An Important Private Collection of Canadian Art (Session 2)

It is our privilege to introduce to the auction market an Important Private Collection of Canadian Art, a selection of rare and remarkable historical artwork, most of which is making its auction debut with Cowley Abbott this fall, part of a two-session live auction event. December will mark the first of three seasons of offerings from this collection.

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Artwork by Homer Ransford Watson, Country Road, Stormy Day
Lot #101
HOMER RANSFORD WATSON
Country Road, Stormy Day

oil on board
signed and dated 1895 or 1900 lower right
18 x 24.25 ins ( 45.7 x 61.6 cms )

Auction Estimate: $15,000.00$10,000.00 - $15,000.00
Price Realized $18,000.00
Sale date: December 1st 2022

Artwork by Paul Peel, The Luxembourg Gardens, Paris II
Lot #102
PAUL PEEL
The Luxembourg Gardens, Paris II

oil on board
signed and dated “Paris 1890” lower left; a floral tree study painted on the reverse
10.5 x 13.75 ins ( 26.7 x 34.9 cms )

Auction Estimate: $30,000.00$20,000.00 - $30,000.00
Price Realized $72,000.00
Sale date: December 1st 2022

Artwork by Arthur Lismer, Lake Superior-Pic Island
Lot #103
ARTHUR LISMER
Lake Superior-Pic Island

oil on board
signed lower right; signed, titled and inscribed “$75” on the reverse
12.5 x 16 ins ( 31.8 x 40.6 cms )

Auction Estimate: $90,000.00$70,000.00 - $90,000.00
Price Realized $312,000.00
Sale date: December 1st 2022

Artwork by Frederick Horsman Varley, Snow in the Mountains, Garibaldi Park
Lot #104
FREDERICK HORSMAN VARLEY
Snow in the Mountains, Garibaldi Park

oil on panel
signed lower left; inscribed “Varley $60” and Varley Inventory No. 1293 on the reverse
12 x 15 ins ( 30.5 x 38.1 cms )

Auction Estimate: $60,000.00$40,000.00 - $60,000.00
Price Realized $144,000.00
Sale date: December 1st 2022

Artwork by Tom Thomson, Petawawa Gorges
Lot #105
TOM THOMSON
Petawawa Gorges

oil on panel
Estate stamp lower right; Estate stamp and inscribed with title, dated “1916” and “M. Thomson” on the reverse
8.25 x 10.5 ins ( 21 x 26.7 cms )

Auction Estimate: $1,500,000.00$1,000,000.00 - $1,500,000.00
Price Realized $2,220,000.00
Sale date: December 1st 2022

Artwork by Edwin Headley Holgate, Totem Poles, Gitsegukla
Lot #106
EDWIN HEADLEY HOLGATE
Totem Poles, Gitsegukla

graphite drawing
signed lower left, inscribed “Gitsegukla” lower right
9.5 x 8 ins ( 24.1 x 20.3 cms )

Auction Estimate: $20,000.00$15,000.00 - $20,000.00
Price Realized $20,400.00
Sale date: December 1st 2022

Artwork by Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald, Still Life with Plant
Lot #107
LIONEL LEMOINE FITZGERALD
Still Life with Plant

oil on canvas mounted on board
signed and dated 1948 lower right
19.75 x 14 ins ( 50.2 x 35.6 cms )

Auction Estimate: $25,000.00$15,000.00 - $25,000.00
Price Realized $168,000.00
Sale date: December 1st 2022

Artwork by Adrien Hébert, The Eaton’s Window, Montreal (1937)
Lot #108
ADRIEN HÉBERT
The Eaton’s Window, Montreal (1937)

oil on canvas
signed lower right
32 x 48.25 ins ( 81.3 x 122.6 cms )

Auction Estimate: $90,000.00$70,000.00 - $90,000.00
Price Realized $408,000.00
Sale date: December 1st 2022

Artwork by Alexander Young Jackson, Totem Poles, Kitwanga
Lot #109
ALEXANDER YOUNG JACKSON
Totem Poles, Kitwanga

oil on panel
signed lower left; NJG Inventory No. 653 inscribed on the reverse
8.5 x 10.5 ins ( 21.6 x 26.7 cms )

Auction Estimate: $90,000.00$70,000.00 - $90,000.00
Price Realized $192,000.00
Sale date: December 1st 2022

Artwork by James Williamson Galloway Macdonald, Drying Herring Roe
Lot #110
JAMES WILLIAMSON GALLOWAY MACDONALD
Drying Herring Roe

oil on canvas
signed and dated 1938 lower right; signed and titled on the stretcher bar on the reverse
28.25 x 32 ins ( 71.8 x 81.3 cms )

Auction Estimate: $70,000.00$50,000.00 - $70,000.00
Price Realized $408,000.00
Sale date: December 1st 2022

Artwork by Henry John Sandham, Catching Waterlilies
Lot #111
HENRY JOHN SANDHAM
Catching Waterlilies

oil on canvas
signed and dated 1889 lower right
24 x 34.5 ins ( 61 x 87.6 cms )

Auction Estimate: $60,000.00$50,000.00 - $60,000.00
Price Realized $156,000.00
Sale date: December 1st 2022

Artwork by Florence Emily Carlyle, The Studio
Lot #112
FLORENCE EMILY CARLYLE
The Studio

oil on canvas
signed lower right
35.25 x 21.5 ins ( 89.5 x 54.6 cms )

Auction Estimate: $30,000.00$25,000.00 - $30,000.00
Price Realized $102,000.00
Sale date: December 1st 2022

Artwork by Albert Henry Robinson, Saint-Siméon
Lot #113
ALBERT HENRY ROBINSON
Saint-Siméon

oil on panel
signed lower right
8.25 x 10.5 ins ( 21 x 26.7 cms )

Auction Estimate: $40,000.00$30,000.00 - $40,000.00
Price Realized $84,000.00
Sale date: December 1st 2022

Artwork by David Brown Milne, Young Cedars (1919)
Lot #114
DAVID BROWN MILNE
Young Cedars (1919)

oil on canvas
signed and dated “Dec. 25, ‘19” lower right; titled and inscribed “Loaned by Mrs I.H. Weldon” on the stretcher (by Douglas Duncan); Milne catalogue raisonné no. 201.10
18 x 22.25 ins ( 45.7 x 56.5 cms )

Auction Estimate: $350,000.00$250,000.00 - $350,000.00
Price Realized $792,000.00
Sale date: December 1st 2022

Artwork by Robert Wakeham Pilot, Meeting the Ferry at Quebec (circa 1924)
Lot #115
ROBERT WAKEHAM PILOT
Meeting the Ferry at Quebec (circa 1924)

oil on canvas
signed lower right
18 x 24 ins ( 45.7 x 61 cms )

Auction Estimate: $50,000.00$30,000.00 - $50,000.00
Price Realized $84,000.00
Sale date: December 1st 2022

An Important Private Collection of Canadian Art (Session 2)

An Important Collection of Canadian Art (Session 2)
Lots 101-157
Thursday, December 1st at 7:00 pm EST
The Globe & Mail Centre, 17th Floor
351 King Street East, Toronto

Fall Live Auction of Important Canadian Art (Session 1)
Lots 1-55
Thursday, December 1st at 4:00 pm EST
The Globe & Mail Centre, 17th Floor
351 King Street East, Toronto
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October 29th - November 7th
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
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Montreal*
November 10th - 12th*
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Thursday, November 10th: 12 noon to 5:00 pm
Friday, November 11th: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 12th: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Le Mount Stephen
1440 Drummond Street, Montreal
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Toronto
November 14th - December 1st
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Thursday, December 1st: 9:00 am to 12 noon
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Fall Live Auction of Important Canadian Art (Session 1)

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