Inuit Art from Private Ontario Collections
April 16 — 21, 2022
Auction begins to close at 2:00 pm ET
Private collection, Hamilton, ON
Carved by a Pangnirtung artist while in residence at the the Mountain Sanatorium (now Chedoke Campus) in Hamilton Ontario, he is known to us only as “Joanassie”. This early standing figure dates circa 1955 and is distinguished by its strong, simple form, and a refined face.
The Mountain sanatorium in Hamilton was a facility designated as a tuberculosis treatment center for the Eastern Arctic which hosted over 1,200 Inuit between 1953 and 1963.
As a form of occupational therapy, and at the request of hospital residents, male patients would carve, while women would sew, embroider, and make dolls in their beds.  Many carvings made during stays at the sanatorium are unsigned and remain unidentified. We are pleased to present here four examples of works made at the Mountain Sanatorium by named artists (lots 9,10, and 11 of this auction, and lot 46 of Small Wonders of Inuit art).
Artworks made by talented artists while patients at the Mountain Sanatorium were the subject of a 2017 exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton titled “Carving Home: The Chedoke Collection of Inuit Art.”
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Col. No. 2016.13.5.
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1. Sutherland, Caitlin, “Carving Home: The Chedoke Collection of Inuit Art”, Inuit Art Quarterly. December 5, 2017