Abington Auction showcases Canadian Modernist works July 18

Walter Schluep (1931-2016) 18K gold and diamond brooch, 1 5/8in. wide x 1½ in. high. Abington Auction Gallery

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Abington Auction Gallery will conduct the sale of a Canadian modernist collection on July 18 that spans the 1940s through circa 1990. The sale includes jewelry, pottery, paintings and sculpture exclusively designed and created by Canadian artisans. Abington expects the sale to appeal to all levels of interest, from museum quality acquisition opportunities, unique and rare pieces for the advanced collector, and decorative pieces for the new collector. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

The collection was amassed over a period of 11 years by a collector who was first inspired by a brutalist design pin by Guy Vidal (Lot 1), the very first purchase in 2008. While the modernist design movement is more commonly associated with the U.S. and European nations, this collection offers a glimpse into the equally striking and creative period of Canada. Every province of Canada contributed its talents, with the population centers Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia taking the lead. By offering his collection for sale, the owner hopes to inform, educate, and strike further interest in the Canadian modernist movement.

Theo & Susan Harlander ceramic bowl, 4¼in. high x 8¾ in. wide. Abington Auction Gallery

Jewelry by Canadian makers Guy Vidal and Robert Larin comprise the bulk of the brutalist designs. Vidal and Larin were prolific producers, creating sculptural and abstract designer jewelry. Their jewelry is reminiscent of some Scandinavian jewelry designers, notably Tapani Vanhatalo and Jorma Laine. With numerous rare pieces by Vidal and Larin being offered, this sale presents buyers with an opportunity to acquire some of their best work.

Walters Schluep’s amazing designs used precious metals, pearls, diamonds and semiprecious stones are featured in this sale, some of which are executed in silver and 18K gold (Lots 3, 17 and 177).

Other jewelry makers in this collection are Hans Gehrig,  Nancy Meek (Pocock), Micheline de Passille (below) and Yves Sylvestre, Bernard Chaudron, Rafael Alfandary, and rare makers such as Pat Hunt (Lot 126) and George Dancy.

Micheline de Passille figural and abstract enamel pins and 2¾in.-diameter ‘bird’ dish. Abington Auction Gallery

Another highlight of the sale is an important collection of pottery including life-size mushroom sculptures (naturalistic replicas) by the husband and wife team of Ernst and Alma Lorenzen. There are also numerous pottery vases by the Lorenzens. Alma and Ernst Lorenzen are internationally recognized for their precisely rendered from nature and beautifully glazed pottery mushrooms.

Ernst & Alma Lorenzen ‘Collybia Velutipes’ mushroom, 4¼in. high. Abington Auction Gallery

Other pottery makers include the work of Kjeld and Erica Deichmann (example Lot 96), and includes a rare bust made by Erica in 1938 (Lot 216), Susan and Theo Harlander (including a monumental vase Lot 342), vases and ceramic jewelry by Jarko Zavi, important large vases by Thomas (Tommy) Kakinuma (Lots 193, 194), rare and important examples by Alice M. Hagen (Lots 85, 95, 156), Peter Rupchan (Lot 19) whose humble history as a pottery reminds one of George Ohr, the famed eccentric American potter), Krystyna and Konrad Sadowski, and Olea Davis.

Alice Hagen (1872-1972) ceramic lizard vase, 6½in. high. Abington Auction Gallery

Rounding out the sale will be paintings and sculpture by Canadian mid-century artists, the best of which are modernist iceberg paintings by Anthony Law (Lots 210, 211). Sculpture is represented by Yves’ Trudeau including plaques and a modernist ceramic sculpture done in 1957 (Lot 174), May Marx, an impressive aluminum sculpture by brutalist sculptor Ivan Sarossy (Lot 343), and a bust of mother and child by Jarko Zavi.