TORONTO - Several rare and newly-discovered works of art were sold at auction Monday night during the Joyner Waddington’s Fall Auction of Important Canadian Art.
“Chatterie,” a 1957 abstract painting by Paul-Emile Borduas, fetched a $660,800 after some feverish bidding both on the telephone and in the auction room.
The painting, which had a pre-sale estimate of between $150,000 and 200,000, missed setting an auction record for Borduas by less than $3,000.
“Chatterie” highlighted the Post-War and Contemporary Canadian offerings in the auction.
”It is a Canadian art treasure that displays the immense skill of one of our country’s most celebrated painters,” said Joyner senior art specialist Lydia Abbott.
A canvas by Painter’s Eleven member William Ronald entitled ”Memories New York, 1959,” sold for $59,000 during the evening sale.
The large canvas, splattered and dripped with paint, reveals Ronald’s dialogue with Jackson Pollock’s artworks which he encountered while living in New York City.
A William Kurelek painting entitled ”Yukon Trappers’ Stop” depicting a Yukon trapper treading through deep snow fetched $82,600, surpassing its pre-sale estimates of up to $80,000.
”River Scene,” a rare, small oil on glass painting by Tom Thomson is one of the earliest works by the artist to have ever appear at auction.
After some energetic bidding, this tiny gem measuring just three-by-three inches was sold for $42,480, almost tripling its pre-sale estimate.
A 1920s oil painting by Quebec artist Marc-Aurele Fortin depicting Maison Tessier in the Saguenay region of Quebec fetched a final price of $76,700, more than double its estimate.
Other highlights included a rare large format 1889 oil painting by Frederick Arthur Verner entitled ”Indians Paddling West Coast Canoes‘‘ which sold for $70,800.
Three small oil on panel artworks by Clarence Gagnon depicting Quebec villages in winter and dating to the 1920s surpassed pre-sale estimates with each selling for over $30,000.
An online bidding session of Canadian Art will continue until Nov. 29th at 2 p.m. EST.