Paintings by artists Alexander Young Jackson (1882–1974) and Franz Johnston (1888–1949) sold for $47,200 and $25,960 (in Canadian dollars), respectively
– Ben Lennox
NEW HAMBURG, ONTARIO, CANADA, February 18, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Original oil painting by Canadian “Group of Seven” artists Alexander Young-Jackson (1882-1974) and Franz Johnston (1888-1949) at an online-only Canadiana & Folk Art auction held February 12 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. based in New Hamburg took place, the highest ticket price. The 376-lot auction generated a robust gross profit of $415,714.
Prices quoted in this report are in Canadian dollars and include a buyer’s premium of 18 percent.
Alexander Young Jackson’s oil on panel entitled “St. Lawrence South Shore Village” (c. 1945), measuring 10½ inches by 13½ inches, was the top lot at the auction. It sailed past its high estimate of $28,000 and grossed $47,200. The painting was of wonderful color and detail and still had the gallery tags for Klinkhoff in Montreal and Thielsen in London, Ontario on the reverse.
Entitled The Battlement, Lake of the Woods, Franz Johnston’s oil-on-board rendering measured 13 inches by 10½ inches and sold within estimate for $25,960. It was a living and rare example, with strong brushstrokes and content typical of The Group Impressionism. Johnston left the “Group of Seven” in 1924 as his style evolved more toward realism.
Auction categories included Folk Art, Furniture, Fine Art, Tools, Canadiana, Architectural Items, Vintage Toys, Pottery & Stoneware, and Textiles. Part 2 of the Marty Osler Collections was also presented. Part 1, held in April 2021, was led by a selection of lures, reels and rods, many from Hardy Bros. of England. Part 2 focused primarily on Canadiana and decorative arts.
“Folk art has proven to be a major attraction,” said Ben Lennox of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., who added that 23 of the top 30 lots blew up their lofty estimates, aided by high water marks set for Canadian and American folk artists such as Edmond Chatigny, Joe Norris, Joseph Sleep, Everett Lewis (Maud Lewis’ husband), Purvis Young and Howard Finster.
“The anticipation and excitement leading up to the sale was evident with strong pre-bids and electric chatter on social media,” stressed Mr. Lennox. “This chatter continued after the sale as buyers eagerly expressed their joy and pride at being able to purchase items from the Osler collection to grace their own merit collections. Planning for Part 3 is underway.”
Further highlights of the auction follow. Internet bidding was made possible by LiveAuctioneers and Miller & Miller’s website (www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com). A total of 554 registered bidders submitted 8,585 bids. Telephone and written bids were also accepted.
Among the sculptures by Edmond Chatigny (Canadian, 1895-1992) was a Farm Scene sculpture made in Quebec circa 1970 showing a plumed hat farmer plowing with a pair of oxen while several birds and flowers line the field, the mounted on a platform base, 19 ½ inches tall ($15,340); and a large bird sculpture, made in Quebec about 1970, depicting a bird, brown in color with white and green spots, mounted on a square stool base, 30 inches tall ($8,260).
A watercolor on paper of a Quebec village by Marc-Aurèle Fortin (1888-1970), scaled down to only 10″ x 12″ (view), painted circa 1925, with a twin-spired church and the Quebec hills in the background, finished at $9,440; while an oil-on-board painting of a fishing village by Joe Norris (Prospect Harbour, Nova Scotia, circa 1980) in bold colors typical of Norris’ work and in Joe Norris’ original frame with painted flowers cost $12,980.
Outsider Art was led by a large (48 x 24 inch) painting on plywood by Purvis Young (1943-2010) depicting a cityscape often seen in Young’s work and in collections such as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American find is history and culture ($5,605); and a painting of white daisies on green stems in a brown pot by Jimmy Lee Sudduth (1910-2007), an artist who rarely used brushes and instead preferred his fingers, signed “Jim Sudduth” ($4,425).
Artwork dominated the top lots list, but other items also did quite well, such as the following:
• An Important, Tall, and Merry Ship Whirling in Tin of a White Ship on a Blue Sea by Quebec artist Ernest Joly circa 1970, with ship rocking back and forth as propeller turns, captain at helm, 36 inches by 57 inches inches (estimate: $2,500 to $3,000).
• A ca. 1835 Ontario Adam style corner cupboard, 84 in. high and 50 in. wide, with a fluted frieze on the cornice and astral glazing on the upper doors. Each upper door had 13 panes of glass; The lower section had two paneled doors over a bracket base ($5,605).
• An allegorical walking stick or resurrection stick from ca. 1870 (Abitibi County, Quebec) showing a classic mixture of traditional Native American and Christian imagery such as a coiling snake, a tortoise, a tree of life, stars, animals, fish, a crucifix and a Rooster ($4,130).
Two oil paintings by renowned Group of Seven artist Manly Edward MacDonald (1889-1971) were offered, including Log House, signed lower left and measuring 11½ inches by 15½ inches (view) ($4,130). Also a charming oil on board by Everett Lewis (1893-1979), the aforementioned husband of Maud Lewis, shows two oxen with a young girl wearing a yellow sweater and blue skirt and holding a whip, circa 1975, signed and framed ($5,310). ).
An oil on masonite painting by maritime folk artist Joe Sleep of a red and yellow bird surrounded by flowers with a green-roofed yellow house in the receding background, titled Yellow House, 22 in. square, signed and dated 1977, realized $5,310 . Also, an oil on canvas of Niagara Falls from the Upper Bank to the Lighthouse at the Pavilion Hotel, painted by MF Holloway in 1850, 15½ inches by 24½ inches, sold for $3,540.
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