The legacy of Dorrance “Dodo” H. Hamilton, the late Campbell Soup Co. heiress, is one of boundless philanthropy. But two auctions coming this spring reveal that she was also a woman of deep artistic passions and vast creative interests. A total of 157 items — all once owned by Hamilton — will be up for bid at Freeman’s. And there’ll be something for everyone, with estimates ranging from the low hundreds up into the millions.
Freeman’s will auction off the art and decorative and personal items on Sunday, April 29th, and her jewelry on Wednesday, May 9th. Both collections will be on display from April 21st to 28th at Freeman’s, 1808 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse.
Here, a peek at Hamilton’s unique treasures:
Estimate starts at $500
Fact: An evening bag — this one hails from India — can never have too much geometric embroidery, silk and gold thread or emerald gems.
Estimate starts at $6,000
Goyard was founded in 1853, a year before Louis Vuitton, and handbag freaks have been obsessing over the two brands’ luxurious merits ever since.
Estimate starts at $1.2 million
This famed oil painting by the French master took a grand tour this winter from London to Hong Kong. “I had it buckled up for security in the airplane seat next to me,” said Freeman’s chairman Alasdair Nichol, who never left the painting’s side.
Estimate starts at $30,000
“If I had my choice, this would be my pick,” says Virginia Salem, head of jewelry at Freeman’s. The gemologist believes the long bracelet doubled as a choker.
Estimate starts at $200,000
This Impressionist piece depicts a scene along our very own Delaware River.
Estimate starts at $600,000
In all its sparkle and F-color splendor, this exquisite ring was featured on TV in Hong Kong while on the collection’s world tour.
Estimate starts at $1,500
The wild intricacy of this 19th-century love project surpasses all modern-day DIY craft jobs out there.
Estimate starts at $7,000
Not the most expensive piece in Hamilton’s jewelry collection, but certainly the boldest. Kunzite for the win.
Published as “Mm! Mm! Auction!” in the April 2018 issue of Philadelphia magazine.