Paintings by Canadian ‘Group of Seven’ artists will be in Miller & Miller’s online auction,…


This oil on panel painting by Franz Johnston (1888-1949), titled The Battlement, Lake of the Woods, measures 13 inches by 10 ½ inches and is expected to fetch between $22,000 and $30,000 CAD.
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NEW HAMBURG, Ontario, Canada – Original oil paintings by Franz Johnston and Alexander Young Jackson, both founding members of Canada’s ‘Group of Seven’, and an Adam-style one-piece corner cabinet from an estate near Orono, Ontario should be the best lots. in an online-only Canadiana & Folk Art auction scheduled for Saturday, February 12 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.

The 376-lot auction begins at 9 a.m. Eastern Time, with online bidding available on the Miller & Miller website (, as well as Telephone and correspondence bids will also be accepted. Categories include Folk Art, Furniture, Art, Tools, Canadiana, Architectural Objects, Antique Toys, Pottery and Stoneware, and Fine Textiles.

The oil on panel rendering of Franz Johnston (1888-1949), titled The Rampart, Lake of the Woods, measures 13 inches by 10 ½ inches and is expected to fetch between $22,000 and $30,000. It is a vibrant and rare example, with strong brushstrokes and content typical of “The Group Impressionism”. Johnston resigned from the Group in 1924 as his style became more “realistic”.

The oil on panel by Alexander Young Jackson (1882-1974) is titled Village on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence (circa 1945) and measures 10 ½ inches by 13 ½ inches (estimate: $18,000 – $28,000). It shows wonderful color and detail and has gallery labels on the back for Klinkhoff, Montreal and Thielsen, London. Jackson played a key role in bringing together artists from Montreal and Toronto.

The one-piece Adam style corner cabinet, made in Canada circa 1835, features a fluted frieze on the cornice and astragal glazing on the upper doors. Each upper door has 13 panes, while the lower section has two flat panel doors above a support base. The closet, in undamaged condition, measures 84 inches high by 50 inches wide and is expected to fetch $8,000-12,000.

Oil on panel by Alexander Young Jackson (1882-1974), titled St. Lawrence South Shore Village (c. 1945), measuring 10 ½ inches by 13 ½ inches (estimate: CA$18,000-$28,000).
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Also on display will be Part 2 of Marty Osler’s many collections. Part 1, held in April 2021, was led by a select offering of lures, reels and fishing rods, many from Hardy Bros. from England. The decoy collection was primarily Canadian and included examples from Carl O. Rankin, Frank Dolsen, Billy Ellis and Ken Anger. Part 2 will focus on selected Canadian and decorative arts.

All prices in this report are in Canadian dollars and include an 18% buyer’s premium.

“We are delighted with this second sale of selected Canadiana and decorative arts from Marty Osler’s personal collection,” said Peter Baker, whom Miller & Miller has engaged as an advisor for the sale. “Marty has collected exceptional and unusual pieces including painted country furniture and classic folk art which are the backbone of this sale, but we are also pleased to offer works by renowned artists such as Robert Pilot, Manly Macdonald, AF Loemans, Goodridge Roberts, Horatio Walker, and Jackson and Johnston.

“In addition,” Mr. Baker continued, “we have the imaginative folk art of Edmond Chatigny, George Cockayne and Ewald Rentz and, rarely seen in Canada, pieces by renowned foreign artists Purvis Young, RA Miller, Steve Sutch, Howard Finster and Jim Sudduth.

Baker concluded, “Traditional collectors will find North American beadwork, stoneware, weather vanes, cast iron toys and several Canadiana books in the sale. It promises to be a truly memorable auction with many pieces that haven’t seen the “light of day in decades”.

Two oil paintings on canvas by another renowned “Group of Seven” artist – Manly Edward MacDonald (1889-1971) – will be auctioned: Chalet, signed lower left (estimate: $4,000-$5,000); and The first snow, an earlier painting considering timber wedge construction (estimate: $2,000-$3,000). Both works are housed in their original frames, which is significant because he had a Scottish carpenter who created hand-carved frames that added value to his paintings.

Two oil paintings by famous “Group of Seven” artist Manly Edward MacDonald (1889-1971) will be offered, including this one: Log House, signed lower left (estimate: $4,000 – $5,000 CAD ).
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A watercolor on paper of a Quebec Village by Marc-Aurèle Fortin (1888-1970), diminutive of only 10 inches by 12 inches (by sight), was painted around 1925, showing a double-spired church with the hills of Quebec in the background (estimate: 2,000 $-$3,500). Also, an oil on canvas forest landscape by Goodridge Roberts (1904-1974), 15 ½ inches by 19 ½ inches (by sight), of a forest landscape with a brilliant blue sky (perhaps a view of Georgian Bay) should fetch $2,500-3,000 $.

Made-in-Canada furniture will be available in abundance and will include the following:

  • A two-piece pine standing secretary (Ontario, c. 1850-1860), in an intact grain painted surface, with a flat scalloped cornice, the upper part having two double-paneled doors, two drawers and adjustable interior shelves (estimate : $3,000-$5,000).
  • A circa 1900 Ukrainian Western Canadian roll-back cabinet painted yellow, cream and green, measuring 79 inches high by 44 inches wide, from the Yorktown area of ​​Saskatchewan, with original metal hardware on the drawers and the upper door (estimate: $2,000 – $4,000).
  • An early 20th century Canadian dining table from the Peryhitka family (Hubbard, Saskatchewan), with a deep scalloped skirt on all sides and having a rubbed top with the base in light brown paint on dark reddish brown of origin (estimate: $2,000 – $3,000) .

The sculptures of Edmond Chatigny (1895-1992) will include a rare and large bird carving, made in Quebec circa 1970, depicting a bird in brown paint with white and green spots, mounted on a square stool base 30 inches high (estimate: $3,500-$5,000); and one farm scene sculpture, also made in Quebec around 1970, showing a farmer wearing a feathered hat plowing with a pair of oxen, while multiple birds and flowers border the field, mounted on a platform base (estimate: $2,500 – $3,500).

Wonderful decorative accessories will be many. Here are some examples of highlights:

  • A late 18th century Pennsylvania bridal box, 18 ¼ inches by 11 ½ inches, of pegged construction, a large oval banded box with sewn seams and a marvelous painted surface, the lid showing a man serenading to a woman with her mandolin (estimate: $2,500-$3,500).
  • An important, large and joyful pewter whirlwind ship of a white ship on blue seas by Quebec artist Ernest Joly, circa 1970, with a ship rocking back and forth as the propeller spins, a captain at the bar, 36 inches by 57 inches (estimate: $2,500 to $3,000).
  • An openwork panel with religious scenes marked “Elohim” (God of Israel in the Old Testament of the Bible), made in Ontario circa 1970, 37 ½ inches by 48 ½ inches, featuring great color and detail, mounted on a pine panel (estimate: $2,000 to $3,000).

Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. is Canada’s trusted seller of high value collections and always accepts quality shipments. The company specializes in watches and jewelry, art, antiques and high-value collectibles. Its mission is to provide collectors with a trusted place to buy and sell.

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