1. Colleen Holt McCauley, Rick Griffith, Amanda Muckle and Carrie Griffith attended the exhibit’s reception at Freeman’s Main Line location.
Freeman’s is exhibiting highlights from the collection of renowned philanthropist and award-winning horticulturist Dorrance “Dodo” H. Hamilton in the neighborhood she called home, the Main Line. Throughout her collection, and most notably her paintings, Mrs. Hamilton expressed her love for nature, surrounding herself with the landscapes, the seascapes, and the still-lifes that she loved.
Available for public and private viewing, the exhibition features works by distinguished European and American artists including Paul Cézanne ($1.2-1.8 million), Eugène Boudin, Henri Fantin-Latour, Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Maurice Prendergast, Daniel Garber, William Trost Richards, and Childe Hassam. Within the collection, the decorative arts are as varied as Mrs. Hamilton’s interests. This Main Line highlights exhibition features a colorful selection of her wicker and rattan furniture, Sailors Valentines, and a Derby porcelain luncheon service. Sharing her appreciation for arts and crafts, on view are her unique andirons by Greene & Greene and her collection
of Newcomb College pottery. The collection, as a whole, reflects her preference for surrounding herself with what she loved, without concern for trends.
Not to be outdone is Mrs. Hamilton’s jewelry collection. Foremost is an exquisite 16.56 carat emerald-cut
diamond and platinum ring (estimate $600,000-800,000). The emerald-cut diamond is F-color with VS-2-clarity and is flanked by tapering baguettes. This ring accompanied La Vie des Champs by Cézanne to London, Paris, Hong Kong, and New York. Every day, cocktail, and formal styles are represented in her collection. Highlights include a Cartier diamond strap bracelet covered watch (estimate $30,000- 50,000); an Art Deco diamond and rock crystal strap bracelet (estimate $30,000-50,000); and an emerald cabochon encrusted silk purse (estimate $500-700). Mrs. Hamilton’s jewelry collection will be offered in the Fine Jewelry auction on May 9.
2 . Alasdair Nichol conducted the tour of the exhibit.
3. Keith Pension, Sam Freeman and Lauren Christianson toured the exhibit.
4. Lisa DiCarlo and Lois Muscheck examined Mrs. Hamilton’s jewelry pieces.
5. Susanna Saunders chatted with Alasdair Nichol.
6. Tom McCabe and Tara Theune Davis paused for a photo at the event.