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Continuing our tradition of cross-country consultation with clients, Consignor recently held a Valuation Day event at Mayberry Fine Art in Winnipeg. The day was a hectic one, attracting interest and excitement from individuals throughout the region. Consignor and Mayberry’s specialists were kept busy throughout the day, viewing and researching artworks in order to provide some insight to the owners. The consultations led to multiple consignments towards Consignor’s fall auctions, however the clear winner at the end of the day was Winnipeg Harvest, the Valuation Day event held to benefit the charity. Thank you to all who attended and shared your day with us!

Below Lydia and Rob speak with Winnipeg media regarding the Valuation Day event.

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(Left to Right) Emily Carr, "Arbutus Trees"; Manly Macdonald, "Logging Scene"; Jack Bush, "Quarter Moon"; John Lyman, "Portrait of Marcelle"

Emily Carr, “Arbutus Trees”; Manly Macdonald, “Logging Scene”; Jack Bush, “Quarter Moon”; John Lyman, “Marcelle”

The Consignor Spring Auction of Important Canadian Art offered several rare examples of exceptional Canadian paintings, prints and sculpture, enticing both local and international buyers to its semiannual online auction, leading to strong results for an array of artwork.

Emily Carr ‘s Arbutus Trees, dated 1908, was featured in the May auction as a rare and striking watercolour that showcased Carr’s early experimentation with brilliant hues of orange and purple. Consignor’s standard four-week preview period allowed buyers and enthusiasts alike the opportunity to see Arbutus Trees in context, as the Art Gallery of Ontario was serendipitously exhibiting “From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia” at the same time. Carr’s Arbutus Trees sold comfortably for $52,900 (prices include Buyer’s Premium).

Another special painting in Consignor’s May auction was Manly Edward MacDonald’s Logging Scene. The piece was enthusiastically recognized as an excellent example of the artist’s skill and style. This brought on feverish bidding, which ultimately took Logging Scene far above its pre-sale auction estimate to $9,775.

Consignor also continues to see excellent results on works of art by Jack Bush. Following the record-breaking success of Consignor’s sale of Jack Bush’s Summer Lake last spring, gouache on paper, Quarter Moon, made its auction debut and exceeded its estimate at $41,400. The artwork was featured predominantly in the main gallery and received praise by both experts and passers-by.

An additional highlight was John Goodwin Lyman’s Portrait of Marcelle, which sold for $40,250. This portrait, circa 1935, was painted during the climax of Lyman’s career, and is a masterful demonstration of his preoccupation with light, volume, and the human figure. Portrait of Marcelle was selected as the cover illustration for the catalogue of the 1986 travelling retrospective exhibition and remains one of the artist’s largest portraits.

The results from the auction demonstrate that, whether historical or post-war, quality Canadian artwork is being sought by collectors across the country and beyond. Consignor Canadian Fine Art is a leading auction house, sometimes discovering special works of art on its free valuation days. Consignor regularly visits St. John’s, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver and other cities to meet with clients personally for review of their artwork. To inquire about upcoming valuation days or for questions about consigning, please call toll free 1-866-931-8415 to speak with one of our specialists, email [email protected].

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Emily Carr, Arbutus Trees (1908); Jack Bush, Quarter Moon (1975)(Toronto – April 28, 2015) – On the heels of a much lauded Emily Carr retrospective exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario, lies directly across the street at Consignor Canadian Fine Art, a rare and exceptional earlier work by Carr that has never been seen before by the public. Arbutus Trees (1908), a 14.5” X 10.75” watercolour (estimated value $50,000 – $70,000), was acquired by a private owner directly from Carr herself, who at the time was an aspiring artist honing her craft. It has since remained in the family’s estate for more than a century, and will hit the auction block for the first time at Consignor Canadian Fine Art’s Spring Auction of Important Canadian Art, May 20 – 28, at

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A very busy and exciting week has drawn to a close with Consignor holding successful valuation day events in Halifax and St. John’s.  Beautiful weather and friendly faces made for a fantastic few days and we thank all of those who took the time to come and meet with us.

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Lydia and Rob hosted “Navigating the Auction Industry” at the Artist Project on Saturday afternoon, part of the fair’s Art Chats Seminar Series.  Providing information regarding buying, selling and following the auction market, the seminar inspired a lively question and answer session.  Thank you to the Artist Project for hosting us and for all those who made it to the Better Living Centre on a snowy afternoon!

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Ukrainian Proverb Fetches $41,400 at Consignor Canadian Fine Art’s Fall Online Auction

(TORONTO – The Canadian Press – November 30th, 2014) A wintry William Kurelek painting that the artist gave to a Toronto woman as thanks for her homemade apple strudel and jam has sold for more than double its presale auction estimate.

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Ukranian ProverbTORONTO (Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press – November 20th, 2014)  A wintry William Kurelek painting the artist gave to a late Toronto woman as thanks for her delicious homemade apple strudel and jam could result in a windfall for her daughter at an online auction.  Consignor Canadian Fine Art’s fall sale that opened for bidding on its website Wednesday and runs through Nov. 28 has a pre-sale estimate of $15,000-$20,000 on the work entitled Ukrainian Proverb.

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Hepaticas in a Cup, a rare 1935 still life by renowned Canadian painter David Milne is being offered for the first time at auction, featured in the Consignor Fall Auction of Important Canadian Art, one of more than 130 works of art which will be open for bidding between November 19 and 28, 2014.  The 22 X 24 inch canvas, being offered with an auction estimate of $125,000 to 175,000, was once praised by the artist himself as being a fine achievement and among one of his best works.  Milne praised the painting to his patrons (the Rt. Honourable Vincent and Alice Massey) through a series of letters during the execution of the artwork and regarded it as his “Spring Fever” painting of 1935.  The striking canvas was painted during Milne’s time living at Six Mile Lake and features his charismatic large blank space with curious “out of focus” close-up objects (flowers in bowls).  Hepaticas captures the artist’s excitement for the season.

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