NEW HAMBURG, Ontario, Canada – An oil-on-board painting by Canadian artist Maud Lewis (1903-1970) sold for $25,960, a circa 1865-1870 Prince Edward Island pocket watch trade sign hit $16,520 and a carved slide-top pencil box made around 1800 in Quebec realized $12,980 in an online-only Canadiana & Folk Art auction held on April 17 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars.
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 19th-century double-sided Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island pocket watch trade sign was marked “W. N. Taunton,” the name of the man who operated his shop there from 1865-1900. The trade sign had an untouched surface and showed 10:15 on one side and 11:15 on the other. It was illustrated on page 63 of the book Canadian Folk Art to 1950 by John Fleming and Michael Rowan. The signed, slide-top pencil box from Saint-Henri-de-Levis, Quebec had the original untouched brown painted surface and was incised with the name Germain Roberge on the bottom. It was 8¼ in long by 3 in wide and was carved from a single block of pine.
Other highlights of the auction include a 19th century Quebec two-sided parcheesi and checkerboard made from hardwood. The parcheesi side was inscribed “France” in the center, or home space, perhaps as a nod to the ancestral homeland of the maker. It sold for $9,440. An early 19th century Ontario harvest table in its original paint found a new owner for $8,260, while a circa 1830-1840 Waterloo County two-piece cupboard achieved $6,490.
A monumental birds sculpture by Edmond Chatigny (Quebec, 1895-1992) brought $8,260, and a painting of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) and Experimental Farm in Guelph, rendered circa 1880, gaveled for $4,720.
A circa 1870-1880 allegorical walking stick from North Bay, Ontario, measuring 35 inches long and possessing a great surface and carved details, fetched $6,490. A finely carved 18th century slide-top pencil box in paint, carved from a single block of pine and profusely decorated on all surfaces, realized $5,900.
A circa 1865-1870 Quebec architectural one-piece cupboard-on-table in the original paint earned $5,015. Also, a circa 1820-1830 Quebec folk painted chest of drawers, boasting great paint and original Hepplewhite brasses, sold for $4,720.
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