International Art Auction

June 13, 2017

LOT 61

Lot 61

Vladimir Griegorovich Tretchikoff (1913-2006)

Vladimir Griegorovich Tretchikoff (1913-2006)
Lot 61 Details
Vladimir Griegorovich Tretchikoff (1913-2006), Russian


Oil on canvas; signed and dated 52 mid-right
30" x 24" — 76.2 x 61 cm.

Estimate $20,000-$25,000

Realised: $24,000
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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Vladimir Griegorovich Tretchikoff (1913-2006)
  • Vladimir Griegorovich Tretchikoff (1913-2006)
  • Vladimir Griegorovich Tretchikoff (1913-2006)

Collection of the late John Hammell, “Edgemere”, Oakville, Ontario from whom purchased from Eaton’s College Street, The Fine Art Galleries during the September 1954 exhibition of the artist’s works while he was visiting Toronto;
Purchased from the Estate of John Hammell by Mr. Alfred S. Creighton, Toronto, from Eaton’s College Street, The Fine art Galleries, Toronto, on August 13, 1965, who handled the Estate, Consignment No. 1073;
With the Cooling Galleries, London & Toronto as “African Head”;
Private Collection, Toronto


“The Zulu Maiden” in Howard Timmins, Tretchikoff, Howard Timmins/New York Graphic Society Ltd., New York, NY, 1969, unpaginated

Boris Gorelik, Incredible Tretchikoff: Life of an Artist and Adventurer, 2013, pages 145-6


In September 1954 Tretchikoff arrived in Toronto and held a show at Eaton’s art gallery. Gorelik writes of Tretchikoff’s arrival in Toronto, “In Canada, he [Tretchikoff] found an even keener audience. They came in great numbers. [...] Tretchikoff mounted his show at ‘Canada’s Greatest Store’ in [sic] Yonge Street, where Eaton’s buildings took up several blocks. He was given space on the seventh floor, next to the 1,300-seat auditorium.” Gorelik continues that newspaper articles and ads for the Tretchikoff show heralded the artist as a celebrity and the exhibition as being of such “[...] unprecedented importance that Eaton’s is using its immense Seventh Floor Auditorium foyer [...] in order to do justice to the canvasses and accommodate the crowds.”


Mr. John (Jack) Hammell was a mining magnate who pioneered the large-scale mining exploration of Canada’s north. Canadian Airlines is a direct descendant of Hammell’s fleet of airplanes.


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LOT 61

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  • 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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