June 2429, 2023
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LOT 17

Lot 17

Christopher Pratt (1935-2022)

Christopher Pratt (1935-2022)
Lot 17 Details
Christopher Pratt (1935-2022), Canadian


screenprint in colours on Rising museum board
signed, titled, dated and numbered 54/65
sight 17.5 x 33 in — 44.5 x 83.8 cm

Estimate $4,000-$6,000

Realised: $10,086
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?


This lot is located in Vancouver. Local pick up by special arrangement; shipment from Vancouver only.

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Christopher Pratt (1935-2022)
  • Christopher Pratt (1935-2022)
  • Christopher Pratt (1935-2022)

Private Collection, Alberta


For Christopher Pratt, “boats symbolized the essence of Newfoundland and Labrador.” Though enraptured with boats from a young age, Pratt’s vessels are rarely depicted at ease in the water. The artist prefers to ground, hang, or overwinter them, removing them from of their natural surrounding and instead rendering them as abandoned, trapped or in waiting. Simultaneously serene and tense, “Launching Greyling” is quite literally in suspended animation, waiting to be launched.
Writing about a similar composition, Pratt explained that images like this “have less to do with sailing than with the boat itself: a sculpture, sleek and efficient, shark-like, hanging in straps being lowered into the water, suspended between the abstracts of conception, the mathematics of construction and reality
at sea.”


Very good overall condition.
Not examined out of frame.

LOT 17

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.)

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