Philadelphia collects: The torch bearer

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts

from The Magazine ANTIQUES, March/April 2013 | This issue celebrates the long history of Philadelphia as the city of great artist-artisans. That history would be even more impressive had there been a Helen Drutt on the scene in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to make sure that absolutely nothing of value was lost to posterity. What Drutt has done for …

This Week’s Top Lots: April 19 – 24

Editorial Staff

*  At the April 19 American furniture, decorative art & folk art sale at Freeman’s in Philadelphia, the top lot was a pewter sweetmeat dish attributed to Francis Bassett I, 1728, that sold for $85,000 (estimate $45,000-55,000). The second highest price paid was for a George Washington memorial needlework (estimate $30,000-50,000), which sold for $33,400. *  At Freeman’s April 20 …