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


Toronto, ONNovember 15, 2016

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

This fall’s auction includes 126 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:

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

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

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

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

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

Auction
Monday, November 21, 7 pm

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

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

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

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

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




Posted: 11/16/2016 9:00:00 AM



Waddington’s 2015 Fall Season Spotlight on Canadian Fine Art


November 13, 2015

Waddington’s, Canada’s largest auction house, announces its fall 2015 season of eight major auctions representing the company’s diverse offerings. November features live auctions of Asian, Canadian and Inuit Art, and our first online Fine Wine Auction. December live auctions include International Art, Decorative Arts, Fine Jewellery, and Fine Wine and Spirits. All live auctions are held at Waddington’s Toronto gallery.

Canadian Fine Art Auction – November 23, 2015

Waddington’s has been a major force in the Canadian art market for over five decades. Waddington’s offers important Canadian works, sets record prices and has driven the high end of the Canadian art auction market longer than any other auction house in Canada.

The overwhelming majority of works in Waddington's fall auction of Important Canadian Art are sourced from private collections throughout North America and abroad, with a record number being repatriated from private collections from the U.S. 

The 135 works of art to be sold on November 23rd spans a century and a half of great Canadian art making. Highlights of the auction include one of the earliest known Frederick Arthur Verner Indian encampments, Ojibway Camp at Northwest Angle, Lake of the Woods (based on a sketch in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada from 1873). Early topographical paintings by Washington Friend (1820-1886), John Herbert Caddy (1801-1883), and William Armstrong (1982-1914) are offered to collectors of historical paintings, alongside Sans Titre, the largest mid-1950s Jean-Paul Riopelle watercolour and ink ever entrusted to Waddington's for sale, and the 2007 oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas landscape, Swimming in the Lake, by contemporary painter Kim Dorland.
 
Our inclusion of rare and insightful portraits by Florence Carlyle, Laura Muntz Lyall, Randolph Hewton, Paul Peel and others, coincides with a renewed focus on great Canadian portraiture by the collecting and curatorial community. Finally appearing on the market are superb still lifes painted over a half century ago by Jean-Phillippe Dallaire, Lionel Lemoine FitzGerald, William Goodridge Roberts and others, most of which have been in single collections and passed down by descent since they were first acquired, in many cases directly from the artist.
 
From Cornelius Krieghoff (1815-1872) to Harold Klunder (born 1943) the auction is replete with examples of Canadian Art at its best.

The full Canadian Fine Art catalogue may be viewed at: Canadian Fine Art Auction

Date and Times

Auction
Monday, November 23, 2015, 7 pm

Public Preview
Friday, November 20, 12 noon to 5 pm
Saturday, November 21, 12 noon to 5 pm
Sunday, November 22, 12 noon to 5 pm
Monday, November 23, 10 am to 12 noon

Location
Waddington’s Auctioneers
275 King Street East, Second Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5A 1K2

About Waddington’s
Canada's largest and most diversified provider of auction services, Waddington's offers live and online auctions of fine art and collectibles across a broad spectrum of markets, including Asian, Canadian, Contemporary, Inuit and International Art, Decorative Arts, Jewellery, and Fine Wine and Spirits (under the authority of the LCBO). Our international network of clients and contacts ensures we reach the broadest possible markets.

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Posted: 11/20/2015 9:00:00 AM



Waddington's sells an unprecedented selection of Canadian Historical and Post-War Art in Toronto


TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - On the evening of November 24, 2014, Waddington's Auctioneers offered 170 works of Important Canadian Art. In less than three hours the auction realized $2.5 million and established five new record prices.

"We are delighted with the results", said Linda Rodeck, Waddington's Senior Specialist, Canadian Art. "We achieved 95% of our target and received glowing reviews on everything we offered. With more people in attendance than ever before at both the previews and the auction, it was a tremendous validation of our effort."

Rodeck explained that the sale was a culmination of a three-month selection process of meeting with potential consignors to evaluate works for possible inclusion in this auction. A number of works offered have been featured in gallery exhibitions across the country, and included rare and previously undiscovered finds, such as J.E.H. MacDonald's 1912 oil sketch for Tracks and Traffic (the canvas is in the Art Gallery of Ontario's collection). Its conservative estimate and exceptional importance brought out a discerning crowd that bid this work up to $200,600 (includes buyer's premium).

Other works that did exceptionally well include a small Lawren Harris oil sketch executed in Algoma and featured on the front cover of Waddington's auction catalogue which sold for $188,800 (includes buyer's premium) against an estimate of $75,000-100,000.

Sybil Andrews' Speedway, 1934, estimated at $45,000-60,000, set a new auction record selling for $106,200 (includes buyer's premium).

An extraordinary Jack Shadbolt depicting Granville Street at Night, 1946 attracted the anticipated attention from collectors. Bidding reached $112,100 (includes buyer's premium) setting a new record for a watercolour by this artist.

Another standout piece was John Graham Coughtry's Two Figure Series XIX, 1964. Estimated at $30,000- 50,000 this work realized $129,800 (includes buyer's premium).

New Records Set by Waddington's:

WILLIAM RAPHAEL, HABITANT, HORSE AND SLEIGH,
oil on canvas, a new record for the artist.
Sold for $44,250 (includes buyer's premium)

ALEXANDER YOUNG JACKSON, INDIAN VILLAGE - HAZELTON, B.C.
charcoal and graphite drawing, a new record for a Jackson drawing
Sold for $11,800 (includes buyer's premium)

GRAHAM COUGHTRY, TWO FIGURE SERIES XIX, 1964
oil on canvas, a new record for the artist
Sold for $129,800 (includes buyer's premium)

SYBIL ANDREWS, SPEEDWAY, 1934
linocut, a new record for Speedway
Sold for $106,200 (includes buyer's premium)

JACK SHADBOLT, GRANVILLE STREET AT NIGHT 1946
a new record for a watercolour by the artist
Sold for $112,100 (includes buyer's premium)

For further information, please call Linda Rodeck, Senior Canadian Art Specialist at Waddington's in Toronto at +1.416.504.5100.

Images can be acquired through Erin Rutherford, Fine Art Administrator at Waddington's, at +1.416.504.5100 or at er@waddingtons.ca.


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Posted: 11/25/2014 12:00:00 AM



Waddington’s hammers down two major Group of Seven canvases by Lawren Harris


Waddington’s hammers down two major Group of Seven canvases by Lawren Harris. Lake Superior Painting, ca. 1926 and Street Scene, ca. 1921 at their Spring auction of Canadian Historical and Post-War Art on May 26, 2014 in Toronto

$6 million of Canadian Art was sold by Waddington’s in less than three hours on May 26, 2014

Toronto, Ontario May 26, 2014 – On the evening of May 26, 2014, Waddington’s offered for sale 164 works of Important Canadian Art. The auction realized
$6 million (including buyer’s premium). The sale is a culmination of a three-month selection process of meeting with potential consignors to evaluate works for possible inclusion in this auction. A number of works purchased had been featured in gallery exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada and other important Canadian institutions.

Linda Rodeck, Vice President of Fine Art and Senior Canadian Fine Art Specialist, said: “We knew we had interest in Lake Superior going into the evening – paintings of this subject matter are exceptionally rare and we knew ours would sell well. But it was our second Lawren Harris, Street Scene, that captured everyone’s imagination. It ended up as the star attraction by doubling our pre-sale expectation for it. The room erupted into spontaneous applause upon completion of the sale. It was a momentous event. And the outstanding news didn’t stop there. Waddington’s set eight records this evening. Our clients are delighted.”

Records set during the 26 May 2014 Auction:
1. T.W. McLean, Pausing For A Rest, Algonquin Park.
2. Harry Britton, Boats at Anchor
3. Walter Joseph Phillips, York Boat on Lake Winnipeg, 1930
4. Martin Somerville, Crossing the River in Winter, Montreal
5. Guido Molinari, Mutation Serielle with Black Band
6. Oscar Cahén, Object
7. Kim Dorland, Dripping Dream #3 (Nightmare), 2013
8. James Henderson, Portrait of Chief-Shot-on-Both-Sides, Blood Indians (Cardston), Alta.

It was no surprise that Waddington’s cover piece elicited exceptionally motivated bidding from Canada’s premier collectors. After a determined struggle between bidders in the room and on the phone, the Carr was hammered down at $400,000 – more than doubling its pre-sale auction estimate – for a total sales price of $472,000 (including buyer’s premium).

The Molinari offered by Waddington’s tonight shattered the pre-existing auction record – soaring past our pre-sale estimate of just $70,000-90,000. It was hammered down by auctioneer Stephen Ranger for a whopping $200,600 (including buyer’s premium).

Works by members of Painters 11, including Cahén, Hodgson, and Nakamura were sold. Prior to the sale, there was an expectation from the collecting community that the Cahén oil could set a new record, which it did by more than doubling the pre-existing record for the artist. It was hammered down at $100,000 ($118,000 including buyer’s premium).

On the evening of May 26th, 2014, in less than 3 hours, Waddington’s sold $6 million worth of art to a standing-room-only audience of Canada’s top art collectors.

For further information, please call Linda Rodeck, Senior Canadian Art Specialist at Waddington’s in Toronto at +1.416.504.5100.

Images can be acquired through Erin Rutherford, Fine Art Administrator at Waddington’s, at +1.416.504.5100 or at er@waddingtons.ca.

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Posted: 5/27/2014 12:00:00 AM



Waddington’s to auction two major Group of Seven canvases by Lawren Harris


Lake Superior Painting, ca. 1926 and Street Scene, ca. 1921 and
an unprecedented selection of
Canadian Historical and Post-War Art on
May 26, 2014 in Toronto

Waddington’s to offer Canadian masterpieces representing every school and period in Canadian Art from private collectors in Canada and abroad
Over $5 million of Canadian Art to go under the hammer at Waddington’s on May 26, 2014

Toronto, Ontario May 5, 2014 – On the evening of May 26, 2014, Waddington’s will sell 165 works of Important Canadian Art. The auction is expected to realize between $5 and 7.5 million. The sale is a culmination of a three-month selection process of meeting with potential consignors to evaluate works for possible inclusion in this auction. A number of works being offered have been featured in gallery exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada and other important Canadian institutions.

As expected from Waddington’s, a 164-year-old firm which has been conducting Important Canadian Art sales in this country since 1967, major paintings by members of the Group of Seven and their contemporaries will go on the block. An important Lake Superior canvas by Lawren Stewart Harris (estimate $2,500,000-3,000,000) anchors the historical portion of the sale. Linda Rodeck, Vice President, Fine Art of Waddington’s comments:

We are thrilled to have been entrusted with Lake Superior which has been off the market since it was originally acquired by our client from the Harris family in the early 1950s. We have a strong indication from the collecting community that this painting could set a new record for Harris and, if the stars align on May 26, a new record for a Canadian painting sold at auction. It is important to understand that works by Harris – of this size, period and calibre – are exceptionally rare.

A second major canvas by Lawren Harris has been called “a landmark of his career.” Rodeck says, “Street Scene, ca. 1921, will not surprise anyone by surpassing its $400,000- 600,000 ‘come-hither’ estimate. It is a masterful, captivating work.”

Waddington’s has been entrusted with a 1914 oil sketch executed at Canoe Lake by A.Y. Jackson painted during a period when A.Y. Jackson shared a close
camaraderie with Tom Thomson. The painting is prescient of what Thomson himself would produce. Unknowing of the tragic fate that lay ahead for his colleague with his death at Canoe Lake, Jackson created a fitting tribute to his close friend.

Waddington’s is also offering exceptional paintings by Emily Carr, Group of Seven members Carmichael, Johnston, Lismer, MacDonald, FitzGerald and Holgate, as well as Group contemporaries the Beaver Hall painters of Montreal, and Walter Joseph Phillips.

The sale this season is particularly strong in Canadian Impressionist paintings and boasts exquisite Cullens, among other blue-chip interpreters of the Impressionist school. Consigned by the estate of the daughter of the late William Watson, Cullen’s dealer, The Deep Pool, 1926 will attract some of Canada’s most capable collectors. Laura Muntz’ Portrait Study of Two Children in an Orchard is arguably the finest painting by the “Canadian Mary Cassatt” to come on the market ever.

For post-war collectors, Waddington’s has powerful works by Quebec abstract painters including a classic 1966 canvas by Guido Molinari (est. $70,000-90,000) which was exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

Two impressive works by Marcelle Ferron, a rising star in the estimation of collectors of post-war Canadian Art, provides collectors with an opportunity to acquire an exemplary work by a signatory of Le Refus Global and one of only a few women Automatistes.

And three diminutive and delightful works by Jean-Philippe Dallaire, trumpeting his playful signature style from the 40s and 50s, will be offered.

Works by members of Painters 11 including Cahén, Hodgson, Nakamura, Ronald and Town will be sold with expectation that the Cahéns could set new records for an oil, and work on paper, for this artist.

While many of our lots continue to be consigned by Canadian-based collectors, works have been entrusted to us by consignors from the United States, the United Kingdom and South Africa and will be sold to collectors worldwide. Waddington’s is able to attract buyers and sellers from around the world through absentee bidding.

On the evening of May 26th, 2014, in less than 3 hours, Waddington’s will sell over $5 million of art to a standing-room-only audience of Canada’s top art collectors.

For further information, please call Linda Rodeck, Senior Canadian Art Specialist at Waddington’s in Toronto at +1.416.504.5100.
Images can be acquired through Erin Rutherford, Fine Art Administrator at Waddington’s at +1.416.504.5100 or at er@waddingtons.ca.


Posted: 4/1/2014 12:00:00 AM



Wealth of choice at Waddington’s major fall auction of Canadian Art


November 21, 2013

Toronto, ON - A “Wealth of Choice” is how Waddington’s describes the 193 lots being offered at their forthcoming major fall auction of Important Canadian Art on November 27, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Over 120 artists are represented in the Canadian Art auction at Waddington’s. With works ranging from just a few hundred dollars to a few hundred thousand dollars, the sale is designed to be inclusive of all levels of collecting interest, and works of art were selected primarily on the basis of merit and not exclusively dollar value.

Linda Rodeck, Senior Specialist, Canadian Art and Vice President, Fine Art Waddington’s remarks: “When we were considering which works of art to accept for our fall sale, it was important that we provide opportunity for all our collectors - both seasoned and emerging. Bidders will see what may well be the broadest variety of art accomplishment being offered by any Canadian auction house this season."  

The auction boasts lots sourced from all over the world, including consignments from Tel Aviv, the U.K., Australia, France, Los Angeles, Florida, North Carolina, and across Canada.  

Waddington’s has included in this sale a number of works by critically-, and popularly-acclaimed artists such as John Clark, who do not yet have a strong track record at auction.

While the auction market tends to rely on past performance to make decisions, Rodeck is undaunted: “It’s no challenge to get great prices for blue chip paintings – and we have not ignored this segment in our sale - but we’re taking a slightly different approach here and trying to get clients to consider value collecting as opposed to the sort of momentum investing we have been seeing.”

Under Rodeck’s direction, the Canadian Art Department is hoping to offer its clients an exhilarating experience. Rodeck suggests that “Great art collecting must be about acquiring fascinating, provocative and beautiful works of art as opposed to trophy buying.”

This is Rodeck's first auction since returning to Waddington’s this summer, having left her position as Managing Director of Sotheby’s (Canada) this past June. Her goal, she says, is not necessarily record setting for the auction but to increase what is known as the ‘sell through rate’.  “I’m hoping that we have estimated these works realistically and that the buyers will recognize the quality being offered here. I have a lot of faith in our clients. The positive response to our catalogue has been enormous!”

The sale is estimated to realize between $3 million and $4 million dollars and is followed by an online sale of more modestly price artworks.  

LOTS TO WATCH
Lot 31 Kazuo Nakamura – Inner Expansion and Lot 32 Walter Yarwood – Untitled, 1958
These two rare and exquisitely rendered oils by Painters 11 artists from 1960 and 1958, respectively have generated massive interest from collectors and should exceed the top end of their estimates.

Lot 66 – Jack Hamilton Bush, O.S.A., A.R.C.A. – Jane Mulberry
With a major Jack Bush retrospective in the works, a soon to be published catalogue raisonne, and the sky-high prices paid for the artist this past July in New York (the Andy Williams collection), there is feverish anticipation about what this monumental canvas might fetch.

Lot 101 – John Clark – The City at Night, 1984
John Clark’s synesthetic cityscape.

Canadian Fine Art Auction Preview
Sunday, November 24 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, November 25 from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 26 from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Canadian Fine Art Auction will begin at 7:00 p.m. on November 27, 2013.

Waddington's, Canada's Auction House since 1850, is the country'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 Canadian, Inuit, Asian and International art, as well as Decorative arts and Jewellery.  A full-service company with respected subject matter expertise, Waddington's is also the leading expert on providing downsizing services.  Waddington's international network of clients and contacts ensures our auctions and services reach the broadest possible audiences.


Posted: 11/21/2013 12:00:00 AM

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