Maud Lewis painting, watch trade sign charm bidders at Miller & Miller

Prince Edward Island pocket watch trade sign, which sold for CAD $16,520

Prince Edward Island pocket watch trade sign, which sold for CAD $16,520

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.

Oil on board painting by Maud Lewis, which sold for CAD $25,960

Oil on board painting by Maud Lewis, which sold for CAD $25,960

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.

Two-sided parcheesi and checkerboard game, which sold for CAD $9,440

Two-sided parcheesi and checkerboard game, which sold for CAD $9,440

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.

 Ontario harvest table in its original paint, which sold for CAD $8,260


Ontario harvest table in its original paint, which sold for CAD $8,260

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.

Monumental birds sculpture by Edmond Chatigny, which sold for CAD $8,260

Monumental birds sculpture by Edmond Chatigny, which sold for CAD $8,260

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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