A rare early work by Tom Thomson and a previously unknown work by Paul-Émile Borduas are among the paintings to be auctioned Monday evening at Joyner Waddington’s in Toronto.
The fall auction of Canadian art also includes works by the Group of Seven and by contemporary artists such as William Kurelek, Michael Snow and Gregory Curnoe.
Thompson’s River Scene is a tiny landscape painted on glass in 1906, while he was a student at the Central Ontario School of Art and Industrial Design in Toronto.
River Scene is “incredibly interesting because it is the only known work on glass by the artist,” Joyner vice-president Rob Cowley told CBC News, estimating the work could go for $15,000-$20,000.
The 1957 Borduas canvas Chatterie could sell for $150,000-200,000. It had been unknown for more than 50 years as its dealer lost track of where it was sold.
One of three abstracts he painted in 1957, one of which is in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Chatterie is expected to draw interest because it has been out of the public eye for so long in a private collection.
The Curnoe being offered is a colourful image of a bicycle wheel by the artist, who was killed in a bike crash. Silva Disc Wheel is a 1986 artwork depicting the actual wheel Curnoe obtained in a trade with the owner of a Toronto bike shop, who is now selling the work. The auction value is estimated at $12,000-$15,000.
Other works on offer Monday:
- Autumn Landscape, 1921, by Frank Carmichael, estimated at $125,000-$175,000.
- Yukon Trappers’ Stop, Big Lonely series, by Kurelek, estimated at $60,000-$80,000,
- Memories, New York, by William Ronald, estimated at $40,000-$60,000.
- Caughnawaga Indians, Winter, by Cornelius Krieghoff, estimated at $30,000-$50,000.