NEW HAMBURG, Canada – Original oil paintings by Franz Johnston and Alexander Young Jackson, both founding members of Canada’s Group of Seven, plus a one-piece Adam-style corner cupboard from an estate near Orono, Ontario are expected top lots in an online-only Canadiana & Folk Art auction slated for Saturday, Feb. 12, by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. All estimates are given in Canadian dollars.
The oil-on-board rendering by Franz Johnston (1888-1949), titled The Battlement, Lake of the Woods, is expected to climb to $22,000-$30,000. It is a vibrant example, with strong brush strokes and content that is typical of ‘The Group Impressionism’ that characterizes the work of the Group of Seven artists. Johnston resigned from the Group in 1924 as his style became more comparatively realistic.
The circa-1945 oil on panel by Alexander Young Jackson (1882-1974), St. Lawrence South Shore Village, is estimated at $18,000-$28,000. It shows wonderful color and detail and has gallery labels on back for Klinkhoff, Montreal and Thielsen, London. Jackson was key in bringing together the artists of Montreal and Toronto.
Two oil-on-canvas paintings by another renowned Group of Seven artist, Manly Edward MacDonald (1889-1971), will come up for bid: Log House, estimated at $4,000-$5,000, and The First Snow, which appears to be an earlier painting considering the wooden wedge construction, estimated at $2,000-$3,000. Both works are housed in their original frames, which is significant, as MacDonald had a Scottish carpenter who created hand-carved frames that added value to his paintings.
The aforementioned one-piece Adam-style corner cupboard, which was made in Canada around 1835, features a fluted frieze on the cornice and astragal glazing on the upper doors. Each upper door has 13 panes of glass, while the lower section has two flat paneled doors above a bracket base. The cupboard is in untouched condition and is expected to hit $8,000-$12,000.
Other Canadian-made furniture pieces on offer include a circa 1850-1860 standing two-piece pine secretary from Ontario blessed with an untouched grain-painted surface, estimated at $3,000-$5,000, and an early 20th-century Canadian dining table from the Peryhitka family of Hubbard, Saskatchewan. The table has a deep scalloped skirt on all sides and a scrub top with the base in light brown paint over its original hue of dark reddish brown. Its estimate is $2,000-$3,000.
Decorative accessories in the auction lineup are led by a late 18th-century Pennsylvania bride’s box, its lid showing a man serenading a woman with his mandolin. It is estimated at $2,500-$3,500.
Just as delightful, if not moreso, is a large circa-1970 tin whirligig of a white ship on blue seas by Quebec artist Ernest Joly. The ship rocks back and forth when the propeller turns. It sails forth with an estimate of $2,500-$3,000.
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