Canadian 'Group of Seven' artists do well in Miller & Miller's Canadiana & Folk Art auction, Feb. 12

Categories included folk art, furniture, art, tools, Canadiana, architectural items, vintage toys, pottery, stoneware and textiles. Also featured was Part 2 of the many collections of Marty Osler. Internet bidding provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.
By: Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.
 
 
Sculpture by Edmond Chatigny (Canadian, 1895-1992)
Sculpture by Edmond Chatigny (Canadian, 1895-1992)
NEW HAMBURG, Ontario - Feb. 18, 2022 - PRLog -- Original oil paintings by Canadian "Group of Seven" artists Alexander Young Jackson (1882-1974) and Franz Johnston (1888-1949) scored top lot honors in an online-only Canadiana & Folk Art auction held February 12th by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., based in New Hamburg. The 376-lot auction grossed $415,714.

Prices quoted in this report are in Canadian dollars and include an 18 percent buyer's premium.

The oil on panel by Alexander Young Jackson, titled St. Lawrence South Shore Village (circa 1945), measuring 10 ½ inches by 13 ½ inches, was the auction's top lot. It sailed past its high estimate of $28,000 to bring $47,200. The painting exhibited wonderful color and detail and still had the gallery labels on the back for Klinkhoff in Montreal and Thielsen in London, Ontario.

The oil on board rendering by Franz Johnston, titled The Battlement, Lake of the Woods, measured 13 inches by 10 ½ inches and sold within estimate for $25,960. It was a vibrant and rare example, with strong brush strokes and content typical of 'The Group Impressionism'. Johnston resigned from the "Group of Seven" in 1924 as his style evolved more toward realism.

The auction's categories included folk art, furniture, art, tools, Canadiana, architectural items, vintage toys, pottery and stoneware, and textiles. Also featured was Part 2 of the Marty Osler collections. Part 1, held in April 2021, was led by a selection of decoys, fishing reels and rods, many by Hardy Bros. of England. Part 2 focused primarily on Canadiana and decorative arts.

"Folk art proved to be a huge attraction," said Ben Lennox of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., who added 23 of the top 30 lots blew past their high estimates, supported by high water marks being established for Canadian and American folk artists such as Edmond Chatigny, Joe Norris, Joseph Sleep, Everett Lewis (the husband of Maud Lewis), Purvis Young and Howard Finster.

"The anticipation and excitement leading up to the sale was evident by strong pre-bidding and electric chatter on social media," Mr. Lennox pointed out. "That chatter continued post-sale as buyers eagerly expressed their joy and pride in being able to obtain items from the Osler collection that can now grace their own collections of merit. Plans are underway for Part 3."

Internet bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers and the Miller & Miller website (www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com). A total of 554 registered bidders placed 8,585 bids. To learn more, visit www.millerandmillerauctions.com.

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