Waddington’s Canadian Art Auction

The auction will be offered online December 5 – 10.


Estimate $20,000-$30,000

Our final Canadian Art auction of 2020 demonstrates Waddington’s ability to find the best works from private collections that are fresh to market. This auction presents the opportunity to bid on an impressive selection of works from the Painters Eleven, as well as several canvases by master painters of the Canadian landscape from the first half of the 20th century.

As we continue to navigate through 2020, we know that offering these works on our online platform is the best option to serve our clients by providing a safe and exciting way to bid from the comfort of your homes. We have also created a beautiful digital catalogue with additional images to help inform your buying decisions.

Offered at auction for the first time from private collections are some excellent paintings by Walter Yarwood. Landscape and Nightscape have been passed down through generations since they were first acquired directly from the artist in the late 1950’s. As art historian and curator, Dr. Sarah Stanners writes in our accompanying essay for Nightscape, these paintings from c.1958 represent “a time in which the artist was reaching the pinnacle of his modernist abstract painting career.”


Estimate $15,000-$25,000

We are also honoured to offer a large painting by Alexandra Luke, another founding member of the Painters Eleven. This untitled painting has excellent provenance, having been purchased directly from descendants of the artist. It was also included in an important touring exhibition of Canadian Women Artists which kicked off at the Riverside Museum in New York in 1947.

George Pepper’s Boathouses on the Ottawa River is a superb example of the artist’s work – a rare, high-quality find also making its debut at auction. Pepper may not yet be a household name, but in our opinion, he should be. This stellar painting clearly demonstrates his mastery of painting snow and shadow. The painting exemplifies the Canadian approach to our long and snowy winters – with exuberance and a willingness to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.

Other notable discoveries in this auction are two paintings of snowy days by Stanley Turner. A long-underappreciated painter that we feel absolutely holds his own among the traditional Group of Seven works that typically sell in our major auctions. Both Timber Line and Heavy Snow should not be missed as they would be wonderful additions to any collection of Canadian art.

Waddington’s was thrilled to set an auction record with Peter Clapham Sheppard’s Elizabeth Street, Toronto in 2018, and we’re equally honoured to offer a large canvas by the painter this December. A Northern Lake shows Sheppard’s keen sense of colour and composition. The watercolour study for this work accompanies the painting. We also have two smaller oil sketches by the artist if your wall space is limited. Sheppard continues to be an artist with an ever-widening group of dedicated collectors.

Rounding out the auction is a selection of sculpture and other estate gems by A.J. Casson, J.E.H. MacDonald, A.Y. Jackson, Rita Letendre, A.H. Robinson, Prudence Heward, Henrietta Mabel May, William Ronald, and a bronze sculpture by Leo Mol that is a study for a well-known larger scale version in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden in Winnipeg.

Although we are unable to welcome you for in-person previews at this time, we invite you to contact us for additional details, images and condition reports, as always, our staff are available to answer any questions you may have.

We are also seeking consignments for our 2021 Canadian Art auctions. For more information contact us: canadianart@waddingtons.ca

About Waddington’s
Waddington’s is Canada’s most diversified provider of auction and appraisal services, specializing in Asian, Canadian, Inuit and 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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