Lismer's Georgian Bay at $97,750 steals the show at Hodgins' spring sale

Glyde, Moir Morris, Odjig and Bates turn in strong performances

 
07-10-09

Posting a strong price for the artist was Daphne Odjig's "The Dream Speaker". Estimated at $4/6000 it sold for $9200 at Hodgins in May.

H.G. Glyde always does well in the Alberta salesrooms, and his work didn't disappoint at Hodgins in May. "Jasper Highway" more than doubled its high estimate with a bid of $16,675.

Another of the strong prices at Hodgins was this panel by A.Y. Jackson. "Dome Lake, Northern Saskatchewan", painted in 1957 sold on its high estimate for $24,150.

Calgary (15BP) – Auction-goers were greeted with a strong two-session auction of Canadian and international paintings at Hodgins Art Auctions May 27 & 28. The undisputed star of the show was Arthur Lismer’s July in Georgian Bay, a 16” x 20” oil on board from 1947 (illustrated right). Estimated at $30/40,000 it sold aggressively for $97,750.

 

A.Y. Jackson’s Dome Lake, Northern Saskatchewan, a 10.5” x 13.5” oil on panel from 1957 achieved its expectations when it found a buyer at a high-estimate $24,150, the same price as the artist’s 1965 panel of Rapids on Magpie River which did better than its $15/18,000 estimate. Sticking with the Group of Seven, J.E.H. MacDonald’s 8.5” x 10.5” panel of Barbados from 1932 topped its $8/12,000 estimate with a bid of $13,800.

 

H.G. Glyde seldom disappoints on his home Alberta turf and this sale proved no exception. Jasper Highway, a 16” x 20” oil on board from 1965 more than doubled its high estimate with a bid of $16,675, while Near Banff, also 16” x 20” from 1965 fetched $9200 against a $5/7000 estimate. From the same period and against the same estimate the artist’s Farm East of Edmonton took a bid of $8625.

 

Other prices of note include a bid of $16,100 for Kathleen Moir Morris’ Village Street, a 10” x 8.5” oil on board from 1920 estimated at $18/22,000. The winning bid for Daphne Odjig’s The Dream Speaker, a 24” x 20” acrylic on canvas form 1993 estimated at $4/6000 was $9200.A Maxwell Bates canvas, 24” x 30” of Spring Snow topped its market with a bid of $9200, while Illingworth Kerr’s Beaver Jungle, 28” x 38” fetched a mid-estimate $10,350. Kerr’s Mountain Moonlight, 12” x 16” also did well selling for $5520 well above its $25/3000 estimate.

 

A good price was achieved for Lake of the Woods, an 8.5” x 10.75” watercolour by W.J. Phillips. Estimated at $4/6000 it found a buyer at $8337. Two Lakes, a colour woodcut from the same artist fetched a high estimate $4140. An 1882 watercolour of an Indian Encampment on the Shore of a Lake by Frederick Verner sold well taking a bid of $6612 against a $4/5000 estimate, while Brian Atyeo’s Spring’s Release – Algoma, a 47.5” x 59.5” acrylic on canvas realized a high estimate $5175.


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