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Waddington’s Canada 150 Auction


The Canada 150 auction is a special Waddington's event celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary featuring art and objects of historical and cultural significance. Some may be whimsical, others more important, all drawn together to celebrate and tell the stories of 150 years of Canadian art and culture.

Waddington's is proud to be Canada's oldest auction house, founded pre-Confederation. Our deep well of expertise crosses multiple collecting categories, showcasing our rich passion and capacity for scholarship and linking our heritage to Canada's. This specialized auction will share in the excitement of Canada’s sesquicentennial.

We are pleased to accept consignments for this auction, please contact Sean Quinn for further information: sq@waddingtons.ca

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CITY OF TORONTO QUEEN VICTORIA DIAMOND JUBILEE ENAMELLED GOLD MEDAL, 1897

Estimate: $2,000—3,000

PROVINCE OF CANADA LAND GRANT TO SIR SANFORD FLEMING, 1856

Estimate: $300—400



LARGE SILVER CANADIAN INDIAN PEACE MEDAL, 1860

Estimate: $2,000—3,000





AFTER JOHN S.C. SCHAAK (ACTIVE WESTMINSTER 1761-1769), BRITISH MAJOR GENERAL JAMES WOLFE, COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF HIS MAJESTY’S FORCES ON THE EXPEDITION AGAINST QUEBEC, 1759

Estimate: $3,000—5,000

JOHN MARSHALL & CO. ‘CANADIAN SPORTS’ LARGE BASIN, 1880S

Estimate: $150—250
Posted: 1/27/2017 9:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean


Canadian Fall 2016 Fine Art Auction Results


Waddington’s Fall Auction of Canadian Fine Art included 128 works that grabbed the attention of seasoned collectors and newcomers alike. The high-calibre selection of lots emphasizing quality, variety and freshness to the auction market were received enthusiastically by bidders, and resulted in a great number of lots far outperforming their pre-sale estimates.

Our specialists believe strongly that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in collecting art, and to that end, focus on offering works that appeal to buyers with varying degrees of buying capacity. Waddington's is piqued by the exceptional and marvelous at every price level. "Specialist Linda Rodeck says “We are motivated to locate consignments that will make our buyers stop, look twice, and feel as though their life has changed, even if only a little.

Waddington's sells over 12,000 lots per a year across our various sale categories including Fine Wine, Asian, Canadian, International, Inuit and First Nations Art, Jewellery, and Decorative Arts, with prices ranging from a few hundred dollars into the millions.

Waddington's is now accepting consignments for our online and catalogue sales. If you would like to discuss the auction process with us, please contact the Canadian Art department at canadianart@waddingtons.ca or 416-504-5100.

A complete list of results from our recent sales and a list of upcoming sales and events can be found on our website at canadianart.waddingtons.ca






Posted: 11/30/2016 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean


Waddington’s Canadian Fine Art Auction - November 21, 2016


Toronto, ONNovember 15, 2016

Waddington’s Auction of Canadian Fine Art on Monday, November 21 will make collectors stop, look twice, and maybe even feel as though their life has changed. That’s the goal of Linda Rodeck, Waddington’s Senior Canadian Art Specialist.

This fall’s auction includes 128 works that are fresh to the market, a preoccupation of Rodeck and her team, whom she refers to as ‘part art specialists and part sleuths’.

Waddington’s Canadian Art team are in fact building a reputation for offering works that have not been already passed around the art market. Prime example is The Crossing by James Wilson Morrice, R.C.A. Rodeck notes that examples of Morrice's best work have become increasingly difficult for collectors to acquire, with the recent large gift of 50 of the artist’s works to the National Gallery of Canada, added to the previous Laing Collection gift which included over 75 works, as well as a further group of Morrice sketches donated to the Art Gallery of Ontario. As a result, few oil sketches of this calibre remain on the open market, making The Crossing one of the highlights of the Canadian auction season.

While the investment value of a work of art has become increasingly part of the dialogue at art fairs and auction previews – and is not lost on Rodeck – her interest and that of her team and the broader specialist community at Waddington's is piqued by the exceptional and marvelous at any price level.  “We are motivated to locate consignments that will make our buyers stop, look twice, and feel as though their life has changed, even if only a little. I'm not after the stratospheric sticker prices alone and while I like selling valuable paintings as much as the next person, I want to sell quality at any price level."  

To further demonstrate her philosophy, Rodeck refers to an Econ 101 class lesson of “in search of a greater fool”. Rodeck reminds us that the “greater fool” theory states that the price of an object is determined not by its intrinsic value, but by the irrational beliefs of market participants. Simply put, one may pay a price that seems "foolishly" high because one may rationally expect that the item can be resold to a "greater fool" later. Rodeck continues, “We have seen a lot of this lately with the same works being passed back and forth, each new "investor" wanting his or her ten-point mark up, and PDQ! Inevitably, however, someone gets caught holding the hot ‘art’ potato.”

Admittedly, sourcing fresh works is a harder row to hoe but it’s particularly important in an age when everyone can check out what something last traded for with a few key strokes. Rodeck concludes, "I think it's more gratifying for our collectors and for us to find fresh works for their consideration and it fits the ethos of Waddington's, which is an auction house that celebrates originality and creativity."  

A selection of favourites which Rodeck and her team of "sleuths" have brought onto the market this season include:

JAMES WILSON MORRICE, R.C.A.
The Crossing
Estimate - $100,000/150,000
(pictured above)

WILLIAM KURELEK, R.C.A.
Wartime Harvesting Near Winnipeg
Estimate - $30,000/50,000

NORA FRANCES ELISABETH COLLYER
Alberta
Sold together with two drawings: St. Peter’s Church and Bermuda Street Scene
Estimate - $25,000/40,000

JAMES (JOCK) WILLIAMSON GALLOWAY MACDONALD, O.S.A., A.R.C.A.
The Butterfly
Estimate - $20,000/30,000

RAYMOND JOHN MEAD
Untitled
Estimate - $10,000/15,000

Auction
Monday, November 21, 7 pm

Public Preview
Friday, November 18, 12 – 5 pm
Saturday, November 19, 11 – 5 pm
Sunday, November 20, 11 am – 5 pm
Monday, November 21, 10 am - noon

About Waddington’s
Waddington's is the Canada's most diversified provider of auction and appraisal services.  Waddington's offers live and online auctions of fine art and collectibles across a broad spectrum of markets, including Asian, Canadian, Inuit and First Nations, International and Contemporary art, as well as Decorative Arts, Jewellery and Fine Wine & Spirits.  

Waddington’s Fall 2016 Auction Season includes:
Inuit Art – November 22, 2016
Asian Art – November 28, 2016
Fine Jewellery – November 29, 2016
Decorative Arts – December 5, 2016
International Art – December 6, 2016

For more information on Waddington’s visit: www.waddingtons.ca

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Tess McLean
Tel: 416.504.9100
Cell: 647.296.8377
Email: tm@waddingtons.ca

Posted: 11/17/2016 9:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean


The Art of Canada Auction


The art of Canada originated with objects created by our indigenous peoples. Whether fabricated for practical or ritualistic purposes, or as a creative record of their history and culture, collectors in Canada and throughout the world have long been fascinated by these objects. Waddington’s has deep expertise in this collecting area dating back to the first Inuit art auction conducted by our firm in 1978.

We have ruminated for some time now on the possibility of a less restricted interpretation of Canadian art which might leverage our expertise in this area to unite the best examples of indigenous art production with the type of work that, traditionally, has been offered in our Canadian Art major catalogue sales.

We know that the best collectors in this country have always been receptive to an inclusive view of our cultural and artistic heritage. They have long understood that the narrative of Canadian art is artificially limited when we construct silos that separate the artists of this country by ethnicity. While such labels may be convenient, by creating them we inadvertently shortchange our aesthetic experiences and limit our openness to those objects which fall outside the familiar collecting parameters and patterns we may establish for ourselves.

And so this season we are proud to present a unique combination of works created by artistic masters representing The Art of Canada. The scope of works offered this season has been expanded to encompass a selection of quality works by Inuit and First Nations artists as well as Canadian historical, modern and contemporary artists.

The catalogue is intended to awaken and delight your senses and expand your collecting imagination. We hope you find yourself fascinated by objects you might never have considered before.

Enjoy!

Auction Gallery

Linda Rodeck
Senior Canadian Fine Art Specialist
Vice President Fine Art

Christa Ouimet
Senior Inuit Art Specialist





Posted: 5/17/2016 9:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck


Keeping an Eye Open


We don't always get a lot of time for quiet contemplation here at Waddington's. The life of an auctioneer-appraiser is a hectic one and in order to assemble a sale of 182 lots we may have to look at well over 1,000 paintings, sculpture or prints.

Lately, some of us have carved out time to read "Keeping an Eye Open", Julian Barnes’ collection of essays on art, in anticipation of his visit to Toronto the day after our major spring auction. A passage in the introduction serves to remind us of the benefits of refreshing our art experiences by looking at a lot of different art and not just the things we think we know.

Mr. Barnes makes a lot of good observations. He suggests that over time we learn that there are some artists we grow out of, others we grow into; artists to whom we have had a lifelong indifference and others we might suddenly discover after years of unnoticing (his word, and a great one); artists for whom our response was a bit negligent and others whose hold over us is persistent.

This way of thinking about art has close ties to the thinking behind The Art of Canada sale this season which combines works that you would traditionally expect in the Canadian Art Department's major catalogue sale together with exceptional works entrusted to our Inuit Art Department.

We welcome change and we like contrast and juxtaposition. We like to move pictures around in our homes to revive our experiences with them. We hope this sale brings you a similar enriched experience by awakening your senses. Please join us for our public preview leading up to the auction or contact us directly to arrange a private viewing. Mark May 30th in your calendar for Waddington's The Art of Canada spring catalogue auction.

We look forward to welcoming you once again to Waddington's!

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Posted: 5/2/2016 2:00:00 PM
By: Linda Rodeck


Major Fall Auction of Canadian Art


Our 2015 major fall auction of Canadian Art will be the fifth sale I have directed since returning to Waddington's. There have been myriad changes and improvements to the Canadian Art department since the summer of 2013. A new catalogue design, changes to the exhibition space, the introduction of didactic panels, augmented ancillary material both in the print and online versions of the catalogue and increased learning sessions hosted by Waddington's, specifically our WoW (Women of Waddington's) events. And I am happy to say we have done all of this without an increase in costs to either our buyers or sellers.

We continue to seek out the most interesting works we can find to include in our sales, and are not driven by dollar value alone. Rather, we have always aimed to find quality at all price levels and have been fortunate this season to discover, for your bidding competition, important watercolours by Fortin from the mid-1920s, one of the earliest Verner Indian encampments (based on a sketch in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada), a very large mid-1950s Riopelle watercolour and ink, sumptuous and insightful portraits by Florence Carlyle, Randolph Hewton and Paul Peel, and superb still lifes by Dallaire, FitzGerald and Goodridge Roberts. There are also wonderful works on paper by William Armstong and Washington Friend, by E.J. Hughes and Lawren Harris. From Krieghoff to Kim Dorland, the sale is replete with examples of Canadian Art at its best.

Finding, valuing, researching, cataloguing and, ultimately, selling works of art at our twice yearly catalogue sales and seasonal Select Online Sales is a team effort. In addition to our regular and part-time staff, we have been fortunate to avail ourselves of the writing expertise of Christine Boyanoski, PhD., Amy Korczynski, PhD., Melissa Alexander, M.A., and Elizabeth Johnston, M.A.

The catalogue and the sale are born out of the fortitude, creativity and expertise of the core staff of the Canadian Art Department. I extend my gratitude to Anna Holmes, M.Litt., and Marina Dumont Gauthier, M.A. for their unfailing ability and willingness to do what it takes to get the job done. In particular, I would like to single out Erin Rutherford, M.A, and Mover of Mountains.

Thank you to all who take an interest in the work we do here at Waddington's. It continues to be our great pleasure to serve you.

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Posted: 11/5/2015 9:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck


Spring 2015 Live Auction Recap


Our Spring 2015 Auction of Canadian Fine Art filled the Waddington's salesroom with colour in an array of artworks that captured the imagination of our visitors. Lots ranged in value from just $650 to $120,000 and were sourced primarily from private collections throughout North America and the United Kingdom.

In particular works by Quebec artists performed well. For example, a 1949 Stanley Cosgrove Still Life realized $42,480 and our cover lot, a contemplative 1976 Yves Gaucher hard-edge abstraction, soared past its pre-sale estimate to fetch $47,200. Three works by Léon Bellefleur were spirited away by eager purchasers, including a diminutive work from 1951 that more than quadrupled its estimate, finally selling for $14,160. A rare and important Louis-Philippe Hébert bronze entitled Coeur qui chant, charmed a number of suitors and realized $35,400, while others were drawn to Maurice Cullen's delicate Impressionist canvas, Moonlit Landscape, which realized $75,700.

Our Senior Canadian Art Specialist, Linda Rodeck, will be in the Montreal area in mid-August to meet with clients considering a consignment to our forthcoming major Fall Auction of Canadian Art. If you, or anyone you know, have paintings under consideration for sale, and would like to meet with Linda, please contact Erin Rutherford our Fine Art Administrator to discuss an appointment er@waddingtons.ca or 416-504-5100.


Posted: 7/16/2015 3:30:00 PM
By: Erin Rutherford


Waddington's Spring 2015 Auction of Canadian Fine Art


It is a pleasure to present our Spring 2015 Auction of Canadian Fine Art.

This sale transports us through many landscapes: the rocky shorelines of Georgian Bay, the prairie highways of Saskatchewan, the windows of Québec, The Narrows in St. John’s, the Seine in Paris, the subconscious of Bellefleur, Lake O’Hara, and St. Sauveur.

Through its pages, we have many companions: award-winning schooners, canadien ponies, a theosophist, a rebel, a centipede, Charlotte Corday and a mango.

Its colours are, at times vibrant – zips and pops – at times delicate and downy. The crimson of Cosgrove, the mint in FitzGerald and Burton, Brownell’s sapphire, Letendre’s gold, Meredith orange, the yellow in Curnoe, the unforgettable stripes of Gaucher.

It is an exciting journey – on which we are accompanied by our clients. In addition to our Canadian consignors, collectors and estates from the United States and abroad have entrusted us with their property. We welcome the curious, the art lovers and prospective buyers to peruse our offerings, to meet us (and to view works ‘in the flesh’) at our preview, and to join us on 25 May 2015 for the excitement – the colours, the companions and the landscapes – of our major Spring Sale.


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Specialist:
Linda Rodeck   416.847.6176
lr@waddingtons.ca

Fine Art Administrator:
Erin Rutherford   416.504.5100
er@waddingtons.ca

Posted: 4/24/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Erin Rutherford


"...everything at once all the time..."


HAROLD KLUNDER,
THE GEOMETRY OF PAIN (SELF PORTRAIT I), 1989,
oil on canvas, unframed,
78 ins x 78 ins;
198.1 cms x 198.1 cms
Born in The Netherlands in 1943, Harold Klunder immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1952. He studied art at Central Technical School in Toronto under Doris McCarthy, Charles Goldhammer and Virginia Luz. Klunder developed a diverse practice, working across a range of media including painting, photography, printmaking and performance.

When assessing the pervading influences on Klunder’s artwork, scholars often allude to other artists of Dutch heritage such as Willem de Kooning and Karel Appel. Yet Klunder himself defies rigid comparisons. He paints according to feeling: creating charged surfaces intuitively and freely – removing himself from the formal aspects of painting.

Through Klunder’s process, texture accumulates slowly and in abundance. The sculptural forms created by his thick impastos carry as much life as the subject matter of the works themselves. Heavy paint pulsates with a buoyancy of colour. These are not works resulting from a quick slather; these are works that accumulate momentously, like geological formations.

Klunder’s paintings give a taste of the surreal despite being rooted firmly in real life. They are bohemian, musical and abstract, chunky. Working on a single painting for years at a time, Klunder’s canvases gestate. They form over a duration as vivid and living, weighty with the human experience.

"I am influenced by everything; what I find on the street, what I see in stores, on TV, etc. I love the look of things and what the look hides. I love the idiosyncratic, the boring, banal everyday stuff, the things that fill our every moment, moment-to-moment...everything at once all the time..."1

In recent years, Klunder has increasingly explored self-portraiture. One of these self-portraits, The Geometry of Pain (Self Portrait I), 1989, will be offered in our upcoming Canadian Fine Art Auction on 25 May 2015.



1 30 March 1998 letter to Cliff Eyland, author of Harold Klunder: Prints and Paintings (exhibition catalogue), Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, St-John's, Newfoundland, 1999.


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Posted: 3/16/2015 10:00:00 AM
By: Erin Rutherford


As one auction season ends, another is soon underway…


Upcoming Auction Highlights
2014 was extremely busy at Waddington’s with 21 live auctions, 43 online auctions, several selling exhibitions and numerous fundraising events. Across our various departments we brought together 4,219 successful bidders with over 12,000 lots consigned by 3,039 vendors. And our Canadian art department set 12 new artist’s auction records this year!

Our success in 2014 was in great part due to our diversity of knowledge and experience, and our broad market networks. Waddington’s is well equipped to handle your items not only through our traditional departments, but anything you can challenge us with no matter how unique.

For me, the stand-out items are not always the most valuable ones. In 2014, what I found the most intriguing was The Billy Jamieson Collection of everything macabre, magical and outrageous – including a wooden New Guinea cannibal fork, a 19th c human tooth necklace, a pair of Houdini’s handcuffs and a commemorative slice of Jumbo the Elephant’s tusk originally presented to Mrs. P.T. Barnum.

Other 2014 auction highlights were a 16th c gilt bronze Buddha, a stone sculpture by Inuit artist Davidialuk depicting the story of Katyutayuuq, a rare set of 12 Imperial Russian dinner plates, a 19th c Napoleonic chess set depicting the Battle of Algiers, Sir Isaac Brock's Knighthood Commission document, an Elizabethan (1580) silver-mounted Tigerware jug, an Andy Warhol portrait of Karen Kain, and an important J.E.H MacDonald oil sketch for a major AGO collection canvas.  Now how’s that for diversity!

Spring 2015 will see Waddington’s offer yet another unique collection to complement our traditional department offerings: 250 pieces from the ‘FXSMITH Studio Collection’ including movie costumes and props from films like The X Men series and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. 

We invite you to be part of our Spring 2015 season and to consider a consignment opportunity with us. Whether live, online or through private sale, we can provide the best forum to buy or sell.

Winter 2015 Newsletter (PDF)

Spring 2015 Auction and Consignment Schedule (PDF)

— Duncan McLean
President

Posted: 1/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Duncan McLean


IN MEMORY OF TOLLER CRANSTON


(1949 – 2015)

Toller Cranston lived in a grand Victorian home on Pembroke Street in downtown Toronto in the 1980s. Waddington’s was on Queen Street East at that time – on the other side of Moss Park, a short walk away. Toller was a regular at all our auctions, which in those days included twice-weekly estate auctions offering anything and everything to be found in a home. Toller was always on the hunt for the wild, the colourful, the outrageous, the beautiful and anything over the top. His favourite expression when he saw something he had to have was: “It’s beyond the beyond!” Pieces Toller had to have included an Italian Murano green glass indoor fountain that was destined for his bay window (where it actually worked once installed); a huge black metal sculpture of a flying raven; as well as every antique, carved wood cherub he could find.

One evening, I was hanging out with Toller and Bill Kime, another friend from Waddington’s, at his home. In our conversation Toller declared that it was time for him to start selling a few pieces to help spark a change in his life. This was during a difficult period for Toller, in the twilight of his skating career, and feeling unappreciated by the art world. (I remember a large canvas he had recently painted of classically Victorian dressed skaters on a frozen outdoor pond. On a hill next to the pond, a sinister-looking tree with another skater hanging by the neck from a branch over the frozen pond. That was Toller – dramatic and dark-humoured.)

Bill suggested that the best way to sell his pieces was not a few at a time, but all at once as a big event that would generate excitement; create a buzz in Toller’s world of art and entertainment. Toller loved the theatre of big events – and he was immediately excited by the prospect. In June 1991, after many days of working closely with Toller to catalogue the collection and produce a catalogue, Waddington’s offered the contents of his three-story house over a three-session auction. Invitations to the preview party were highly sought. Fans, collectors, voyeurs and media spilled out our front doors the evening of the first auction. And as predicted, the sale of his home and its contents allowed him to “reinvent himself”. Toller bought a magnificent estate in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico’s artist colony, where many ex-pat Canadians including Leonard Brooks and Toller’s good friend Gary Slipper were already settled. A new chapter of his life.

The reality is, Toller had already reinvented himself several times – from virtuoso world-champion skater, to caustic commentator to devoted coach – Toller had pushed the limits of a restrictive sport at every leap and turn. As a painter, Toller’s work was like his artistry on ice. Graceful, sensual, provocative, at times dark, or exploding with colour and energy. Defying tradition and eschewing conformity.

Toller lived large. He craved attention and appreciation, but he also spoke the truth as he saw it – which often landed him on the wrong side of the establishment. He had a wicked sense of humour and could slay his critics with a mere word or two. Toller was brilliant. He should be honoured as one of Canada’s most remarkable creative forces for changing the Canadian landscape in so many ways. Toller was a friend. He was generous, he was fun, he was both a social animal and a solitary man, a mercurial temperament who would disappear for months and then return with bravado.

Toller will be missed. By me, by those who had the chance to enter his magical life, and everyone else who will be touched by his creative legacy.

Duncan McLean
27/01/15


This photograph of Toller’s main floor living room was taken by Joy von Tiedemann and used as the auction catalogue cover. It’s a wonderfully mad room that is all Toller.





These images of Toller and his home were simply taken down off his wall to be used in the auction catalogue.





These images are of the auction preview displaying Toller’s immense and diverse collection. Waddington’s gallery had never looked so vibrant, so colourful or so fantastic!



Posted: 1/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Duncan McLean


Outline and Equilibrium: Release of the Thistledown


CLARK HOLMES MCDOUGALL
RELEASE OF THE THISTLEDOWN (detail)

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Blending the brushstrokes of Van Gogh and the colour of the Fauves with bold outlines and distinctly Canadian compositions, the works of Clark McDougall emit equilibrium, light and rhythm.

In 1950, at the age of 29, Clark McDougall drove with a group of friends to Quebec City and to Montreal. It was during this trip that he first encountered works by John Lyman, J.W. Morrice and Henri Matisse; works that would have a great effect on McDougall and profoundly influence his ideas on colour and outline:

“It struck me,” he said in reflecting on the trip, “that there was another point of painting that I’d never thought about… By using the outline, you establish the form; you establish the location of all your objects, so… this is your composition and your design. Now you start to think of your colour as a separate item. You put it in flat. You can work flatter and purer and the colour will give you more impact and you don’t have to think about traditional painting, which is to say a gradation to get the change from light to dark. You can allow more for your line to do that.” 1

According to Paddy O’Brien, McDougall’s ‘substantial breakthrough’ 2 came eight years later in the painting of Release of the Thistledown. Concerned with composition and design, McDougall made a drawing in the exact size of the eventual painting. After the right balance had been achieved, he traced the work several times onto semi-opaque paper and eventually onto a prepared masonite panel. The outlines were next – a paint mixture of ultramarine blue and alizarin crimson that created changeable and moody black bands. Once the black was dry, the colours could be filled in: Shapes and patterns vibrating between their outlines like stained-glass. The effect was vibrant, bold and impactful.

We are excited to feature Release of the Thistledown, the first painting executed in what was to become Clark McDougall’s signature style in our Canadian Art Online Auction, March 2-5, 2015.

1. Taped interview with Alvin Balkin. December 2, 1979.
2. Paddy O’Brien. John Street is a one-way street: Clark McDougall Retrospective, 1921-1980 (exhibition catalogue), London Regional Art Gallery, London, Ontario, page 18. Release of the Thistledown (1958), cat. 38, reproduced, page 18 and in colour, page 46.

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Posted: 1/12/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Erin Rutherford


A Record Night


JOHN GRAHAM COUGHTRY
TWO FIGURE SERIES XIX, 1964
Est. $30,000-50,000
Record Price Realized: $129,800
Expectations for Lot 53, John Graham Coughtry, Two Figure Series XIX, 1964, ran high before the eve of our November Sale of Canadian Fine Art. This oversized canvas, in museum-quality condition, attracted the attention of both astute collectors and other aficionados alike. Drawing comparison with the Two Figure Series XXI, 1964, from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, the virtuosity of this work was indisputable.

Graham Coughtry his "Two Figure Series" between the years 1962-1964. In this series, Coughtry investigated the figure-ground relationship - creating artworks in which the figures at once integrate and emerge from the painted canvas. Coughtry aptly utilized the story of Ovid’s Metamorphoses as his inspiration. In the tale, the heroine, Salmacis, consummated her love for Hermaphroditus by uniting with him so closely that the two became one.

The atmosphere in the room was as charged as the painting itself when the Lot came up for sale. Paddles within the room quickly lifted, battling against multiple telephone and Internet bidders. Within mere moments, the estimate had been surpassed. When the Lot hammered down after sustained and energetic bidding, a Record Price for a work by Coughtry had been realized, $129,800 (including buyer’s premium) and a new home had been found for this tour de force.

Posted: 12/9/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Erin Rutherford


The Little Pictures Selling Exhibition
Wednesday 22 October 2014


THOMAS HAROLD BEAMENT, P.R.C.A.
PAYSAGE LAURENTIDES - HIVER
(detail)
The art world has two primary homes.

The stark gallery space – with its whitewashed walls, sparse décor and often intense silences.

AND

The auction house – a bustling place with numbered paddles, a high-paced auctioneer and the fear of movement, lest one want to bid. There is the energy of a sale, the competitive buzz of the room, eager anticipation and soaring prices.

While the atmospheres could not be more different, both spaces are often equally intimidating to a person finding themselves on unfamiliar grounds. For someone looking to begin or to grow an art collection, both scenarios may leave them too confused to even begin.

The Little Pictures Selling Exhibition serves as an entry point to the emerging collector. In taking an accessible and empathetic approach, we encourage new collectors to wet their feet, get into the game, to start and to grow their own collections. Here, there is no fear of reproach for asking questions, no intimidation tactic for being unfamiliar with established or relatively obscure Canadian artists.

Little Pictures provides an exciting opportunity to acquaint oneself with the people and processes of the auction business: Ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, learn about artists and stylistic periods, browse and purchase at the auction house without the anxiety of having to lift a paddle.

Rather than pay premium prices for reproductions, Little Pictures is a chance to affordably furnish/infuse your home with unique works of Canadian Art.

We look forward to welcoming you on October 22nd, 2014 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

To register for the event, please contact
Erin Rutherford, 416-504-5100,
er@waddingtons.ca
Posted: 10/17/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Erin Rutherford


Joseph Plaskett (1918 –2014)


JOSEPH FRANCIS PLASKETT, R.C.A.
INTERIOR, STILL LIFE WITH FRUIT AND CHAIR
Waddington’s is saddened to hear about the death of Joseph Plaskett Sunday, September 21st in England at the age of 96.

Joseph Plaskett was born in New Westminster, B.C. and studied art in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. He settled in Paris for many years but never forgot his home in Canada including founding The Plaskett Foundation in 2004 to aid and support Canadian visual artists.

Plaskett in his autobiography A Speaking Likeness says about the act of making art, “The process does not begin with putting brush to canvas, but much earlier, with the germination of an idea, or even before that with a need, like hunger, to create.”
Posted: 9/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Eileen Reilly


"Perhaps it’s something Canadian."


In a passage from his autobiography, A.Y. Jackson recalls speaking to newspaper reporters at an exhibition of Canadian paintings at the Canadian Club in the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City:

“One of them said he had never seen any Canadian painting before. He had expected to find the influence of the British, he said, but could find none; he found instead much French influence and some American, and something he could not place. I said, “Perhaps it’s something Canadian.1”

Commanding superior prices, A.Y. Jackson’s oils on panel are certainly not accessible to everyone. However, a range of our offerings prove that emerging and established collectors alike can share in the delight of this quintessentially Canadian artist.

In our September Online Auction, a Lot of important books offers ample material to infuse your bookshelves with Canadian content. In our November Catalogue Sale, a charming double-sided pencil drawing from one of Jackson’s sketchbooks, will bring you closer to the artist’s process. And for those who seek something more robust, Leo Mol’s bronze of A.Y. Jackson – whose larger counterpart stands in the Sculpture Garden of Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park – will prove a sturdy companion.

1  A.Y. Jackson, A Painter’s Country: The Autobiography of A.Y. Jackson, Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited, Toronto, 1967, page 167.


Canadian Art Online Auction
September 15-18, 2014

On View:
Tuesday 16 September 2014 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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Posted: 8/7/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Erin Rutherford


Since my arrival in the Canadian Art Department...


Since my arrival in the Canadian Art Department, I have been busy… and amazed. I have proudly worked alongside my colleagues, conversed with clients, held artworks by Fortin and Ferron, Casson and Town, researched and written essays, shipped catalogues around the world, provided estimates, and conducted private sales. With May now upon us, I am eager with anticipation for our upcoming Canadian Fine Art Auction on May 26th, 2014.

When I arrived home from work yesterday, tired from an exciting and busy day, I was greeted by an interesting staging. There, much to my delight, was a cheeky homage to one of my favourite works in the Sale: William Goodridge Roberts, Pussy Willow and Bun (Lot 103). While the re-creation certainly did not capture the suppleness of the original, it made me reflect on our Sale: What a fitting way to usher in the Spring. The remnants of winter in Graham Noble Norwell’s Untitled – Shoreline in Winter (Lot 148), the melting snow in Franklin Carmichael’s Snowy Hillside (Lot 40)… The vivacious colours of Object by Cahén (Lot 62), the Kim Dorland (Lot 78), and the blush of Nakamura’s pears on a field of dusk-like blue (Lot 73). There is the texture of Untitled by Ronald Langley Bloore (Lot 74) and the magic of Winter Woods by Alexander Young Jackson (Lot 35). I begin the season humbled by the art that surrounds me, recalling Roberts' words when he once described a Spring day in Kensington Gardens:

“The sun had come out after a brief shower and at intervals along the pavement stood young trees newly covered with leaves. All of a sudden I became intensely aware of the greenness of these leaves and of their density and lightness, of the compact symmetry of the small trees, of the sunlight falling upon them so as to emphasize their solidity and buoyancy and of the smoothness and dampness of the pavement. All this filled me with an acute sense of happiness…"

Posted: 5/8/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Erin Rutherford


Waddington's Spring 2014 Auction of Canadian Fine Art


It is our great pleasure to present Waddington's Spring 2014 Auction of Canadian Fine Art.

In the last four and a half months, we have taken more than a dozen flights across the country, clocked up thousands of kilometres on highways in Ontario and Quebec (in some rather extreme weather) - and jumped on trains and into taxis all over Canada and the USA to bring you a sale that we know will entice you.

At the start of each auction cycle, it is difficult to know ultimately what shape the sale will take. This time around, the process began in the best way possible- with the consignment of our major Lawren Harris canvas of Lake Superior. This was quickly followed by a call that brought us the exquisite Kathleen Morris canvas of Quebec City from an Ottawa collection, a major Cullen canvas from Montreal, and the decision by a client, originally seeking an insurance appraisal from Waddington's, to entrust us instead with the sale of his important oil on paper by Emily Carr. En route back to the office from this appointment, with the painting safely stowed, it became obvious that the Carr - with its dynamism and fearlessness - was destined to become the cover of our Spring Auction catalogue. We identified closely with Carr and with this painting. But our work was not yet done. We still had a back cover to find and many pages to fill in between.

More miles, more calls, and many more emails netted us stellar examples of Canadian paintings that included works by the Group - but not exclusively by them. From the 1920s, Canadian Impressionists shine in this sale with luminous pictures by Mabel May and Laura Muntz. The edge of abstraction is trumpeted by Bertram Brooker's 1927 Creation. Lawren Harris' Street Scene - intriguing and important for its transitional imagery - will hang near Molinari's striking Mutation Serielle; Cahen's Object and Henderson's Portrait of Chief-Shot-on-Both-Sides will vie for your attention.

We salute those of you who will travel both short and long distances to attend our preview, or will find other ways to participate in our sale by phone or through order bidding. We know that, like us, you share a great admiration for Canadian art and we look forward to welcoming you to Waddington's Spring 2014 Canadian Fine Art Preview and Auction.

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Posted: 5/7/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck


A RED LETTER DAY


Today is a Red Letter Day.

It’s the Jays home opener – a chance for redemption. It’s also my daughter’s 15th birthday (Cue Fiddler on the Roof’s Sunrise/Sunset). And as they say, good things come in threes: I just finished cataloguing the lot that takes this season’s major spring sale of Canadian Art low estimate total over the $5 million mark (see image).

When Duncan McLean invited me back to Waddington’s last fall, I vowed to myself that I would be the hardest working person in the auction biz and would do whatever I could to re-invigorate the Canadian Art Department. The unspoken goal was to deliver $10 million in business to Waddington’s for 2014. In the last few months, the Canadian Art team has conducted over $1.5 million in private sales and has sourced, as of this morning, between $5 million and 7 million in Canadian Art for the spring sale.

I don’t know whether the Jays will win or lose tonight, and I don’t know whether the birthday cake will be vanilla (hope not) or chocolate (hope so), what I do know is that the small but dedicated and professional team we have here in the Canadian Art department deserves a glass of champagne, or two, on me tonight. Cheers, ladies!


View the Canadian Fine Art Auction Preview Gallery
Monday 26 May 2014 at 7:00 pm



Posted: 4/4/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck


Specialists' Preview - Spring 2014 Auction Highlights
April 3 – 8, 2014


Sometimes what’s old is truly new again. Traditionally, Waddington’s held our much anticipated Fine Art Auctions bi-annually, a dedicated week of previewing and selling the best we had to offer for that season from all our departments. Previewed as an enormous mix of wonderful and eclectic, rare and beautiful, classically traditional and wildly eccentric, there was something for everyone and for every taste. As all our departments grew, it became unwieldy to organize all our auctions and previews into the same time period. Spreading the auctions throughout the spring was more manageable, and the departments began to conduct business more autonomously, focused on their core proven markets and clients.

Fast forward ten years and we see an evolution in market tastes and buying trends. Today, fewer people collect as a hobby in pursuit of objects from a narrow, focused area of interest. Nowadays people are more likely to collect to decorate their home or business – and they’re much more willing to mix cultures, textures and periods to create an individualized environment. In reflection, our traditional preview settings more suited to the current more diversified market. They made it easy to imagine how things would look in situ – how an English highland painting might look beside the Sorel Etrog sculpture already in your home, how the clean and powerful lines of an Inuit sculpture could complement your Group of Seven canvas. How a delicate Chinese vase is flattered by art deco bronze figures and English silver candle sticks. It was almost like looking at the pages of a décor magazine.

So we’re borrowing from the past. We’re bringing back the multi-department preview to demonstrate how great but different art can blend together. Our specialists (some of the best in the world in their various categories of expertise) have handpicked their favourite items from their spring season auctions. The most interesting, most eclectic, and in some cases the most valuable, to be previewed together in our gallery in one glorious display. And to further enhance the experience, we’ve also invited Farrow & Ball to be part of the display, weaving in the colour palette and wallpaper highlights from their spring season.

We look forward to sharing some of our favourite things with you.

Please be sure to visit April 3 – 8.

Posted: 3/31/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Duncan McLean


Molly Lamb Bobak (1922 - 2014)


Waddington's is saddened by the news of the passing of Molly Lamb Bobak, who began her career as Canada's first female overseas war artist.


Molly Lamb Bobak, Canada's first female overseas war artist
( www.cbc.ca )



Posted: 2/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck


Canadian Art Specialist in Montreal


Our Senior Canadian Art Specialist, Linda Rodeck, is in Montreal today, Monday, March 3rd to meet with clients considering a consignment to our forthcoming major Spring sale of Canadian Art. We have already been entrusted with a number of exceptional works of art to be sold this Spring - including works by John Little, Marcelle Ferron, Maurice Cullen, Jean Paul Lemieux, and Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté. If you, or anyone you know, have paintings under consideration for sale, and would like to meet with Linda, please contact Erin Rutherford our Fine Art Administrator to discuss an appointment.

Erin Rutherford
416-504-9100
er@waddingtons.ca
Posted: 2/27/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck


Sorel Etrog (1933-2014)


Sorel Etrog
(1933-2014).
The staff of Waddington’s mourn the passing of a great Canadian artist.
Posted: 2/27/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck


Waddington's Fall 2013 Auction of Canadian Fine Art


It is a pleasure to present our Fall 2013 Auction of Canadian Fine Art.

Highlights include important works by B.C. Binning, Jean McEwen, Lise Gervais, Cornelius Krieghoff, Paterson Ewen, Kazuo Nakamura, Jean-Paul Lemieux and many others, in addition to strong representation from the Group of Seven and Canada's early watercolourists Washington Friend, Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith and Frederick Verner.  We have complemented our classic offerings with rare finds such as a fascinating Florence Vale collage, a synesthetic cityscape by John Clark and one of two existing AP maquettes for Kosso Eloul's "Meeting Place", the monumental sculpture that dominates 160 Bloor Street East in Toronto.  

In addition to our Canadian consignors, collectors and estates from the United States and abroad have entrusted us with their property and we have brought you works of art from Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, New England, South Carolina, Paris and the United Kingdom.

This auction also marks my return to Waddington’s. Over what is now 25 years of diverse experience in the industry, I am delighted to rejoin a cadre of professionals who share my passion and commitment to providing the best in art – and the auction experience – to our clients.

As part of Waddington’s leadership team I look forward to presenting extraordinary Fine Art and to building on our reputation of excellence to bring new and innovative initiatives to our clients.

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Posted: 10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck


Linda Rodeck to lead Waddington’s Canadian Fine Art Division


Linda Rodeck, one of Canada’s most respected Canadian art experts, is returning to Waddington’s as a Senior Canadian Art Specialist and Vice President of Waddington’s Fine Art. Ms. Rodeck joins a distinguished and accomplished leadership team, headed by Duncan McLean, President, Stephen Ranger, Vice President Business Development and a roster of specialists in Inuit Art, International Art, Asian Art, Decorative Arts and Jewellery. Ms. Rodeck most recently served as Managing Director of Sotheby’s Canada.  Her 20+ year career highlights include partnering with Geoffrey Joyner from 1991 to 2004, which included 3 years with Joyner Waddington’s and founding her own private art consultancy. Ms. Rodeck serves on the Board of Trustees of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, and has been active in many philanthropic activities, including the Canadian Art Foundation’s Annual Gallery Hop and serving on the foundation board of Bloorview Children’s Hospital.

Geoffrey Joyner, Senior Advisor on Canadian art says, “Linda Rodeck is one of the most knowledgeable and highly-regarded experts in the field.  This is an exciting time for Waddington’s.”
Posted: 7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Duncan McLean


Rebranding our Canadian Fine Art Division


Waddington’s is proud to rename its Canadian Art division under the Waddington's brand umbrella.  From a landmark auction of Canadian art in 1967 through our partnership with Geoffrey Joyner, now acting as a senior advisor to Waddington's, we are delighted to rebrand as CanadianArt.Waddingtons.ca.  Under Ms. Rodeck's expert leadership, CanadianArt.Waddingtons.ca will bring new vitality to the Canadian Art market.
Posted: 7/1/2013 1:00:00 PM
By: Duncan McLean


Upcoming Auction Highlights - Fall 2013 Season


In keeping with our commitment to innovation and expanding our boundaries, Waddington’s presents some extraordinary events in the fall 2013 season, including the Claridge Collection Auction, the Brooklin Pottery Collection Auction and Concrete Contemporary's PopUp Gallery Series. 

CanadianArt.Waddingtons.ca is privileged to present a California-based Collection of contemporary Canadian works by artists such as Jean McEwen, Jean-Paul Riopelle and Bertram Charles Binning. As well we have assembled other important traditional works by The Group of Seven, Painters Eleven and the Automatistes.

·      The Claridge Collection Auction – November 6, 2013.  Unlike any other collection of art in Canada, the Claridge Collection was assembled for Charles Bronfman to represent an exhilarating array of Canadian art, from paintings, watercolours, and photography, to works in clay, wood, fibre, metal and glass.  Uniquely, the Collection was created to be displayed in the offices of the Claridge Corporation, for the enjoyment of staff and visitors, including journalists, designers and collectors.  Waddington's has been entrusted to present close to 600 works from the Collection at a series of prestigious auctions starting November 6, 2013.

·      Brooklin Pottery Collection - Nov, 2013.  An unprecedented collection of the works of Theo and Susan Harlander whose studio in Brooklin provides the name for this highly regarded and passionately collected pottery. Master potters in Germany, the Harlanders produced this distinctive 'sgrafitto' style pottery for thirty-five years.  Brooklin pottery has enjoyed the favour of ardent local collectors since its inception, its striking cubist aesthetic catching the attention of the international market. 

·      Concrete Contemporary PopUp Gallery Series – launching Fall 2013.  In partnership with some of Toronto’s most highly regarded retail galleries, Waddington’s presents an exciting innovation in showcasing contemporary, cutting edge works in a series of 'short duration' shows to benefit collectors and artists alike.  Stay tuned for more information on this adventurous series.
Posted: 7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Duncan McLean


Fine Art Departments and Upcoming Fall Auctions


The summer months would normally be a quieter time at Waddington’s, but we are busier than ever and have some important news to share regarding our Fine Art departments and upcoming auctions in the fall.

We are vey pleased to welcome Linda Rodeck, who will be joining us as our new Vice President, Fine Art beginning in August. Linda is one of the foremost authorities in the Canadian Art field, having honed her skills and expertise with Joyner Fine Art and later Joyner Waddington’s, and most recently as Managing Director of Sotheby’s Canada. We are thrilled to have Linda as part of our team again. Her depth of knowledge and contacts will further strengthen our ability to continue to provide industry leading customer service and ensure top results for our clients.

There are some other major changes as well. Joyner Waddington’s Canadian Fine Art will now be re-branded as CanadianArt.Waddingtons.ca and the catalogue will adopt a fresher and more modern look and feel, working with the award winning design team Underline Studios. Our auctions will continue to present the best in Canadian historic, modern and contemporary work with a refreshed design and more tightly curated content. The esteemed Geoffrey Joyner will step back from day to day activities with the firm but retain his role as Senior Advisor to our Canadian Art department. Geoffrey’s historic legacy in the development of the Canadian Art market will be honoured by ongoing content on our website as we document his remarkable career.

We are also planning some remarkable auctions and events for the fall, most notably Charles Bronfman’s Claridge Collection of Canadian Fine Art And Decorative Arts sold to benefit the Historica Dominion Institute. The sale and previews will take place in early November. Concrete Contemporary will have an online sale this fall and is planning a pop up exhibition in association with one of the country’s top galleries. The Decorative Arts department is thrilled about a collection of Harlander Pottery to be offered online this fall as well.

All our departments have great things planned for the fall season and we will be sharing them with you as we move closer to Labour Day.

Have a great summer and stay tuned.
Posted: 7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


Exceptional Artwork by Canada's Most Celebrated Artists Fetch High Prices at Joyner Spring Auction


TORONTO (June 3, 2013) – Strong bidding led to banner prices for historical and contemporary masterpieces during the Joyner Waddington’s Spring Auction of Important Canadian Art, taking place Monday evening.

Artwork by William Kurelek continued to perform strongly at auction with both artworks on offer finding buyers. A vivid and haunting vision of Toronto’s lower Yonge Street, William Kurelek’s He Gloats Over Our Scepticism was a great attraction during the Joyner Auction previews. This magnificent didactic painting is reproduced in volumes dedicated to the artist’s career, and has been included in important exhibitions of the Kurelek’s work over the past forty years, most recently in the monumental 2012 touring Kurelek exhibition The Messenger. During the evening sale, He Gloats Over Our Scepticism achieved a final price of $153,400. Another smaller artwork by William Kurelek entitled Prairie Children Fetching Firewood, saw fierce bidding during the sale, selling for $106, 200, more than five times its pre-sale estimate.

Joyner Canadian Art Specialist and Auctioneer Rob Cowley noted that, “The work of William Kurelek continues to spellbind collectors from across Canada and this evening's incredible results only continued the passionate pursuit of the painter's enchanting work at auction. The great strength in the Kurelek auction market is matched only by the excitement of those collecting his work.”

A highly-charged Canadian Rockies sketch by Lawren Harris, entitled Mt. Sampson, Maligne Lake, Mountain Sketch CVI which showcased Harris’ skill in depicting the Western landscape, was a highlight of the evening sale, realizing a strong $212,400.
Featured on the cover of the spring auction catalogue, Arthur Lismer’s The Pine Tree presents the painter’s skill in capturing the savage beauty of Ontario’s Georgian Bay region and is a stunning example of the artist’s work in the early 1930s. This importance was not lost on collectors who bid fiercely on the painting before it was sold in the auction room for $47,200.

One of multiple dazzling works by A.J. Casson included in the auction, Madawaska Valley, October provides clear evidence of the Group member’s brilliance in translating the inspiration he gathered from the varied Ontario terrain this large, compelling canvas found a buyer during the auction for an impressive $82,600.

Also on offer Monday evening were a pair of captivating still life canvases by David Milne the first, Bush Flowers, exceeded its presale estimate of $40,000-60,000, reaching a final price of $64,900 the second, Still Life With Violets, selling for $25,960.

Sans Titre (1961) a powerful oil painting by Marcelle Ferron, produced during her Parisian period, was certainly a highlight of the contemporary offerings, evidenced by the fierce bidding which saw the painting soar past its initial auction estimate of $70,000-90,000 and achieve a very impressive price of $118,000. Of the sale of this magnificent canvas, Art Specialist, Lydia Abbott, comments: “We are delighted by the excitement which this artwork generated during our previews and within the auction room. The strong final price achieved tonight for Sans Titre (1961) exemplifies the Canadian art market’s enthusiasm for Ferron's magnificent abstracts.”

The popularity of artworks by the abstract artists group Painters Eleven is evidenced by Harold Town’s 100% Canadian Landscape, a painting with heavy impasto and unrivalled energy that surpassed its auction estimate and fetched $23,600 during the sale. A large 1960 canvas by Town measuring 80 by 80 inches, was also quite sought-after at the Joyner auction, realizing a final sale price of $42,480. Other members of the celebrated Painters Eleven group also fared well during the sale: a gouache and watercolour by Oscar Cahen fetched $17,700 and a small oil on canvas board by Jock Macdonald sold for $16,520.
Posted: 6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Jamie Long


Exceptional Historical & Post-War Artwork Featured in Joyner Spring Auction


Exceptional Artwork by Canada’s Most Celebrated Historical and Post-War Artists Featured in Joyner Waddington’s Spring Auction

Magnificent work by William Kurelek, the Group of Seven, Marcelle Ferron, E.J. Hughes and Painter’s Eleven highlight a strongly-balanced sale of rarity, quality and variety within the Joyner Waddington’s Spring Auction of Important Canadian Art, taking place on Monday, June 3rd at 7:00 pm in Toronto.

A vivid and haunting vision of Toronto’s lower Yonge Street, William Kurelek’s He Gloats Over Our Scepticism is well-known to collectors and followers of the Ukranian-Canadian artist’s work: The painting reproduced in volumes dedicated to his career, as well as having been included in important exhibitions of the Kurelek’s work over the past forty years. A 1972 didactic (or “message”) painting, Kurelek used such works as tools to inform and educate his audience to his strong Christian beliefs regarding society and his impression of the approaching end of times. Kurelek felt a sense of urgency connected to his didactic work, including such paintings alongside his “nostalgic” or “farm paintings” in his exhibitions, exposing the artworks and his message to a wide audience. Such is the case with He Gloats Over Our Scepticism – the painting was included Kurelek’s The Toronto Series exhibition at Isaacs Gallery in 1972, one of six didactic works in the exhibition of twenty-one pieces. Each of the works in the show depicted a different district of the city, the artist wishing to capture the “soul” of Toronto, where he and his family called home. Also included in the monumental 2012 touring Kurelek exhibition The Messenger, He Gloats Over Our Scepticism is being offered at auction for the first time with Joyner this spring with an pre-sale estimate of $150,000 to $200,000.

“Through the past several Canadian art auction seasons we have been witnessed the continued increase in passionate interest for the work of William Kurelek, leading to an ever-evolving interest and recognition for this important Canadian artist’s work,” states Joyner Canadian Art Specialist and Chief Auctioneer Rob Cowley. “The continued excitement generated by Kurelek’s unique and powerful work has led to an almost unparalleled period of strong performance for the painter’s work, including repeated banner results at auction. It is our privilege to feature He Gloats Over Our Scepticism in our spring auction, a monumental work by an artist who continues to captivate collectors across Canada and beyond. We anticipate strong interest for this landmark painting, a striking example of William Kurelek’s skills as a master painter and gifted storyteller.”

Exceptional work by members of the Group of Seven highlight the historical offerings within the June 3rd auction, with remarkable and important works by Lawren Harris, Arthur Lismer and A.J. Casson featured. Two highly-charged Rockies sketches by Lawren Harris, Mt. Sampson, Maligne Lake, Mountain Sketch CVI (auction estimate $175,000-200,000) and Mountain On The Athabasca River, Mountain Sketch XCI ($325,000-375,000) demonstrate the artist’s discovery and depiction of the power and majesty of the Western Canadian landscape. Featured on the cover of the spring auction catalogue, Arthur Lismer’s The Pine Tree ($25,000-35,000) presents the painter’s skill in capturing the savage beauty of Ontario’s Georgian Bay region, a locale featured in many of the Lismer’s most renowned works of art. One of multiple dazzling works by A.J. Casson included in the auction, Madawaska Valley, October ($100,000-150,000) provides clear evidence of the Group member’s brilliance in translating the inspiration he gathered from the varied Ontario terrain, the June sale a veritable showcase of Casson’s vibrant depictions of urban and rural settings in the province. Striking works by J.E.H. MacDonald, A.Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston and Frederick Varley round out the comprehensive collection of work by members of the famed artistic association in the Joyner auction.

Besides the Group of Seven offerings, the historical Canadian art selections includes extraordinary examples from many of the country’s most recognized artists and groups, including: a pair of captivating still life canvases by David Milne (Bush Flowers: $40,000-60,000 and Still Life With Violets: $30,000-40,000) an enchanting double-sided canvas by Doris McCarthy (Children Tobogganing, Haliburton Village: $20,000-30,000) and a pair of fascinating works by J.W. Morrice (Landscape: $30,000-50,000 and Cushing’s Island, Maine: $3,000-5,000), providing a view to the early career of the internationally trained and recognized artist. These works of art touch on the variety and breadth of fine examples of artwork representing the storied history of Canadian art during the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Joyner’s Spring Post-War and Contemporary offerings include a number of magnificent abstract paintings by some of Canada’s most renowned painters. Sans Titre, 1961 ($70,000-90,000), a powerful oil painting by Marcelle Ferron, produced during her Parisian period, is a highlight of the contemporary offerings its broad strokes of colour inciting thoughts of sparkling gemstones. Art specialist, Lydia Abbott, comments: “The dynamic tension and bold palette of Sans Titre underscore Ferron’s position as a leading artist in both Canada and Europe in the early 1960s. The market for her artworks continues to grow and we anticipate much interest in this lot at our evening auction.”

The popular Painters Eleven is well represented in Joyner’s sale, with artworks by William Ronald, Harold Town, Walter Yarwood, Oscar Cahen, Jock Macdonald and Tom Hodgson on offer. An oil painting titled 100% Canadian Landscape by Town ($15,000-20,000) is perhaps one of his very best, with its strong and captivating composition filled with heavy impasto, bright pigment and unrivalled energy.

Originally purchased from Montreal’s Dominion Gallery, Above Revelstoke, B.C. by E.J. Hughes ($125,000-175,000) has remained in a private European collection for almost fifty years. The thirty-two by forty-eight inch canvas was painted in 1963, the year in which Hughes received his second Canada Council grant. The grants supported the painter’s travels to the British Columbia interior, encountering such captivating scenes as Hughes has skillfully presented in Above Revelstoke, B.C. The bird’s eye view vantage point looks down into the community of Revelstoke, the delicately composed town a stunning contrast to the wild nature of the mountainous region towering above the town across the water.

The Joyner spring auction includes many other important works of art from notable historical and contemporary Canadian artists, including Maurice Cullen, Marc-Aurele Fortin, Marc-Aurele De Foy Suzor-Cote, Frederick Coburn, Frederick Banting, Clarence Gagnon, Cornelius Krieghoff, Prudence Heward, Lucius O’Brien, Henrietta Mabel May, Frederick Verner, Robert Pilot, Jack Shadbolt, Ronald Bloore, John Kasyn, William McElcheran, Tony Scherman, Ronald Martin, Fernand Toupin, Marcel Barbeau, Paul Beaulieu, Malcolm Rains, Adam Sherriff Scott, Rene Richard, Charles Comfort, Robert Bateman, Norval Morrisseau, Arthur Shilling, and Kenneth Lochhead.

Joyner Waddington’s Spring Auction of Important Canadian Art will take place at 7:00 pm on Monday, June 3rd at Waddington’s Auction Galleries, located at 275 King Street East (Second Floor), just west of Princess Street (between Sherbourne and Parliament Streets). An online session of Canadian Art will be held surrounding the live auction, with bidding taking place between May 27th and June 6th.
Posted: 5/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Jamie Long


Newly Discovered Works by Canadian Historical and Contemporary Artists Featured in Joyner Waddington’s Fall Auction


Artists Featured in Joyner Waddington’s Fall Auction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORONTO (November 1st, 2012) – Rare and newly-discovered works of art from some of the country’s most renowned artists highlight the Joyner Waddington’s Fall Auction of Important Canadian Art, taking place on Monday, November 26th at 7:00 pm in Toronto.

Highlighting the Post-War and Contemporary Canadian offerings in the November auction, the location of Chatterie, a 1957 masterwork by Paul-Emile Borduas, had remained unknown for over fifty years. During the summer of 1957, American art dealer Martha Jackson purchased three striking canvases from Borduas, the painter living in Paris, France. Jackson had bought several of works from Borduas during the previous year, 1957 finding the dealer far more selective and deciding on only a few important works from the artist. One of the three is now part of the permanent collection of Art Gallery of Ontario, the second remains in a private collection and Chatterie was recorded to have been sold by Jackson to well-known Toronto art dealer, Blair Laing, in 1960. The whereabouts following Laing’s purchase were published as “unknown” in volumes detailing Borduas’ life and work. The Joyner Waddington’s Fall Auction marks Chatterie’s returns to public view after more than fifty years, the painting having resided in a private Toronto collection for decades. Paul-Emile Borduas’ Chatterie carries a pre-sale auction estimate of $150,000-200,000.

Senior Art Specialist, Lydia Abbott, remarks on Joyner’s contemporary art offerings: “ It is a wonderful experience to uncover hidden art treasures of this country, bringing the artwork into the public sphere to be viewed and enjoyed once again. Important works by Paul-Emile Borduas, Michael Snow and William Kurelek, as well as many other celebrated artists, highlight our firm’s Canadian contemporary art offerings this fall. We anticipate a great preview and auction.”

River Scene, a small oil on glass painting by Tom Thomson is one of the earliest works by the artist to have ever appear at auction. Believed to have been completed as early as 1906, River Scene was executed by the artist while he was a student at the Central Ontario School of Art and Industrial Design in Toronto. Likely taking classes at the school in the evening (Thomson worked as a commercial artist during the day), the three inch by three inch painting was a gift from the painter to Amy Barnard, a fellow student who accompanied Thomson on sketching trips. The painting remained in Barnard’s family for close to one hundred years before changing hands (a private Ontario collector has consigned the artwork to the Joyner auction). River Scene is the only known instance of Tom Thomson having employed glass as a medium for his work, the luminous and colourful landscape essentially glowing when light passes through it. River Scene is being offered with an auction estimate of $15,000-20,000.

Joyner Canadian Art Specialist and Chief Auctioneer Rob Cowley speaks to the excitement of offering the early work by Thomson as part of the Joyner Fall Auction: “River Scene is fascinating in its rarity and uniqueness. It is the only known Tom Thomson work of its kind and it captures the essence of a painter who would, within a decade, produce work which are some of the most celebrated masterpieces in our country’s history. While the overall composition of River Scene is the careful work of a student, still honing his craft, the painting also displays elements of the confidence and mastery which would bloom in the years that followed. Beginning as a personal gift from Thomson to a fellow student, and spending over a century in her family, River Scene is now set to begin the next chapter of its history, available to become part of a new collection on November 26th. The fall auction includes rare and fascinating works spanning essentially the entire history of historical and post-war Canadian Art, with pieces that are sure to appeal to a wide range of astute collectors”.

Following the record-setting result for a watercolour by the artist during their spring auction, Joyner Waddington’s is delighted to be including important oil sketches by Group of Seven member Franklin Carmichael in the November 26th auction. Autumn Landscape was completed by Carmichael in 1921, a year into the association of the artists recognized as the Group of Seven. Offered with an auction estimate of $125,000 to $175,000, Autumn Landscape is typical of the artist’s work during the early 1920s, the oil on panel depicting a close-up examination of the natural pattern of branches and leaves, dominated by a central cluster of trees. Painted fifteen years following Autumn Landscape, Summer Landscape, a 1936 oil sketch finds Carmichael at the height of his artistic abilities and confidence, the varying blues and greens complementing the lush La Cloche landscape. Also being offered with an estimate of $125,000 to $175,000, the artwork was painted by Carmichael during the same year that he designed and built his cottage in the region, sitting on Cranberry Lake.

The Joyner fall auction includes important works of art from notable historical and contemporary Canadian artists, including A.Y. Jackson, A.J. Casson, J.E.H. MacDonald, Frank Johnston, J.W. Beatty, Kathleen Morris, Prudence Heward, Marc-Aurele Fortin, Clarence Gagnon, Maurice Cullen, David Milne, Frederick Verner, Cornelius Krieghoff, Gordon Smith, Jack Shadbolt, Harold Town, Jean-Philippe Dallaire, Marcelle Ferron, Greg Curnoe, Michael Snow, Joe Fafard, David Blackwood, William Ronald, Doris McCarthy, William Kurelek, Jean-Paul Lemieux and many others.

Joyner Waddington’s Fall Auction of Important Canadian Art will take place at 7:00 pm on Monday, November 26th at the new Waddington’s Auction Galleries, located at 275 King Street East (Second Floor), just west of Princess Street (between Sherbourne and Parliament Streets). An online session of Canadian Art will be held surrounding the live auction, with bidding taking place between November 19th and 29th.
Posted: 11/1/2012 9:00:00 AM
By: Jamie Long


Yukon Trappers’ Stop


"Yukon Trappers’ Stop" belongs to Kurelek’s celebrated Big Lonely series, a collection of paintings composed over the span of almost two decades. In a detailed description by the artist on Isaacs Gallery letterhead, Kurelek described these paintings as expressing a type of sublimity: “It is that its enormity dwarfs and dominates life, all life, both man and animal...” The Big Lonely series was named after the colloquial term used to describe Canada, specifically western Canada, an environment familiar to the artist since his childhood in the Prairies. Patricia Morely describes Big Lonely as one of the series which “confirms Bill’s feeling for the vastness of Canada, and for nature as a source of joy.” Kurelek noted how the series reflected his very own experience as a “loner” who had seen this vastness of the country firsthand through his travels, having found comfort in such secluded immensity.

In this work, Kurelek’s imagination conjures up a vision of the Yukon trapper. The artist described the trappers’ journey: “A Yukon trapper must feel a special warmth towards his little cabin stops, after a long day of checking his trap lines.” The solitary figure trudges along a path carved into the deep snow, the bewildering, boundless space of the Canadian north juxtaposed with the serenity of isolation in the wild.

Patricia Morely describes Kurelek's childhood as one where “he had frequently been moved to semi-mystical states of ecstasy by the play of wind and light on a natural landscape.” Through the use of a perspective that elongates the night sky and shrinks the human presence, Kurelek succeeded at not only expressing the isolation of the northern wilderness, but also maintaining the survival of humanity. Kurelek wrote, “I don’t want to belabour the threatening aspect of nature as we Canadians know it, for actually I mean this series to be enjoyed as pure poetry...” Poetry is certainly achieved in "Yukon Trappers’ Stop" the aurora borealis illuminates the sky in glorious dancing rhythms of blue and green pigment, providing a wondrous guiding light to the lonesome trapper.

This work of art will be included in the Joyner Waddington’s Fall Auction of Important Canadian Art, taking place on Monday, November 26th.
Posted: 10/13/2012 8:50:00 PM
By: Jamie Long


Looking to the fall and beyond


Following a very hectic summer, we are very excited to unveil the new Joyner.Waddingtons.ca and, in the near future, to share with our clients the fine works of art which we have collected over the past months. The auction catalogue for the November 26th Fall Auction of Important Canadian Art will soon be available to view here on the website (with the print version available during the first week of November) and details of the works to be offered in our November/December Online Auction of Canadian Art will also be available here soon.

Our new website and our still-new state-of-the-art offices in downtown Toronto present an exciting new chapter for our firm, continuing the strong presence of Joyner and Waddington’s within the Canadian art industry. While some visual and functional aspects of our business will be evolving as we move forward, our dedication to providing the utmost professional service and expertise to our clientele will remain the foundation on which our business is based.

Lydia, Geoff, Kristin and I greatly look forward to sharing these exciting ongoing developments going forward and to hosting you in the coming weeks during our public previews and events. Please also continue to return to the website regularly for updates from our team.
Posted: 10/22/2011 3:46:00 PM
By: Jamie Long

UPCOMING AUCTIONS & EVENTS



Canadian Fine Art Auction
Monday 29 May 2017 at 7:00 pm


On View:
Friday 26 May 2017
from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 27 May 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 28 May 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 29 May 2017
from 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon


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