Auction of Chadds Ford Artist’s Inspirations Yields Small Fortune

This early 1800s Napoleonic prisoner of war bone ship model fetched $4,636.

Last month, collectors from near and far took home a piece of the personal, everyday inspiration to the founder of the Brandywine River Museum of Art through an auction of the late George “Frolic” Weymouth’s Big Bend farm furnishings.

The antiques formerly housed in Chadds Ford attracted 80 in-person and 350 online bidders, and the sale grossed nearly $100,000, according to a report in Antiques and the Arts Weekly by W.A. Demers.

“Frolic Weymouth was a dynamic person who was admired and appreciated by friends from coast to coast,” said Ron Pook, President of Downingtown auction house Pook & Pook. “He was a noted equestrian who mingled with both royalty and noted fellow horsemen.

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“He was an extremely talented artist in the Brandywine Valley tradition. Most notably, he was a true philanthropist whose generosity will benefit generations. He was a true gentleman.”

Weymouth was a close friend and neighbor of famous artist Andrew Wyeth.

“He was truly a force of nature that instilled his passion for art and the environment into all of his many friends, and they opened their hearts and their wallets to his causes,” said Jamie Wyeth. “He was the best fundraiser I ever met.”

Topping the auction was an early 1800s Napoleonic prisoner of war bone ship model that went for $4,636 and an Anthony Henneberg hawk watercolor and gouache that sold for $4,392.

Read more about the Weymouth farm auction in Antiques and the Arts Weekly here, and check out previous VISTA Today coverage of the artist and conservationist here.

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