Paintings by Canada's top artists attract bidders to Miller & Miller's October 9 online-only auction

The auction had two headliners: the Don and Joyce Blyth firearms collection and the decoy and fishing collections of Marty Osler. The sale attracted 546 bidders and every lot was sold. Online bidding was via LiveAuctioneers and the company website.
By: Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.
Folk art fraktur-type painting by Anna Weber.
Folk art fraktur-type painting by Anna Weber.
NEW HAMBURG, Ontario - Oct. 14, 2021 - PRLog -- Original, vibrant oil paintings by Canadian artists Alfred Joseph Casson (1898-1992) and Alexander Young Jackson (1882-1974) were the top achievers in a Firearms, Sporting & Canadiana auction held October 9th by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. The two paintings combined for nearly $100,000 (all prices quoted here are in Canadian dollars).

The oil on board landscape painting by Group of Seven artist Alfred Joseph Casson sailed past its $30,000-$40,000 estimate to finish at $59,000. The work, titled Outside Algonquin Park, depicted a bucolic scene near the village of Whitney and was executed in 1940, at the height of the artist's great career. Casson focused much of his work on rural villages and towns in Canada.

The oil on board country scape by Group of Seven founding member Alexander Young Jackson was similar in style to the Casson work, except there were no buildings in the Jackson painting, as there were in Casson's. The piece topped its $30,000 high estimate, selling for $38,350. It was signed lower left, titled and dated, "Oat Field Harrington, Quebec, Sept. 1966, A.Y. Jackson."

The auction had two headliners: the Don and Joyce Blyth firearms collection, and the decoy and fishing collections of Marty Osler. Marty's fishing collection included a select offering of fine reels and rods, many by Hardy Brothers of England. The decoy collection was mostly Canadian and included many fine examples by Carl O. Rankin, Frank Dolsen, Billy Ellis and Ken Anger.

The Blyth collection featured Ontario firearms, including many unique examples, as well as highly collectible firearms by Colt, Remington, Stevens and others. Also included was artwork by the abovenamed Canadian artists and others. The sale was complemented by a select offering of wonderful Canadian and American furniture and fine and decorative art.

Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. has two more online-only auctions lined up for the balance of 2021: a Watches & Jewels auction on Saturday, November 20th; and a Petroliana, Breweriana & Advertising auction on Saturday, December 4th.  Like those before it, both will be Internet-only.

To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and firm's calendar of upcoming events, visit

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