The Collection of Joe & Anita Robertson

The artwork in this session is being offered in memory of Joe, Anita and Laura Robertson. Cowley Abbott is proud to donate a portion of the commission from the sale of the family’s artwork to the United Way Niagara in memory of Joe, Anita and Laura Robertson and on behalf of their surviving children, Clark and Taylor. You can read more about the Robertson family in the sidebar of the auction listing.

You are viewing artwork included in this auction. Bidding starts at the reserve price and will continue until the close date and time of the sale for each lot. Prices do not include the 20% Buyer's Premium or applicable taxes. Further details regarding buying with Cowley Abbott can be found by referring to our Conditions of Sale and the "How to Purchase" page.

Artwork by Pierre  Turgeon, La Rencontre
Lot #214
PIERRE TURGEON
La Rencontre

oil on canvas
signed lower left; signed and titled to two labels on the reverse
10 x 12 ins ( 25.4 x 30.5 cms )

Estimated: $600.00$400.00 - $600.00

Current bid: $325.00
Next bid is: $350.00

Closes December 12th at 02:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by Pierre  Turgeon, Rencontre
Lot #215
PIERRE TURGEON
Rencontre

oil on canvas
signed lower left; titled and dated 2004 to the stretcher
8 x 16 ins ( 20.3 x 40.6 cms )

Estimated: $700.00$500.00 - $700.00

Current bid: $450.00
Next bid is: $475.00

Closes December 12th at 02:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by David Brown Milne, Painting Place
Lot #207
DAVID BROWN MILNE
Painting Place

drypoint in colours
signed in the lower margin
4.75 x 6.75 ins ( 12.1 x 17.1 cms ) ( plate size )

Estimated: $1,200.00$800.00 - $1,200.00

Current bid: $800.00
Next bid is: $850.00

Closes December 12th at 02:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by Pierre  Turgeon, Woman in Winter
Lot #212
PIERRE TURGEON
Woman in Winter

oil on canvas
signed lower left
12 x 48 ins ( 30.5 x 121.9 cms )

Estimated: $1,500.00$1,200.00 - $1,500.00

Current bid: $950.00
Next bid is: $1,000.00

Closes December 12th at 02:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by (Manner of) Cornelius Krieghoff, Winter in Laval Mountains near Quebec; Blocked in the Snow
Lot #219
(MANNER OF) CORNELIUS KRIEGHOFF
Winter in Laval Mountains near Quebec; Blocked in the Snow

two oils on canvas
- “Winter in Laval Mountains near Quebec” titled to a label on the reverse; indistinctly titled on the stretcher; 14.25 x 20 ins.;
- “Blocked in the Snow” titled to a label on the reverse; indistinctly titled on the stretcher; 14.25 x 20 ins.; each framed
14.25 x 20 ins ( 36.2 x 50.8 cms ) ( each )

Estimated: $3,000.00$2,000.00 - $3,000.00

Current bid: $2,800.00
Next bid is: $3,000.00

Closes December 12th at 02:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by Alan Caswell Collier, The Tide Sets Seaward, Vancouver Island
Lot #209
ALAN CASWELL COLLIER
The Tide Sets Seaward, Vancouver Island

oil on board
signed lower right; signed and titled on the reverse; titled to the artist and gallery labels on the reverse
12 x 16 ins ( 30.5 x 40.6 cms )

Estimated: $3,500.00$2,500.00 - $3,500.00

Next bid is: $2,000.00

Closes December 12th at 02:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by Alan Caswell Collier, Comox Ferry, Vancouver Island, B.C.
Lot #202
ALAN CASWELL COLLIER
Comox Ferry, Vancouver Island, B.C.

oil on board
signed lower left; signed and titled on the reverse; titled to the artist label and two gallery labels on the reverse
12 x 16 ins ( 30.5 x 40.6 cms )

Estimated: $3,500.00$2,500.00 - $3,500.00

Next bid is: $2,000.00

Closes December 12th at 02:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by Claude A. Simard, Skaters I
Lot #213
CLAUDE A. SIMARD
Skaters I

oil on canvas
signed and dated 1999 lower right; signed, titled and dated 1999 on the reverse
12 x 24 ins ( 30.5 x 61 cms )

Estimated: $3,500.00$2,500.00 - $3,500.00

Current bid: $2,000.00
Next bid is: $2,200.00

Closes December 12th at 02:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by Arthur Shilling, Autumn
Lot #204
ARTHUR SHILLING
Autumn

oil on board
signed and dated 1971 lower right; titled to a gallery label on the reverse
19.5 x 24 ins ( 49.5 x 61 cms )

Estimated: $4,000.00$3,000.00 - $4,000.00

Next bid is: $2,400.00

Closes December 12th at 02:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by Doris Jean McCarthy, High Tide, East Coast
Lot #203
DORIS JEAN MCCARTHY
High Tide, East Coast

watercolour
signed lower right; titled to a gallery label on the reverse
14.25 x 21.5 ins ( 36.2 x 54.6 cms ) ( sight )

Estimated: $4,000.00$3,000.00 - $4,000.00

Next bid is: $2,400.00

Closes December 12th at 02:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by  British School (Canada 1847-1848), The Captain of the day turning the Guard out, Main Guard Citadel, Quebec. William Thirwan “The Doctor” driving Chestnut Bobby
Lot #218
BRITISH SCHOOL (CANADA 1847-1848)
The Captain of the day turning the Guard out, Main Guard Citadel, Quebec. William Thirwan “The Doctor” driving Chestnut Bobby

oil on canvas
titled to a label on the reverse
10.25 x 8 ins ( 26 x 20.3 cms )

Estimated: $4,000.00$3,000.00 - $4,000.00

Current bid: $2,400.00
Next bid is: $2,600.00

Closes December 12th at 02:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by Serge Brunoni, Quebec Promenade rue Ste Anne
Lot #211
SERGE BRUNONI
Quebec Promenade rue Ste Anne

oil on canvas
signed lower right; signed and titled on the reverse
30 x 40 ins ( 76.2 x 101.6 cms )

Estimated: $4,000.00$3,000.00 - $4,000.00

Next bid is: $2,400.00

Closes December 12th at 02:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by William Goodridge Roberts, Laurentian Woods
Lot #205
WILLIAM GOODRIDGE ROBERTS
Laurentian Woods

oil on board
signed lower right; titled and dated 1954 to a gallery label on the reverse
25 x 32 ins ( 63.5 x 81.3 cms )

Estimated: $6,000.00$4,000.00 - $6,000.00

Next bid is: $3,200.00

Closes December 12th at 02:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by Cathy Daley, Untitled (Dancer 1); Untitled (Dancer 2)
Lot #208
CATHY DALEY
Untitled (Dancer 1); Untitled (Dancer 2)

two pastels on vellum paper
each signed and dated 2005 lower right
23 x 18.5 ins ( 58.4 x 47 cms ) ( each sheet )

Estimated: $6,000.00$4,000.00 - $6,000.00

Current bid: $3,200.00
Next bid is: $3,400.00

Closes December 12th at 02:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by Robert Wakeham Pilot, Levis from Quebec
Lot #216
ROBERT WAKEHAM PILOT
Levis from Quebec

oil on board
signed lower right; inscribed “Pilot” on the reverse
8 x 10.5 ins ( 20.3 x 26.7 cms )

Estimated: $8,000.00$6,000.00 - $8,000.00

Next bid is: $4,800.00

Closes December 12th at 02:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by Jean Paul Lemieux, Young Girl
Lot #206
JEAN PAUL LEMIEUX
Young Girl

ink on paper
signed lower right
22.5 x 17.25 ins ( 57.2 x 43.8 cms ) ( sight )

Estimated: $8,000.00$6,000.00 - $8,000.00

Next bid is: $4,800.00

Closes December 12th at 02:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by Frederick Simpson Coburn, A Load of Wood
Lot #220
FREDERICK SIMPSON COBURN
A Load of Wood

oil on canvas
signed and dated 1920 lower left; titled and dated 1920 to a gallery label on the reverse
25 x 20 ins ( 63.5 x 50.8 cms )

Estimated: $8,000.00$6,000.00 - $8,000.00

Next bid is: $4,800.00

Closes December 12th at 02:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by Yehouda Chaki, Flowers with Yellow (0913)
Lot #210
YEHOUDA CHAKI
Flowers with Yellow (0913)

oil on canvas
signed lower left; signed and titled on the reverse; inscribed “0913” on the stretcher; titled to a gallery label on the reverse
48 x 38 ins ( 121.9 x 96.5 cms )

Estimated: $8,000.00$6,000.00 - $8,000.00

Next bid is: $5,000.00

Closes December 12th at 02:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by Robert Wakeham Pilot, Swallow Tail Lighthouse, Grand Manan
Lot #201
ROBERT WAKEHAM PILOT
Swallow Tail Lighthouse, Grand Manan

oil on board
signed and dated 1926 lower right; titled to a label on the reverse
12 x 16 ins ( 30.5 x 40.6 cms )

Estimated: $9,000.00$7,000.00 - $9,000.00

Next bid is: $5,500.00

Closes December 12th at 02:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté, Apples
Lot #217
MARC-AURÈLE DE FOY SUZOR-COTÉ
Apples

oil on canvas
signed and dated 1892 lower right; titled to a gallery label on the reverse
10 x 16 ins ( 25.4 x 40.6 cms )

Estimated: $12,000.00$8,000.00 - $12,000.00

Next bid is: $6,500.00

Closes December 12th at 02:00:00 PM EST

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The Collection of Joe & Anita Robertson

The artwork from the collection is being offered in memory of Joe, Anita and Laura Robertson. Each work of art was carefully chosen by the Robertson family and hung in their welcoming home.

Joe and Anita Robertson were prominent Niagara Peninsula businesspeople, both born to large, closely knit families. They met as teenagers while working at a McDonald’s in Bells Corners, Nepean and married in 1986, raising three children, Taylor, Clark and Laura.

Joe and Anita were lifelong best friends and business partners. They excelled in their careers, purchasing a small dental supply company in St. Catharines, Ontario to grow it under the name of Arcona Health Incorporated. They would sell the company with Joe becoming the CEO and Chair of the Board of Directors of the parent company’s Canadian subsidiary, Henry Schein Arcona Inc.

Laura Robertson, the family’s youngest child, grew up in St. Catharines before moving to Vancouver to earn her Bachelor’s of Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia in 2017. Laura had begun working in Brock University’s Kinesiology Department as a Facilities Coordinator at the time of her passing. She was an active volunteer at Red Roof Retreat and was proud to serve Niagara-on-the-Lake as a volunteer firefighter. Laura had a lifelong passion for the arts and was a skilled illustrator and oil painter.

Joe and Anita Robertson were philanthropically active in their Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines communities, making major financial contributions to the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre to build a multipurpose theatre, the Niagara Health Foundation to support the construction of the hospital and the Niagara-on-the-Lake nursery, as well as many other causes.

Besides being active volunteers, they also individually played pivotal roles supporting the St. Catharines & District United Way, the Council of Chairs of Ontario Universities, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Music Cares, Bravo Niagara and the Brock Performing Arts Centre. Joe also served on the board of Brock University for over a decade, and between 2012 and 2014 was Chair of their Board of Governors.

As such strong supporters and active participants of arts and culture, it is not surprising that the artwork they collected reflected their passion for art.

Cowley Abbott is proud to donate a portion of our commission from the sale of the family’s artwork to the United Way Niagara in memory of Joe, Anita and Laura Robertson and on behalf of their surviving children, Clark and Taylor.

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