the 12th-century dramatic poet Nizami (1140-1203). Made in the 1920s, these survive in small numbers. A cup and saucer and a rectangular box and cover are estimated at $4,000-$6,000 and $3,000-$5,000 respectively. Both had been bought by the Rubins at James D. Julia sales in 2015 and 2005.

Rubin pieces by other British factories in this sale include those by William de Morgan, Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester, and George Jones, plus some Continental wares by KPM and Wilhelm Schiller.

Hindman and Freeman’s auction houses merge to become Freeman’s Hindman

Gemma Sudlow on the rostrum for Hindman’s inaugural New York auction, Time & Space: Watches from the Collection of Glen de Vries. Image courtesy of Hindman.

CHICAGO and PHILADELPHIA – Chicago auction house Hindman has announced a merger with Philadelphia-based Freeman’s and the opening of a permanent saleroom in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The new firm, which consolidates two of America’s top regional firms, will henceforth operate under the name Freeman’s Hindman.

A 14-month discussion between Hindman and Freeman’s was completed on Christmas Eve. The newly combined firm has an extensive footprint numbering six salerooms (Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Denver, and Palm Beach, Florida) and 18 additional regional offices across the country. It is being touted as ‘the largest coast-to-coast presence of any auction house in the United States’, offering a full suite of services including auctions, appraisals, private sales, and art advisory.

The new management structure of the firm brings together executives from both Hindman and Freeman’s. While Jay Krehbiel and Alyssa Quinlan of Hindman maintain their previous roles of executive chairman and chief executive officer, they are joined by the four members of Freeman’s management team: Fraser Niven (president), Alasdair Nichol (co-deputy chair), Hanna Dougher (chief operating officer), and Paul Roberts (international business director).

Krehbiel, who has led the expansion of Hindman beyond its midwestern roots, believes the two businesses are natural partners, with the union representing “the foundation of a dynamic and comprehensive company well-positioned to lead the upper-middle auction market”.

One of the first actions of Freeman’s Hindman will be to open a new permanent New York saleroom. Located at 32 East 67th Street in the heart of the Upper East Side, it has up to 5,000 square feet of space. Both companies have had senior specialists working with clients in New York for many years, while Hindman, which opened an office there in the fall of 2022, held its first sales series in the Big Apple at a pop-up venue in Soho in October 2023.

Trading for more than 40 years and headquartered in Chicago, Hindman held 134 auctions in 2023, offering 34,301 lots with total sales standing at $99.7 million.

Freeman’s holds a similarly key position in the American auction landscape. Founded in Philadelphia in 1805, it is America’s oldest auction house. The company remained in the hands of the Freeman family for six generations until a management buyout in 2016. Alasdair Nichol, formerly chairman of Freeman’s and now co-deputy chair of Freeman’s Hindman, said the merger “heralds an exciting new chapter, continuing Freeman’s long-standing tradition of embracing change and adapting in response to the times.” He added, “Great things are bound to happen when passionate people with aligned goals collaborate, and I can’t wait to see what our two creative and client-centric companies achieve together.”

Freeman’s has long maintained an informal marketing alliance with the U.K. auction house Lyon & Turnbull, and this is expected to continue under the new regime. Paul Roberts, who works with both firms on either side of the Atlantic, told Antiques Trade Gazette he was “delighted to see the expansion of the Freeman’s brand and excited to explore the benefits of international cooperation with the Freeman’s Hindman group.”

The U.S. fine art auction scene has experienced significant consolidation in recent years. In the past decade, Morphy’s has acquired several businesses; Wright, Toomey & Co. and Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) operate as part of the Rago group; while Skinner is now part of the Bonhams network.

Francis Speight artworks continued to outperform at Freeman’s

Francis Speight, 'Manayunk Bridge,' which sold for $50,000 ($65,500 with buyer’s premium) at Freeman's.

PHILADELPHIA — Contemporary realist Francis Speight (1896-1989) loved to paint what lay before him, whether it was a rolling valley in his adopted home of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, or urban and suburban architecture. He would set up his canvas on site and begin his work, leading to a huge output across his 97 years of life. Freeman’s featured four of his paintings during two separate sales, December 3’s American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists and December 5’s Collect: American Art, once again demonstrating rising demand for Speight’s work. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

Speight was 77 when he created Winter Landscape in 1973, a moody illustration that captures the icy beauty of the season. It hammered for $60,000 ($78,600 with buyer’s premium), setting the top price for his works in the sale. Also performing nicely was the undated Manayunk Bridge, the former Pennsylvania Railroad viaduct connecting Bala Cynwyd and Manayunk in Philadelphia over the Schyulkill River. His astonishing level of detail and the gentle S-curve of the bridge make the image mesmerizing. It sold for $50,000 ($65,500 with buyer’s premium) against a presale estimate of $12,000-$18,000.

Aldro Thompson Hibbard (1886-1972) is best remembered for his plein air landscapes of winter scenes, for which he won numerous prestigious awards in the 1920s. Winter, Back Beach, Rockport is an undated oil on canvas housed in an Arts and Crafts period frame, making it a likely 1920s work. Estimated at just $4,000-$6,000, bidders sent the painting skyward to $26,000 ($34,060 with buyer’s premium), demonstrating continued market demand for Hibbard’s snowy scenes.

Considered one of America’s best sporting dog artists, Edmund Henry Osthaus (1858-1928) was born in Germany and began sketching farm animals as a child. He followed his parents to the United States in the 1880s where he furthered his other passion, hunting. Pointer with Quail is from 1890 and features a majestic German short hair pointer fetching a felled quail, probably a scene taken from Osthaus’ own life. The work sold for $100,000 ($131,000 with buyer’s premium), matching Freeman’s top estimate for the piece.

A Solomon Grimm redware plate and a sketch of Benjamin Franklin cleaned up at Freeman’s

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PHILADELPHIA — A fine collection of American antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries performed admirably at Freeman’s on November 15 as part of its American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts sale. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

A glazed, slip and sgrafitto-decorated redware plate by Solomon Grimm (1787-1847) was the sale’s top lot. Grimm’s well-known pottery talents have captivated collectors for generations, and this lot was no exception. Starting at $7,500, the bidding continued straight past the top estimate of $25,000 to land at $30,000, or $40,300 with buyer’s premium.

Made by William Seaver and Nathaniel Frost in Boston, this Windsor rocking cradle was fashioned from turned bamboo and retains the paper label from its retailer, Seaver & Frost on State Street in Boston. Made between 1799 and 1802, the rocker hammered for $26,000, or $39,060 with buyer’s premium, well above its $800-$1,200 presale estimate.

Revered by horse racing enthusiasts, Charles Spencer Humphreys (1818-1880) was another winner for Freeman’s. The Bay Trotter John Henry at the U.S. Agricultural Fair represents both horse and carriage jockey at the 1856 event held in West Philadelphia. The framed oil on canvas hammered for $26,000, or $39,060 with buyer’s premium, proving once again that the market for 19th-century equine art remains strong and healthy.

A sketch from life of Benjamin Franklin playing chess in Paris some time in the 1776-1783 period was a surprising winner as well. The piece, attributed to the Founding Father’s grandson, Benjamin Franklin Bache (1769-1798), was estimated at $4,000-$6,000 but sold for $18,000, or $23,580 with buyer’s premium.
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Solomon Grimm redware plate, which sold for $30,000 ($40,300 with buyer’s premium) at Freeman’s.
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Windsor rocking cradle, which sold for $26,000 ($39,060 with buyer’s premium) at Freeman’s.
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Charles Spencer Humphreys, ‘The Bay Trotter John Henry at the U.S. Agricultural Fair,’ which sold for $26,000 ($39,060 with buyer’s premium) at Freeman’s.
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Sketch from life of Benjamin Franklin playing chess in Paris, made between 1776-1783 and attributed to his namesake grandson, which sold for $18,000 ($23,580 with buyer’s premium) at Freeman’s.
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Chippendale carved mahogany child’s chair associated with the Girard family of Philadelphia, which sold for $16,000 ($20,960 with buyer’s premium) at Freeman’s.
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Formidable assembly of American art comes to Freeman’s Dec. 3

Mary Cassatt, Mrs. Harris Whittemore and Baby Helen, $300,000-$500,000 at Freeman's.

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PHILADELPHIA — Though it consists of only 98 lots in all, Freeman’s has assembled an amazing lineup of fine American and Pennsylvania Impressionist art for its auction on Sunday, December 3. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Leading all estimates is a classic mother-and-child portrait by Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). In Mrs. Harris Whittemore and Baby Helen, the infant places her hand on her mother’s face and looks out, while the mother gazes lovingly. These parent-child themes recur in Cassatt’s body of work and are highly favored by collectors. Painted in 1898, the work comes from a productive and successful period in Cassatt’s life, where she was receiving recognition and many requests for work. The painting is estimated at $300,000-$500,000.

Although executed in 1978, The Station by Henry Koerner (1915-1991) would not be exhibited until 1983 at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. A colorful and reflective study of human nature in the mundane location of a commuter passenger train platform, the work remained in the artist’s possession for years until it was placed at ACA Gallery in New York, from where it was purchased by the consignor. At 61 by 50in, this is an impressive painting that carries an estimate of $250,000-$400,000.

New Hope art colony Impressionist Edward Willis Redfield (1869-1965) is also represented classically with Winter Holiday, a snow-filled winter scene of children sledding. The work is estimated at $100,000-$150,000.

American Realist Bo Bartlett (b. 1955-) offers rare insight into Fear of Division, a 1989 painted recollection of the moment he and his brother saw their first jet aircraft contrail in 1963, soon after the Cuban Missile Crisis: “My brother told me that the jet stream was the bomb, and that’s the moment I tried to capture in the painting, he is yelling, ‘Hit the Dirt, It’s the End of the World!’ I am crying on the ground. He kept it up, and I kept on crying.” He went on to say, “At the time, I was having petite-mal seizures and I was completely confounded with the concept of division in second grade — addition, multiplication, and subtraction, I could grasp, but division was the beginning of my dysfunctional relationship with math.” One of two Bartlett paintings in the sale, Fear of Division is estimated at $40,000-$60,000.
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Mary Cassatt, ‘Mrs. Harris Whittemore and Baby Helen,’ estimated at $300,000-$500,000 at Freeman’s.
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Henry Koerner, ‘The Station,’ estimated at $250,000-$400,000 at Freeman’s.
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Edward Willis Redfield, ‘Winter Holiday,’ estimated at $100,000-$150,000 at Freeman’s.
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Bo Bartlett, ‘Fear of Division,’ estimated at $40,000-$60,000 at Freeman’s.
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Guy Pène Du Bois, ‘Teddy at the Typewriter,’ estimated at $50,000-$80,000 at Freeman’s.
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Lê Thị Lựu and Harry Bertoia works headline Freeman’s Modern and Contemporary Art sale Nov. 5

Lê Thị Lựu, 'Mother and Children in Landscape,' estimated at $200,000-$300,000 at Freeman's.

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PHILADELPHIA — Works by Lê Thị Lựu and Harry Bertoia are among the stars in a significant new sale at Freeman’s slated for Sunday, November 5. Modern and Contemporary Art is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The painted silk artworks of Lê Thị Lựu (1911-1988) have been producing noteworthy results in recent sales, so the inclusion of Mother and Children in Landscape as the top-estimated lot comes as no surprise. Her traditional Vietnamese subject matter, the delicate haze of the silk material and the uplifting nature of many of her subjects makes Lê’s artwork popular with contemporary collectors. Like many of the marquee lots in this auction, the Lê artwork comes from a Newport, Rhode Island estate and is estimated at $200,000-$300,000.

The tonal sculptures created by Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) are designed to engage multiple senses at once, transfixing the viewer with movement while the emanating vibrations pass through the body. This 65in-tall example is from the 1970s and is made with monel on brass plate, featuring 38 rods with cattails to produce sound. As Bertoia himself noted, “Sometimes, when I hear the sounds, they remind me of times that are gone … and in many cases they will invite me on toward things that have not quite unfolded.” Accompanied by certification from the Harry Bertoia Foundation, the untitled tonal sculpture is estimated at $80,000-$120,000.

Hyperrealist and figurative painter Claudio Bravo (1936-2011) found early success in portraiture, painting members of the Philippine Marcos ruling dynasty and also Generalissimo Francisco Franco. But it was in everyday objects that he found his passion, including his well-known series of crumpled paper works. In this example from 1991, Miss Piglet may have been one of his sitters’ pets, as he was known to create works from daily life. The 26 by 20in pastel on paper is estimated at $30,000-$50,000.

Fugue, a Cresson Award-winning painting from the early years of American Realist Bo Bartlett (b. 1955-), is a fine example of the artist’s incredible focus on detail and emotion. Created while he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in the late 1970s, the work shows Bartlett’s direct influence from Andrew Wyeth, who he studied extensively early in his career. A monumental painting at 48.25 by 66in, Fugue is estimated at $15,000-$25,000.
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Lê Thị Lựu, ‘Mother and Children in Landscape,’ estimated at $200,000-$300,000 at Freeman’s.
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Harry Bertoia, ‘Untitled (Tonal Sculpture),’ estimated at $80,000-$120,000 at Freeman’s.
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Claudio Bravo, ‘Miss Piglet,’ estimated at $30,000-$50,000 at Freeman’s.
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Bo Bartlett, ‘Fugue,’ estimated at $15,000-$25,000 at Freeman’s.
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Gertrude Abercrombie, ‘The Fisherman,’ estimated at $150,000-$250,000 at Freeman’s.
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Revolutionary War tracts and 1549 Agricola work beat estimates at Freeman’s

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PHILADELPHIA — Two important tracts from the American Revolutionary War performed at or above expectations, while a 1549 first edition of Agricola’s study of subterranean creatures topped all lots at Freeman’s Book and Manuscripts sale September 27. Complete sale results are ready for review at LiveAuctioneers.

Printed in 1781 by Francis Bailey by order of the newly formed United States Congress, this pamphlet contains The Constitutions of the Several Independent States of America; The Declaration of Independence; The Articles of Confederation Between the Said States. With only 200 copies printed under the Congressional order, this document is exceedingly rare. Estimated at $7,000-$10,000, it hammered for $24,000 ($31,440 with buyer’s premium).

Another Revolutionary War-era tract, Common Sense by Thomas Paine, just beat its lower $15,000 estimate to sell for $16,000 ($20,960 with buyer’s premium).

The sale’s top lot was a 1549 first edition of De animantibus subterraneis liber by Georgius Agricola (Georg Bauer). Not commonly seen at auction, Freeman’s reported this to be the first copy they could find in more than 45 years of worldwide sales. Estimated at $1,500-$2,500, it sold well above its estimate for $30,000 ($39,300 with buyer’s premium).

Two Toulouse-Lautrec posters printed in 1892 had wildly divergent performances. Aristide Bruant sold mid-estimate at $24,000 ($31,440 with buyer’s premium), while Reine de Joie didn’t make its lower estimate of $8,000, hammering at $7,500 ($9,825 with buyer’s premium).
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‘The Constitutions of the Several Independent States of America,’ which sold for $24,000 ($31,440 with buyer’s premium) at Freeman’s.
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Georgius Agricola (Georg Bauer), ‘De animantibus subterraneis liber,’ which sold for $30,000 ($39,300 with buyer’s premium) at Freeman’s.
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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, ‘Ambassadeurs: Aristide Bruant,’ which sold for $24,000 ($31,440 with buyer’s premium) at Freeman’s.
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J.D. Salinger, ‘Nine Stories,’ inscribed by the author, which sold for $10,000 ($13,100 with buyer’s premium) at Freeman’s.
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Extensive archive of New Jersey detective Ellis H. Parker and his investigation of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and murder, which sold for $15,000 ($19,650 with buyer’s premium) at Freeman’s.
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‘Matisse of the East’ cache of art emerges at Freeman’s Oct. 18

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PHILADELPHIA — Nine works by Ding Yanyong (1902-1978), painted in the last years of his life for an American student, will be presented at Freeman’s auction of Asian Arts on Wednesday, October 18. The cache of ink and color on paper scrolls were given by the artist to the owner while she studied in Hong Kong in 1976. Estimates range from $1,500-$2,000 to $30,000-$50,000, with bidding available via LiveAuctioneers.

Ding Yanyong, the Chinese painter dubbed ‘the Matisse of the East’ for his blending of Eastern and Western styles, moved to Hong Kong in 1949 and remained there until his death in 1978. The consignor of these nine paintings was introduced to Ding by a friend and became one of his first western pupils. Ding gave her the Chinese sobriquet Meilan Nvdi (Beautiful Orchid), and this name appears as part of the dedication on several of the works up for sale.

The subject of the Eight Immortals is one the artist revisited in various compositions in the 1970s. The largest scroll in the group, at 4ft 6in by 2ft 3in, depicts them gathered together alongside the sealed inscription Meilan Nvdi and a bingchen year, equivalent to 1976. It has an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.

Also dated to 1976 is a 2ft 1in by 19in black ink sketch of an eagle together with a personal inscription and an estimate of $3,000-$5,000, while carrying an estimate of $5,000-$7,000 is a 2ft 3in by 18in colored scene depicting the main protagonists from the famous tale ‘Journey to the West’ – doubtless chosen by the artist as a suitable subject for his American student.

Earning the sale’s highest estimate, at $30,000-$50,000, is a pair of Qing dynasty continuous yoke-back armchairs made in the reverse hardwood huanghuali. One of the three main types of Chinese armchairs produced during the classic period, these are also colloquially known as a ‘Southern official’s hat’ chair or nanguanmaoyi. This pair were bought to the U.S. in 1937, on the eve of the second Japanese invasion of China, by a family who had settled in Shanghai five years earlier. While in China, they had acquired many pieces of traditional Chinese furniture.
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Ding Yanyong, ‘The Eight Immortals Gathering,’ estimated at $30,000-$50,000 at Freeman’s.
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Ding Yanyong, ‘Journey to the West,’ estimated at $5,000-$7,000 at Freeman’s.
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Ding Yanyong, ‘Eagle,’ estimated at $3,000-$5,000 at Freeman’s.
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Pair of Chinese Qing dynasty huanghuali continuous yoke-back armchairs (nanguanmaoyi), estimated at $30,000-$50,000 at Freeman’s.
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Chinese Kangxi period ‘Langyao’ copper red-glazed baluster vase, estimated at $8,000-$12,000 at Freeman’s.
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Japanese export silver four-piece dragon tea and coffee service with tray, estimated at $10,000-$15,000 at Freeman’s.
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Travel, Americana and literature add color to Freeman’s Sept. 27 Books and Manuscripts sale

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PHILADELPHIA — Subject matter ranging from Revolutionary War and anti-slavery tracts to Central American ruins and the Lindbergh baby kidnapping add fascinating color to the Freeman’s Books and Manuscripts sale scheduled for Wednesday, September 27. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The sale’s diverse selections symbolize a walk through a wide range of Western history and literature. The lot with the highest estimate is a first edition of Frederick Catherwood’s 1844 travelog Views of the Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan. One of just 300 copies printed, the book was the third in a series of first-hand accounts of ancient Mayan ruins encountered by Catherwood, a draftsman, and archaeologist John Lloyd Stephens during 1839-1842 expeditions. The book comes with 25 tinted lithographic plates engraved after Catherwood’s on-scene illustrations. So important were these works at the time that Edgar Allen Poe called the author’s 1843 Incidents of Travel in Yucatan “the most interesting book of travel ever published.” The lot carries an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.

One of the greatest minds among the American Founding Fathers belonged to Thomas Paine. Though only a recent 1774 arrival to the colonies, Paine’s Common Sense was the first widely distributed pamphlet to call for independence from the crown. Freeman’s has a rare 1776 Philadelphia copy of the document in the sale, estimated at $15,000-$25,000.

Quakers, a Protestant Christian group, have long been a part of the American fabric. Their early, 18th-century advocacy for the abolition of slavery set them apart from mainstream thinking at the time. Observations on the Inslaving, importing and purchasing of Negroes by Anthony Benezet was the first Quaker-related pamphlet to speak to the realities of the slave trade. Published in 1759, Freeman’s has a first edition of this important document with clear provenance to the original owner, James Moon, a Bucks County Quaker abolitionist. The pamphlet has an estimate of $15,000-$25,000.

New Jersey Detective Ellis H. Parker was one of the investigators of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and murder. Notably, it was Parker who felt Bruno Hauptmann, convicted of the crime, to be innocent. A trove of his contemporaneous notes and other documents related to the investigation is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

A signed presentation first edition copy of Ray Bradbury’s seminal The Martian Chronicles leads a large group of more contemporary American literature. Inscribed by Bradbury hoping he could “continue to entertain you,” the book is estimated at $1,200-$1,800.
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Frederick Catherwood, ‘Views of the Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan,’ estimated at $30,000-$50,000 at Freeman’s.
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Thomas Paine’s ‘Common Sense,’ the 1776 Philadelphia edition, estimated at $15,000-$25,000 at Freeman’s.
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Anthony Benezet, ‘Observations on the Inslaving, importing and purchasing of Negroes,’ estimated at $15,000-$25,000 at Freeman’s.
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Lindbergh baby kidnapping and murder archive of New Jersey Detective Ellis H. Parker, estimated at $10,000-$15,000 at Freeman’s.
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First edition signed presentation copy of Ray Bradbury’s ‘The Martian Chronicles,’ estimated at $1,200-$1,800 at Freeman’s.
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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, ‘Ambassadeurs: Aristide Bruant,’ estimated at $20,000-$30,000 at Freeman’s.
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