NEW HAMBURG, Ontario, Canada – Original, vibrant paintings by Canadian artists Alfred Joseph Casson, Alexander Young Jackson, Anna Weber, Joseph Swift and Homer Ransford Watson will all appear in a Firearms, Sporting & Canadiana auction slated for Saturday, October 9 at Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The 1940 oil-on-board landscape painting by the Group of Seven artist Alfred Joseph Casson is a candidate for top lot of the auction, with a strong estimate of $30,000-$40,000 (all prices quoted are in Canadian dollars). The work, titled Outside Algonquin Park, depicts a bucolic scene near the village of Whitney. Casson focused much of his work on rural villages and towns in Canada.
The oil-on-board countryscape painting by Group of Seven founding member Alexander Young Jackson, done in 1966, is similar in style to the Casson work, except the Jackson painting does not depict buildings. The piece, with an estimate of $20,000-$30,000, is titled and dated, “Oat Field Harrington, Quebec, Sept. 1966, A.Y. Jackson.”
A large watercolor and ink folk art fraktur-type painting by Anna Weber is signed in fraktur writing and dated 1870. The design, executed in blues, red, yellow and brown, consists of 11 pairs of birds, each pair a different type; it is estimated at $12,000-$18,000. Weber was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania but moved to Waterloo County, Ontario, and died a Canadian.
Two paintings by Joseph Swift are on offer, both equestrian-themed and both having pre-sale estimates of $12,000-$15,000. Manfred depicts a horse of the same name, and the other bears the title Royal Exchange. Smith spent much of his artistic time filling a growing need for recording prize-winning animals, often shown at the Toronto Exhibition for proud owners in the latter part of the 19th century.
On to firearms, where a Colt 3rd model Dragoon pistol is expected to hit the mark for $8,000-$10,000, and a Colt model 1851 Navy pistol, made in America but issued to the Canadian Upper Canada (Ontario) Volunteer Militia in 1855, should reach $6,000-$8,000.
Also, a Samuel Green Canadian cased rifle, circa 1843-1861, the .45 calibre barrel marked “Green Toronto”, should rise to $6,000-$9,000.
An American Jacob Spangle (Susquehanna, Pennsylvania) flint Kentucky rifle has an estimate of $5,000-$7,000, while an American-made Stevens Walnut Hill rifle should command $5,000-$7,000.
In the furniture category, a painted pine linen press, made circa 1940 and found north of Oakville in Halton County (Ontario), is estimated at $5,000-$7,000. Also, a late 18th- or early 19th-century Pennsylvania pine corner cupboard should achieve $4,000-$6,000.
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