Original oil paintings by Canadian artist Maud Lewis (1901-1970), marvelous bronze creations by Romanian sculptor Demetre Chiparus (1886-1947), and a group of cold-painted “naughty bronzes” by Austrian artist Franz Xaver Bergman (1861-1935) are just a few of the expected highlights in Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s online-only Canadiana & Decorative Arts auction scheduled for Saturday, May 14th, at 9 am Eastern time.
The auction is an exciting offering of fresh-to-the-market Canadiana antiques, highlighted by folk art and decorative art from the late 19th century through to the 1970s, featuring selections from the Alan Emerson collection. “The Alan Emerson collection ranges from Canadiana to folk art to Pairpoint lamps,” said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. “The quality, authenticity and variety make for a riveting sale.” In all, 407 total lots will come up for bid.
The Canadiana category features stoneware and pottery, fruit jars, furniture, oil lamps, trade signs, quilts and folk art. “This sale contains some important folk art,” Mr. Miller said. “The rare Maud Lewis Black Truck painting was traded to its second owners in the 1970s for some grilled cheese sandwiches, and could set a record. Sold separately are three letters from Maud to John H. Kinnear, the artist she gifted it to in 1967.” Black Truck is expected to bring $30,000-$35,000.
All estimates quoted in this report are in Canadian dollars.
Maud Lewis painted many different vehicles that were part of her life and served as inspirations for many of her vehicular subjects. Black was her color of choice. The truck, less often seen, will no doubt fill a gap for collections focusing on this aspect. Black Truck, painted in 1967, is an oil on Masonite board and measures 11 inches by 14 inches. It’s a springtime painting, with the truck, daffodils, blossoming cherry trees and a house.
Also from Lewis is an oil paint on board titled Oxen Pulling Logs (1967), a snowy scene of a driver with oxen hauling logs with prominent evergreen trees in the background, 12 inches by 16 inches (est. $20,000-$25,000). Wedged between the two paintings is lot 336, a group of letters from Ms. Lewis to Mr. Kinnear, dated 1966-1967 (est. $3,500-$5,000). Few letters by Ms. Lewis exist, and these offer a rare glimpse into her fascinating world.
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