PHILADELPHIA – On Wednesday, Oct. 28, Freeman’s will hold its renowned Pennsylvania Sale, a returning event that showcases the development of craftsmanship in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Wharton Esherick furniture from the Hedgerow Theatre Collection will highlight the sale, along with works by George Nakashima and a collection of folk portraits by Joseph Maentel.
Launched in 2005 to coincide with Freeman’s bicentennial, the sale is a tribute to Pennsylvania’s long-standing legacy as a major and influential artistic region. From the portraits of Thomas Sully to the woodwork of George Nakashima, this year’s sale is once again poised to represent the state’s prolific artists across generations.
Building on Freeman’s long-term success selling items from its native state, the Pennsylvania Sale is a tribute to the entire region—its history, people, and the art and objects they made, used and cherished.
Connecting works with collectors in Europe and Asia, in addition to the robust American market, Freeman’s has helped build the global art market’s appreciation of postwar craft and design from Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania portraiture ranges from the formal work of Thomas Sully (1763-1872) to five folk portraits by Jacob Maentel (1778-1863).
Queen Anne, Chippendale, Federal and Classical furniture and timepieces from Philadelphia will also be available. Of special note is a group of Federal furnishings: chairs, pier table, pair of chests, and a secretary bookcase attributed to the workshop of Ephraim Haines (1775-1837) and Henry Connelly (active 1793-1824).