In the fall of 2013 Waddington’s presented the first part of Charles Bronfman’s Claridge Collection of Canadian Fine and Decorative Art. The sale was groundbreaking. Never before had an auction house offered an entire session of Canadian contemporary Decorative Art. The response was uniformly positive, and connected with a community of collectors, who were not generally traditional auction buyers, but had a passion for this important and expansive area of our material culture.
Like that offering, Part II of the collection is rich in its breadth, featuring artists from across Canada, working in diverse media and at an unsurpassed level of quality. Many of these artists have won significant awards for their work including the Governor General’s Award and the Saidye Bronfman Award. While few of these artists are household names, their work speaks to the richness and diversity of our decorative art heritage. The catalogue and website features full biographical information on each artist, an important aid in creating a secondary market for this significant artistic production.
We wish to thank Bronfman family curator, Franklin Silverstone, for his guidance and enthusiasm, as well as Linda Durham for her scholarly and prescient biographies of the artists represented in the collection. The proceeds of this auction will benefit Historica Canada. We look forward to seeing you at the previews and auction.
— Stephen Ranger
Specialist, Vice President Business Development