Oakwood to sell fine art from around the globe Aug. 15-16

Toonoo Sharky, ‘Spirit Fish,’ original serpentine sculpture, 32in x 11¾in x 22¾in tall. Estimate: $40,000-$50,000. Oakwood Auctions image

STOUFFVILLE, Ontario – Oakwood Auctions is holding a “hot” auction this summer. The two-day Premium Fine Art, Sculptures & Carvings Auction runs on August 15 to 16 beginning at 11 a.m. EST. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Bidders will find many spectacular items have been packed into this diverse auction. With 800 lots from six general categories, this is truly a sale for collectors and deal hunters. From rare original paintings, limited editions, original Renaissance drawings and magnificent duck decoys, to collections of Aboriginal sculptures (above) and West Coast masks, there are many fabulous finds that are expected to bring large crowds to this event.

Day 1 will contain a variety of limited edition prints and canvas, including a set of four Robert Bateman Bald Eagle Series original lithographs, and a Robert Indiana Highball limited edition print estimated at $4,200-$5,250 USD. Collections of works by Robert Bateman, Carl Brenders, Pablo Picasso, Pino, Wentworth Folkins and more will be offered. An exciting item is Lot 4: Anthony Quinn’s The Prophet limited edition print, which is expected to bring $400-$600 USD. Another piece that will garner significant attention is Lot 76: an M. Bernard Loates set of John James Audobon’s Birds of America. This is a fantastic publisher’s proof set in exceptional condition with its original wooden presentation case. This lot is estimated at $1,000-$1,250 USD.

Robert Indiana, ‘Highball’ limited edition print, signed and numbered.18½in x 16in. Estimate: $4,200-$5,250. Oakwood Auctions image

There will also be a magnificent, world-class collection of Robert Bateman limited editions. There will be prints and canvases, along with some that the frames have been titled and autographed by Bateman. Highlighted by a Midnight – Black Wolf framed canvas, this piece has been professionally custom framed and is in exceptional condition.

Robert Bateman, ‘Bald Eagles’ set of four matching original lithographs, each numbered #63 of 90. Estimate: $5,500-$6,500. Oakwood Auctions image

“In this painting I wanted to show the ominous presence of a mature, lone wolf. I wanted to create a mood of seriousness and respect – not threat. From the artistic point of view, I was intrigued by the challenge of portraying a black animal on an almost black background. It is something like playing a whole piano composition in half an octave of the bass section,” noted Bateman.

Day Two is sure to attract a large crowd with a rare selection of original paintings and renaissance drawings, Aboriginal sculptures, West Coast Masks, and carved duck decoys.

Jason Lucio (Canada, b. 1970), ‘Mergansers,’ original hand-carved and painted duck decoy pair. Estimate: $6,750-$9,000. Oakwood Auctions image

There are many original paintings to be noted.  One offered will be Lot 623: Bateman’s Lion Cubs circa 1977. This stunning painting was the first of Bateman’s to be reproduced to limited edition prints. With a certificate of authenticity and appraisal of $140,000 CAD ($104,700 USD), this is sure to bring special attention to all Bateman collectors and art investors. Another original painting is, Lot 619: Bateman’s Birdfeeders circa 2016. A beautiful painting, estimated at $90,000-$120,000 USD.

Carlo Maratta (1625-1713), ‘Head of a Young Man,’ original drawing.
6½in x 5½in, frame 16½in x 15in. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Oakwood Auctions image

Other head-turning items include rare Renaissance original drawings, highlighted by Lot 718: Carlo Maratta’s (1625-1713) Head of a Young Man, and beautiful Aboriginal sculptures, highlighted by Lot 814: Toonoo Sharky’s Spirit Fish original serpentine sculpture. This is a museum-quality sculpture, appraised at $78,000 CAN ($58,000 USD). There will be West Coast Masks, including Lot 773: Donald Alfred’s Cod, estimated at $2,000-$2,500 USD, as well as original duck decoys from award-winning carvers, including Lot 746: Jason Lucio’s Mergansers, which took second place in the world championships in 1989. This stunning pair is estimated at $6,750-$9,000 USD.

Donald Alfred, ‘Cod,’ original wooden carved mask, 2016, from the community of Kwakwaka’awk Nation, Vancouver Island,14in x 22in x 7½in. Estimate: $2,000-$2,500. Oakwood Auctions image

The team at Oakwood Auctions looks forward to welcoming guests to the Saturday, Aug. 15-16 auction. For additional information on any item in the auction, call the gallery at 905-591-7600 or email info@oakwoodauctions.com.

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