Col­lect­ing with Pas­sion

Free­man’s presents sin­gle-owner sale of fine and dec­o­ra­tive arts from the col­lec­tion of Mrs. Dor­rance “Dodo” H. Hamil­ton

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in the sale draw from.

“She was a much-beloved fig­ure whose name res­onates in Philadel­phia and far be­yond,” says Alas­dair Ni­chol, chair­man at Free­man’s.“dodo, as she was known to every­one, left an in­deli­ble im­print upon the places she called home through her gen­er­ous phil­an­thropic acts, which im­proved and en­riched the lives of many.”

Hamil­ton, as Ni­chol ex­plains, was not buy­ing in re­gards to the mar­ket trends, but rather she pur­chased art with her heart.the paint­ings as­sem­bled in this sale show a pas­sion for flow­ers and birds, as well as her in­ter­est in travel and spot­light­ing places that were im­por­tant in her life.

One of the hall­marks of the auc­tion is Paul Cézanne’s 1876-77 oil paint­ing La Vie de Champs, which shows life in the fields. Es­ti­mated to fetch be­tween $1.2 mil­lion and $1.8 mil­lion, the piece was orig­i­nally owned by art dealer Am­broise Vol­lard, who gave the French mas­ter his first ex­hi­bi­tion in 1895.The work was passed through a hand­ful of other prom­i­nent col­lec­tors and deal­ers be­fore en­ter­ing the col­lec­tion of Eli­nor Dor­rance Inger­soll, Hamil­ton’s mother. Childe Has­sam is rep­re­sented in the sale by two paint­ings: White Church, Province­town (est. $250/400,000) and A Walk Around the Is­land that is es­ti­mated at $200,000 to $300,000.There also are two pieces by Daniel Gar­ber cross­ing the block: Morn­ing Train (est. $200/300,000) from 1924 and the

1919 New Hope scene Wa­ter Birch – Spring­time (est. $120/180,000).

“They’re both in­stantly rec­og­niz­able as works by Gar­ber,” says Ni­chol. “What’s nice about Morn­ing Train is hav­ing the train and see­ing smoke come out of it [which is dif­fer­ent for Gar­ber]. It also has fig­ures and a nice nar­ra­tive to it, but it’s a clas­sic view and has a very typ­i­cal color pal­ette as well.”

Mrs. Dor­rance “Dodo” H. Hamil­ton.

Mrs. Hamil­ton’s Straf­ford, Penn­syl­va­nia, home.

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