NEW HAMBURG, Ontario, Canada – A painting by celebrated Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (1903-1980) titled winter sleigh ridean exquisite mixed media diorama by Quebec resident Adelard Brousseau entitled maple sugar time (c.1930) and an acrylic on paper by Canadian Woodland artist Norval Morrisseau (1932-2007) titled ancestral visitor, are some of the anticipated top lots at Miller & Miller Auctions’ online-only Canadiana & Folk Art auction on Saturday, October 8th.
The 346-lot auction, beginning promptly at 9:00 am Eastern Time, features a freshly launched offering of Canadiana and folk art, representing some of the county’s oldest collections. The backbone of the sale is based on the collection of the Honorable Jim Fleming, former Canadian broadcaster and Member of the House of Commons (1972-1984).
Fleming’s search for Canada’s finest folk art began in the 1970s. Much of what he offers is fully documented and his collection consists of world-class walking sticks and folk art carvings. Also on offer are Canadiana and folk art by Marty Osler, including hot misfit art, and items from Susan Murray’s collection, including the Adelard Brousseau diorama.
“Featuring artists such as Maud Lewis, Norval Morrisseau, Maurice Galbraith Cullen, Purvis Young and Moses Tolliver, as well as documented folk art from the great collections mentioned, this is an auction not to be missed,” said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions. added: “The auction represents some of the oldest and finest collections in the country. Jim Fleming, Marty Osler and Susan Murray are private astute collectors. Together this offering is fresh, honest and exciting.”
There are eleven paintings by Maud Lewis in the auction, with winter sleigh ride an expected top earner with a presale estimate of $20,000 to $25,000. Beautiful ca. 1955 mixed media on beaver board is a delightful and early Christmas scene, similar to a later image used on a series of Canadian postage stamps. The 9″ by 11″ board (without frame) is signed and dated.
All estimates in this report are in Canadian dollars.
Adelard Brousseau maple sugar time is a wonderful rendition of a traditional Quebec rural scene, measuring 36½ inches long, 21 inches high, and 24½ inches wide (estimated $18,000-$25,000). Brousseau made the diorama by meticulously carving the figures, the tools, and the animals in the scene one at a time. Brousseau was an accomplished artist, jeweler, stonemason, and contractor.
Norval Morrisseau ancestral visitor (1998) brings together many elements – such as spirits – a continuation of life in the body of an animal while showing a connection to other life and spirit forms. The work is signed lower right and measures 22″ x 30″ (view, less frame) and is expected to find a new home for $12,000-$15,000.
Beautifully carved wooden walking sticks from the Jim Fleming collection are headed by a 1920s lady example attributed to Willard MacKenzie (Nova Scotia), with a compressed spherical top and two well-carved painted bathers carrying what appears to be a basket underneath; and a late 19th-century Iroquois/Christian cane (Quebec) with a beautifully stylized carving of a beaver for the handle (both estimate $4,000-$6,000).
A late 19th-early 20th century watercolor on paper coastal portrait by Maurice Galbraith Cullen (Canadian, 1866-1934), an excellent example of the artist’s Impressionist style, 7 in. by 8 ¼ in. (length of view, fewer frames) , should fetch $3,500 to $5,000; while painting on plywood Portrait of a man by American outsider artist Purvis Young (1943-2010), signed upper right and impressive at 47 ½ inches by 24 inches, should reach $3,000 to $4,000.
A lavishly decorated pine shelf in red, black, and cream paint (Quebec, c. 1920), 15 inches high and 25½ inches wide, with hatched carvings, shells, and painted decoration, was expected to fetch $3,500 to $5,000. Also, a pine, basswood, paint and stain Country Sheraton dresser, signed and dated 1854 in Vaughan Township, Ontario, with original locks and wood handles, retaining its historic finish, 58 inches tall, has an estimate of $3,000-$4,000.
A working model of MacPherson’s mid-20th century Fingal Separator Drescher (grain separator) by Walter Stansell (Canadian, b. 1884), whose work has been displayed at the Ontario Science Center and in museums across North America, should be $3,000 to $3,500 bring in Also, a circa 1900 painted sign for the Maple Leaf Grocery by a Guelph, Ontario firm, with gold lettering on a textured smalt black ground, is expected to change hands for $2,000 to $3,500.
A pine, ash, and pewter toy box painted by Prince Edward Island circa 1840, decorated with a heart-shaped shield and the initials “JA” and the name “Newman” engraved on the front, was expected to fetch $2,000 to $2,500; while a folk art-carved shelf (Hamilton, Ontario), documented circa 1885, commemorating Canada’s famous rower Ned Hanlan, whose name is engraved on a banner above a picture of the rower, is expected to cost $1,500 to $2,000.
Rounding out this brief list of expected top lots is a surefire conversation-starter: a late 19th-century curved hardwood-carved knife with a steel blade, wire-wrapping and a curved handle, carved in relief with the bare torso of a ‘naughty’ fisherman (estimated at $400-$600).
Internet bidding will be conducted through Miller & Miller’s website (www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com) and LiveAuctioneers.com. Telephone and written bids are also accepted.
Whilst this is an internet-only auction with no need to attend an in-person event, bidders can tune into the live webcast on Saturday, October 8th to follow the closing of lots in real-time. Here is a link to the sale: https://live.millerandmillerauctions.com/auctions/4-6ECOXS/canadiana-folk-art-featuring-the-jim-fleming-collection.
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