The Remains of a Great Collection — Richard Mellon Scaife’s Paintings at Freeman’s

Upon the 2014 death of Richard Mellon Scaife, a billionaire heir of the Mellon fortune, it was announced that his collection would split into two Pennsylvania’s museums – Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Scaife’s taste in art may be as conservative as many of his political views. … Continue reading The Remains of a Great Collection — Richard Mellon Scaife’s Paintings at Freeman’s

Chinese Landscape Brings $1.3 Million at Freeman’s

A painting by modern Chinese master Lee Man Fong topped estimates to bring $1,314,500 at Freeman's on Sunday. Fong was a painter born in Guangzhou, China. he died in 1988.  The auction house reports this is the fourth consecutive Asian Arts auction to achieve million-dollar-plus prices for top items. Other recent sales include a Ming Dynasty gilt bronze and cloisonné covered jar … Continue reading Chinese Landscape Brings $1.3 Million at Freeman’s

Book References for Furniture at Freemans

I had some success finding book references for two items in this weekend’s auction of American furniture at Freemans in Philadelphia. The first items is the fourth lot, a pair of Chippendale carved mahogany side chairs. I mentioned them in yesterday’s post as well. There are similar chairs in American chairs: Queen Anne and Chippendale, by … Continue reading Book References for Furniture at Freemans