American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts 

A bust of George Washington

As America's oldest auction house, Freeman’s has sold fine American furniture and decorative arts longer than any auction house in the country. With a preeminent reputation for offering fresh-to-market and historically significant examples of 18th and 19th century furniture, portraits, silver, and textiles from the Philadelphia area, the American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts Department also brings exemplary New England and Southern material culture to auction.

The range offered in our two annual sales is broad—formal and country furniture, timepieces, silver, needlework, quilts, portraits, Chinese Export porcelain, pottery, Militaria, Flags, American Indian Arts, and Folk painted furniture, decoys, Fraktur, portraiture, carvings, and weathervanes. The department also participates in Freeman's annual The Pennsylvania Sale—a cross-departmental auction unique to Freeman's that celebrates the Keystone State's longstanding legacy as a major and influential artistic region.

During the past five years, the department has had the privilege of offering property from a number of important institutions, museums, and private collections, including Property Deaccessioned by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, The American Indian Collection of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Property from the Estate of George A. “Frolic” Weymouth, Furnishings from Historic Lemon Hill Mansion, and A Grand Old Flag: The Stars & Stripes Collection of Dr. Peter J. Keim.



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Property from The Estate of Patricia B. Wells

Freeman’s has been offering fine examples of American furniture and decorative arts for over two centuries.


Over the years, we have set numerous world auction records and continue to hold those for a paint-decorated Pennsylvania box ($744,825), a fraktur ($366,750), and an American looking glass ($293,000). With a focus on research and scholarship, our knowledgeable and experienced specialists continually deliver strong results and are always available for complimentary auction valuations.

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Lynda Cain


Lynda Cain

VP  |  Head of American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts



Andrew Taggart


Andrew Taggart

Associate Specialist, American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts




Sonnie Solomon

Client Consignment Administrator




Laura Quintrell

Registrar | Decorative Arts








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