Fortin's $138,000 Paysage tops Pinney's June sale

Johnstone and Neumann set personal bests

John Young Johnstone's prices have been on the rise of late and this piece of St. Joachim topped them all when it sold for a record $28,000 ($32,200 with premium)at Pinneys.
Another artist whose prices are on the increase is Betram Brooker. His Lake Manitoba Ice House showed this when it sold for an above estimate $14,950.

Montreal (15BP) – Although there were not many big-ticket items in Pinney’s Canadian and International art session, June 14, those pieces that there were did not disappoint. Marc-Aurele Fortin’s Paysage, Grande Vallee (illustrated right), an oil and casein on board, 36” x 48” from 1952, was the top performer, and although it missed its $150/250,000 estimate, it still did well taking a bid of $138,000. Selling above estimate was the artist’s watercolour of a Village en Automne, 22” x 30” from 1938. It found a buyer at $33,350 against expectations of $20/30,000.


A view of the garden of Kent House, Quebec by 19th century artist Maria Brooks did well, finding a buyer at $5060, comfortably above its $25/3500 estimate. A definite surprise for the saleroom was the $10,350 paid for Ernest Neumann’s portrait of Miss Sybil Cohen. Painted in 1939, the 30” x 25” oil on board had an estimate of $25/3500. One senses some possible family rivalry among the bidders here.


Charles Franchere’s Jeune Fille a l’Oiseu, a 16” x 13” canvas estimated at $45/6500 sold for $7590, while Bertram Brooker’s Lake Manitoba Ice House, an 11.5” x 14” oil on board, sold for an above estimate $14,950. We saw in the Toronto rooms a few weeks earlier the increasing popularity of John Young Johnstone’s work. This sale further endorsed his market presence when St. Joachim, a 14” x 18” canvas sold for a new record price of $32,200 against a $20/30,000 estimate.


Also of note among the Canadian paintings was a bid of $4830 for Allan Edson’s In the Beech Woods, a 19” x 33” watercolour estimated at $3/4000, and the $3910 paid for Doris McCarthy’s Farm, Wellington, Ontario, an 11.5” x 13.5” oil on board from 1942 that carried a $1/1500 estimate.


There were a few strong prices among the international pieces too. Finding a buyer at $37,375 was Johan Scherrewitz’s The Clamdiggers, a 21.5” x 39” canvas estimated at $15/20,000.A John Emms canvas of A Hunter and his Dogs at rest after a Kill, 14” x 18”, lived up to expectations when it fetched $15,525, while a 19th century Italian School watercolour View of the Temples of Paestum did better than expected, finding a buyer at $6555 against an estimate of $1/1500.


Important Canadian & International Works of Art

Date: March, 2013

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