RARE SET OF TIFFANY WINDOWS MAKE THEIR AUCTION DEBUT WITH FREEMAN’S

  • PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania
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  • November 05, 2020

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Lot 1 | Tiffany Studios, Angels Representing Seven Churches, A Rare Set of Seven Windows, 1902, $150,000-250,000

AUCTION

November 10 | 10AM EST

SPECIALIST

Tim Andreadis | Head of Sale

design@freemansauction.com

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Freeman’s will present a set of seven rediscovered glass windows by Tiffany Studios in a dedicated auction on November 10th, 2020. The windows come to auction with a pre-sale estimate of $150,000-250,000. 

Commissioned in 1902 for the New Jerusalem Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, Tiffany’s Angels Representing Seven Churches is an important surviving testament to the studio’s artistry. 

REDISCOVERED AFTER ONE HUNDRED YEARS 

Angels Representing Seven Churches was saved before the demolition of the New Jerusalem Church in 1964. The glasswork spent the next four decades in storage. 

Experts Arthur Femenella and Kathy Jordan began restoration on the windows in the early 2000s. During the project, they discovered the Tiffany Studios signature on the windows. After more than a hundred years, including forty hidden from public view, the name of the windows’ important maker was rediscovered.  

ENDURING LEGACY OF TIFFANY’S ECCLESIASTICAL WORK

For the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, Tiffany Studios created a chapel interior with leaded glass windows and other embellishments. This exposure added to the studio's reputation and allowed them to take advantage of the growing demand for new church interiors in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

Angels Representing Seven Churches is a rare opportunity to own and appreciate Tiffany Studios’ stunning work on behalf of ecclesiastic clients. Freeman's and its 20th Century Design department are honored to introduce this important window set to the market. 

PREVIOUS 20TH CENTURY DESIGN SALE ACHIEVES $1.2M 

The 20th Century Design department's most recent sale, April 3rd's online-only Design auction, exceeded all expectations and proved Freeman's resilience amid global lockdowns with almost 70% of all lots sold above their high estimates. 

As a whole, the sale realized an exemplary 96% sell-through rate. A "Holtz" table by George Nakashima and several Tiffany lamps led the way to a $1.2 million result, well above the pre-sale estimate. 

“Strong prices were achieved across the board, proving that high quality and fresh-to-market material tends to hold its value,” said department head Tim Andreadis. 

ABOUT FREEMAN’S

Since 1805, Freeman’s has been part of the fabric of Philadelphia, helping generations of clients in the buying and selling of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, design and more. We host many auctions throughout the year, including sales of single owner collections. Freeman’s, Philadelphia’s auction house. Sharing the world of art, design and jewelry with you, wherever you are.

HEAD OF SALE

Tim Andreadis, tandreadis@freemansauction.com

PRESS INQUIRIES

Madeline Hill, mhill@freemansauction.com


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