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Emily Carr, Forest Clearing. Realised: $472,000

Considering selling a work of art? Need advice on estate planning or downsizing as it relates to understanding the value of an item or collection? We can help you find out what it's all really worth and what your options are.

Stephen Ranger, Vice President Waddington's, is joining me this week in Vancouver to talk about selling, buying or appraising art - and much more.

We've been invited to talk with a few groups already, but we're reserving the evening of Thursday, October 19 specifically for individual appointments. And as experts in the broadest range of art and objets d'art, this is a great opportunity for you to find out about more about your Asian, Canadian, International or Inuit Art; Decorative Arts; Fine Jewellery or Fine Wine.

Date & Time: Thursday, October 19, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Location: Sutton Place Hotel, 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver

To make an appointment to discuss selling, buying or appraising your valued possessions with Stephen, please contact me: Jacqui Dixon, Director of Client Services, Western Canada jd@waddingtons.ca or 1.778.837.4588.

Just a reminder that I'm Vancouver-based and available at any time to provide guidance - so don't hesitate to get in touch with me.

And for the rest of the world... our appraisal specialists are always happy to provide their expertise, no matter where you are. Find out more from our Appraisals Manager Ellie Muir at appraisals@waddingtons.ca or call 416.504.9100 / toll-free 1.877.504.5700.

 

 

Posted: 10/13/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Jacqui Dixon


Bright, Bold and Exceptional Quality Prints Attracts Bidders


Ellsworth Kelly, Blue/Green (EK70-336) sold for $17,500

Our September 2017 Prints and Photography Online Auction Results

Responding to market trends for bright, bold and exceptional quality of minimalist prints, the highlight of our auction was Ellsworth Kelly’s Blue/Green (EK70-336) achieving a top five price for the artist’s prints this year. Selling for over three times the high estimate for $17,500, Blue/Green (EK70-336) caught the attention of many bidders. Reflecting the transition between Kelly’s postwar abstraction towards a minimalistic point of view, this work is a poignant and important time the artist’s career. Blue/Green is also a perfect example of the exactitude of the lithographic process, the crisp delineation between the ink and white spaces.

What Attracts Collectors to Prints?

Printmaking techniques are also important factors to consider when collecting and buyers were equally drawn to Kelly’s perfectionism. Another highlight from the auction was Josef Albers who’s I-S’K (from Homage to the Square) sold for $10,625. The instant recognisability of the artist’s style has grown in popularity by collectors. Not only precise, but the colours that each square dons, has strong links to the colour field movement, while also expressing minimalistic tendencies.

This print was a rarity on the market as the colour combination selected by Albers was unique, combining deep, rich colours contrasting with an apple green centre square, which was undeniably attractive to buyers.

There is clearly excitement around the Bauhaus movement and its artists within the art community from exhibitions to collecting taste, ranging from printmaking to architecture. This modern movement will be gaining strength and one to watch on the auction block for seasons to come.

What's Popular in Photography?

Black and white photography continues to dominate the market as buyers look to build their collection with notable, groundbreaking photographers of generations gone by.

Works by André Kertész performed exceptionally well with a perfect sell-through rate, totalling over $16,500. Not only in pristine condition, these works were particularly strong due to their direct provenance from Kertész himself, by way of a private collection near Toronto.

Why Buy Prints & Photography?

Prints and Photography are an affordable way to build your art collection, while also providing access to the very best artists. Waddington’s Prints and Photography department’s expertise draws top works by consignors globally, while also attracting bidders from around the world, remaining competitive with other international auction houses.

To find out more about our auctions and how to consign, please contact Holly Mazar-Fox, hmf@waddingtons.ca

 

Posted: 10/2/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Holly Mazar-Fox


Ethnographic Arts & Artifacts Auction Highlight: A Yoruba Ogboni Drum


Lot 36 - YORUBA OGBONI DRUM BY AREOGUN (1880-1956), OSI ILORIN, NIGERIA

This rare Ogboni drum carving by Areogun (c.1880-1954) of Osi Ilorin, Northern Ekiti, Nigeria, is featured in our Ethnographic Arts & Artifacts Auction.

With a pre-sale estimate of $8,000—12,000, the carved wood drum, with natural pigments, hide and fibre, stands 64.8 cm, with a diameter of 53.3 cm.

Note: The Ogboni drum was used throughout Yoruba (southwestern and north-central Nigeria) in most cultural events, and their collective symbolism helps tie together elements of Yoruba society. In fact, without the music of the Ogboni drums, most funerals, festivals, and ceremonies would have been incomplete or impossible.

These drums, known as the ritual drums of Nigeria, have remained primarily remote and covert.

The Yoruba is one of the three largest ethnic groups of Nigeria concentrated in the southwestern part of the country.

Provenance:
Sherwin Memel, Los Angeles; Lot 102,
Sotheby’s, New York, May, 16, 2008;
Collection of Joey and Toby Tanenbaum, Toronto

Ethnographic Art and Artifacts Online Auction
September 30 - October 5

Register now to bid online: http://onlineauctions.waddingtons.ca

On View:
Sunday, October 1, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday, October 2, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

To find out more please contact Andrew Brandt at 416.847.6168 / ab@waddingtons.ca 

Posted: 9/26/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Andrew Brandt


Embracing Simplicity, Style and Workmanship


What do Eames and Miller have in common with Jensen, Hansen and Anderson?

Let’s start with they're all part of a resurgence of love for design inspired by the mid-century modern era in home furnishings, décor, art and architecture. A love for stylish, yet functional, clean-lined designs, exemplified by furniture designers Charles and Ray Eames and Herman Miller.

It’s not hard to see why people are in love with this style once again. The scale and simplicity is perfect for anyone streamlining their life; whether you’re in pursuit of a more Zen-like environment or responding to the practicality of what works best in the structure of condo living.

And with the same style aesthetic, creations by the jewellery designers of that period are equally relevant and appealing today, with their focus on simplicity, style and workmanship.

The philosophy of designers Georg Jensen, Hans Hansen and David Anderson and others was to create designs of both functionality and beauty - craftsmanship at the forefront.

Our upcoming Silver & Costume Jewellery auction features several excellent examples by Jensen, Hansen and Anderson, as well as by lesser-known designers, whose designs are equally compelling.

If you are a lover of anything mid-century modern, make sure to you take a look at the many amazing offerings in our September 30 – October 5 online auction.

Here are a few lots that might appeal to your sense of style:

Lot 22 ERLING CHRISTOPHERSEN NORWEGIAN STERLING SILVER PENDANT set with a granite specimen, and suspended on a silver chain
Estimate: $100—150
 
Together with:
 
Lot 36 MARICELA (ISIDRO GARCIA PIÑA) MEXICAN STERLING SILVER FRINGE NECKLACE, set with 7 amethyst cabochons
Estimate: $120—160
 
Lot 24 GEORG JENSEN DANISH STERLING SILVER BRACELET, CIRCA 1960’s. Designer: Steffen Andersen, design #210
Estimate: $200—300
 
Together with:
 
Lot 63 NIELS ERIK FROM DANISH STERLING SILVER CIRCULAR BROOCH, set with an amber cabochon
Estimate: $60—80
 
Lot 65 PAIR OF TONE VIGELAND NORWEGIAN STERLING SILVER EAR SLINGS, CIRCA 1960’s
Estimate: $80—120
 
Lot 61 BENT ERIKSEN DANISH STERLING SILVER NECKLACE AND CLIP EARRINGS
Estimate: $200—300

 

To view all the items in the September 30 - October 5 online auction visit: Silver & Costume Jewellery Auction.

 

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Posted: 9/22/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Christa Lambert


Making Your Connection ...with Art


I watched the Emmys Sunday night. From start to finish. No fast forwarding. Stephen Colbert is reason enough to extract this level of commitment from me but I also experienced a revelation where I least expected it. From Donald Trump. Okay not THE Donald Trump but rather from Alec Baldwin, who won an Emmy for his SNL portrayal of the current president.

I’ll have to paraphrase slightly, but Baldwin’s acceptance speech resonated with me. He said when we are at the end of our life, we won’t remember a bill that was passed or a supreme court decision or an address made by the president. We remember a book, or a line from a favourite play, a painting, a scene from a movie or a song. Unlike Proust and his madeleine cookies, for me it is music, books, and pictures that provoke strong memories and deep emotion, so I agree with Mr. Trump...I mean Alec.

When I walked around our sale room today, I was reminded of this: How the art we choose to surround ourselves with enriches our lives throughout our lifetime. There are pictures hanging now that I will really miss when they leave Waddington’s for their new homes but I won’t soon forget them. I’ve made a connection. Art helps us connect with each other, too. With people from our own time and those that have gone before.

We want to encourage you to come down and make that connection, too, so we’ve extended our viewing hours for the Select Auction and will stay open for you to visit Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20 until 7 p.m.

 

 

 

Posted: 9/19/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck


Don't Miss the Opportunity to Consign


Josephie Pootoogook, Joyfully I see Ten Caribou, 1959, Estimate: $6,000-9,000

Waddington’s invites you to consign to our Fall 2017 auctions of Important Inuit Art.

Here are a few of the reasons you should consider consigning to Waddington's:

1. Our service excellence combined with four decades of experience in selling Inuit Art at auction culminates in superior results for our valued clients.

2. Marketing is a key element of our success. Our strategic marketing channels include direct mail, digital marketing, social media and personal contact to reach our own extensive network of clients - and to reach new audiences.

3. When it comes time to preview the auction, our downtown Toronto location provides the perfect gallery space for your artwork to be presented in museum-quality exhibitions prior to the auction.

Please note that we are interested in major collections as well as individual works for our upcoming auctions.

If you would like to find out more about the many benefits of working with Waddington’s, please contact us.

Christa Ouimet co@waddingtons.ca 416.847.6184

 

Highlights from our Upcoming Auctions

 

Josephie Pootoogook, Woman Scraping Skin, 1958 Estimate: $3,000-5,000
Johnny Inukpuk, Woman Cradling Infant, 36" Estimate: $30,000-40,000
Josephie Pootoogook, Joyfully I See Ten Caribou, 1959 Estimate: $6,000-8,000
Osuitok Ipeelee, Hawk, 16.5" Estimate: $22,000-26,000 

 

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Posted: 9/15/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Christa Ouimet


Halcyon Days


CHARLES FRASER COMFORT, BLUE DAY, GEORGIAN BAY, MONUMENT CHANNEL

2017 was the 100th anniversary of the tragic death of Tom Thomson. This summer, I visited some of Thomson's favourite painting places and then paddled with my daughter to the cairn on Canoe Lake, a pilgrimage in honour of this exceptional Canadian. It was a poignant experience for me and a powerful reminder of the beauty of the Canadian landscape and the fleetingness of summer, which we can easily forget when we spend too much time behind a desk or tablet.

The one thing that keeps most of us sane during summer in the city is that great Canadian institution - the pilgrimage to cottage country beginning from the Victoria Day weekend and repeated religiously every weekend thereafter we can spare. The glory days of summer (despite a little rain here and there) begin to taper off now with the arrival of Labour Day Weekend. Our thoughts turn to the start of the school year, to TIFF, to gallery hops and galas and other city- centred events that fill the early months of autumn, muffling the cries of the loons and the splash of a paddle, putting distance between those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer as we sprint towards Christmas.

There will be no more time for trips north now but, luckily for us, hanging in the office of the Canadian Art Department, is Charles Comfort's exquisite rendering of Monument Channel, Georgian Bay extending that summer idyll for a few weeks longer until it, too, moves on to the home of whoever is wise enough to acquire it at our November 20th auction of Important Canadian Art.

In saying goodbye to summer 2017, Anna, Rochelle and I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a safe and enjoyable long weekend. We look forward to welcoming you back to our sales rooms on September 17 and 18th, when we will be previewing our Select Online Sale of Canadian Art.

Posted: 9/1/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck


Recent & Upcoming Events in Canadian Art


Recent and Upcoming Events


Waddington’s May 29th Spring Auction of Important Canadian Art was an exhilarating evening with the total hammer price for the sale widely exceeded Waddington’s pre-sale expectation for this select 112 lot event.


Our cover lot, an early topographical watercolour by William Armstrong, came within a hair’s breadth of setting a new world record for the artist. Our back cover lot, a mighty 1961 McEwen painting, doubled its pre-sale estimate, and dozens of other lots soared well above their pre-sale estimate, to our sellers’ great delight.


On June 27th, we will be conducting our Canada 150 Auction which includes exquisite and fascinating objects and works of art selected to tell the story of Canada’s history. The sale is a collaborative event supported by the Canadian Art, Decorative Arts, Inuit Art, International Art and Jewellery Departments here at Waddington’s.


Please be sure to look for highlights from the Canadian Art Department including a suite of 21 paintings by William Kurelek depicting Huronia in 17th Century Canada, as well as works by AY Jackson, Frederick Banting, Emily Carr, Jane-Ash Poitras and others.


Details about this special sesquicentennial event can be found here: The Canada 150 Auction


 

Posted: 6/15/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck


Waddington’s Canada 150 Auction


The Canada 150 auction is a special Waddington's event celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary featuring art and objects of historical and cultural significance. Some may be whimsical, others more important, all drawn together to celebrate and tell the stories of 150 years of Canadian art and culture. Waddington's is proud to be Canada's oldest auction house, founded pre-Confederation. Our deep well of expertise crosses multiple collecting categories, showcasing our rich passion and capacity for scholarship and linking our heritage to Canada's. This specialized auction will share in the excitement of Canada’s sesquicentennial. Please contact Sean Quinn for further information: sq@waddingtons.ca View the Auction Gallery



CITY OF TORONTO QUEEN VICTORIA DIAMOND JUBILEE ENAMELLED GOLD MEDAL, 1897 Estimate: $2,000—3,000



PROVINCE OF CANADA LAND GRANT TO SIR SANFORD FLEMING, 1856 Estimate: $300—400



LARGE SILVER CANADIAN INDIAN PEACE MEDAL, 1860 Estimate: $2,000—3,000



AFTER JOHN S.C. SCHAAK (ACTIVE WESTMINSTER 1761-1769), BRITISH MAJOR GENERAL JAMES WOLFE, COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF HIS MAJESTY’S FORCES ON THE EXPEDITION AGAINST QUEBEC, 1759 Estimate: $3,000—5,000



JOHN MARSHALL & CO. ‘CANADIAN SPORTS’ LARGE BASIN, 1880S Estimate: $150—250


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Posted: 6/3/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean


SKAM Graffiti Art Online Auction April 3 - 13


Waddington’s is proud to present Toronto’s first auction of Graffiti Art. A collection of 16 recent works by Toronto-based artist Jason Wing, known as SKAM, will be offered in an online auction April 3 to 13. Highly-regarded, Jason is considered one of Toronto’s true, original graffiti artists.

Formally trained in graphic design at George Brown College, Jason began creating his art over 20 years ago, which now appears everywhere from dark back alleys to gleaming corporate spaces. Of the works featured in the Waddington’s auction, each is an original, spray-painted freehand onto canvas, varying in size from 48” x 48” to 48” x 96”.

In answer to what he is inspired by, Jason says: “It varies, sometimes I sketch beforehand and sometimes I don’t. Nowadays with over a 1000 plus pieces under my belt I generally free style. I get inspiration from anywhere and everywhere: fashion, art, music, etc.”

Jason skillfully balances maintaining his street credit with receiving mainstream recognition for his work. He has designed movie sets, conducted live painting engagements for festivals and special events, as well as created commissioned artwork for clients like Yabu Pushelberg, Google, Beanfield Metroconnect, and Louis Vuitton.

In addition to his graffiti work, Jason is also an entrepreneur, and has turned his lifelong passion into a storefront business, Homebase, which sells graffiti supplies, providing other artists with access to great products and to connect with him. Jason is also prolific. He paints personal pieces on a weekly basis, completing an average of 80 works a year.

Duncan McLean, president of Waddington’s, notes that “urban art plays a critical role in constructive societal discourse. It is free expression at its ultimate and underlines our innate need to chronicle our stories, struggles, history.” He adds: “Waddington’s has been the vanguard of promoting diverse forms of Canadian art, from our first sales of Group of Seven works in the 1960s, to creating new markets for Inuit art over the last four decades, and developing a secondary market for contemporary Canadian art through our Concrete Contemporary Art Auctions and Projects division.”





Posted: 3/2/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean


"Off the Wall" Art Auction - June 22-25, 2015


GERSHON ISKOWITZ (CANADIAN, 1921-1988)
UNTITLED (detail)
$1,200—1,500
As always, our "Off the Wall" art auction offered an eclectic assemblage of artwork from a variety of artists. Enter: Ronald William Bolt, Gershon Iskowitz, Roy Lichtenstein and Dorothy Knowles.

This season’s June sale featured a wide variety of Canadian and International artists on scales large and small. As the current market for collecting has shifted to a more modern taste, our monthly online auctions offer many works of abstraction that would benefit any contemporary art enthusias. Side by side with works of the classic tradition, including esteemed Canadian artists Frederick Stanley Haines and Paul Rodrik, bidding online has never been so fun… and rewarding.

Our "Off the Wall" art auctions continue to exceed our expectations here at Waddington’s. With art coming in all the time, fine art specialist Doug Payne, together with his remarkable eye for detail, selects and supplies the demand for abstraction and mixed media works that attract so many collectors. With this our monthly online auctions continue to appeal to a vast audience, with art that ranges in style, subject matter, palette and is easy on the wallet.

We hope you enjoyed the selection of artwork featured in our "Off the Wall" art auctions throughout the season.


View the Auction Gallery

View the PDF Catalogue

Posted: 6/15/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean


As one auction season ends, another is soon underway…


Upcoming Auction Highlights
2014 was extremely busy at Waddington’s with 21 live auctions, 43 online auctions, several selling exhibitions and numerous fundraising events. Across our various departments we brought together 4,219 successful bidders with over 12,000 lots consigned by 3,039 vendors. And our Canadian art department set 12 new artist’s auction records this year!

Our success in 2014 was in great part due to our diversity of knowledge and experience, and our broad market networks. Waddington’s is well equipped to handle your items not only through our traditional departments, but anything you can challenge us with no matter how unique.

For me, the stand-out items are not always the most valuable ones. In 2014, what I found the most intriguing was The Billy Jamieson Collection of everything macabre, magical and outrageous – including a wooden New Guinea cannibal fork, a 19th c human tooth necklace, a pair of Houdini’s handcuffs and a commemorative slice of Jumbo the Elephant’s tusk originally presented to Mrs. P.T. Barnum.

Other 2014 auction highlights were a 16th c gilt bronze Buddha, a stone sculpture by Inuit artist Davidialuk depicting the story of Katyutayuuq, a rare set of 12 Imperial Russian dinner plates, a 19th c Napoleonic chess set depicting the Battle of Algiers, Sir Isaac Brock's Knighthood Commission document, an Elizabethan (1580) silver-mounted Tigerware jug, an Andy Warhol portrait of Karen Kain, and an important J.E.H MacDonald oil sketch for a major AGO collection canvas.  Now how’s that for diversity!

Spring 2015 will see Waddington’s offer yet another unique collection to complement our traditional department offerings: 250 pieces from the ‘FXSMITH Studio Collection’ including movie costumes and props from films like The X Men series and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. 

We invite you to be part of our Spring 2015 season and to consider a consignment opportunity with us. Whether live, online or through private sale, we can provide the best forum to buy or sell.

Winter 2015 Newsletter (PDF)

Spring 2015 Auction and Consignment Schedule (PDF)

— Duncan McLean
President

Posted: 1/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Duncan McLean


IN MEMORY OF TOLLER CRANSTON


(1949 – 2015)

Toller Cranston lived in a grand Victorian home on Pembroke Street in downtown Toronto in the 1980s. Waddington’s was on Queen Street East at that time – on the other side of Moss Park, a short walk away. Toller was a regular at all our auctions, which in those days included twice-weekly estate auctions offering anything and everything to be found in a home. Toller was always on the hunt for the wild, the colourful, the outrageous, the beautiful and anything over the top. His favourite expression when he saw something he had to have was: “It’s beyond the beyond!” Pieces Toller had to have included an Italian Murano green glass indoor fountain that was destined for his bay window (where it actually worked once installed); a huge black metal sculpture of a flying raven; as well as every antique, carved wood cherub he could find.

One evening, I was hanging out with Toller and Bill Kime, another friend from Waddington’s, at his home. In our conversation Toller declared that it was time for him to start selling a few pieces to help spark a change in his life. This was during a difficult period for Toller, in the twilight of his skating career, and feeling unappreciated by the art world. (I remember a large canvas he had recently painted of classically Victorian dressed skaters on a frozen outdoor pond. On a hill next to the pond, a sinister-looking tree with another skater hanging by the neck from a branch over the frozen pond. That was Toller – dramatic and dark-humoured.)

Bill suggested that the best way to sell his pieces was not a few at a time, but all at once as a big event that would generate excitement; create a buzz in Toller’s world of art and entertainment. Toller loved the theatre of big events – and he was immediately excited by the prospect. In June 1991, after many days of working closely with Toller to catalogue the collection and produce a catalogue, Waddington’s offered the contents of his three-story house over a three-session auction. Invitations to the preview party were highly sought. Fans, collectors, voyeurs and media spilled out our front doors the evening of the first auction. And as predicted, the sale of his home and its contents allowed him to “reinvent himself”. Toller bought a magnificent estate in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico’s artist colony, where many ex-pat Canadians including Leonard Brooks and Toller’s good friend Gary Slipper were already settled. A new chapter of his life.

The reality is, Toller had already reinvented himself several times – from virtuoso world-champion skater, to caustic commentator to devoted coach – Toller had pushed the limits of a restrictive sport at every leap and turn. As a painter, Toller’s work was like his artistry on ice. Graceful, sensual, provocative, at times dark, or exploding with colour and energy. Defying tradition and eschewing conformity.

Toller lived large. He craved attention and appreciation, but he also spoke the truth as he saw it – which often landed him on the wrong side of the establishment. He had a wicked sense of humour and could slay his critics with a mere word or two. Toller was brilliant. He should be honoured as one of Canada’s most remarkable creative forces for changing the Canadian landscape in so many ways. Toller was a friend. He was generous, he was fun, he was both a social animal and a solitary man, a mercurial temperament who would disappear for months and then return with bravado.

Toller will be missed. By me, by those who had the chance to enter his magical life, and everyone else who will be touched by his creative legacy.

Duncan McLean
27/01/15


This photograph of Toller’s main floor living room was taken by Joy von Tiedemann and used as the auction catalogue cover. It’s a wonderfully mad room that is all Toller.





These images of Toller and his home were simply taken down off his wall to be used in the auction catalogue.





These images are of the auction preview displaying Toller’s immense and diverse collection. Waddington’s gallery had never looked so vibrant, so colourful or so fantastic!



Posted: 1/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Duncan McLean


Specialists' Preview - Spring 2014 Auction Highlights
April 3 – 8, 2014


Sometimes what’s old is truly new again. Traditionally, Waddington’s held our much anticipated Fine Art Auctions bi-annually, a dedicated week of previewing and selling the best we had to offer for that season from all our departments. Previewed as an enormous mix of wonderful and eclectic, rare and beautiful, classically traditional and wildly eccentric, there was something for everyone and for every taste. As all our departments grew, it became unwieldy to organize all our auctions and previews into the same time period. Spreading the auctions throughout the spring was more manageable, and the departments began to conduct business more autonomously, focused on their core proven markets and clients.

Fast forward ten years and we see an evolution in market tastes and buying trends. Today, fewer people collect as a hobby in pursuit of objects from a narrow, focused area of interest. Nowadays people are more likely to collect to decorate their home or business – and they’re much more willing to mix cultures, textures and periods to create an individualized environment. In reflection, our traditional preview settings more suited to the current more diversified market. They made it easy to imagine how things would look in situ – how an English highland painting might look beside the Sorel Etrog sculpture already in your home, how the clean and powerful lines of an Inuit sculpture could complement your Group of Seven canvas. How a delicate Chinese vase is flattered by art deco bronze figures and English silver candle sticks. It was almost like looking at the pages of a décor magazine.

So we’re borrowing from the past. We’re bringing back the multi-department preview to demonstrate how great but different art can blend together. Our specialists (some of the best in the world in their various categories of expertise) have handpicked their favourite items from their spring season auctions. The most interesting, most eclectic, and in some cases the most valuable, to be previewed together in our gallery in one glorious display. And to further enhance the experience, we’ve also invited Farrow & Ball to be part of the display, weaving in the colour palette and wallpaper highlights from their spring season.

We look forward to sharing some of our favourite things with you.

Please be sure to visit April 3 – 8.

Posted: 3/31/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Duncan McLean


"Off the Wall" Art Blog


Hello 2014!

Entering into our 15th year of Monthly Art Auctions - both Off The Wall and Online - I would like to thank all those who participated in making 2013 a successful and fun year. I am looking forward to another year of offering the wide range of artworks, sculptures, etc. that come through our doors.

The January 20 - 23rd online auction has some great works coming up and many more affordable pieces. Here are just a few names that will be offered:

Norval Morrisseau
Robert Pilot
W. Goodridge Roberts
Tom Roberts
Harry Britton
Blake Debassige
Arthur Verner
J.W. Beatty
A.A. Edson
B. des Clayes
H.S. Palmer
Guido Odierna
J. Giunt
Henry Cooper
Alfred Leyman, and much more.
Posted: 1/15/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Doug Payne


Off the Wall - May 2013


Hello and welcome to my second blog posting!

First, I would like to thank all those who participated in March's past auction, and for making the monthly "Off The Wall" online auction a success. I truly can't believe it is almost April already!

Each month offers a variety of mixed works - from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. However, beauty is in the eye of the buyer. Nothing surprises me anymore! After working at Waddingtons.ca for 27 years and having probably seen over a million pieces of art, you'd think I might have seen it all. But sometimes, out of the blue, something will come in that will fill me with wonder and leave me saying "Wow, amazing!" (which is truly difficult to do .. ha ha).

For some of the auctions, you are probably in the same boat as me when I see how much works are sold for, given the conservative estimates I offer. This probably explains why 98% of the works offered each month are sold. My working motto is "I'm here to sell it, not showcase it". It's amazing and it works. The Off the Wall web page is one of the busiest in the company.

In April, "Off The Wall" has another great online auction from the 22nd to 25th. Works include pieces by Marion Long (2), Andre Bieler (5), Andre Lapine, Allen Sapp, Marmaduke Matthews, William Armstrong, Willem Hendriks, Guido Odierna, Wentworth Folkins, Bobs Cogill Haworth, Alexander Dzigurski, Bertram Brooker, Guy Michon (3), Horatio Walker, Leif Ostlund (6), Carl Beam, G. Osborn, Dick Ferrier, Geza Marich, Edmond Montague Morris, Farquhar McGillivray Knowles, Tom Scott, Antoine Blanchard, Nihan Basak (3), Albert J. Franck (4), Frederick S. Haines, Nicholas Hornyansky, Ted Bertram, L.A.C. Panton, Ernest A. Dalton, William John Hopkinson (2), and many more. Each piece is a high quality of work, with new pieces being consigned every day, so stay tuned for more to come!

Each day seems busier than the last with clients coming in to meet with me for various reasons. Whether they are downsizing their homes, inherited beautiful pieces or selling works they've had for years (or some just recently found), I am rarely at my desk! That said, if I don't answer my phone when you ring, please call the main line at (416) 504 - 9100, or drop me an email at dp@waddingtons.ca and I will be more than happy to assist you in any way possible.

For those of you wishing to consign for the April "Off The Wall" online auction, the deadline is April 10th by 5 pm. Finally, make sure to put the May dates into your calendar as the online auction will be running from May 13th - 16th, with consignments being accepted until May 1st.

Thanks for stopping by. I am looking forward to the myriad of online auctions coming up this Spring and can't wait to see what the Summer has in store (if it ever gets here!)

All the best,

Doug Payne (or as Ronald McLean used to call me... Bluto)
Posted: 5/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Doug Payne


Off the Wall - October 2012


Hello and welcome to my first Blog....ever. I'm been working here at Waddingtons since February 1986. I can honestly tell you that I love it and love what I do. My experience comes from "hands on" and having a photographic memory surely helps.

Since we started "Off the Wall" auctions way back in February 1998 (I can still remember the very first lot, an etching of "Ward's Island". We are now approaching the 14th year of these auctions and an estimated 40,000 pictures later, we are still going strong.

The "Off the Wall" auctions offer a variety of artworks from well known artists to the unknown. It's a great way for clients who are just starting an art collection or wishing to add to their collections or those dealers/sellers looking for a quick turnaround at affordable prices.

In the upcoming "Off the Wall" November 12th - 15th, will include works by Manly MacDonald, Rene Richards, Henry George Glyde, Betty Goodwin, John Joy, and many other noted artists, as well as lesser known and decorative works.
Posted: 10/1/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: Doug Payne

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