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Freeman’s slates Important Design sale auction


Freeman’s will hold its Important Design sale at noon June 10, at 1808 Chestnut St., Philadelphia.

The carefully curated sale features 44 lots of important furniture and design, with an emphasis on Pennsylvania artists such as George Nakashima (American, 1905-1990) and Paul Evans (American, 1931-1987).

A noteworthy collection to be offered is the Fry Family Collection (Lots 1-13), which features several exemplary works by Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell (American, 1919-2008).

George Fry Jr. (American, 1941-2018) was a studio assistant to both Evans and Powell during pivotal production years. Fry, an innovative designer and craftsman, is largely credited with developing the “Sculpted Bronze” series, and most of the Fry collection was given directly by the artists to Fry. The pieces have since remained in the family’s collection.

Another collection of note is that of The Abraham T. Malmed Residence from the Philadelphia neighborhood of Germantown.

The sale will also feature 17 lots by woodworker and furniture maker George Nakashima. In particular, a fine Minguren II table made of American black walnut and rosewood from 1982, as well as a fine Conoid Bench made from American black walnut, hickory, and rosewood from 1974 will be offered.

Finally, a unique oak and walnut sideboard made by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Scottish, 1868-1928) for F.M. Jones will be offered for sale.

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