Wine and Summer

Greetings from the ever bubbly (pun intended) Fine Wine Department at Waddington's!

Last summer we extolled the gentle virtues of summer sippers, fruity Beaujolais, sumptuous Chenin Blanc and Viognier, steely crisp Chablis and, of course, Champagne and Cremants. This summer we have fallen, full on, for the “Rosé All Day” trend sweeping the world. Some of the producers we have been fawning over this season are only available through agents by the case, like the 2017 Domaine de Triennes Rosé (Halpern Enterprises) and the Château Pesquié 2017 ‘Les Terrasses’ (The Vine Agency). We’ve also been enjoying 2017 Côtes des Roses Rosé by Gérard Bertrand and are constantly on the lookout for some great Bandol wines from Provence.

However as much as we may enjoy our time drinking rosé, our continuous task is assembling the wines destined for our fall auctions in September and November. After an incredible spring season, we feel this fall will also be very special as numerous great collections are already slated for auction.

We are delighted to inform our Fine Spirits clients that we have secured a world class collection of rare scotch, The Tom Willcock Collection of Fine and Rare Whisky, that will be sold in two parts in September and November. The collection contains over 500 bottles from many of the great distillers past and present. To celebrate the collection please look forward to a whisky tasting in our gallery in September. Details will be announced soon.

If you are considering consigning for our fall auctions, please keep in mind the following dates:

  • Deadline for inclusion in the September auction is July 20.
  • Deadline for inclusion in the November auction is September 21.

We hope your summer is full of sunshine, friends, family and, of course, fine wine.

Stephen, Joann and Devin

Posted: 6/26/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

The Select Auction of Canadian Art & Decorative Arts

What’s New: Our Select Auction of Canadian Art & Decorative Arts

Last year’s ‘Canada 150 Auction’ was not just a great theme – it demonstrated how successful the concept of a Canadian Content sale could be. With our diverse expertise, it seemed obvious to create a platform to offer items with a Canadian pedigree drawing from our Canadian Art and Decorative Arts departments. This new auction category: The Select Auction of Canadian Art & Decorative Arts launches this weekend.

We asked the coordinators of the auction, Hayley Dawson (Decorative Arts) and Rochelle Konn (Canadian Art) to describe their experience working together to assemble the sale and some of their personal favourite pieces.


As the first time working closely with another department to organize a sale, I was pleasantly surprised by the cohesiveness of the final product. I think it highlights the common thread in Canadian art and culture; you can see the markers of a young nation trying to succeed and a love for nature and folk culture that intertwine throughout the sale.

We’ve included a lot of fantastic Canadian silver, particularly from Quebec. I never thought I could be so impressed by a simple piece of silver as I am by the Laurent Amiot snuff box (Lot 3). If you look very closely, you can see in the photo that the cover is attached by a “flush-hinge” that is designed and crafted seamlessly into the engraved details on the front. You can tell when you handle it that it was constructed to last for generations. 

The collection of Karin Pavey pottery (lots 210-216), particularly the teapots, are a natural favourite of mine. With their wild colours and surreal forms they look like they are straight out of the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Karin Pavey is currently a pottery instructor at Toronto’s Gardiner Museum and I have been trying (without success to date) to join one of her drop-in classes for a while now. Rochelle and I enjoyed pairing these colourful decorative pieces alongside paintings with similar bright palettes like Cécil Emond's and Mary Pavey's. 

Lastly (although I could name more favourites), there is a fascinating group of photographs and other artefacts from William Lyon Mackenzie King. I can’t imagine (but hope) it would be possible to come across such an intimate and historically significant collection as this for sale again in the future. 


You’ve put me on the spot - there are so many interesting things to choose from. With regard to the art, there's a great little René Richard gouache that I love, lot 19, Forest Interior and a lovely Pegi Nicol painting Rockcliffe in First Spring, lot 16, that I would love to own.

A lot of the art is folky, colourful and whimsical works that are just really joyful. The two Conrad Furey paintings of rowers (lots 190 and 196) make me eager to get up north to go canoeing, and lot 136, the Cécile Emond painting, has me dreaming of picnics in High Park this summer. There are also two beautiful carved paddles by Northwest Coast artist Bill Henderson (166 and 167) that are stunning.

Moving away from the ‘flat art’ – I am really drawn to the Brooklyn Pottery lots, specifically lot 180, the "O'Canada" jug. Lot 2, the Conquest of Canada medal is amazing, a really important relic of Canadian history that I just want to hold in my hand. And of course, the Michael Fortune "Bee's Wing" living room table (lot 241).

It's been fun working with the Decorative Arts department; and a great, totally new experience working with such different items that are not usually together in one sale. It was an interesting challenge to figure out how to present them together for the purposes of creating a cohesive online gallery and catalogue; and how to ensure we were presenting everything in the best, complementary manner.

We first tried to order them all chronologically, but that ended up not working very well as most of the art was from the mid to late 20th century, and the decorative/historic lots date back to the 18th century. So we decided to just incorporate the paintings based on their aesthetic qualities, into the chronological order of the decorative/historic pieces. 

The next step we’re excited about is setting up the preview – and we hope everyone has the chance to come see what we’ve done!

To find out more from Rochelle and Hayley, you can contact them at:

To view the Gallery click here

Posted: 6/13/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean

Handling Wine With White Gloves

The mythical beast, the unicorn of the auction world, is the White Glove sale – when 100% of the lots in an auction are sold.

In February of this year we came close with 99.8% sold. However, we just surpassed that mark by achieving a completely sold-out auction in May. Meaning, 100% of all lots offered in our Fine Wine auction found buyers! Thank you to everyone who contributed to this success; sellers, buyers and supporters.

We were particularly pleased with the performance of the wines of the legendary Château Pétrus. With a wide variety of vintages on offer, many for long term cellaring, all of them had robust interest during the auction. Once again though, classed growth Bordeaux led the way with many lots recording as many as 20 bids.

For those of you interested in statistics, and we know many of you are, here are a few.

Auction Fun Facts

Total Lots Sold 448
Total Lots Unsold 0
Sold Percentage 100%
Average realised price above reserve 117.7%
Average realised price above low estimate 67.5%
Total Lots Sold Over Low Estimate 376
Total Lots Sold Over High Estimate 209
Total Bidders 217
Total Bids 4,152


Additional Highlights

Lot 116: CHÂTEAU PÉTRUS 2010 (1)


Lot 313: CHÂTEAU LE PIN 2000 (1)








Lot 263: OPUS ONE 1993 (2 hf. bt.)
OPUS ONE 2006 (2 hf. bt.)
OPUS ONE 2010 (1)
OPUS ONE 2011 (1)





Consignment Opportunities for Our Fall Auctions

As much as we would like to bask in the glow of our past sale, we remain focused on gathering more great wines for our fall series of auction slated for September and November.

To consign in our upcoming fine wine or spirits auctions please visit our consignment page, or contact us by phone 416-504-9100 ext 1002 or by email The consignment deadline for our September auctions is July 20.

In the coming weeks we will be announcing some exciting news regarding a world class collection of Rare Scotch we look forward to offering this fall as well.

Until then, cheers!


Posted: 5/19/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

Canadian Art Spring Season 2018

Lot 31
Sorel Etrog
War Remembrance

Linda Rodeck Introduces our Spring 2018 Canadian Art Season.

For centuries, trading merchandise from far and wide has proven lucrative to industrious merchants, particularly those who specialized in luxurious or rare goods. But throughout history such trade has also generated significant intellectual, spiritual and philosophical dividends.
I can't help thinking about the great Spice Routes and Silk Roads when I think of auction season. Each spring and fall, an auction house will assemble thousands of precious items, brought from all over the world and from all time periods. It wasn't so long ago, for example, that Waddington's sold a woolly mammoth tusk! These items exhibit a rare beauty which is often the primary reason they are desired but there are also magnificent stories that attach themselves to objects.  
Waddington's Spring 2018 Canadian art sale, which is comprised of 160 lots, represents 160 amazing creation stories, biographies or histories about each lot's maker, their subject, their execution, their owners both prior and current, and their significance in the past, present and future. Each sale is a fascinating installment in the story of Canadian art-making and collecting.
Join us on a journey of discovery this season by reading some of the stories you will find in our Canadian Art auction catalogue or stop by our previews to hear some of the wonderful anecdotes our specialists can provide in person. 

To view the Auction Gallery and PDF Catalogue: click here

Auction: Monday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m.

On View:

Friday, May 25 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Saturday, May 26 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 27 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Monday, May 28 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Or by appointment.

Preview and auction take place at Waddington's.

To find out more:

Posted: 5/1/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck

News from Concrete Contemporary Art & Projects

As we turn the corner into our Spring 2018 auction season, we have some exciting news to share about Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects in our ongoing effort to create more opportunities for Canadian contemporary works.

This season we are presenting our Concrete Contemporary auctions in conjunction with the Canadian, Inuit, and Indigenous Art departments at Waddington’s. That means that rather than hold stand-alone auctions of Canadian contemporary art, all works consigned to us for sale will either be offered in our new, bi-monthly Canadian Art Select online auctions or will be placed into our bi-annual Canadian Fine Art live auctions. These cross-departmental auctions will greatly increase the exposure of Canadian contemporary art to other areas of the market.

Our Canadian Fine Art auction on May 28 will include major works by Carol Wainio, Michael Adamson and a rare work by Mike Bayne as part of the contemporary component of the auction.

The Canadian Art Select online auction in April will also feature a number of impressive contemporary works. Consignments to both auctions are still open with an end of March deadline for the Canadian Fine Art auction and consignments to the Canadian Select auction open on an ongoing basis. The consignment process will continue to be a seamless experience with property curated by Stephen Ranger and Kristin Vance.

Over the past five years we have set auction records and created secondary markets for dozens of important contemporary artists -- our new format promises to expand on this mandate. And we will continue to focus on Canadian Contemporary Art with a renewed focus on exhibitions, events and ongoing special projects.

Please contact Kristin Vance at to discuss sale dates and deadlines.

As always, we look forward to seeing you in our galleries.


Valerie Palmer Lighthouse Price Realised: $43,200
Tim Zuck Two Shapes Price Realised: $7,800
Posted: 3/10/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

February's Fine Wines & Spirits

Earlier this month our very own Joann Maplesden was invited to talk about investing in wine to a group of women interested in alternative assets. Having worked in the Fine Wine and service industry for over 25 years, Joann is immeasurably qualified to speak knowledgably about what to buy, how to store, when to drink, and when to sell. She also has a deep understanding of the food and wine culture, which is at the core of what many collectors are interested in.

The advice she gave is what an expert in any field would give to a novice investor:

  • Read and taste widely.
  • Buy the best you can afford; it will always reward you.
  • Immerse yourself in the world of wine, there is so much to learn and it’s also a lot of fun.
  • Don’t expect to know everything overnight. While it might be easy to chase just the big names - the first-growth Bordeaux and Grand Cru Burgundy, there is also great value and pleasure to be found just a little off the beaten path, in the wines of the Rhône Valley or Piedmonte, in Spain, Sonoma or Margaret River.
  • Remember to differentiate between investing for pleasure and investing for profit.
  • And remember - the rewards of sharing a well-cellared wine are ample!

This month’s Fine Wine and Spirits auctions offer wines for the novice collector, seasoned collector and the sommelier. Led by a lovely selection of well-cellared wine from the acclaimed Rundles restaurant of Stratford, Ontario, the auction goes deep into world-class Burgundy and California Cabernet Sauvignon. There are numerous mixed lots for current drinking pleasure, investment grade lots for the collector and wines ready for the spring and fall festivals. There is a plethora of Château Pétrus from numerous vintages, an awesome selection of wines from Rousseau and Leroy and a very special flight of Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon.

Please make use of our Wine Search tool at to make finding wines of interest that much easier.

We hope you enjoy this auction as much as we enjoyed assembling it for you.

Please also note our consignment deadline for the May auction is fast approaching. Wines for consideration should be sent to us by March 16, 2018.

Cheers, Stephen Joann Devin

Posted: 2/15/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

Canadian Art Auction: Excellent Results

The real estate market was on fire last night at Waddington’s major fall sale of Canadian Art when Montreal Plateau street scenes, Quebec chalets, Ontario heritage homes, Irish beach cottages, Maritime fishing shacks, and trappers' cabins raced passed pre-sale estimates selling to advantage to a full house of bidders, many of whom were attending our auctions for the first time.

Women artists fared exceptionally well, too. Waddington’s set a new record of $43,200 for Montreal painter Regina Seiden's Gathering Spring Bouquets and Daphne Odjjg’s canvas Walking with Donald soared past the expected pre-sale range selling for $48,000 after a spirited bidding battle.

Maud Lewis continues to be beloved by collectors, and Doris McCarthy surprised many of our preview guests with the breadth and talent she has shown the art world over the many decades of her practice, finely exemplified by the excellent price achieved for her large canvas of Keel, Ireland which fetched $36,000. (Please note that prices quoted include premium.)

For the past several years our major spring and fall auctions have enjoyed significantly high sell-through rates - this auction continued that trend with a 85% sell-through rate at the time of this publication.

As we have already started to gather works for our 2018 auctions - we'd love to talk with you about future consignment possibilities.

View prices realised gallery 

Linda Rodeck, Senior Specialist






Posted: 11/28/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck


Most of us wine lovers have at one point experienced the nirvana that comes with the perfect glass of wine. Often, that perfect wine does not exist in isolation, but is accompanied by: the perfect date, a perfect meal, the perfect setting, or any number of other lovely things that are all part of the experience. Will any great wine taste better when it is shared with people you love and an inspired setting?

Well, there are some who would disagree and suggest that a perfect wine is simply a combination of a great region, exacting producer, ideal terroir and great vintage.

We are not here to argue either way, suffice to say that no less than 80 wines in our current auction are rated 100 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. A further 88 are rated between 97-99 points. From the classic 1989 Château Haut-Brion and 1986 Château Mouton Rothschild to newer vintages like the 2009 Château Leoville-Poyferre and the 2010 Château Petrus, perfection reigns supreme. Let’s not forget our friends in California like the 2001 and 2007 Harlan Estate, or the 2002 and 2007 Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon. The legendary Penfolds Grange from 1998 and 2001 couldn’t have scored higher either -- unless someone has invented the 200-point scale!

We encourage you to really dig deep into this auction; we know you’ll be greatly rewarded whether you are looking for mixed lots of well-cellared wine for the holidays, or if you are intent on filling your cellar with the best of the best. We’ve got it all.

As we do prior to the end of every auction, we’ll send out a list of some wines that still represent great opportunities. If you aren’t already on our fine wine email list, please visit Fine Wine Emails to subscribe. In the meantime, feel free to contact Joann, Devin or myself with any questions you may have.

Enjoy the auction.

Stephen Ranger, Senior Specialist

Posted: 11/28/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

Concrete Contemporary Art Auction

Lot 50 - KIM DORLAND Bush Party #6

The Fall 2017 Concrete Contemporary Art auction is perhaps the most diverse offering we have yet to put forward. Iconic abstractions by David Bolduc and Michael Adamson are offered side-by-side with a figurative Kim Dorland painting, while illustrative works by Marcel Dzama and Gary Taxali compliment the photo-based works of Barbara Astman and the Sanchez Brothers.

Two haunting landscapes by Wanda Koop are contrasted by a print featuring Alex McLeod’s futuristic, made-up world and mythical paintings by Stephen Appleby-Barr. Canada’s regions are all well represented; the range of works highlighting the diverse and abundant creativity of this country.

Once again we have partnered with for this live auction, inviting bidders from all over the world as we work to expand our market for Canadian contemporary art.

We look forward to seeing you in the gallery this season and thank you for your support of Canadian Contemporary Art.

Stephen Ranger, Senior Specialist


Monday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m.



Posted: 11/27/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


This past Tuesday, 139 works of Inuit and Northwest Coast artwork were presented for auction at Waddington’s, the premier auction house for Inuit art and now in our 39th year of conducting Inuit art auctions. The energy from a week of exhibition culminated in our busiest preview ever and carried directly over into spirited bidding during the sale.

Highlights of the auction include:

  • Over 90% of works sold, well above industry standard, resulted in elated consigners and buyers alike.
  • Feverish bidding led to prices repeatedly exceeding the healthy pre-auction estimates for early stonecuts and stencils. Three iconic Niviaxie stencils were each hammered down above the $10,000 mark.
  • Sculptural form took precedence for collectors, with the elegant and understated 20” caribou by Osuitok Ipeelee selling for nearly $30,000.
  • Impressive prices were also commanded from our curated selection of small-scale sculptures, such as Judas Ullulaq’s wonderful 6” work in antler, which sold for almost three times its estimate at $2,840.
  • Contemporary works from artists such as Bill Nasogaluak and Suvinai Ashoona sold well and within or above estimate.
  • The strong interest displayed for the Northwest Coast works during the previews resulted in 11 pieces selling for over a combined $30,000.

This year, we made some long overdue changes to how we present Inuit artwork in our catalogues. The Inuit community names are now included. Artists’ names are now also displayed in Inuktitut syllabics. Furthermore, Inuit artists' disc numbers – rooted as they are in the colonial system – have been removed from the catalogue descriptions, and now only appear in the index for reference.

It was particularly nice to see some familiar faces reappear during the auction and previews this season, as well as to connect with some new collectors. The interest in the artform is truly in a transition period between long-standing collectors - to those newer to it, and the interaction between these collector profiles is exciting to see and is reflected in the results of the sale. For further information about this auction or consigning with us in the future, please contact me directly. Thank you to all of our consignors and buyers for a wonderful evening.

Christa Ouimet
Senior Specialist




Lot 60 NIVIAXIE HUNTER WITH BEAR                                REALISED: $13,200




Posted: 11/23/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Christa Ouimet

Having our colours done - for the fall season

I may be the only person old enough in the Canadian and Inuit Art departments to remember the craze of “having your colours done”. Trained colour consultants would be engaged to find colours for their clients to wear that best complemented their complexion, eyes, and hair colour, thereby enhancing one’s attractiveness and boosting one’s confidence. People were categorized as Seasons. Cool colour palettes were “Winters”, warm muted colours were “Falls”. You get the idea.

We know colour can have a powerful effect on us. Whether dramatic, sophisticated, soothing or subtle, colour impacts our mood and carries varied - even contradictory- cultural meaning. Our reaction to colour serves both a biological purpose, and an aesthetic ambition. 

Each season, one of our favourite projects leading up to the auction preview, which begins tomorrow (dates and times below), is determining the set up of our preview gallery in order to best enhance the works of art being offered that season. This involves decisions about layout, placement of lots, lighting and choice of wall colour. While I suspect I can be somewhat dictatorial about some of these decisions, the fact is they are largely predetermined by the sale itself. Once we reach our consignment deadline and begin laying out our catalogue, it becomes very apparent that we have a “blue” sale or a “coral” sale or a “violet” sale. Inevitably, one colour or two seems to dominate, and the rest falls into place accordingly.

This year, several key paintings inspired our choice of wall colour and we have developed spaces that contain families of paintings and sculpture which play off one another. They have been set in environments that have been prepared to enhance your ability to read them and enjoy them.

While Russell Foster, a neuroscientist at Oxford, maintains “The whole point of colour vision is not to inspire poets, but to allow contrast detection,” (Tom Chivers, February 2015, The Telegraph), I can’t help but take a slightly less scientific position. And while I can’t argue with an Oxford intellect, I hope the layout and design of our saleroom both pleases and inspires you. Please join us this season for a dose of chromotherapy.

(Oh, and in case you were wondering, I’m a “Summer”).

Linda G. Rodeck, Senior Specialist





Canadian Fine Art Auction
Monday, November 20 at 7:00 pm

On View:

Thursday, November 16 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Friday, November 17 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 18 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 19 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday November 20 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

View the Auction Gallery

Posted: 11/15/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck

November's Rich Offerings


While we’ve never had lunch together, exchanged greeting cards or, in truth, even met, my “good friend” Heather Reisman rarely lets me down.

When I am wandering around Indigo not quite finding the right read for the weekend, time and again I have relied on one of “Heather’s Picks”. Last week, it was Sapiens: A brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. It wasn’t long before I found myself identifying with our earliest ancestors.

Harari writes that for nearly our entire history Sapiens have lived as foragers and that even today “our brains and minds are adapted to a life of hunting and gathering.” I can tell you that there is a lot of hunting and gathering that goes in to putting together an auction and like the early Sapiens I, too, “roam from place to place in search of food”, with which to stock the auction catalogue larder; I, too, am “influenced by the changing seasons” and “explore new lands opportunistically” looking for areas that are rich in what will sustain us.

The life of a forager was varied, interesting, and rewarding we are told, and I can attest that the life of a modern art forager (that’s forager not forger) can also be very rewarding. “The forager's secret of success” says Harari “was their varied diet”.

Likewise, in this season’s sale you will find a “varied diet” of works of art that span hundreds of years of Canadian painting, that come from or were painted by artists from all over our enormous nation (my primary hunting ground) and which reflect, stylistically and attitudinally, myriad positions, schools and periods of Canadian Art making.

We hope you will take the time to work your way through the rich offerings of this season, stopping here and there to sample some of the fine works we have harvested for your enjoyment.

Click here for auction details


Posted: 11/7/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck

Hey Our Vancouver Friends!

Emily Carr, Forest Clearing. Realised: $472,000

Considering selling a work of art? Need advice on estate planning or downsizing as it relates to understanding the value of an item or collection? We can help you find out what it's all really worth and what your options are.

Stephen Ranger, Vice President Waddington's, is joining me this week in Vancouver to talk about selling, buying or appraising art - and much more.

We've been invited to talk with a few groups already, but we're reserving the evening of Thursday, October 19 specifically for individual appointments. And as experts in the broadest range of art and objets d'art, this is a great opportunity for you to find out about more about your Asian, Canadian, International or Inuit Art; Decorative Arts; Fine Jewellery or Fine Wine.

Date & Time: Thursday, October 19, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Location: Sutton Place Hotel, 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver

To make an appointment to discuss selling, buying or appraising your valued possessions with Stephen, please contact me: Jacqui Dixon, Director of Client Services, Western Canada or 1.778.837.4588.

Just a reminder that I'm Vancouver-based and available at any time to provide guidance - so don't hesitate to get in touch with me.

And for the rest of the world... our appraisal specialists are always happy to provide their expertise, no matter where you are. Find out more from our Appraisals Manager Ellie Muir at or call 416.504.9100 / toll-free 1.877.504.5700.



Posted: 10/13/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Jacqui Dixon

Bright, Bold and Exceptional Quality Prints Attracts Bidders

Ellsworth Kelly, Blue/Green (EK70-336) sold for $17,500

Our September 2017 Prints and Photography Online Auction Results

Responding to market trends for bright, bold and exceptional quality of minimalist prints, the highlight of our auction was Ellsworth Kelly’s Blue/Green (EK70-336) achieving a top five price for the artist’s prints this year. Selling for over three times the high estimate for $17,500, Blue/Green (EK70-336) caught the attention of many bidders. Reflecting the transition between Kelly’s postwar abstraction towards a minimalistic point of view, this work is a poignant and important time the artist’s career. Blue/Green is also a perfect example of the exactitude of the lithographic process, the crisp delineation between the ink and white spaces.

What Attracts Collectors to Prints?

Printmaking techniques are also important factors to consider when collecting and buyers were equally drawn to Kelly’s perfectionism. Another highlight from the auction was Josef Albers who’s I-S’K (from Homage to the Square) sold for $10,625. The instant recognisability of the artist’s style has grown in popularity by collectors. Not only precise, but the colours that each square dons, has strong links to the colour field movement, while also expressing minimalistic tendencies.

This print was a rarity on the market as the colour combination selected by Albers was unique, combining deep, rich colours contrasting with an apple green centre square, which was undeniably attractive to buyers.

There is clearly excitement around the Bauhaus movement and its artists within the art community from exhibitions to collecting taste, ranging from printmaking to architecture. This modern movement will be gaining strength and one to watch on the auction block for seasons to come.

What's Popular in Photography?

Black and white photography continues to dominate the market as buyers look to build their collection with notable, groundbreaking photographers of generations gone by.

Works by André Kertész performed exceptionally well with a perfect sell-through rate, totalling over $16,500. Not only in pristine condition, these works were particularly strong due to their direct provenance from Kertész himself, by way of a private collection near Toronto.

Why Buy Prints & Photography?

Prints and Photography are an affordable way to build your art collection, while also providing access to the very best artists. Waddington’s Prints and Photography department’s expertise draws top works by consignors globally, while also attracting bidders from around the world, remaining competitive with other international auction houses.

To find out more about our auctions and how to consign, please contact Holly Mazar-Fox,


Posted: 10/2/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Holly Mazar-Fox


Lot 320 - 2000 Chateau Petrus, price realised $4,860

Our inboxes have been buzzing with happy buyers and sellers as our September Fine Wine auction closed on Tuesday with 97.7 % of lots selling.

We thought we would share some of the auction statistics with you.

Total # of Lots  44
Total Estimates  $562,690-664,700
Total Hammer (bid)  $665,625
Total Realised (bid+premium)  $798,750
Total Bids Placed  4,334
Total Lots Sold  436
Total Lots Unsold  10
Sold Percentage  97.76%
Total Lots Sold Over High Est  335
Total Lots Sold Double High Est  23

All of this to say that throughout 2017 we have maintained an average of 97% of lots finding buyers at consistently strong prices.

Highlights of the auction:

Lot 96 - 1990 Chateau Margaux 1-6 litre bottle $10,560 (including buyer’s premium)

Lot 23 - 1989 Chateau Haut Brion 4 bottles $8,160 (including buyer’s premium)

Lot 135 - 1995 Opus One 6 bottles $5,100 (including buyer’s premium)

Lot 320 - 2000 Chateau Petrus 1 bottle $4,860 (including buyer’s premium)

For a full list of prices realised please see

Upcoming auctions

We are finalizing lots now for our November auctions and are already in the planning stages for our February 2018 live and online auctions. Wine collectors considering selling are asked to submit lists for consideration at least 10 weeks prior to each auction. The dates for 2018 auctions are posted on the website.

We look forward to offering you another robust and invigorating offering online from November 20 - 28.


The Waddington’s Fine Wine and Fine Spirits Team


Posted: 9/25/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

Making Your Connection ...with Art

I watched the Emmys Sunday night. From start to finish. No fast forwarding. Stephen Colbert is reason enough to extract this level of commitment from me but I also experienced a revelation where I least expected it. From Donald Trump. Okay not THE Donald Trump but rather from Alec Baldwin, who won an Emmy for his SNL portrayal of the current president.

I’ll have to paraphrase slightly, but Baldwin’s acceptance speech resonated with me. He said when we are at the end of our life, we won’t remember a bill that was passed or a supreme court decision or an address made by the president. We remember a book, or a line from a favourite play, a painting, a scene from a movie or a song. Unlike Proust and his madeleine cookies, for me it is music, books, and pictures that provoke strong memories and deep emotion, so I agree with Mr. Trump...I mean Alec.

When I walked around our sale room today, I was reminded of this: How the art we choose to surround ourselves with enriches our lives throughout our lifetime. There are pictures hanging now that I will really miss when they leave Waddington’s for their new homes but I won’t soon forget them. I’ve made a connection. Art helps us connect with each other, too. With people from our own time and those that have gone before.

We want to encourage you to come down and make that connection, too, so we’ve extended our viewing hours for the Select Auction and will stay open for you to visit Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20 until 7 p.m.




Posted: 9/19/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck

Canadian Art Select Online Auction Preview Begins this Weekend

Come see the preview for this season's Select Online Auction of Canadian Art

Please join us this Sunday, September 17 from noon to 4 pm; Monday, September 18 until 7 pm, or weekdays before the auction closes on September 21 to view the marvellous collection of painting, prints, sculpture and books that we have sourced for you.

There are exceptional works by Jack Beder, Leon Bellefleur, Bruno Bobak, LL Fitzgerald, John Fox, Clarence Gagnon, Gerald Gladstone, Dorothy Knowles, Henri Masson, Manly MacDonald, Harold Town, Jack Reppen, Jack Shadbolt and many others.

If you can't attend the live preview, please view our catalogue online and feel free to contact us if you have any questions about what you have seen. We're here to make a match between you and whatever you think might add a little lustre to your collection, so please let us know how we can make that easiest for you. In the meantime, enjoy!

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Posted: 9/15/2017 12:00:00 PM
By: Linda Rodeck

One of Mark's Auction Tips: Visit the Preview!

Mark inspects lot 304 in the Dec Arts auction.

With Asian Decorative Furniture, Scrolls and Sculpture, and Decorative Arts online auctions closing today, Mark will check the bidding on his favourite items to see if he is still interested. He might even look at other items if the current bids exceed his wisely set, self-imposed limits.

Following his own advice, Mark came to the preview on Monday to see everything himself. Interestingly, one of the items he loved in his original online browsing was not as compelling in person. So he's dropping back in today for a sneak peek at the Canadian Select online auction to look for something else. *While the preview officially opens this Sunday, September 17, our specialists are always happy to book personal appointments.

I think we've lost track of where he is with his original budget of $5000 - but that doesn't really matter as it's been a blast following his selection process.

Mark's Choices So Far:

From the Sept 12 Quarterly Jewellery Auction:

Lot 222 - 14 K white gold & blue topaz ring, est $250-350

I don't own much jewellery except for rings which I usually wear only on my left, pointing finger. I love white gold (or sterling silver) over yellow gold and the beautifully-cut blue topaz and diamonds add just the right amount of "bling" without being obnoxious. And since it's already a size 10-1/2, I wouldn't even have to re-size the ring!

*The ring sold in Tuesday's auction for $288. If Mark was actually bidding - it might have been his!

From the Decorative Arts Online Auction:

MJG - There are several items which have perked my interest in this auction. They include several house-ware-y and accessory items and one which is a nice bit of Canadiana.

Lot 185 - "Nemours" Lalique bowl, est $200-300

IF I'm going to own a fine example of cut glass, I may as well buy Lalique, non? Although I'd also hold-out for just the right example of Tiffany. This bowl is a nice size and if I can find a glass-insert to place inside, I would totally put this on an entry-way table for my keys and wallet. The flowers add a slight feminine fmotif while the black enamel dots are a nice graphic detail.

Lot 195 - Enrico Cammozzo Murano Glass Large Vase, est $250-350

This nicely-sized vase might be from the 1980's but it would be a perfect accessory to put on top of a small pile of art books, atop my credenza and be as good an excuse as any to buy cut flowers.

Lot 285 - Wedgwood Gilt Black Basalt Pastille Burner c.1900, est $75-150

This curious burner would be a great counter to the Murano glass vase. The black and gold in both for sure compliment each other perfectly while the antique motifs would also soften the strong, dominant forms of my credenza. Plus, I could put my topaz ring inside, when I'm not wearing it.

Lot 304 - Ormolu Mounted ‘Sèvres’ White Biscuit Group of Two Maidens late 19th century, est $75-150

This lamp would be a beautiful statement piece. I'd get this professionally re-wired (and re-restored for the oopsies) and attach a large Edison-style lamp bulb and no shade to give an updated, pseudo-contemporary look. For around the same price of a lamp found in big-box decor store, I'd have a gorgeous antique which reflects the romantic designs of the small Wedgwood burner while interplaying nicely with the strong lines and forms of the credenza.

Lot 444 - Contemporary Cherry Free Edge Log Stool, est $100-120

This little bit of Canadiana would look great beside my black leather side chair. Plus I'd have something to put my drinks on as well as my TV clicker, which I have a tendency to misplace. The natural, organic form would bring a bit of Mother Nature into my otherwise contemporary-ish home decor.

From the Asian Art Online Auction:

Lot 83 - Birds and Gourds Signed Bo Yan ??, est $100-200

This large painting, colour-wise, would work harmoniously with my credenza & leather side chair, the Murano vase and Wedgwood burner. I love birds. And gourds are representative of happiness and good luck in the Chinese culture.

Lot 126- A Small Hardstone Inkwell, est $300-400

This little fella is a curious choice. I simply like the quirkiness of the opposing, carved heads. And the thought this may have been used for generations gives it a nice history. And hey, this could be another holder for my white gold and blue topaz ring!

...And He's Still Shopping!

Being a good son, Mark is looking through the Fine Wine & Fine Spirits auctions to find something for his dad, whose birthday was September 10. Mom and dad's anniversary also requires another review. (The Wine & Spirits auctions close September 19.)

Mark is also coming by to see the items in the September 16-21 Canadian Art Select online auction, and take another look at some of the lots in the Prints and Photography auction, which closes September 21.



Posted: 9/14/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean

Halcyon Days


2017 was the 100th anniversary of the tragic death of Tom Thomson.

This summer, I visited some of Thomson's favourite painting places and then paddled with my daughter to the cairn on Canoe Lake, a pilgrimage in honour of this exceptional Canadian. It was a poignant experience for me and a powerful reminder of the beauty of the Canadian landscape and the fleetingness of summer, which we can easily forget when we spend too much time behind a desk or tablet.

The one thing that keeps most of us sane during summer in the city is that great Canadian institution - the pilgrimage to cottage country beginning from the Victoria Day weekend and repeated religiously every weekend thereafter we can spare. The glory days of summer (despite a little rain here and there) begin to taper off now with the arrival of Labour Day Weekend. Our thoughts turn to the start of the school year, to TIFF, to gallery hops and galas and other city- centred events that fill the early months of autumn, muffling the cries of the loons and the splash of a paddle, putting distance between those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer as we sprint towards Christmas.

There will be no more time for trips north now but, luckily for us, hanging in the office of the Canadian Art Department, is Charles Comfort's exquisite rendering of Monument Channel, Georgian Bay extending that summer idyll for a few weeks longer until it, too, moves on to the home of whoever is wise enough to acquire it at our November 20th auction of Important Canadian Art.

In saying goodbye to summer 2017, Anna, Rochelle and I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a safe and enjoyable long weekend. We look forward to welcoming you back to our sales rooms on September 17 and 18th, when we will be previewing our Select Online Sale of Canadian Art.

Posted: 9/1/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck

Assessing the Art Market for Antiques & The Arts Weekly

Antiques & The Arts Weekly asked our perspective on the market for their July 18 story: Northern Perspectives: Canadian Auctioneers Assess The Market.

Linda Rodeck, Senoir Canadian Fine Art Specialist, Christa Ouimet, Inuit Art Specialist, and Sean Quinn, Decorative Arts Senior Specialist weigh in on the discussion.

Questions posed to Linda Rodeck, Senior Canadian Fine Art Specialist, Waddington’s:

Q: Beyond the Group of Seven, what Canadian artists are of interest to collectors?

A: Because of current demand, we are seeking works that resonate for two discreet audiences. One core group is focused on the distinct history of Canada and chases mostly Nineteenth Century topographical works. The other focus of top collectors is great Canadian masters from the 1950s through to the early 1970s, painting primarily in a non-representational style. Quebec artists, in particular Les Automatistes and Les Plasticiens, are currently du jour.

Q: What percentage of your business is online and how much do you see that changing?

A: Currently about 35 percent of our revenue is generated by online sales. However, in our view, online sales cannot replace the live experience. Waddington’s will continue to act opportunistically – live and online sales, themed or seasonal sales – adapting each to suit the potential of the material being featured.

Q: To what may we look forward to in your live auction of Canadian art scheduled for November 20?

A: The fall Canadian art catalogue sale should comprise about 140 lots in total. We have already accepted 45 lots, more than half of which are Group of Seven pictures. The Group pictures are solid bread and butter for us, but my associates and I will soon be hitting the road in search of those rarities that transform a seasonal sale into an event. Stay tuned.

Questions posed to Christa Ouimet, Inuit Art Specialist,  Waddington’s:

Q: How long has your firm been a major player in the Inuit art field?

A: Waddington’s was the first auction house to have a dedicated department for Inuit art, and we are now approaching our 40th anniversary of holding standalone Inuit art auctions. We handle mainly Canadian Inuit artwork, with some Alaskan and Greenlandic work, primarily sculpture, prints and textiles from the 1950s to the 1990s.

How much education is still needed to familiarize buyers with Inuit art?

A: We have clients and consignors all over the world, but, as with all art forms, education is key to developing and nurturing new collectors. Our website,, offers the most comprehensive searchable database of artists and artwork. We also manage the companion website, which lets users search Inuit art and artists, and even translate syllabics as they may appear on their artwork. Canada’s incredible public art galleries and museums also foster appreciation for the broad and deep tradition of Inuit art.

Q: Has the push for an international ivory ban changed what you do?

A: Waddington’s policy is to not accept consignments of post-World War II elephant ivory or any rhino horn, and we fully abide by the CITES international convention regulations when handling materials from plants or animals that may be threatened or endangered. All of our catalogues, for many years, have included a compliance statement to this effect. So the recent push on a total ban on ivory really fits into our longstanding policies in place. Of course, ivory, mostly from walrus, is still a common medium for artists working in the North and would be procured by the Inuit artists themselves or by Inuit hunters. The ivory used for carvings is a by-product of traditional hunting for food. If one of those pieces is purchased by a collector outside of Canada, the appropriate permits would be secured prior to export.

Questions posed to Sean Quinn, Decorative Arts Specialist, Waddington’s:

Q: What went into your June 27 Canada 150 sale?

A: This sale was a collaborative effort between several departments within the company. We had great luck when we put out a call for consignments, but many things came in by fortuitous happenstance, like the cast iron border marker, which sold for $18,000 CAD. A woolly mammoth tusk from the Yukon did $9,000. Two silver Canadian Peace Medals did $15,600 and $13,200 respectively.

Q: Where do you see the market heading?

A: It seems there are fewer collectors who like to amass large quantities of similar things. I think today people tend to decorate with one or two good pieces of silver, or a Victorian microscope, rather than 70 Royal Doulton figurines. I love the unusual and tend to get excited about interesting things I don’t see every day. I’m especially interested in science and medicine, natural and Canadian political history and antique weaponry, among other things.

By Laura Beach, Antiques and The Arts Weekly

Posted: 7/25/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean

Recent & Upcoming Events in Canadian Art

What's Happening in Canadian Art at Waddington's

Waddington’s May 29th Spring Auction of Important Canadian Art was an exhilarating evening with the total hammer price for the sale widely exceeded Waddington’s pre-sale expectation for this select 112 lot event.

Our cover lot, an early topographical watercolour by William Armstrong, came within a hair’s breadth of setting a new world record for the artist. Our back cover lot, a mighty 1961 McEwen painting, doubled its pre-sale estimate, and dozens of other lots soared well above their pre-sale estimate, to our sellers’ great delight.

On June 27th, we will be conducting our Canada 150 Auction which includes exquisite and fascinating objects and works of art selected to tell the story of Canada’s history. The sale is a collaborative event supported by the Canadian Art, Decorative Arts, Inuit Art, International Art and Jewellery Departments here at Waddington’s.

Please be sure to look for highlights from the Canadian Art Department including a suite of 21 paintings by William Kurelek depicting Huronia in 17th Century Canada, as well as works by AY Jackson, Frederick Banting, Emily Carr, Jane-Ash Poitras and others.

Details about this special sesquicentennial event can be found here: The Canada 150 Auction


Posted: 6/15/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck

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. Please contact Sean Quinn for further information: View the Auction Gallery










Posted: 6/3/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean

Inuit Art Spring 2017

We are pleased to present the following collections and individual works entrusted to us for this spring's auction of Inuit Art.

This lovely selection of artwork by artists from across Canada’s Arctic is highlighted by the prestigious private collection of a long-time auction attendee who found such treasures as Karoo Ashevak’s animated drum dancer at Waddington’s in 1983.

Another extraordinary work in this auction is Michael Massie’s mixed media work titled Creativity of the Spirit: Distant Relations which has gained the admiration of all of Waddington’s specialists and which I’m especially pleased to present to the auction market, along with three other fabulous works by Massie. From this same Ottawa collection we offer some stunning contemporary graphics by Itee Pootoogook, Germaine Arnaktauyok and Kenojuak Ashevak.

A particular wonder of this auction is a collection of fabrics printed with incredible designs in Cape Dorset in the 1960’s. The largest collection of fabric art to come to market and a rarity to even see - this collection is a piece of the history of innovation in the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative.

Pauta Saila, the master of the dancing polar bear, is well represented in the following pages, each carving of his was carefully selected and are prime examples of different creative phases in his career.

Finally, we are pleased to bring attention to another collection which has come all the way to us from Wales and was composed by a couple who lived and worked in the North in those early days and felt akin to the people they met there. We’ve included their story on page 56 of the catalogue.

Thank you to all of our consigners this season, it is truly a pleasure to hear your stories and be trusted to present your collections. A sincere thank you to all the collectors who continue to demonstrate their love of Inuit art, season after season.

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Christa Ouimet Inuit Art Specialist

Posted: 4/29/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Christa Ouimet

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 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: or

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

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

Canadian Fine Art Auction - Nov 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:

The Crossing
Estimate - $100,000/150,000
(pictured above)

Wartime Harvesting Near Winnipeg
Estimate - $30,000/50,000

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

The Butterfly
Estimate - $20,000/30,000

Estimate - $10,000/15,000

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:

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Tess McLean
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Cell: 647.296.8377

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.


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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 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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Linda Rodeck   416.847.6176

Fine Art Administrator:
Erin Rutherford   416.504.5100

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

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

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

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


(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

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


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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

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

The art world has two primary homes.

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


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,
Posted: 10/17/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Erin Rutherford

Joseph Plaskett (1918 –2014)

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


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
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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
Posted: 2/27/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck

Sorel Etrog (1933-2014)

Sorel Etrog
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  Under Ms. Rodeck's expert leadership, 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. 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 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


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 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


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