Exceptional Results from Our Spring Canadian Fine Art Auction

By: Canadian Art Department

oil on canvas, 17.75 ins x 27.25 ins; 45.1 cms x 69.2 cms
Estimate $125,000-$175,000
Realised: $390,000

As we come to the end of our spring auction calendar, we would like to thank all of our consignors and bidders for making this a tremendous season. We wanted to share some of the highlights from the Canadian Fine Art auction (May 29-June 3), in case you missed this very exciting event! We also invite you to browse our upcoming auctions and sign up for our emails so you don’t miss anything. All prices below include the Buyer’s Premium.

The star of the auction was Moonlight, a rare nocturne by Cornelius Krieghoff. Boasting excellent provenance, the painting was once a part of the collection of W.C. Edwards, the original resident of 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, making this a true piece of Canadian history. It achieved a price realised near the top of the record books at $390,000.

The cover lot, Green Up by Jack Bush, achieved a price realised of $324,000. Clarence Gagnon’s Beach Scene, St. Malo also found enthusiastic appreciation from bidders, far exceeding the auction estimate to land at a price realised of $78,000.

Waddington’s is committed to expanding the market for our country’s talented artists, and we are pleased to continue setting new records at auction. Anne Meredith Barry’s colourful mixed media work of the Newfoundland coastline, entitled From Cupids to Bareneed, was entrusted to Waddington’s by an important corporate collection. It doubled the previous record at auction for this artist, with a final price realised of $26,400.

Our ability to produce great results for contemporary Canadian art prevailed with a new record for John Hartman. His powerful Dorset, Night Figure set a record for the artist’s work at $20,400. An auction record was also achieved for Donald Mackay Houstoun, with a price realised of $7,800 for his vibrant, large-scale landscape, A Spring Haze and Passing Storm.

Contemporary art buyers were also pleased to acquire paintings by Wanda Koop (price realised $31,200), Takao Tanabe (price realised $90,000) and Ulysse Comtois (price realised $43,200).

As expected, strong bidding for members of the Group of Seven and their contemporaries was in evidence. Franz Johnston’s delicate tempera painting, Cabin in Snowy Woods, nearly doubled the pre-sale estimate, achieving a price realised of $40,800.

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We are already hard at work planning our Fall auction schedule. Our clients love working with us because of our transparent consignment process, the care and attention we show your fine art, and the industry-leading results we achieve. Whether you are looking to consign or simply learn more about selling at auction, please contact the Canadian Fine Art department to discuss how we can be of service.


mixed media on paper, triptych
signed and dated
overall 29.5 ins x 66 ins; 74.9 cms x 167.6 cms
Estimate $6,000-$8,000
Realised: $26,400

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