Philadelphia, PA With an 82 percent sell-through rate by lot, or nearly 90 percent sold by value, Freeman’s June 21 sale of fine American and European paintings and sculpture proved to be a great success with 102 of the 127 lots on offer finding buyers and the sale totaling $1,182,000. This sale was characterized by its manageable size, and featured choice, fresh-to-market lots with most having excellent estate provenance.
The private consignor and bidder did not disappoint in either role at Freeman’s, with the better Pennsylvania/American and European lots all being distinctly nontrade in origin, and the majority of paintings in the sale, including Fern Coppedge’s excellent “January Sunshine,” finding good, private buyers. Interestingly, while the Coppedge was consigned from a private East Coast collection, it was snapped up for $109,000 by a private West Coast buyer. The painting, measuring 25 by 30 inches, was smartly housed in its original Frederick Harer frame.