Kurelek the star but Lindner not far off pace at Levis's fall auction

80 percent of lots find buyers with prices generally within or above estimate 


One of two strong prices for Ernest Lindner at Levis's auction was this watercolour of a tree stump. Measuring 21" x 30" and painted in 1975 it sold for $32,200 against a $15/20,000 estimate.

A good price was also recorded for Janet Mitchell's "Coming Through from the Country", a 21" x 28" watercolour that doubled its estimate with a bid of $6900.

Calgary (15BP) – In keeping with results throughout the Canadian art market this past fall season, the sale of Canadian paintings, and a special session of vintage photography at Levis Auctions, November 20, provided some excellent prices and a strong overall sales total. Eighty percent of the lots in the main fine art sessions found buyers with prices, on average within, or above estimate. Highlighting the sale with a bid of $34,500 was William Kurelek’s Children Studying Prismatic Effects in Ice Cracks, an 11.25” x 12.5” oil on board estimated at $12/15,000 (illustrated right).


Finding a buyer at $32,200 was Ernest Lindner’s watercolour of a tree stump. The 21” x 29.5” work, painted in 1975 was estimated at $15/20,000. Another watercolour of hands, 29.5” x 21” from 1973 fetched a below estimate $13,800.


An 8” x 10” oil on board by Lawren Harris depicting a row of rural cottages and entitled Morning crept into its $18/22,000 estimate with a bid of $18,400, while William McElcheran’s bronze sculpture entitled Optimist fetched $11,500. A similar price was realised for Suzor-Cote’s bronze sculpture L’Iroquois estimated at $10/12,000.


Staying with bronze sculptures, Joe Fafard’s The Painter from 1986 picked up a bid of $24,150, well above its $12/15,000 estimate. A real surprise for the saleroom was the bid of $11,500 given for Arthur McKay’s 48” x 48” Mandela, a mixed media on board from 1979 that carried an estimate of $15/2000.


Other prices of note include a bid of $8050 for H.G. Glyde’s Elevators – South of Edmonton, an 18” x 24” oil on board from 1979 estimated at $45/6500, and $6037 for the artist’s Pender Island, an 8” x 10” oil on board estimated at $1/1500. Janet Mitchell’s Coming Through from the Country, a 21” x 28” watercolour did well with a bid of $6900, double its estimate, the same price realised for Vivian Thierfelder’s Ouverture, a 29.5” x 41.5” watercolour from 1989.


A small session of vintage photographs was highlighted with a bid of $8050 for an album of over 70 photo postcards including many early images of Banff, Alberta, and $1955 for a Portrait of Deerfoot, Blackfoot, a Harry Pollard print from an Alexander Ross negative estimated at $300/400.

! An important auction of Canadian & International Works of Art to be held Sunday, March 29th at Westbridge Fine Art Auction House, Vancouver, B.C.

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