TORONTO, June 19, 2013 /CNW/ - A new partnership between one of the
country's leading Canadian art galleries and two auction industry
veterans brings a new presence to the Canadian auction market
Consignor Canadian Fine Art will officially open its doors on August 1st at 326 Dundas Street West (directly across the street from the Art
Gallery of Ontario), moving the former Mayberry Fine Art division of
Consignor.ca into a separate, full-time auction venture. The new
company will be a partnership including Rob Cowley (former Vice
President and Chief Auctioneer with Joyner Waddington's Canadian Fine
Art), Lydia Abbott (former Canadian Fine Art Specialist with Joyner
Waddington's and Office Director with Heffel Fine Art) and Ryan
Mayberry (Partner with Mayberry Fine Art and founder of Consignor.ca),
who will act as principals.
Consignor will offer a full range of auction and appraisal services,
commencing with fall sales of Canadian art, including a November
auction of Fine Canadian Art: an online auction which will feature
works by important Canadian artists. The November sale (the first of
semi-annual online auctions of premiere works by historical and
post-war Canadian artists) will be accompanied by a full-colour and
academic auction catalogue and extended live previews in the
newly-renovated gallery space. The firm will also offer appraisal
services, with documents written to International Society of Appraiser
and USPAP standards (with both Cowley and Abbott being accredited
members of the ISA).
The partnership brings together the private sale and auction
industries: Mayberry Fine Art, with galleries in Winnipeg, Toronto,
and British Columbia, has over 40 years of experience in the Canadian
art market and are best known for privately brokering sales of rare and
important works of Canadian art as well as representing some of the
nation's top contemporary artists; and Rob Cowley and Lydia Abbott,
with over twenty years of combined experience within the auction
industry, both playing managerial and senior specialist roles with
Joyner Waddington's and Heffel.
"Collectors and consignors alike want the assistance of experienced
professionals that are able to accurately value a work of art and be
provided assurance on details relating to quality, condition and
provenance," says Ryan Mayberry. "At the same time many also want the
affordability and convenience of purchasing online or through the
quickly changing landscape of mobile devices. This strong new
partnership provides us a dynamic team and a dedicated space that
allows us to fully bridge the gap between traditional auction services,
the online marketplace and confidential private sales. The recent
withdrawal of Sotheby's Canada from the live auction marketplace
combined with the vast increase in online auctions of Canadian art
across the country clearly illustrate an ongoing shift in this business
and we feel strongly that this new firm addresses those truths and will
be adaptable to future challenges."
Lydia Abbott comments: "The depth of knowledge, professionalism and
experience of our team is unparalleled in this industry. We are
excited to bring quality and ceremony to the growing online auction
market and this partnership will allow us to provide a wide range of
specialties including Historical, Post-War and Contemporary, and
Northwest Coast art."
"This new alliance presents a strong blend of tradition and innovation,"
notes Rob Cowley. "With multiple offices in Canada and record-breaking
past performance in both the primary and secondary art markets,
Consignor offers a high level of multi-faceted service to our
clientele. The services which we provide are a perfect match to the
changing landscape in our country's art industry."
With an official opening at 326 Dundas Street West on August 1st, Consignor Canadian Art has already begun collecting consignments for
the fall auctions of Canadian Art.
SOURCE: Consignor Canadian Fine Art
For further information:
Rob Cowley (firstname.lastname@example.org / 416-409-0645), Lydia Abbott (email@example.com) or Ryan Mayberry (firstname.lastname@example.org).