Miller & Miller's Canadiana & Folk Art auction, April 17th, is a hit, grossing $430,375 (Canadian)
In addition to Canadiana and folk art, categories included furniture, paintings, pottery and stoneware, tools, toys and banks, architectural and nautical. Internet bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and MillerandMillerAuctions.com.
By: Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.
All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars and are inclusive of an 18 percent buyer's premium.
The circa 1960 painting on green board by Maud Lewis was the top lot of the auction. It showed a favorite local cove of the artist, with the red-roofed Lynch House on the shore and the ferry Princess Helene entering the harbor. The Princess Helene operated between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia for 30 years. The signed and framed work measured 11 inches by 13 inches (sight).
The 19th century double-sided Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island pocket watch trade sign, was marked W. N. Taunton, who operated his shop there from 1865-1900. The 16 inch in diameter trade sign had an untouched surface and showed 10:15 on one side and 11:15 on the other. It was illustrated in the book Canadian Folk Art to 1950 by John Fleming and Michael Rowan (p. 63).
The signed, slide-top pencil box from Saint-Henri-
The auction was headlined by the lifetime Canadiana collection of Marty Osler, a true collector whose passion for history and the human experience was reflected in the objects he acquired. In addition to Canadiana and folk art, categories included furniture, paintings, pottery, stoneware, tools, toys and banks, architectural and nautical. In all, over 300 lots crossed the auction block.
"Despite not having a live preview due to COVID, the market response was very positive, with collectors showing their enthusiasm for great material," said Peter Baker, an antiques dealer in Quebec who was retained by Miller & Miller to curate the auction. "It was stressful for serious collectors who were unable to handle the objects or get a sense of scale."
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