Waddington’s Cabinet of Curiosities, World Culture & History Auction

The auction is offered online December 5 – 10.


Group Shot featuring Lots (clockwise from centre back):
Lot 225 – Green River Formation Fossil Fish Plaque, Wyoming, Eocene Epoch
Lot 137 – Large Moche Red Pottery Fertility Effigy Vessel, 1400-1550 A.D.
Lot 59 – Persian Shiite Cobalt Blue and Turqoise Pottery Pointed Arch Mihrab Grave Tile, c.1920
Lot 170 – American Revolutionary War Engraved Powder Horn, Boston, c.1776
Lot 77 – Tibetan Himalayas Ladakh Buddhist Lama’s Ceremonial Crown, early 20th century


Our final Decorative Arts & Design Auction of the year opens the door to a Cabinet of Curiosities. Spanning a wide range of cultures and historical eras, highlights from this auction include an important letter by Mahatma Gandhi; Islamic and Middle Eastern pottery; pre-Columbian pottery from Central and South America; a good collection of engraved powder horns from the French, Indian and American Revolutionary Wars; and early NASA lunar photographs.

The auction also includes an assortment of antique cameras, pistols, swords, knives, daggers, maps and fossils, as well as a variety of other curious objects.

For those of us who haven’t been able to travel of late, the Cabinet of Curiosities will take you around the world and back in time – no face mask required.


A Letter from Mahatma Gandhi

Featured Lot:

Lot 1 – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) (1869-1948) Letter Signed, To Diwan Sir Mirza Ismail, Peshawar, May 8, 1938

The letter is dated May 8, 1938 and was dictated by Gandhi to Mahadev Desai, another important figure in Indian’s freedom movement, who served as Gandhi’s secretary. It expresses Gandhi’s personal thoughts about a tragic, seminal moment in India’s struggle for independence from British colonialism.

Five pages, written in quill on cotton paper by Mahadev Desai (Gandhi’s secretary)
Dimensions: 8.25 x 6 in — 21 x 15.2 cm
Estimate: $10,000-$15,000

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Waddington’s is Canada’s most diversified provider of auction and appraisal services, specializing in Asian, Canadian, Inuit, Indigenous, International, and Contemporary Art, as well as Decorative Arts & Design, Fine Jewellery and Fine Wine & Spirits.

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For more information:
Tess McLean
Tel: 416.504.9100
Email: tm@waddingtons.ca
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