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Waddington’s Canada 150 Auction


The Canada 150 auction is a special Waddington's event celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary featuring art and objects of historical and cultural significance. Some may be whimsical, others more important, all drawn together to celebrate and tell the stories of 150 years of Canadian art and culture.

Waddington's is proud to be Canada's oldest auction house, founded pre-Confederation. Our deep well of expertise crosses multiple collecting categories, showcasing our rich passion and capacity for scholarship and linking our heritage to Canada's. This specialized auction will share in the excitement of Canada’s sesquicentennial.

We are pleased to accept consignments for this auction, please contact Sean Quinn for further information: sq@waddingtons.ca

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CITY OF TORONTO QUEEN VICTORIA DIAMOND JUBILEE ENAMELLED GOLD MEDAL, 1897

Estimate: $2,000—3,000

PROVINCE OF CANADA LAND GRANT TO SIR SANFORD FLEMING, 1856

Estimate: $300—400



LARGE SILVER CANADIAN INDIAN PEACE MEDAL, 1860

Estimate: $2,000—3,000





AFTER JOHN S.C. SCHAAK (ACTIVE WESTMINSTER 1761-1769), BRITISH MAJOR GENERAL JAMES WOLFE, COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF HIS MAJESTY’S FORCES ON THE EXPEDITION AGAINST QUEBEC, 1759

Estimate: $3,000—5,000

JOHN MARSHALL & CO. ‘CANADIAN SPORTS’ LARGE BASIN, 1880S

Estimate: $150—250
Posted: 1/27/2017 9:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean


Asian Art Spring Auction


It has been another busy season for Waddington’s Asian art department, and we are delighted to present our spring auction offerings for your consideration. The catalogue includes some exceptional pieces from notable private collections, and from exciting new consignors. We are very privileged to include the Collection of Harold Gordon Groves (lots 85-120), which is an outstanding example of one’s lifelong dedication to passionate collecting. Another important private collection, acquired mainly from Sotheby’s and Christie’s, London, during the 1970s through to the 1990s (lots 243-273), also features some exceptional artifacts – from jade to textiles. We are also offering rare, museum grade Japanese prints. These include Hiroshige’s In the Grounds of the Tenjin Shrine at Kameido (lot 12) and Shiko Munakata’s Hawk Woman (lot 26).

With more than 350 extraordinary lots, it is always challenging to select the covers. We are proud to present a massive 18th/19th century blue and white Ming-style dish (lot 180) as the front cover of our spring catalogue. The Ming dynasty “heaped and piled” decoration of cobalt blue has been considered the zenith of porcelain firing, and we are privileged to be entrusted with this fine example from a renowned Vancouver collection. The back cover is a very rare album of a bodhi leaf sutra (lot 343). Originally purchased in from the prestigious London dealer J. Nachemsohn in 1929, this piece was passed by descent and is in excellent condition.

We are also honoured to be entrusted with several exceptional pieces from the Collection of Robert Stephenson (lots 49-56), including his prized massive Thai bronze Buddha (lot 54). This finely cast piece has great presence, and we rarely see such pieces outside of a museum collection. Finally, we are very pleased to be featuring select scrolls from an American painting collection (lots 195-203). A decorated naval commander, James C. Taylor was stationed in Asia for much of his career, and he became captivated by Chinese scroll paintings. His collection was passed by descent to his grandson, Robert U. Taylor, who has also become a fervent collector.

We have strived to cultivate a diverse catalogue this season, while always maintaining our rigorous standards for quality and rarity. It has been a privilege assembling this auction, and a true pleasure to work with numerous fine examples of Asian culture from our valued clients. Our heartfelt thanks to all our consignors, buyers and consultants for your continued support.

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Posted: 5/17/2016 12:00:00 AM
By: Chih En Chen


Asian Art Fall Auction


We are delighted to present our Fall 2015 Asian Art Auction.

Bringing our auctions together is always a pleasure. We work carefully and thoughtfully to find the right balance of materials, always following our rigorous guidelines of quality and rarity. My trips to Taipei, New York, and across Canada from August to October resulted in an exciting variety of exceptional consignments. This fall we are pleased to offer over 330 lots from Vancouver, Montreal, Quebec City, New York, Taipei, and here at home in Toronto, covering Japanese, Korean, Himalayan, Southeast Asian, and of course, Chinese works of art.

On Vancouver Island, I was privileged to accept for consignment a collection of fine porcelain. It was mainly acquired in Hong Kong and Beijing prior to 1940, and some is from respected Asian art dealers, including Orientique Hong Kong.

This fall we are also delighted to introduce Waddington's first Asian Art Reference Books section, which includes selected lots from the estate of Yukman Lai (1949-2013), a Chinese-Canadian artist, calligrapher and seal engraver. He was born in China and raised in Hong Kong, eventually immigrating to Vancouver in 1991 where he became a prominent educator and artist of ink paintings and calligraphy. He was passionate about fostering an integration of eastern and western cultures. His works have been collected by art galleries and museums in Canada, Hong Kong and mainland China, and his paintings and calligraphy were selected by Canada Post to be issued as stamps in 1999 and 2001. A small sampling of his comprehensive library is included in this sale, and more will be offered in the future.

We are also thrilled to include another piece from the estate of Chen Zhaogong (1903-1996). You may recall the Qianlong blue and white Ming-style hu vase that we featured as our June 2014 catalogue cover, which realized an astounding 186,500 CAD. For this sale, we successfully secured another important porcelain piece from the Chen family: a blue and white bottle vase from the Guangxu period (lot 208). And in an astonishing and auspicious coincidence, our aforementioned clients from Vancouver Island consigned a matched mate! We are thrilled to offer these rare and exceptional pieces; and their cobalt blue certainly illuminates our porcelain section.

The Japanese works section features a massive and fine painting painting of Mori Tetsuzan (1775-1841), which depicts the rare tiger theme of this 18th Century master. It was consigned to us by an important Dutch-Canadian family, with provenance from Christie's Amsterdam, 1981.

With such a variety of extraordinary works, the cover lot must stand out as an exceptional item to represent the entire auction. This fall we are proud to present a turquoise-ground shaped box with a Qianlong mark and of the period (Lot 157) as our catalogue cover. It is from a renowned French diplomatic family in Montreal, with distinguished provenance including C. T Loo and Maison des Bambous, Paris. The only comparable piece, which was possibly the other half of a pair, is now in the GuanFu Museum Beijing.

It has been a privilege assembling this auction, and a true pleasure to work with numerous fine examples of Asian culture from our valued clients. Our heartfelt thanks to all our consignors, buyers and consultants for your continued support.

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Posted: 11/9/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Chih En Chen


Asian Art Fall Auction preview now available to view


FAMILLE ROSE QUATREFOIL BOWL, JIAQING IRON-RED SIX CHARACTER SEAL MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1796-1820)

(detail)

An elongated floriform resting on a splayed foot, with all sides decorated with figural scenes and the interior with fish and sea grass, 3.9" x 10.2" x 6.8" — 10 x 26 x 17.3 cm., Jiaqing mark and of period

$800—1,000
It has been a wonderful fall in the Asian art department. We're thrilled with the development of our November catalogue sale, with consignors contributing from near and far, all with stunning examples of Asian art. Our offering is diverse and of good provenance, featuring some rare pieces we are excited to share. This gallery features magnificent porcelain from a distinguished Toronto collector, as well as a piece from the Estates of James Bisback and Jonny Kalisch.

Also included is a rare and exceptional engraving entitled “La Victoire de Khorgos”, engraved by Le Bas in 1774. We hope this preview piques your interest. Our sincere thanks to our consignors and clients for your ongoing support.

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Asian Art Specialist:
Chih-En Chen 陳之恩
416.847.6185
cc@waddingtons.ca
Posted: 10/7/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Chih En Chen


Fall Asian Art Auction


Another Waddington's auction season is underway, and we are delighted with the continued growth of the Asian art market. As it evolves and thrives, we are pleased to offer you the very best Asian collections that Canada presents.

We began the fall season with a successful online auction that concluded on September 17. The cover lot, a Celadon-Glazed Crackleware Vase, realized $6,240 CAD – significantly higher than its original estimate. This is a clear indication that the Asian market has exciting momentum.

Our June 2015 catalogue sale also yielded excellent results. An 18th Century Rare and Large Bronze Hexagonal Vase, Xuande Mark from the Estate of Elizabeth Helen Livingston realized $62,300 CAD, ten times over its estimate. The paintings of Zhao Shao’Ang (1905-1998) from the Estate of Darius Alain (1926-2013) were another highlight, and together realized $64,800 CAD. Strong results were also achieved by Chinese porcelain, jades, modern scroll paintings and Himalayan bronzes.

Preparations for our Fall 2015 auction are well underway, and we are pleased to accept consignments until Friday, October 2. I will be in Vancouver from September 29 to October 2, and am available for private appointments. If you are interested in arranging a meeting, or would like more information about consigning or our auctions in general, please contact Simone Ludlow at scl@waddingtons.ca or 416 847 6195.

Please note that our fall auction catalogue will be bilingual, in English and Chinese, so that the originality of each valued lot can be fully expressed. Moreover, Waddington’s now has a Chinese name. Feel free to address us as 華汀頓

Chih-En Chen | Asian Art Specialist


Posted: 9/28/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Chih En Chen


A New Season of Asian Art at Waddington’s


Our fall auction season brings a few changes to our Asian Art Department.  We’re delighted that Chih En Chen assumes the lead of the department with support from Simone Ludlow as the department’s administrator.  Mr. Chen has diverse experience in Asia and Canada including his role as Associate Project Executive with acclaimed Taiwanese-based art dealer Blue Dragon Art, and as a contributing member of one of Taiwan’s most important collector associations: the Chinese Culture and Fine Art Association. In Taiwan, Mr. Chen was also responsible for curating several major exhibitions, such as Art Taipei (2010-2011) as well as at the Taiwan Pavilion in Venice Biennale, and exhibitions in the National Palace Museum.  His excellent networks in the Asian art and antiques market will open new opportunities for both consignors and buyers. 

Mr. Chen is fluent in traditional and simplified Chinese (Mandarin and Taiwanese), Classical Chinese and English.  He achieved his Masters in Art History from the University of Toronto, interned with Christie’s Canada, and has worked with Waddington’s since 2014. Mr. Chen will be familiar to many of our clients and looks forward to continuing to work closely with you with Ms Ludlow’s support. Ms Ludlow also holds a Masters in Art History from the University of Toronto, and brings her significant client service and entrepreneurial expertise to Waddington’s.

We thank Anthony Wu and Yvonne Li for all of their past contribution to Waddington’s and the development of the Asian art market in Canada.  Mr. Wu is exploring new areas of interest and Ms Li returns to school this fall. We wish them all the very best in their new ventures.

Our Asian art fall season launches with an online auction September 15 and our major fall auction November 30, 2015. Mr. Chen will be in Montreal September 21 - 23, and in Vancouver, September 29 - October 3.

Please contact Simone Ludlow scl@waddingtons.ca to arrange an appointment.

To find out more about the auctions and consignment deadlines, please visit asianart.waddingtons.ca


Posted: 8/25/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Duncan McLean


Asian Art Auction - Addenda Lots Added


Included in the addenda for our upcoming June 8 Asian art auction are 11 choice lots representing various regions in Asia. These works come to us as late additions but we felt they would complement the existing items in the catalogue and enhance the visual experience for clients during exhibition.

Representing the Himalayas we have a large polychromed figure of Bhairava (lot 33a) from a private Nova Scotia collection. Depicting the fierce guardian wielding a large club, the splendid work was appraised by both Sotheby’s New York and Glenbow Museum in 2002. Also from the same region, we have a marvelous 18th century thangka featuring Palden Lhamo, the ultimate female protector of the Gelug School of Buddhism (lot 43a). Purchased in a Toronto thrift store by the consignor’s father during the 1950’s, the painting has been in the family ever since.

The additions to our Chinese portion of the sale are also of considerable note including one of our star pieces, lot 65a, a rare huanghuali recessed table from the late Qing dynasty. The table was consigned from the Estate of Mabel May, a Canadian nurse working and residing in China during the early 20th century. Waddington’s had the privilege of selling the majority of the estate’s collection in our June 18, 2010 auction and we are once again excited to provide another offering. We encourage gallery visitors attending our exhibition to appreciate the table’s beautiful wood graining, and to learn more about the provenance, and this work in particular, please visit our website for details.

Finally, Waddington’s is honoured to offer a collection of bronzes from the Estate of Elizabeth Helen Livingston from Oakville, Ontario. Acquired by her father and grandfather, owners of the Johan Philip Kessler Bank in Frankfurt Germany, throughout their travels in China during the late Qing dynasty, the collection represents an impressive standard of quality with its pinnacle being lot 263a, a large bronze vase from the early 18th century. Weighing just under 16 kilograms, the vase has large phoenix handles and a beautiful rectilinear four-character Xuande mark on the base. Due to its large size and expensive material, few examples of this type of bronze survive today.

We hope you enjoy reviewing our addenda lots, and please be sure to look at the 370 other works we have on offer. We hope to see you at the exhibition on Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7 from 11am until 5pm, as well as at the sale on Monday June 8, commencing at 6pm.

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Posted: 5/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Anthony Wu


Asian Art Auction Monday June 8 Catalogue Available


This was clearly not an ideal winter for travel, but the time I spent criss-crossing North America in February and March resulted in sourcing some amazing materials for this spring's auction. One of the success stories (and highlights of the auction) is the 80+ superb scroll paintings from the Qing Dynasty and the 20th century consigned to us for this auction. The scrolls, from various prominent collections, discovered in Vancouver, Montreal, New York, and here at home in Toronto, form the focus of our auction.

Assembling our auctions is always a pleasure. We work carefully and thoughtfully to find the right balance of materials, following our guidelines of quality and rarity. This spring we are pleased to offer over 360 lots from various consignors, collectors and estates.

You may recall Part One from the estate of Darius Alain (1926-2013) offered in our December 2014 auction. Mr. Alain lived in Hong Kong during the early 1980's where he enjoyed collecting Chinese modern paintings. Following Part One's success in December, we are pleased to present Part Two of the estate this spring. Adding to our scroll theme, the collection includes a selection of modern scrolls paintings by artists such as Zhao Shao'Ang (1905-1998) and his circle.

The Estate of Yick-Ho Wong (1923-2011) is another outstanding collection we are pleased to offer this spring. This Hong Kong gentleman amassed a collection of late Qing Dynasty and 20th century paintings, calligraphy and rubbings; all featured in his Kowloon store "King Won Court" in the mid-1960's. Prize pieces include a group of large-format paintings by the 20th century modern painting master Ding Yanyong (1902-1978). Mr. Wong befriended Ding Yanyong in the 1950's, and supported the artist by providing him with art materials in exchange for art lessons.

Always a strong component of our auctions, the ceramics section features a massive Longquan charger from the 15th century, consigned to us from an important Montreal collection and a highlight of the Chinese ceramics section. A rare celadon Ru-type hu vase with Tongzhi Mark, period (1862-1874) from the estate of Barbara Fincham (1929-2014) adds further beauty. Also present is a miniature Guan-type hu vase from the early 18th Century that was probably used as a literati study item. This piece was consigned from a Hong Kong gentleman who purchased it during the 1960's.

Selecting the cover lot for our catalogues is both a challenging and exciting process. With so many extraordinary works to choose from, the cover lot must stand out as an exceptional item to become the face or introduction to the entire auction. This catalogue cover is perhaps the most prized item in this sale - a handsome, large, three-drawer huanghuali coffer table from the late Qing Dynasty. With immaculate wood graining on the table's surface, this finely crafted item exemplifies the importance of both form and material in Chinese furniture production.

Rounding out the auction, we are pleased to present a selection of exquisite items from Japan, India, and the Himalayas, including Satsuma, miniature paintings and religious bronzes. Proving once again that we truly have something for everyone.

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Posted: 5/15/2015 9:00:00 AM
By: Anthony Wu


Hope Springs Eternal at Waddington’s


LARGE PALE CELADON JADE BRUSHPOT,
MID-20TH CENTURY
$15,000—20,000
The bright beautiful colours and bold images featured in our first auction of 2015 helped to take the chill off a frigid February and we hope everyone has been keeping warm through this seemingly endless winter. Even though the cold weather feels unrelenting, we hold out hope that spring is around the corner – or at least that’s what our calendars tell us. We’ve been keeping a careful eye on the calendar lately, not only to count down to warmer days, but also to keep track of the exciting events here at Waddington’s. With the flurry of activity happening we’re sure that the next few weeks will pass by quickly, and before we know it, winter will be but a distant memory.

We’ve had a great start to the year so far with the February 26 online auction marking the beginning of the 2015 auction season. Featuring nearly 250 lots representing works from China, Japan, India, and South East Asia the February online auction reflected the diversity and depth available in the Asian art market and offered works for both novice and seasoned collectors. With the success of our February sale behind us, we now turn our sights to the next online, which will be held on April 30, 2015 and of course to our live catalogue sale on Monday June 8, 2015 at 6pm.

The live catalogue auction is always a pleasure to assemble and we already have several promising works lined up for the June 8 auction. We have a strong focus on modern Chinese paintings including the second part of the Estate of Darius Alain. This collection features a selection of scroll paintings by Zhao Shao'Ang (1905-1998), and a group of paintings featuring the collaboration with Zhao Shao'Ang (1905-1998) and his student Chen Jiaxun (1937- ). We are also proud to present a collection of early, large-format paintings by Ding Yanyong (1902-1978). These were acquired directly from a Taiwanese gentleman living in Hong Kong during the 1950's and 60's, before his family moved to Canada. In the porcelain section, we are featuring a massive Longquan charger from the 15th century, consigned by an important Montreal collection. Also, we have a rare celadon Ru-type hu vase with Tongzhi Mark and period (1862-1874). This vase was acquired in the 1950's in Los Angeles, and was appraised by Sotheby's during the 1970's.

In preparation for the June auction, our senior Asian arts specialist Anthony Wu will be traveling to Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria to seek consignments. To schedule a confidential appointment with Anthony, please contact Yvonne Li by email yl@waddingtons.ca or telephone at 416-847-6195.


Please keep checking the website as well will be uploading new items onto the Asian Art preview gallery every couple of weeks. We look forward to the coming weeks as we meet with everyone and put together the rest of our spring auctions.

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Important Dates

Calgary – Monday March 24

Vancouver/Victoria – Tuesday March 25 – Friday March 27

Ottawa/ Montreal – Wednesday April 1- Saturday April 4

Consignment Deadline – Friday March 27, 2015


Posted: 3/4/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Anthony Wu


As one auction season ends, another is soon underway…


Upcoming Auction Highlights
2014 was extremely busy at Waddington’s with 21 live auctions, 43 online auctions, several selling exhibitions and numerous fundraising events. Across our various departments we brought together 4,219 successful bidders with over 12,000 lots consigned by 3,039 vendors. And our Canadian art department set 12 new artist’s auction records this year!

Our success in 2014 was in great part due to our diversity of knowledge and experience, and our broad market networks. Waddington’s is well equipped to handle your items not only through our traditional departments, but anything you can challenge us with no matter how unique.

For me, the stand-out items are not always the most valuable ones. In 2014, what I found the most intriguing was The Billy Jamieson Collection of everything macabre, magical and outrageous – including a wooden New Guinea cannibal fork, a 19th c human tooth necklace, a pair of Houdini’s handcuffs and a commemorative slice of Jumbo the Elephant’s tusk originally presented to Mrs. P.T. Barnum.

Other 2014 auction highlights were a 16th c gilt bronze Buddha, a stone sculpture by Inuit artist Davidialuk depicting the story of Katyutayuuq, a rare set of 12 Imperial Russian dinner plates, a 19th c Napoleonic chess set depicting the Battle of Algiers, Sir Isaac Brock's Knighthood Commission document, an Elizabethan (1580) silver-mounted Tigerware jug, an Andy Warhol portrait of Karen Kain, and an important J.E.H MacDonald oil sketch for a major AGO collection canvas.  Now how’s that for diversity!

Spring 2015 will see Waddington’s offer yet another unique collection to complement our traditional department offerings: 250 pieces from the ‘FXSMITH Studio Collection’ including movie costumes and props from films like The X Men series and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. 

We invite you to be part of our Spring 2015 season and to consider a consignment opportunity with us. Whether live, online or through private sale, we can provide the best forum to buy or sell.

Winter 2015 Newsletter (PDF)

Spring 2015 Auction and Consignment Schedule (PDF)

— Duncan McLean
President

Posted: 1/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Duncan McLean


The story behind Montreal’s Harry Handel and his collection of Asian Art


Throughout history, artists, intellectuals and philosophers have gathered together to discuss the world around them. At a coffee house, in someone’s home, or a bookstore; like Café Tortoni in Buenos Aires, Gertrude Stein’s Paris salon, and in Montreal in the 1930s and 40s, Harry Handel’s Everyman’s Bookstore. A second-hand bookstore in downtown Montreal that would become an intellectual centre for those fascinated with exploration, anthropology, religion and art.

Harry Handel (1916-1972) opened Everyman’s Bookstore during the 1930s. A self-educated man, he would become an authority on Canadian art and culture, and become close friends with the leading Canadian artists of the day, (Arthur Lismer, Sam Borenstein and A.Y. Jackson) as well as Alex Gurie, of Montreal’s famed Gurie Gallery. It was Gurie who would introduce Handel to Asian art and antiques. The collection in this auction was purchased from the Gurie Gallery in the 1950s and passed onto Handel’s family by descent.
  
Toward the end of Handel’s life, his second-hand bookshop had evolved into an estate buying and art-dealing business. Everyman’s Bookshop closed in 1970 when Handel died at the age of 55.

Waddington’s is proud to offer Harry Handel’s Collection of Asian Art as part of our December 1, 2014 auction of Asian Art, including exquisite Chinese and Himalayan bronzes, Chinese jades and ivory carvings.

Posted: 11/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Anthony Wu


Opportunity to Consign – Asian Fine Art


It’s hard to believe the summer is over! It truly seems like it’s only been a couple of weeks since Waddington’s finished up a very impressive and busy spring season of auctions.

Our June 9 Asian Art catalogue auction yielded another strong result with a sale total of 1.3 million CAD. That makes a total of 15 million CAD of Asian Art sold by Waddington’s over the past five years. The highlight of our June auction was a Blue and White Ming-Style Hu Vase with Qianlong Mark and of the Period (1736-1795) that realized 186,500 CAD. We also reached achieved excellent prices in Chinese porcelain, jades, modern scroll paintings and Himalayan bronzes.

Preparations for our Fall 2014 auction are well underway and we are pleased to accept consignments until Friday, October 3. I will be in Montreal September 22 - 24, and in Vancouver September 30 to October 3. If you would like to book a confidential appointment, or are interested in more information about consigning to our auctions, please contact Yvonne Li at yl@waddingtons.ca or 416-847-6195.

Please note that this fall’s auction will be complemented by another outstanding event in our series of educational presentations. ‘Colour and Clay: An Exhibition of Chinese Qing Dynasty Porcelain from Toronto Collections’ will be on display during the Asian Art auction previews. This unique exhibition includes 32 carefully selected pieces of porcelain from four important Toronto collections. A full-illustrated exhibition catalogue will be available online and during the preview.

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Posted: 9/10/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Anthony Wu


Policy Statement: Rhinoceros Horn & Elephant Ivory


In support of the worldwide concern for the increasing illegal sale of poached rhinoceros horn and elephant ivory, Waddington’s brings new strict guidelines into place. Effective July 1, 2014, Waddington’s will not accept consignments of any items made of or containing rhinoceros horn for auction. Further, we will not accept any items of elephant ivory made after 1940.

Waddington’s wholeheartedly supports and is governed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as set out in 1973. We work diligently to ensure that we are always in full compliance with the Convention and all Canadian and international laws as they effect us designed to protect against the fostering of the illegal rhinoceros horn and elephant ivory trades. We also provide full disclosure to all our clients – both vendors and buyers – that they are required to abide by CITES restrictions and any restrictions or laws as specified by their own countries.
Posted: 6/8/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean


Asian Art Market Continues to Blossom


It's clear that the Asian art market is booming and only continues on its upward surge. Not just at Waddington’s – but across all sectors – as we’ve specifically seen with the meteoric popularity of contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. While our past success has been in the classical and modern eras of Asian art, it has been exciting to launch our Contemporary Asian art venture this spring and we’re delighted to feature some fine examples in this auction.

Our Spring Asian Art Auction, June 9, 2014, includes over 350 lots from India, China and Japan, from a variety of consignors, collectors and estates. In addition to our Canadian clients, we are pleased that our international base continues to grow with consignments for this auction from across the United States, including Chicago, Connecticut, New York and Florida, and from Hong Kong, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Of particular note are the collections of multi-national paintings including the second offering of Indian Miniatures from the Estate of Theodore Allen Heinrich (1910-1981); you may recall the success of the first offering of Mr. Heinrich’s estate in December 2013. We are also pleased to offer a wide range of classical, modern and contemporary Chinese paintings, including important collections from the estate of K.C. Tai and Dr. David Lin. Another highlight of the auction is the incredible blue and white hu vase with Qianlong mark and of the period, 1736-1795. Initially acquired in Taipei, the vase passed through the family to the current owner in Toronto. You will find a full history of the vase in our catalogue.

As you may realize, each auction requires months of work to assemble, research and catalogue. It has been a privilege bringing this auction together and to work with so many fine examples of Asian culture. Our heartfelt thanks to all our consignors, buyers and consultants for your continued support.

Anthony Wu
Specialist, Asian Art

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Posted: 6/7/2014 9:00:00 AM
By: Anthony Wu


Contemporary Asian Art Selling Exhibition


What an exciting time at Waddington’s as we prepare for our first-ever Selling Exhibition of Contemporary Asian Art. As the newly appointed Contemporary Asian art specialist with the Toronto-based auction company, I’ve put my heart and soul into making this event a success.

It was on a recent trip to Tokyo and Beijing that I found the basis of the exhibition – which includes works by the widely popular Japanese artist Takashi Murakami created in his signature ‘Superflat’ style. An artist who has been compared to Andy Warhol and who is currently featured in a show at Toronto’s Design Exchange (curated by Pharrell Williams no less!) Murakami is the first Asian artist, and only one of five artists, whose works have been displayed in Versailles. The walls of Waddington’s have never been in better company!

But this is not a solo Murakami event - the cross-generational exhibition also includes works by Tomio Miki, Enokura Koji and Nobuo Sekine, as well as internationally acclaimed William Ho and several young, emerging Chinese artists. We decided to focus on artists from Japan and China for this launch event, offering a broad spectrum of works including lithographs, ink and brush, oil paintings and sculpture.

Known for its reputation as an auction house of fine and decorative arts, it’s been fun to be part of Waddington’s push into contemporary art – as we look to new markets to expand the company and appeal to broader markets. Certainly artists like Murakami who have both massive exposure and commercial popularity are the kind of contemporary art we’re pleased to make available to our clients.

It’s been a busy six months since I arrived at Waddington’s – working in Hong Kong was hectic – but the pace at one of Canada’s leading auction houses is just as busy! I arrived at Waddington’s in time for the fall 2013 Asian Art auction; its success was indicative of the exponential growth in the Asian art market that I know will only continue to increase!

Janfer Chung,
Contemporary Asian Art Specialist
Waddington’s Auctioneers & Appraisers
jc@waddingtons.ca


*Waddington’s will also present Contemporary Asian art in our semi-annual Asian Art Auction in June.


Waddington’s Selling Exhibition of Contemporary Asian Art

Exhibition Information
Thursday 1 May to Sunday 11 May 2014

Gallery Hours
Weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm
Weekends from 12 noon to 5 pm
Daisuke Takeya Lecture
Saturday 3 May at 2 pm
William Ho - Ink & Brush Workshop
Sunday 4 May at 2 pm

Waddington’s
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Toronto, Ontario M5A 1K2
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www.waddingtons.ca

Posted: 4/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Janfer Chung


Specialists' Preview - Spring 2014 Auction Highlights
April 3 – 8, 2014


Sometimes what’s old is truly new again. Traditionally, Waddington’s held our much anticipated Fine Art Auctions bi-annually, a dedicated week of previewing and selling the best we had to offer for that season from all our departments. Previewed as an enormous mix of wonderful and eclectic, rare and beautiful, classically traditional and wildly eccentric, there was something for everyone and for every taste. As all our departments grew, it became unwieldy to organize all our auctions and previews into the same time period. Spreading the auctions throughout the spring was more manageable, and the departments began to conduct business more autonomously, focused on their core proven markets and clients.

Fast forward ten years and we see an evolution in market tastes and buying trends. Today, fewer people collect as a hobby in pursuit of objects from a narrow, focused area of interest. Nowadays people are more likely to collect to decorate their home or business – and they’re much more willing to mix cultures, textures and periods to create an individualized environment. In reflection, our traditional preview settings more suited to the current more diversified market. They made it easy to imagine how things would look in situ – how an English highland painting might look beside the Sorel Etrog sculpture already in your home, how the clean and powerful lines of an Inuit sculpture could complement your Group of Seven canvas. How a delicate Chinese vase is flattered by art deco bronze figures and English silver candle sticks. It was almost like looking at the pages of a décor magazine.

So we’re borrowing from the past. We’re bringing back the multi-department preview to demonstrate how great but different art can blend together. Our specialists (some of the best in the world in their various categories of expertise) have handpicked their favourite items from their spring season auctions. The most interesting, most eclectic, and in some cases the most valuable, to be previewed together in our gallery in one glorious display. And to further enhance the experience, we’ve also invited Farrow & Ball to be part of the display, weaving in the colour palette and wallpaper highlights from their spring season.

We look forward to sharing some of our favourite things with you.

Please be sure to visit April 3 – 8.

Posted: 3/31/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Duncan McLean


Contemporary Asian Art


Waddington’s is proud to present our inaugural exhibition of Contemporary Asian Art, which will be offered through private sale at our main gallery at 275 King Street East, Toronto, from May 1-11, 2014.

From Modern to Contemporary: An Exhibition of Contemporary Asian Art will feature an expertly curated selection of over 60 works in various media by today’s most celebrated contemporary artists. The exhibition will include works by TAKASHI MURAKAMI (b. 1962), considered by many as the father of the iconic Japanese ‘Superflat’ style; YAYOI KUSAMA (b. 1929), an influential avant-garde artist who emerged in the New York postwar art scene; ZHANG XIAOGANG (b. 1958), best known for his Cultural Revolution inspired paintings, which confront issues of collectivist culture and its impact on Chinese cultural identity; realist painter HU YONGKAI (b. 1945) whose ‘Gongbi’ portraits offer a view of Chinese women in traditional costume; and WILLIAM HO (b. 1960), an internationally renowned Chinese-Canadian ink and brush painter.

In conjunction with the exhibition, we are delighted to present a special lecture series on Contemporary Asian art to be held on May 4. The lecture will then be followed by an ink and brush workshop led by William Ho. Mr. Ho has lectured at the Royal Ontario Museum for over 13 years and was invited to have his solo exhibition and to speak at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in 2006. He is also a practicing artist and his works have been exhibited at the Royal Ontario Museum and Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, ON, as well as at the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, and at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Following From Modern to Contemporary, we present a second selling exhibition showcasing a collection of Takashi Murakami lithographs opening May 15. Images and details will be available upon request.

Our exciting season will conclude with our bi-annual Spring Asian Art auction, which will also feature a selected number of contemporary works. The Spring auction takes place on 9 June, 2014 and we will be accepting consignments until Friday March 28, 2014.

For any inquiries including appraisals, consignments, or to schedule a private preview, please contact the Contemporary Asian Art specialist Janfer Chung at jc@waddingtons.ca

Important Dates
Spring auction consignment deadline: March 28, 2014

From Modern to Contemporary
An Exhibition of Contemporary Asian Art: May 1-11, 2014
Opening reception: May 1, 2014, 6-9 pm

Contemporary Asian Art Lecture Series and
Ink and brush workshop: May 4, 2014

A Collection of Takashi Murakami’s Lithographs: Beginning May 15, 2014
Posted: 2/20/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Janfer Chung


Waddington’s Launches Contemporary Asian Art Department


We are pleased to announce the creation of a new division - Contemporary Asian Art Department - to complement our existing service offerings and further support a growing international market.

Asian Art Specialist Anthony Wu comments that “Interest in Contemporary Asian art has exploded. The superb results of our recent Asian Art auction are indicative of the exponential growth in the market – with collectors in Hong Kong and mainland China, as well as international buyers in pursuit of works by artists who are ranked alongside the most sought-after artists in the world, such as Matisse, Rothko, and Klee.” (Waddington’s December auction achieved the highest result for Asian Art sold at auction in Canada at $3.1 million).

Waddington’s new Contemporary Asian Art department will focus on works from China, Japan, Korea, India, and Southeast Asia to begin with; in recognition that ‘Asia’ is an area that is almost one-third of the world's land mass and home to two-thirds of the world’s population.

Leading the new division is Janfer Chung, a specialist in Contemporary Asian Art who comes to Waddington’s following experience with top contemporary art galleries in Hong Kong and China. Ms Chung has coordinated a number of important exhibitions featuring works of world-renowned artists including Jenny Holzer, Jason Martin, Entang Wiharso, Zhu Jinshi, Su Xiaobai, Zhang Huang, Li Xiaojing and Hu Yongkai. Ms Chung holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Hong Kong. Fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, Ms Chung’s networks of international Contemporary Asian Art galleries, media and collectors will be integral to bringing top Contemporary Asian artworks to Canada.

Waddington’s is pleased to present a special symposium on Contemporary Asian Art in early April 2014, followed by both live and online auctions, and artist exhibitions.

For a private and confidential assessment of your Asian Contemporary Art, please contact Ms Chung at jc@waddingtons.ca.
Posted: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Anthony Wu


$3.11 Million Sold at Asian Art Auction


Seasoned auctioneers Duncan McLean and Stephen Ranger had their work cut out for them at Waddington’s December 2, 2013 auction of Asian Art. A full auction room, online bidders and a staff of ten to handle telephone bids contributed to the often frenzied bidding action and sky-high prices at the Toronto auction company’s gallery. The final sale total of $3.11 million, including commission, is a record high for an Asian Art auction in Canada. With a 73% sold rate, the auction more than doubled its $1.05 million to $1.49 million pre-sale estimate, and beat Waddington’s previous high of $2.4 million for an Asian Art sale in December of 2010.

Based on the level of pre-auction interest, Waddington’s Asian Art Specialist Anthony Wu had anticipated that some of the close to 400 items offered might exceed their estimates, but the evening’s success surpassed all expectations. Chinese porcelain, painting and jade carvings were particularly strong, as well as South Asian miniatures and Himalayan bronzes.

The first highlight of the evening was lot 16, a Japanese Rare Ko-Imari Wine Jar with Figure of Bacchus from the Edo Period. The pre-sale estimate of $3,000/4,000 was blown away by a final hammer price of $28,800. Similarly, lot 32, an exquisitely articulated silver Japanese Jizai (fully articulated) Okimono of a Dragon from the Meiji Period sold for over twice its estimate at $57,600. The dragon was consigned by descendents of the prominent Toronto Adamson-Cawthra family.

For South Asian works of art, lot 38, a Mughal School Miniature of Rustam Saves Bizhan from the Well, dating from the 16th/17th Century sold for $71,500 against an estimate of $3000/4000. This work, along with fourteen other miniatures, was originally from the estate of Theodore Allen Heinrich (1910-1980), a former director of the ROM and an art history professor. In total they brought in over $140,000, much to the delight of the Toronto owner who purchased them from Waddington’s during the 1980’s!!!

But it was the Chinese works of art that had the auction room buzzing.

Anthony Wu was hard pressed to define his favourite moment of the auction with so many successful outcomes, but clearly was pleased with the $347,500 realized for lot 226, a spectacular Chinese Pale Celadon Jade Ruyi Scepter from the Jiaqing Period. It was the impeccable provenance, perfect condition and rarity of the piece Wu credits for the price. “Buyers are much more discerning now” Wu said, “Our clients are looking for higher quality, unique items that are new to the market. The owners of the scepter were beyond ecstatic as they were watching the bidding over the Internet.

The highest price realized of the evening was $807,500 for lot 253, “Mountainous River Landscape”, an ink and colour scroll painting, dated 1963. Meticulous in his research and pointedly cautious in his attributions, Anthony Wu catalogued the work as “After Fu Baoshi”, who is considered perhaps the most original figure painter and landscapist of China's modern period. After an intense ten-minute telephone battle amongst four phone bidders, the eventual winner came from China. This is the second offering of Chinese paintings from the distinguished collection of Dr. David T.W. Lin offered by Waddington’s; the first portion was sold in June 2013. The winner of the Fu Baoshi also purchased from the Dr David Lin collection, lot 254 (“Cliff with Two Boats” in the Style of Li Keran) for $140,500 and lot 256 (“Palm Branch and Two Birds” by Guan Shanyue) for $43,200.

Anthony Wu says it is not surprising that most of the buyers were from East Asia and New York, but noted that the majority of the pieces in the auction were from six different notable Canadian collections.

“We are already assembling our spring auction of Asian Art” Wu said from his downtown Toronto office, amidst the packing as the art is prepared to be shipped to new owners. “We proved once again that top international prices can be achieved here in Canada.It is hugely exciting – and satisfying – to experience such growth in this market and to be responsible for Canada’s most significant auctions of Asian Art.”

For more information on Waddington’s Asian Art department and a full prices realised, please visit: www.waddingtons.ca/asian-art/
Posted: 12/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Anthony Wu


Waddington's Fall 2013 Asian Art Auction


As the Canadian leader of Asian Art, we are pleased to offer over 350 lots from various consignors, collectors, and estates. Of particular note are two Canadian collections, one from the descendents of David Blyth Hanna (1858-1938) featuring porcelain, jade, and snuff bottles, and the other from the Estate of Eleanor Moorhouse (1915-2005), which includes blue and white export wares, and numerous mark and period porcelain items.

We are also proud to offer two fantastic pieces from individual consignors. The first is a rare Japanese silver articulated dragon from the Meiji Period from the descendents of Ann Mabel Cawthra (1869-1943). The second is a rare Chinese pale celadon jade ruyi scepter from the descendents of Sir Michael William and Lady Wendy Turner.

In addition to our Canadian consignors, many clients from the United States and abroad have entrusted us with their property and we have brought you works of art from Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Florida, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom.

From these international consignments, we have gained the privilege of offering an archaistic bronze collection from a Hong Kong collector, as well as a fine selection of Himalayan works of art from various consignors.

Heartfelt thanks to all consignors, buyers, and consultants without whom this auction would not be possible. We hope that you can attend the previews and auction, as well as our special viewing exhibition titled “Essence of Elegance: Scholar Objects from the Zuigezhai Collection”.

View the Auction Catalogue

— Anthony Wu
Asian Art Specialist
Posted: 11/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Anthony Wu


Asian Art Department Accepting Consignments for Upcoming Fall Auctions


Can’t believe the summer went by so quickly! After a very successful June 10th sale, I have been very busy in trying to put together another impressive auction. The Chinese art market is still particularly strong, especially porcelain, jade carving, traditional and modern scroll painting, and religious works of art.
I will be in Vancouver/Victoria from September 24th to the 27th and Montreal/Ottawa from October 1st to 3rd. For confidential appointments or appraisals, please contact my departmental assistant Yvonne Li at yl@waddingtons.ca or 416-847-6195.

Hopefully by the time you read this, we will have a small preview gallery online for the December 2nd catalogue sale. We have a couple of interesting collections in our office already, most notably Chinese works of art from the Estate of David Blyth Hanna (1858-1938), Toronto. Mr Hanna was a railway executive who became the president of Canadian National Railways in 1919, maintaining his position until 1922, when he was appointed the first chairman of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO). The star piece from this group is an Iron Red ‘Poem’ Tea Bowl from the Qing Dynasty, with Qianlong mark and of the Period (1736-1795).

In addition, we will be putting together a viewing exhibition of scholar items from a private Toronto collection. Amassed over the past thirty years, the Zuigezhai Collection consists of furniture, scholar objects and utensils. The owner and I have carefully curated 40 items for this exhibition for which you can read more about in Yvonne Li’s blog.

Here are some key Asian Art department dates for the coming months:

Asian Art Live Auction Consignment Deadline
Toronto: September 27th
Vancouver: September 27th
Montreal/Ottawa: October 3rd

Asian Art Online Sale
November 11-14
Preview Tuesday November 12 2pm-7pm

An Exhibition of Scholar Art from the Zhuigezhai Collection
Friday November 29 10am-4pm
Saturday November 30 11am-5pm
Sunday December 1 11am-5pm
Monday December 2 10am-12pm
Tuesday December 3 10am-4pm

Asian Art Live Auction Preview
Saturday November 30 11am-5pm
Sunday December 1 11am-5pm
Monday December 2 10am-12pm
Auction Monday December 2 6pm
Posted: 9/10/2013 9:00:00 AM
By: Anthony Wu


An Exhibition of Scholar Art from the Zhuigezhai Collection


This season, Waddington’s is proud to present an inaugural viewing exhibition entitled "Essence of Elegance: Scholar Objects from the Zuigezhai Collection". Showcasing 40 works of art ranging mostly from the 17th to 19th century including various huanghuali and zitan brush pots, document boxes, storage containers, and other works meant to decorate the scholar’s desk or compliment his study, this exhibition will introduce viewers to the refined world of scholar art.

The Zuigezhai collection is the product of the dedicated efforts of a single collector, who wishes to remain anonymous. Amassed over the last 30 years, this exhibition represents a small sampling of works from a much larger and extremely impressive collection. When viewed together, the collection reflects the outcome of careful curation and a passion for informed collecting as each of the works helps to amplify the beauty of the others surrounding it, enhancing the overall sense of grace and elegance.

Waddington’s will be producing a catalogue of this collection, which will be available early November alongside our full-colour auction catalogue. The exhibition will be held concurrent to our auction preview in advance of the December 2, 2013 auction. Items will be on view at our office at 275 King Street East from Friday November 29 until Tuesday December 3 and the full details can be found below:

An Exhibition of Scholar Art from the Zhuigezhai Collection

Friday November 29 10am-4pm
Saturday November 30 11am-5pm
Sunday December 1 11am-5pm
Monday December 2 10am-12pm
Tuesday December 3 10am-4pm
Posted: 9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Yvonne Li


Asian Art June Blog, 2013


Thank you to all those who participated in the June 10 Asian Art Sale! This was my most successful Asian Art auction since December 2011 and the final realized price was just over 1.72 million CAD (including buyer’s premium). A total of 250 bidders participated in the 450 lot auction. Chinese paintings and Chinese porcelain were particularly strong as well as surprising results for Himalayan works of art and South Asian miniatures.

Highlighting the Chinese art offering was lot 214, an Extremely Rare Famille Verte Bowl, Kangxi Mark and of the Period (1662-1722) from The Estate of Doris McCordick (1912-1977) of St. Catharines, ON. The bowl was a gift from her brother-in-law Paul Grigaut (1905-1969) while he was chief curator of the Detroit Art Institute from 1955-1963. After a fierce bidding battle amongst the floor and the telephones, the winning bid came from a Canadian internet bidder who purchased it for 175,000 CAD, over eight times the 20/30,000 CAD estimate.

Looking forward, I will be planning my December 2 Asian Art sale throughout the summer with trips planned to Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver. For consignment inquiries, please feel free to contact Yvonne at yl@waddingtons.ca. Below you can find one of my fall highlight pieces, a Bronze Seated Figure of a Daoist Immortal. Dating to the 16th/17th Century, this figure has remnants of gold and red paint throughout and was consigned by an American East-Coast gentleman.

For those of you staying in Toronto through the month of July, we will be having an online auction for Thursday July 11, with a preview on Tuesday July 9 from 2-7pm. Hopefully by the time you read this, the preview will be online. This sale will feature Chinese export porcelain for the European and South East Asian market, along with Chinese jade carvings, Japanese and Chinese bronzes, and snuff bottles from a North York Collection. We will have another online sale on September 19 that will feature MANY Japanese woodblock prints that I have been saving for the past four months.

Thank you once again for making this sale season a wonderful and exciting one. If I don’t see you during our July 9 preview or on one of my visits to Ottawa, Montreal, or Vancouver, I hope you have a safe and happy summer!
Posted: 6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Yvonne Li


Asian Art March Blog


To begin with, we would like to thank everyone for their participation in our recent February online auction! Your support for Waddington’s and the Asian art department made the sale a success and was a great way to launch the spring auction season. We are looking forward to the coming months, which we anticipate to be both a busy and exciting time. However, before we get into our upcoming events let’s look at some highlights from our recent sale.

Well painted and decorated with designs of sparrows and rockery, lot 109, a blue and white ginger jar from the Kangxi period (1662-1722) garnered a lot of attention from buyers. A fine example of the period, the jar was one of the most popular items during our preview and attracted multiple bidders, eventually selling for $4020 CDN. Similarly, lot 108, a large blue and white charger also from the Kangxi period attracted significant interest and sold for $1680, demonstrating that the demand for Chinese works of art, especially ceramic and porcelain, remains strong. For a complete list of the prices realized you can visit the link listed below:

prices-realised

Looking forward, we have another online auction scheduled for Thursday April 25 with a preview to be held on Tuesday April 23rd from 2-7pm. This online sale will include a variety of works including porcelain, ivory, jade, and bronze, as well as a large and comprehensive library of recent auction catalogues. Included within this library is a selection of catalogues spanning the past decade from Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Bonhams, Polyauction, and China Guardian. The catalogues will make for useful reference materials and this sale will provide the opportunity for those looking to build or complete their own libraries. A selection of these items can currently be seen in our preview gallery and a complete catalogue will be available in the coming weeks, so be sure to visit our site often!

As always, we look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions, which you can include below.
Posted: 3/14/2013 2:28:00 PM
By: Yvonne Li


Videos of Upcoming Asian Art Highlights


By now, I hope everyone has had the opportunity to explore our new website as well as the online gallery for our upcoming December 3 auction. We’re proud of the work we’ve done with the re-launch of our site, especially the addition of video content in the online galleries. Each of the videos feature selected highlights from our sale presented in 360-degrees. These videos let the objects speak for themselves, and we think it will be a useful to clients who want a more comprehensive view of the items, allowing everything to be seen in the round.

If you haven’t had the chance to explore this feature yet, you should definitely give it a try, and accessing the content is a simple process. As you scroll through each of the lots in our auction gallery, you may notice a tab called “Related Documents” on the left side above the item photo. If you click on this tab it will lead you to a new screen with a short description of the item as well as a button that reads, “Watch Video”. Click on this button and the content will load.

For our current sale, you can explore some video content for the following lots:

Lot 31- Magnificent Lacquer and Inlay Cabinet, 19th Century

Lot 47- Silver Samurai Inkwell, 19th Century

Lot 59- Large Satsuma Vase, Signed Kinkozan, Late 19th Century

Lot 145- Rare and Large ‘Journey to the West’ Ivory Vase

Lot 177- Cloisonné Enamel Longevity Crane Censer, Qianlong Period (1736-1795)

Lot 179- Magnificent White Jade Lion Group, 18th Century

Lot 197- Large Famille Rose Rouleau Vase, Republican Period

Lot 201- Rare Famille Verte Baluster Vase, Kangxi Period (1662-1722)

Lot 203- Pair of Famille Rose ‘Boys’ Vases, Qianlong Mark and Period (1736-1795)

Lot 327 – Large Bronze and Inlay Censer, Late Qing Dynasty

Of course, if you’d like to see these items for yourself, we invite you to join us at our preview sessions on Saturday December 1 and Sunday December 2 from 11am to 5pm, as well on Monday December 3 from 10am to 12noon, in advance of the evening sale. Until then, I encourage you to take a look through our site and catalogue and if you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Yvonne Li
Posted: 11/23/2012 5:16:00 PM
By: Yvonne Li


Asian Art November 6, 2012


Asian Art November 6, 2012

Hope everyone has had a chance to go through the new Waddington’s Asian Art website and looking forward to the December 3rd catalogue sale! The new website promises to be more user-friendly and contain more photos/videos of lots. We’re still missing the past sales results and images, but those should be uploaded in the coming weeks. If there are requests for any specific past lots you need to find, please email either Yvonne Li or myself. We’re also taking requests for topics for upcoming blogs, so if you have any questions related to Asian art, please feel free to contact us!

As for the December 3rd sale, both the virtual and pdf catalogue are up on the website, and hopefully the physical catalogue will be back at the office next week. This is going to be a big sale, and I have been traveling all over Canada in August and September to find quality Asian works of art. In total, there are 439 lots from Japan, Korea, the Himalayas, India, and China! Since we wanted to keep the sale under 450 lots, there were many pieces that had to be moved to the February 2013 online sale. As a result, you should be on the lookout for that sale as well!

Anthony Wu
Posted: 11/8/2012 11:23:00 AM
By: Anthony Wu


A lot of travelling, a lot of excitement!


Welcome to the first of many Asian Art Department blogs!

I’ve been traveling a lot over the past couple of months – New York, Montreal, Ottawa, and Hong Kong – meeting up with clients and getting consignments for the Fall auctions. It’s been fairly busy, but we are hoping to exceed our sales results from the 2010-2011 auction season which finished at around 5.3 million dollars. My departmental assistant Yvonne has done an excellent job covering for me during my absences.

Typically we would have two to three online sales in the Fall, but because of the big move our schedule has been pushed back a couple of weeks. The first online sale will be on November 27th and will feature Chinese ivory carvings and many entry-level Chinese porcelain pieces. For those of you in the GTA area who have not had the chance to see our new location yet, this will be a great opportunity to visit us.

The catalogue sale will be on Monday December 5th. The biggest change will be the length of the sale. The June sale was about 780 lots and many people complained that it was far too long - especially since the evening session didn’t finish up till midnight. We’re cutting back the sale to roughly 560 lots such that the morning session will contain 200 items, and the evening session just over 350.

The highlights this time is a large Meiji Period censer featuring the Soga Brothers Revenge, a large collection of Buddhist works of art from a Toronto collection, three rhinoceros horn carvings, and the second part of the Ting Yulou colletion of Chinese modern paintings. Also up for sale is a magnificent Qianlong Mark and Period vase I was able to find in a suburb of Montreal. There will be a great deal of hype pertaining to this item as the sale approaches and I hope you have the opportunity to see it during the previews.

In other news, those on our mailing list will receive the advance notice flyer in the last week of October. The catalogue will hopefully be online the second week of November, with the hardcopy available two weeks before the auction preview.
Posted: 1/5/2012 3:36:00 PM
By: Anthony Wu

UPCOMING AUCTIONS & EVENTS



Asian Art Online Auction
June 10 - 15, 2017


On View:
Friday, June 9, 2017
from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 10, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 11, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, June 12, 2017
from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm


Asian Art Auction
Monday, June 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm


On View:
Friday, June 9, 2017
from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 10, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 11, 2017
from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, June 12, 2017
from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm