NEW HAMBURG, Ontario, Canada – An online-only Canadiana and folk art auction featuring Marty Osler’s Lifetime Collection of Canadiana will take place on Saturday, April 17 at 9 a.m. EST, by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., based in New Hamburg. Online auctions will be conducted through LiveAuctioneers.com and the Miller & Miller website: www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com.
A total of 306 lots will cross the auction block. In addition to Canadiana and Folk Art, categories will include Furniture, Paintings, Pottery, Stoneware, Tools, Toys and Banks, Architectural and Nautical. There will be no in-person event due to COVID-19, but bidders can tune into the live webcast on auction day to watch lots close in real time. Offers by telephone and correspondence will be accepted.
“Marty Osler is a real collector. You can see his passion for history and the human experience reflected in the objects he acquired, ”said Peter Baker, auction advisor, adding:“ We have discovered great things that have not been seen. the day for thirty years and many are of museum quality. . “
There are more than twenty pieces and objects from important “books” that cover geographic regions of Canada, ranging from a crooked knife dated Nova Scotia to a Haida dance paddle from the west coast. “In addition to the high-end hardware, there are a lot of interesting items that will appeal to novice collectors,” Baker said. “It really is an auction for everyone.”
One lot that is sure to attract attention is a circa 1960 green cardboard painting by Maud Lewis (Canadian, 1903-1970) of a favorite local cove with the red-roofed Lynch House on the shore and the Princess Helene ferry entering In the harbour. The Princess Helene operated between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia for 30 years. The signed and framed artwork is expected to fetch $ 8,000 to $ 12,000.
All prices shown in this report are in Canadian dollars and include the buyer’s premium.
Canadian furniture will include several exquisite cabinets, including the following:
- A one-piece architectural Quebec cabinet-on-table with original paint, brass hinges, knob and slide lock; the section of the cabinet having a vaulted top on a single door supported at the front by Corinthian columns painted white (est. $ 8,000 to $ 12,000).
- A Waterloo County two piece cabinet with original paint and excellent proportions, 87 inches high by 20 inches wide, the finish paint professionally cleaned by the legendary Alan Clairman to show lighter colored panels on a light brown case (est. $ 4,000 – $ 6,000).
- A two piece Ukrainian cabinet from western Canada in the original burgundy red paint with green highlights, probably made in Saskatchewan between 1900 and 1920, 84 inches high by 18 ½ inches wide, with a diamond pattern in the sides. upper and lower doors (est. $ 3,000).
An oil on canvas signed by self-taught artist Chief James Beaver (1846-1925), one of Ontario’s famous “artists of the Six Nations” who also painted 22 inch by 36 ½ inch houses and buildings. (on sight) should net $ 2,000 – $ 4,000. In addition, an exquisite circa 1929 cruiser model made by the Ditchburn Boat Company (Lake Muskoka, Canada, established 1871), 28 inches long, complete with bow pennant, original canvas awning and a lifeboat, should fly away for $ 1,000 to $ 1,500.
A fine burl bowl with beautiful shape and color, 20 ½ inches in diameter and made in Ontario circa 1840, with great lift, beautiful patina and no cracks, hand turned with a double slightly incised rim, should cost $ 3 $ 000 to $ 5,000; while a West Cree circa 1890-1900 pipe bag featuring a beaded floral panel of red flowers with blue centers, purple flowers with yellow centers and a blue leaf, all on a white background and in a 36-inch by 13 ½-inch frame, is expected to reach $ 1,000 to $ 1,500.
An early 19th century Ontario harvest table with a three-sided stretcher and a single drooping leaf supported by a plank pull support, in the original red / brown paint and with the original knobs, 66 inches long by 27 ½ inches wide, has an estimate of $ 2,500 to $ 3,500. Additionally, a carved Nova Scotia pine ottoman in the original brown paint with etched chipboard designs, made in Lunenburg in the early 19th century with a top carved with a central snowflake design, is expected to reach $ 2,000 to $ 3,000.
Walking sticks are in the auction, to include an allegorical walking stick from North Bay, Ontario, with a large area and carved details, including hearts, dogs, a horse, a crescent moon and other images, circa 1870-1880 (est. $ 3,000 to $ 5,000); and a 19th century magnifying head walking stick with a sculpted head as a pommel and natural hair magnifier and a beautiful magnifying surface on the shaft, all with a deep surface patina from years of use (est. $ 2,000 to $ 3,000).
A walking figure made from materials found by Edward Rentz (Canadian, 1908-1995), shown carrying two suitcases with a sign saying “Hell with Canada I’m going to Winnipeg”, 12 ½ inches tall , signed and dated 1984, is expected to bring in $ 1,000 to $ 1,500. In addition, a circa 1900 model of a sealskin (yup’ik) Bering Sea / Alaska style kayak, with two cockpits, exhibiting a beautiful patina, mounted on a contemporary 42-inch long base, should pay off. between $ 800 and $ 1,200.
An exceptional sculpted sliding lid pencil box made circa 1800 in Saint-Henri-de-Lévis, Quebec, with the original intact brown painted surface and incised with the name Germain Roberge on the bottom, 8 ¼ inches long, has an estimate of $ 2,500- $ 4,500; while a late 19th century double-sided Quebecois game board (dames and dames) in brown cream paint with finely painted green vines and red berries / rosebuds in each keeper section, should cost 1,000 $ to $ 1,500.
A secure preview (where all COVID-19 protocols will be in place and observed) will take place on April 14, 15 and 16, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST in the Miller & Miller Auctions gallery at 59 Webster Street , New Hamburg, Ontario. The mask will be compulsory for all participants. To schedule a preview, call (519) 662-4800; or send an email to [email protected].
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