New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada, October 30, 2023 — Four original oil paintings by the renowned Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (1903-1970) sold for a combined $167,560, and an extremely rare cobalt-washed stoneware flask from the 1850s by William Collinson finished at $15,340 in Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s online-only Canadiana & Historic Objects auction held on October 7th.
All prices quoted in this report are in Canadian dollars.
The four paintings by Ms. Lewis included The Three Black Cats ($47,200); Two Deer ($44,250); Oxen in Winter ($38,350); and Covered Bridge in Winter ($37,760). The first two were serial images found only in the 1960s; Oxen in Winter spanned two decades; Covered Bridge in Winter was painted toward the end of Ms. Lewis’s rich life. All four paintings were signed and framed.
Maud Lewis lived most of her life in poverty in a small house in Marshalltown, Nova Scotia. She achieved national recognition in 1964 and 1965 for her cheerful paintings of landscapes, animals and flowers, which offer a nostalgic and optimistic vision of her native province. Several books, plays and films have been produced about her. She’s one of Canada’s most celebrated folk artists.
Miller & Miller Auctions has back-to-back sales planned for Friday, October 27th (Advertising & Americana) and Saturday, October 28th (Advertising, Petroliana & Coin-Op). Both are online. Then, on Friday, November 17th, the firm will hold a Luxury Watches auction, also online.
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