Previewing Our Spring 2014 Auction
Henri Le Sidaner’s enchanting garden view “Fenetre de Trianon Sous-Bois”, lot 67, gracing the front cover of Waddington’s Spring 2014 International Art catalogue, sets the stage for the many fine paintings offered in this season’s auction. After so long a winter season, its warm sunlight, arched window and lush greenery is all the more inviting. Acquired by Dr. Ronald Osborne of Toronto in 1975, and now part of his Estate, it is a befitting ‘window’ to our sale offering over 100 of the finest paintings, sculptures and drawings from Canadian, American and International collections spanning over 5 centuries, 4 continents and a multitude of genres.
“Fertility”, lot 95, a rare canvas by Maqbool Fida Husain, whose works have led the booming South Asian art market, confronts you with its bold and powerful presence on our title page. This hitherto unseen canvas has belonged to a private collection in Montreal for over 30 years and encapsulates the artist’s unique approach to form and colour.
The American session is led by two large canvases by Russian-American artist Abraham Manievich, acquired by Dr. Joseph Stern of Montreal directly from the artist whom he befriended in Canada, prior to the 1950s. The double-sided “Still Life of Flowers in a Copper Vase”, lot 10, featured on the inside front cover, and the vividly coloured, “In a Summer Garden”, lot 9, are coveted examples of the artist’s dynamic Fauvist painting style.
Once again, we are pleased to offer you three oils by popular British artist Edward Seago, from Toronto Estates where they have been enjoyed some 50 years. Sir John Lavery’s elegant “Lady in Green” (Mrs. Cara H.), lot 52, held in the hands of Toronto families for over 100 years, was first exhibited in Toronto in 1909 at the newly formed Art Gallery of Ontario, then called the Art Museum of Toronto. The sale concludes with a Carlos Cruz-Diez kinetic art masterpiece “Physichromie No. 520”, lot 123, acquired by the present owners from the Pollock Gallery in the 1970s.
Our Spring 2014 auction offers a selection of visually superb works of art for every collector taste, whether you are a lover of Old Masters, Modern, traditional or contemporary art. We look forward to welcoming you at our preview where all the paintings in their old world frames are sure to impress and entice you.
— Susan Robertson
Senior Specialist, International Art