Canadian Fine Art

September 17, 2020

LOT 28

Lot 28


Lot 28 Details


oil on canvas
signed; also signed and dated on the reverse
13.8" x 18.0" (34.9 cm x 45.7 cm)

Estimate $50,000-$70,000

Realised: $120,000
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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Ex. Collection Officer of the Quebec Garrison 
By descent to Private Collection, Edinburgh 
William Watson Gallery, Montreal 
Fraser Bros. Ltd., Montreal, 1966, Lot 851
Private Collection, Montreal 
By descent to Private Collection, Calgary


A rare opportunity, this beautifully preserved painting has not been seen publicly since 1966, when it was bought at auction in Montreal. After Cornelius Krieghoff completed the piece, it was brought to England by members of the Québec Garrison, where it made its way to Scotland. Against the backdrop of Krieghoff’s signature candy-floss clouds, we see a fur cache built into the side of a hillock. From behind a door flap made from a Hudson’s Bay blanket, a figure emerges, curious to see the two figures conversing outside the shelter. In the background, a trapper strains to pull a well-loaded toboggan through the snow, returning from a hard day’s work.

A similar painting is held in the permanent collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Indian Hunter and His Family, completed in 1856.


For condition information please contact the specialist.

LOT 28

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

Note: Condition ratings and condition details are the subjective opinions of our specialists and should be used as a guide only. Waddington’s uses due care when preparing condition details, however, our staff are not professional restorers or conservators. Condition details and reports are not warranties and each lot is sold “as is” in accordance with the buyer’s terms and conditions of sale. In all cases the prospective purchaser is responsible for inspecting the property themselves prior to placing a bid.