The southernmost Freeman’s location in Richmond acts as gatekeeper to a region renowned for its historical significance. As such, Freeman’s spring sale season was peppered with substantial pieces in several concentrations. Here are five highlights.

Samuel Felsted Painting
American Furniture, Folk + Decorative Arts, April 26
Lot 80, an oil on canvas panting by Samuel Felsted entitled, “A north-east view of the house of Mr. Emanuel Lousada Kingston, Jamaica,” originally held a high estimate of $15,000. Felted was an a Jamaican-born artist with special ties to Philadelphia. He was just one of four Jamaicans to be accepted into the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia during the 18th century for his passion for botany. This historically significant piece realized $100,000 at auction.


Chippendale standing clock
American Furniture, Folk + Decorative Arts, April 26
Another piece from the same sale that exceeded expectations. Lot 77, a sought-after Chippendale carved walnut tall case clock was estimated between $30,000-50,000. This example was made for Philadelphia’s elite, David Rittenhouse, in 1775. It featured a silvered steel, single-sheet dial with a Rococo engraving depicting “David Rittenhouse Philada.”


Yellow Diamond Ring set on 18 karat gold
Jewelry, May 17
This fancy light yellow diamond ring caused a stir on the bidding floor last month. The exceptional piece showcases a cut-cornered, square modified brilliant-cut yellow diamond weighing in at an impressive 13.16 carats. The stone is flanked by triangular-cut 1.50 carat diamonds and is mounted in 18 karat gold. The ring realized $125,000.


Demand for 20th Century Furniture is Rising
Craft + Design, March 19
Achieving over double its estimate, the opening lot of March’s Craft + Design sale was a Harvey Ellis and Gustav Stickley inlaid side chair. the piece was produced at the Craftsman Workshops in Eastwood, New York in 1904. The chair’s materials included oak, copper, pewter and fruitwood. In addition it was signed with a red decal mark. The piece achieved $16,250 against a $6,000 high estimate.


George Nakashima Table at Auction
Craft + Design, March 19
A stunning example of one of the most influential designers of the 20th century was also offered in the March 19 sale. Lot 18, a George Nakashima conoid dining table circa 1975 was a superb example of one of the most important designers of the 20th century. The table came from a private collection and was acquired directly from Nakashima himself. In addition, the lot was accompanied by a carbon copy of the original drawing signed and dated by Nakashima with the original invoice and receipt. The table realized $18,750 at auction.


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