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Waddington's Spring Auction Season Opens With Canadian Fine Art on May 25, 2015 in Toronto

TORONTO, May 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Waddington's, Canada's most diverse auction house, opens its spring auction season with its Canadian Fine Art Auction on May 25, 2015 at their Toronto gallery. The first of seven fine art auctions offered this spring; the season includes major auctions of Asian, International, and Inuit Art; Decorative Arts and Fine Jewellery.

Canadian Fine Art Auction – May 25, 2015

Following Waddington's history of xx years of presenting fine Canadian art at auction, the May 25 Canadian Fine Art Auction features important works by the Group of Seven, Painters 11 and other major schools. In addition, we are pleased to offer works by artists who appear more rarely on the secondary market such as Harold Klunder, Yves Gaucher, John Meredith, Lemoine FitzGerald, Frances Loring and Joyce Wieland.

Auction Highlights
Cornelius Krieghoff, 'Ice Harvest'
Estimate $60,000 - 80,000.

The Legendary Montreal art dealer, William Watson, described this work as "a perfect example of the master's art".

Alexander Young Jackson, O.S.A., R.C.A. 'Pont Royal, Paris'
Estimate $25,000 - 30,000.

A beautiful example of Jackson's interpretation of a French subject - Le Pont Royal - done a la mode, in the Impressionist style, which was then still considered far too radical for Canadian collecting tastes.

John Meredith 'Voyage'
Estimate $20,000 - 30,000

A rare and heretofore unknown painting by one of Canada foremost colourists. Waddington's has also located and borrowed, from a private collector, the sketch that inspired this powerful and energetic painting. The two will be exhibited together for the first time at our public view.
The full Canadian Fine Art catalogue may be viewed at:
http://canadianart.waddingtons.ca/auctions-150/Canadian-Fine-Art-Auction

Date and Times

Auction
Monday, May 25, 2015, 7 pm

Public Preview
Friday, May 22, 2015, 12 noon to 5 pm
Saturday, May 23, 2015, 12 noon to 5 pm
Sunday, May 24, 2015, 12 noon to 5 pm
Monday, May 25, 2015, 10 am to 12 noon

Inuit Art – June 1, 2015

Waddington's is Canada's most prolific auction house specializing in Inuit Art. Since its first auction of this iconic Canadian art form in 19xx, Waddington's has set records and sold extraordinary works by Canada's leading Inuit artists. This spring Waddington's offers a superb collection of works from across the Arctic, from the classic period to contemporary.

Auction Highlights

Tattooed Woman, Pitseolak Ashoona (1904 – 1983) Cape Dorset
Stonecut, 1963
Estimate: $3,000—5,000

This simple yet powerful image of an Inuit woman illustrates the artist and printmaker's attention to detail and artistry. There is a sense of movement evident in what would otherwise be a static portrait. This sense is facilitated not only by the tilt of the woman's head, but also by the intersecting lines of the voluminous parka, facial tattoos and features.

Growling Polar Bear, Pauta Saila (1916 – 2009) Cape Dorset
stone, ivory, c. 1975
Estimate: $35,000—40,000

Perhaps what is most notable about this work is its sheer mass. Standing on two legs, and with its head turned completely to the right this bear is almost regal if not quietly powerful.

The full Inuit Art catalogue may be viewed at:
http://inuitart.waddingtons.ca/auctions-167/Inuit-Art-Auction

Date and Times

Auction
Monday, June 1, 2015, 6 pm

Public Preview
Saturday, May 30, 2015, 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday, May 31, 2015, 11 am to 5 pm
Monday, June 1, 2015, 10 am to 12 noon

Asian Fine Art – June 8, 2015

Featuring over 360 lots of Fine Asian Art, the focus of the June 8 auction is the 80+ superb scroll paintings from the Qing Dynasty and the 20th century from various prominent collections discovered in Vancouver, Montreal, New York, and Toronto.

Additional highlights

A Large Ming-style Huanghuali Three-Drawer Coffer Table, Liansanchu, 19th Century
Estimate: $30,000—40,000

A wonderful example of a three-drawer coffer table; not only is it rare for its impressive size, but also for its expensive huanghuali material.

A Rare Guan-Type Fang Hu Vase, Tongzhi Mark and Period (1862 – 1874)
Estimate: $8,000—12,000

According to the Emperor Qianlong's Imperial poem, 'After Chaiyao, Guanyao (Guan-ware) is the finest quality ware - exceptionally rare and difficult to fire'.

Zhao Shao'Ang (1905-1998) - Group of Four Seasons Paintings, Ink and colour on paper
Estimate: $10,000—15,000

The full Asian Art catalogue can be viewed at:
http://asianart.waddingtons.ca/auctions-168/Asian-Art-Auction

Date and Times

Auction
Monday, June 8, 2015, 6 pm

Public Preview
Saturday, June 6, 2015, 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday, June 7, 2015, 11 am to 5 pm
Monday, June 8, 2015, 10 am to 12 noon

Fine Jewellery – June 9, 2015

Auction Highlights

Platinum ring, set with an emerald cut diamond
(approx. 13.10ct.) flanked by 10 baguette cut diamonds (approx. 2.90ct.t.w.)
Estimate: $60,000—75,000

Montblanc Star Nicolas Rieussec, Limited Edition Chronograph Wristwatch
With 18k white gold case with display back, set with 144 brilliant cut diamonds (approx. 1.65ct.t.w.); leather strap with 18k white gold deployant buckle, with original box and papers; together with a Montblanc black lacquer watch winder.
Estimate: $15,000—18,000

This is number 10 of the limited edition of 15.

The full Fine Jewellery catalogue can be viewed at:
http://jewellery.waddingtons.ca/auctions-169/Fine-Jewellery-Auction

Date and Times

Auction
Monday, June 9, 2015, 7 pm

Public Preview
Saturday, June 6, 2015, 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday, June 7, 2015, 11 am to 5 pm
Monday, June 8, 2015, 10 am to 12 noon

Decorative Arts – June 15, 2015

Waddington's is pleased to offer another piece from the important Raphael Service, Period of Alexander III, 1889, following the highly successful sale of a rare set of 12 Porcelain Dinner Plates, from the Raphael Service, periods of Alexander III and Nicholas II, 1884-1903 in our Fall 2014 Decorative Arts auction. Price realized - 163,500 CDN.

Auction Highlights

Russian Imperial Porcelain Dinner Plate, From the Raphael Service, Period of Alexander III, 1889
Estimate: $8,000—12,000

Heralded as one of the greatest achievements of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, the Raphael Service was commissioned for the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoye Selo in 1883.

The Stephens Testimonial Canadian Silver Centrepiece, Robert Hendery, Montreal, QC. 1877
Estimate: $7,000 – 10,000

Robert Hendry was considered without peer as a manufacturing silversmith in the 1850s in Montreal. "Above all, he was reputed as a maker of presentation pieces… and "were praised by the Montreal Gazette as being "the most convincing proof that Canada need not in future import presentation sets from abroad."

The full Decorative Arts catalogue can be viewed at:
http://decorativearts.waddingtons.ca/auctions-170/Decorative-Arts-Auction

Date and Times

Auction
Monday, June 15, 2015, 7 pm

Public Preview
Saturday, June 13, 2015, 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday, June 14, 2015, 11 am to 5 pm
Monday, June 15, 2015, 10 am to 12 noon

Decorative Arts and International Art – June 16, 2015

The second session of Decorative Arts is highlighted by a beautiful late 4th century BC amphora from Gnathnia, now Egnazia, an ancient city in Apulia (southern Italy - the heel of the boot).

Large Greek Gnathia (Apulian) Ware Amphora or Pelike, late 4th century BC
Estimate: $2,000 -- 3,000

Highlights of our International Art Auction

Berthe Morisot (1841-1895), French
Portrait of a Alice Gamby (1890)
Sanguine crayon on japon paper
Estimate: $25,000—35,000

Nicolae Grigorescu (1838-1907), Romanian
Farmer and Cart in a Shaded Village Lane
Oil on canvas
Estimate: $25,000—35,000

The full Decorative Arts and International Art catalogue can be viewed at:
http://decorativearts.waddingtons.ca/auctions-171/Decorative-Arts-and-International-Art-Auction

Date and Times

Auction
Monday, June 16, 2015, 7 pm

Public Preview
Saturday, June 13, 2015, 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday, June 14, 2015, 11 am to 5 pm
Monday, June 15, 2015, 10 am to 12 noon

Location

Waddington's Auctioneers & Appraisers
275 King Street East, Second Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5A 1K2

About Waddington's

Canada's most diversified provider of auction services, Waddington's offers live and online auctions of fine art and collectibles across a broad spectrum of markets, including Asian, Canadian, Contemporary, Inuit and International art, Decorative arts and Jewellery. A full-service company with respected subject knowledge, Waddington's is also the leading expert on providing appraisal and downsizing services. Our international network of clients and contacts ensures we reach the broadest possible audiences.
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