TORONTO (Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press) – A new online auction company for high-end Canadian art is entering the market. Consignor Canadian Fine Art says it will officially open its doors across the street from the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto on Aug. 1. The move means the former Mayberry Fine Art division of Consignor.ca will become a separate, full-time auction venture. Consignor will offer auction and appraisal services and plans to hold its first semi-annual online sale of premiere historical and post-war Canadian art in the second half of November. The new company partners are Rob Cowley, Lydia Abbott and Ryan Mayberry, who will act as principals.
(Toronto – For Immediate Release) A new partnership between one of the country’s leading Canadian art galleries and two auction industry veterans brings a new presence to the Canadian auction landscape.
Consignor Canadian Fine Art will officially open its doors on August 1st at 326 Dundas Street West (directly across the street from the Art Gallery of Ontario), moving the former Mayberry Fine Art division of Consignor.ca into a separate, full-time auction venture. The new company will be a partnership including Rob Cowley (former Vice President and Chief Auctioneer with Joyner Waddington’s Canadian Fine Art), Lydia Abbott (former Canadian Fine Art Specialist with Joyner Waddington’s and Office Director with Heffel Fine Art) and Ryan Mayberry (Partner at Mayberry Fine Art and Founder of Consignor.ca), who will act as principals.
Consignor will offer a full range of auction and appraisal services, commencing with fall sales of Canadian art, including a November auction of Fine Canadian Art: an online auction which will feature works by important Canadian artists. The November sale (the first of semi-annual online auctions of premiere works by historical and post-war Canadian artists) will be accompanied by a full-colour and academic auction catalogue and extended live previews in the newly-renovated gallery space. The firm will also offer appraisal services, with documents written to International Society of Appraiser and USPAP standards (with both Cowley and Abbott being accredited members of the ISA).
The partnership brings together the private sale and auction industries: Mayberry Fine Art, with galleries in Winnipeg, Toronto, and British Columbia, has over 40 years of experience in the Canadian art market and are best known for privately brokering sales of rare and important works of Canadian art as well as representing some of the nation’s top contemporary artists; and Rob Cowley and Lydia Abbott, with over twenty years of combined experience within the auction industry, both playing managerial and senior specialist roles with Joyner Waddington’s and Heffel’s.