In addition to Canadiana and folk art, categories included furniture, paintings, pottery and stoneware, tools, toys and banks, architectural and nautical. The sale grossed CA$430,375.
Miller & Miller's Online-Only Canadiana & Folk Art Auction, Held
April 17th, is a Huge Hit, Grossing $430,375 (Canadian)
In addition to Canadiana and folk art, categories included furniture, paintings, pottery and
stoneware, tools, toys and banks, architectural and nautical. The sale grossed
New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada, April 23, 2021 -- An oil on board painting by Canadian
artist Maud Lewis (1903-1970) sold for $25,960, a circa 1865-1870 Prince Edward Island pocket
watch trade sign hit $16,520 and a carved slide-top pencil box made around 1800 in Quebec
realized $12,980 in an online-only Canadiana & Folk Art auction held on April 17 by Miller &
Miller Auctions, Ltd.
All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars and are
inclusive of an 18 percent buyer’s premium.
The circa 1960 painting on green board by Maud
Lewis was the top lot of the auction. It showed a
favorite local cove of the artist, with the red-roofed
Lynch House on the shore and the ferry Princess
Helene entering the harbor. The Princess Helene
operated between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia
for 30 years. The signed and framed work measured
11 inches by 13 inches (sight).
The 19th century double-sided Charlottetown,
Prince Edward Island pocket watch trade sign, was
marked W. N. Taunton, who operated his shop there from 1865-1900. The 16 inch in diameter
trade sign had an untouched surface and showed 10:15 on one side and 11:15 on the other. It
was illustrated in the book Canadian Folk Art to 1950 by John Fleming and Michael Rowan (p. 63).
The signed, slide-top pencil box from Saint-Henri-de-Levis, Quebec had the original untouched
brown painted surface and was incised with the name Germain Roberge on the bottom. It was 8
¼ inches long by 3 inches wide and was carved from a single block of pine, with deeply carved
geometrics on the top and ends, while the sides had carved rosettes flanking a swirling pinwheel.
The auction was headlined by the lifetime Canadiana collection of Marty Osler, a true collector
whose passion for