Fine art auction estimated at $8 to $12 million includes rare
opportunity to own works by some of Quebec's most acclaimed artists
MONTREAL, April 19 /CNW/ - Canada's Heffel Fine Art Auction House's
spring sale on May 17 in Vancouver features many of Quebec's beloved
artists, with masterpieces from Jean-Paul Riopelle, Paul-Émile Borduas
and Jean Paul Lemieux. The art auction includes pieces from the
multi-million-dollar estates of Montreal's Edgar and Dorothy Davidson, collector Theodosia Dawes Bond Thornton, as well as the estate of Andrée
Lavigne-Trudeau, Pierre Elliott Trudeau's sister-in-law.
"Currently, the work of Quebec artists from the 1950s and 1960s is
highly sought after and this is where we are seeing real growth in the
market," said David Heffel, President of Heffel Fine Art Auction House.
"We are very excited about the Davidson collection, which contains
leading pieces of Quebec art history never before seen at auction, such
as Jean Paul Lemieux's Dimanche, which is estimated at $400,000 - $600,000 CAD and Les Moniales, which is estimated at the same value."
The spring sale will consist of 168 works by Canada's greatest artists
and is conservatively estimated to generate $8 to $12 million CAD in
May during the live auction, which will include two sessions, Canadian
Post-War & Contemporary Art and Fine Canadian Art. Heffel is Canada's
only auction house to produce two catalogues for historical and
contemporary Canadian art.
"Opportunities to own works by Quebec's significant artists are rare.
Our May auction provides such an opportunity to own first-rate works by
many of Quebec's best-loved artists including Jean-Paul Riopelle,
Paul-Émile Borduas and Jean Paul Lemieux," said Tania Poggione,
Director of Heffel's Montreal office.
Other remarkable works will include Quebec's Rodolphe de Repentigny
(Jauran), Marcelle Ferron, Rita Letendre, Alfred Pellan, Ulysse
Comtois, Samuel Borenstein, Jean-Philippe Dallaire and John Little. A
preview of the works will be taking place in Montreal from April 28 to
April 30 at Galerie Heffel Montreal.
Spring 2011 Highlights
Edgar and Dorothy Davidson Estate
Edgar Davidson was mostly recognized for his teaching and his
unprecedented contribution to the Protestant School Board of Greater
Montreal. His wife Dorothy was an accomplished scholar and musician,
and was the first woman to be elected to the Board of Governors of the
Mechanics Institute of Montreal.
The Davidsons were bold collectors, choosing works that they felt were
the best expressions of Canadian ideals, issues, politics and life,
works in which they saw enduring value and above all, the finest of
quality. They chose works by cutting-edge Canadian modernist artists of
their time, with a keen interest in the art of their home province of
Quebec, often buying a work shortly after it was created.
From an initial outlay of about $30,000, their art collection is now
valued in the millions. Heffel will auction 34 lots from the Davidson
estate, which is expected to reach a combined total of $2.5 - 3.5
The husband and wife team's purchases in the 1960s included Jean Paul
Lemieux's Dimanche (1966), and Les Moniales (1964), both of which Edgar Davidson was extremely proud. Each piece is
estimated at $400,000 - $600,000 CAD.
Two works from 1955 - Paul-Émile Borduas's Chant d'été (est. $250,000 - $350,000) and Jean-Paul Riopelle's Sans titre (est. $80,000 - $120,000 CAD) - were both purchased by the Davidsons in
1963. Two abstracts by Rita Letendre and works by Henriette
Fauteux-Massé and Marcelle Ferron demonstrate the Davidson's penchant
for Quebec art, along with Jean McEwen's Icône (1963), with an estimate of $7,000 - $9,000 CAD.
Riopelle is strongly represented with five works in this spring's sale,
and the stunning large scale Sans titre is estimated to fetch between $900,000 - $1.2 million CAD (from a
private Ontario collection). Riopelle currently holds the record for
the highest price for a post-war work of art sold in Canada at
$1,667,500, set when Heffel's sold Il était une fois une ville in 2006.
The Davidsons' interests included other well-known Canadian artists
whose works will be up for sale. Their first purchase was Emily Carr's Trees in the Wind Circle (1938), bought in Ottawa in 1946, which has an estimated value of
$125,000 - $175,000 CAD. This was the beginning of a lifetime of
collecting for the pair, which also included A.Y. Jackson's lyrical Smart River, Alaska Highway (est. $125,000 - $175,000 CAD) which was Dorothy's favourite. Other
fine works in their collection include Lawren Harris's North Shore, Lake Superior, Pic Island II and his bold, late abstractions from Santa Fe and Vancouver.
Theodosia Dawes Bond Thornton Estate
Important works from the estate of Montreal collector Theodosia Dawes
Bond Thornton continue to amaze collectors. This will be Heffel's third
sale from the Thornton estate. One of the paintings by Lawren Harris, Lake Superior Near Coldwell, (est. $70,000 - 90,000 CAD) is an example of his fascination with the
landscape of Canada. Two additional works, Mountains, Jasper (1924) (est. $100,000 - 150,000 CAD) and the lush Newfoundland Sketch (1921) (est. $40,000 - 60,000 CAD) both come from Harris's Group of
Andrée Lavigne-Trudeau Estate
The Andrée Lavigne-Trudeau estate includes The Sound, a work by Quebec modernist Charles Gagnon. It is estimated at $40,000 -
60,000 CAD. Jean-Paul Mousseau's fibreglass and coloured resin light
fixture, entitled Suspended Lamp (est. $8,000 - $10,000 CAD) combines
the utilitarian and the aesthetic, capturing a very 1960s Montreal
cultural moment in time.
Heffel's Spring 2011 Auction Schedule
For details on the previews and live auction, and access to the online
catalogues, visit www.heffel.com.
Montreal Preview - April 28 to April 30 at Galerie Heffel Montreal, 1840 Sherbrooke Street West
Toronto Preview - May 5 to May 7 at Heffel Gallery Toronto, 13 Hazelton Avenue
Vancouver Preview - May 13 to May 17 at Heffel Gallery Vancouver, 2247 Granville Street
Vancouver Live Auction - Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada
4:00pm PDT, Canadian Post-War & Contemporary Art
7:00pm PDT, Fine Canadian Art
About Heffel Fine Art Auction House
Founded in Vancouver, BC, Heffel Fine Art Auction House has conducted
all 10 of the most valuable live auctions of Canadian art. The auction
house is led by an experienced team of fine art specialists and has
national presence with offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal,
and Calgary. As the industry leader, Heffel holds over 60 percent
market share of worldwide Canadian art auction sales, with over $260
million in art auction sales since 1995. Heffel publishes its entire
live auction online at www.heffel.com, from initial promotion and illustrated lot listings to the auction's
live multi-camera web cast and final sale results.
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