To behold American treasures is to bear exciting witness to the past. Americana Week features more than 1,000 lots of furniture, decorative and folk art, silver, ceramics and fine art – many of which hail from notable collections, including the Dudley and Constance Godfrey Foundation, the Mellon Family and more. Not only do the pieces have impeccable provenance, but many similar examples or variations can be found in some of America’s most esteemed institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Winterthur Museum, Colonial Williamsburg, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the White House. Click ahead for highlights from the Colonial era to the Civil War. Important Americana 18–21 January | New York
Truly of the people, by the people and for the people, folk art unmistakably embodies the American spirit of democratic inclusiveness and creativity. Made by an array of talented, diverse individuals, folk art – from Coney Island style carousel figures to New England needlework – serves as a window into the social, artistic and historical context of American culture. Click ahead for a selection of these remarkable pieces on offer during Sotheby's Americana Week. Important Americana 18–21 January | New York
Since founding his lifestyle brand in 1985, Tommy Hilfiger has tapped into the American zeitgeist for inspiration. The art, music and celebrity culture of the United States have all, at some level, influenced his eye, making his celebrated line the epitome of American fashion – and Hilfiger an American icon in himself. Ahead of Americana Week (10–21 January, New York) we spoke with Hilfiger about the meaning of American style, the role of nostalgia and his favourite works in the upcoming auctions. TOMMY HILFIGER. © CRAIG MCDEAN ART + COMMERCE.
Sotheby's Americana Week offers a look at US history across the 16th to 20th centuries. Filled with furniture, decorative and folk art, silver, ceramics, fine art from notable private and institutional collections, books and manuscripts, these objects embody the rich history and heritage of America. Click ahead for a selection of highlights. Important Printed and Manuscript Americana, Including Cartography 17 January | New York Important Americana 18–21 January | New York
Sotheby’s Americana Week 2018 achieved $13.9 million with nearly 1,000 lots sold across two auctions. The week kicked off with the sale of Fine Printed and Manuscript Americana, including Cartography, including Cartography, which was led by The Declaration of Independence printed by E. Russell that sold for $1.2 million. The Important Americana sale achieved $9.6 million and saw strong results across a diverse group of works, including American furniture, silver, and ceramics. If you are interested in selling a work through Sotheby’s, please visit our auction estimate platform.