Led by the success of Daniel Garber's "Old Farm in the Hills", which realised $457,000 against an estimate of $200,000-300,000, Freeman's June 13 sale of Fine American & European Paintings and Sculpture was a testament to the strength and resilience of the current art market.
Works by other Pennsylvania artists also fared well, as did a number of British and Continental paintings, with 87% of the lots offered selling (by value) for a total of $2,089,433.
Two Dutch paintings, "Street Scene with Figures" by Cornelis Springer (estimated at $60,000-100,000) and "At the Beach," by Bernardus Johannes Blommers ($80,000-120,000), in particular, sparked transatlantic bidding wars.
The former, a fine piece of 'day-in-the-life' Dutch art, sold for $193,000 and the latter, one of the largest seashore pictures by The Hague master to come to market recently, realised $109,000.
Other highlights among the European paintings offered in this sale included Edouard Jean Baptiste Detaille's "L'Oeil Du Maitre" ($20,000-30,000) which more than doubled its high estimate, selling for $67,000.
"Interest has remained consistently strong for good blue chip paintings by American masters, including the leading lights amongst the Pennsylvania impressionists," said Vice-Chairman and head of department Alasdair Nichol.
Freeman's next sale of Fine American & European Paintings and Sculpture will be held December 5. All prices include buyer's premium.
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