Wine and Summer

Greetings from the ever bubbly (pun intended) Fine Wine Department at Waddington's!

Last summer we extolled the gentle virtues of summer sippers, fruity Beaujolais, sumptuous Chenin Blanc and Viognier, steely crisp Chablis and, of course, Champagne and Cremants. This summer we have fallen, full on, for the “Rosé All Day” trend sweeping the world. Some of the producers we have been fawning over this season are only available through agents by the case, like the 2017 Domaine de Triennes Rosé (Halpern Enterprises) and the Château Pesquié 2017 ‘Les Terrasses’ (The Vine Agency). We’ve also been enjoying 2017 Côtes des Roses Rosé by Gérard Bertrand and are constantly on the lookout for some great Bandol wines from Provence.

However as much as we may enjoy our time drinking rosé, our continuous task is assembling the wines destined for our fall auctions in September and November. After an incredible spring season, we feel this fall will also be very special as numerous great collections are already slated for auction.

We are delighted to inform our Fine Spirits clients that we have secured a world class collection of rare scotch, The Tom Willcock Collection of Fine and Rare Whisky, that will be sold in two parts in September and November. The collection contains over 500 bottles from many of the great distillers past and present. To celebrate the collection please look forward to a whisky tasting in our gallery in September. Details will be announced soon.

If you are considering consigning for our fall auctions, please keep in mind the following dates:

  • Deadline for inclusion in the September auction is July 20.
  • Deadline for inclusion in the November auction is September 21.

We hope your summer is full of sunshine, friends, family and, of course, fine wine.

Stephen, Joann and Devin

Posted: 6/26/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

Exceptional Collection of Rugs & Carpets

Over the last several years our Fine Rugs and Carpets department, headed up by Andrew Brandt, has been quietly building up a loyal following of collectors, designers and dealers. Attracted by the high-quality bar and carefully selected offering, we are now conducting six auctions each year featuring weavings from all the major centres of Central and East Asia.

This June we are delighted to offer two single-owner collections in a single auction with the proceeds going to benefit the McMaster Museum of Art and the Ontario Arts Foundation, respectively. The online auction runs June 23 - 28.

The first collection features primarily an array of village and tribal pieces from the Caucasus and Central Asia. Of particular note is a stunning late 19th century South Caucasian Prayer Rug in rich colours and in very good condition. A number of Turkoman weavings of very fine quality and condition round out this wonderful collection.

The second collection is centred on Chinese weavings from the mid 19 through the early 20th century. Throne covers, runners and rugs of excellent quality are scattered throughout the collection alongside numerous Persian and Indian silk or part silk workshop rugs.

Please see the online gallery here.

Contact Andrew Brandt at for private viewing or condition reports.

Posted: 6/25/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

The Select Auction of Canadian Art & Decorative Arts

What’s New: Our Select Auction of Canadian Art & Decorative Arts

Last year’s ‘Canada 150 Auction’ was not just a great theme – it demonstrated how successful the concept of a Canadian Content sale could be. With our diverse expertise, it seemed obvious to create a platform to offer items with a Canadian pedigree drawing from our Canadian Art and Decorative Arts departments. This new auction category: The Select Auction of Canadian Art & Decorative Arts launches this weekend.

We asked the coordinators of the auction, Hayley Dawson (Decorative Arts) and Rochelle Konn (Canadian Art) to describe their experience working together to assemble the sale and some of their personal favourite pieces.


As the first time working closely with another department to organize a sale, I was pleasantly surprised by the cohesiveness of the final product. I think it highlights the common thread in Canadian art and culture; you can see the markers of a young nation trying to succeed and a love for nature and folk culture that intertwine throughout the sale.

We’ve included a lot of fantastic Canadian silver, particularly from Quebec. I never thought I could be so impressed by a simple piece of silver as I am by the Laurent Amiot snuff box (Lot 3). If you look very closely, you can see in the photo that the cover is attached by a “flush-hinge” that is designed and crafted seamlessly into the engraved details on the front. You can tell when you handle it that it was constructed to last for generations. 

The collection of Karin Pavey pottery (lots 210-216), particularly the teapots, are a natural favourite of mine. With their wild colours and surreal forms they look like they are straight out of the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Karin Pavey is currently a pottery instructor at Toronto’s Gardiner Museum and I have been trying (without success to date) to join one of her drop-in classes for a while now. Rochelle and I enjoyed pairing these colourful decorative pieces alongside paintings with similar bright palettes like Cécil Emond's and Mary Pavey's. 

Lastly (although I could name more favourites), there is a fascinating group of photographs and other artefacts from William Lyon Mackenzie King. I can’t imagine (but hope) it would be possible to come across such an intimate and historically significant collection as this for sale again in the future. 


You’ve put me on the spot - there are so many interesting things to choose from. With regard to the art, there's a great little René Richard gouache that I love, lot 19, Forest Interior and a lovely Pegi Nicol painting Rockcliffe in First Spring, lot 16, that I would love to own.

A lot of the art is folky, colourful and whimsical works that are just really joyful. The two Conrad Furey paintings of rowers (lots 190 and 196) make me eager to get up north to go canoeing, and lot 136, the Cécile Emond painting, has me dreaming of picnics in High Park this summer. There are also two beautiful carved paddles by Northwest Coast artist Bill Henderson (166 and 167) that are stunning.

Moving away from the ‘flat art’ – I am really drawn to the Brooklyn Pottery lots, specifically lot 180, the "O'Canada" jug. Lot 2, the Conquest of Canada medal is amazing, a really important relic of Canadian history that I just want to hold in my hand. And of course, the Michael Fortune "Bee's Wing" living room table (lot 241).

It's been fun working with the Decorative Arts department; and a great, totally new experience working with such different items that are not usually together in one sale. It was an interesting challenge to figure out how to present them together for the purposes of creating a cohesive online gallery and catalogue; and how to ensure we were presenting everything in the best, complementary manner.

We first tried to order them all chronologically, but that ended up not working very well as most of the art was from the mid to late 20th century, and the decorative/historic lots date back to the 18th century. So we decided to just incorporate the paintings based on their aesthetic qualities, into the chronological order of the decorative/historic pieces. 

The next step we’re excited about is setting up the preview – and we hope everyone has the chance to come see what we’ve done!

To find out more from Rochelle and Hayley, you can contact them at:

To view the Gallery click here

Posted: 6/13/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean

Handling Wine With White Gloves

The mythical beast, the unicorn of the auction world, is the White Glove sale – when 100% of the lots in an auction are sold.

In February of this year we came close with 99.8% sold. However, we just surpassed that mark by achieving a completely sold-out auction in May. Meaning, 100% of all lots offered in our Fine Wine auction found buyers! Thank you to everyone who contributed to this success; sellers, buyers and supporters.

We were particularly pleased with the performance of the wines of the legendary Château Pétrus. With a wide variety of vintages on offer, many for long term cellaring, all of them had robust interest during the auction. Once again though, classed growth Bordeaux led the way with many lots recording as many as 20 bids.

For those of you interested in statistics, and we know many of you are, here are a few.

Auction Fun Facts

Total Lots Sold 448
Total Lots Unsold 0
Sold Percentage 100%
Average realised price above reserve 117.7%
Average realised price above low estimate 67.5%
Total Lots Sold Over Low Estimate 376
Total Lots Sold Over High Estimate 209
Total Bidders 217
Total Bids 4,152


Additional Highlights

Lot 116: CHÂTEAU PÉTRUS 2010 (1)


Lot 313: CHÂTEAU LE PIN 2000 (1)








Lot 263: OPUS ONE 1993 (2 hf. bt.)
OPUS ONE 2006 (2 hf. bt.)
OPUS ONE 2010 (1)
OPUS ONE 2011 (1)





Consignment Opportunities for Our Fall Auctions

As much as we would like to bask in the glow of our past sale, we remain focused on gathering more great wines for our fall series of auction slated for September and November.

To consign in our upcoming fine wine or spirits auctions please visit our consignment page, or contact us by phone 416-504-9100 ext 1002 or by email The consignment deadline for our September auctions is July 20.

In the coming weeks we will be announcing some exciting news regarding a world class collection of Rare Scotch we look forward to offering this fall as well.

Until then, cheers!


Posted: 5/19/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

Canadian Art Spring Season 2018

Lot 31
Sorel Etrog
War Remembrance

Linda Rodeck Introduces our Spring 2018 Canadian Art Season.

For centuries, trading merchandise from far and wide has proven lucrative to industrious merchants, particularly those who specialized in luxurious or rare goods. But throughout history such trade has also generated significant intellectual, spiritual and philosophical dividends.
I can't help thinking about the great Spice Routes and Silk Roads when I think of auction season. Each spring and fall, an auction house will assemble thousands of precious items, brought from all over the world and from all time periods. It wasn't so long ago, for example, that Waddington's sold a woolly mammoth tusk! These items exhibit a rare beauty which is often the primary reason they are desired but there are also magnificent stories that attach themselves to objects.  
Waddington's Spring 2018 Canadian art sale, which is comprised of 160 lots, represents 160 amazing creation stories, biographies or histories about each lot's maker, their subject, their execution, their owners both prior and current, and their significance in the past, present and future. Each sale is a fascinating installment in the story of Canadian art-making and collecting.
Join us on a journey of discovery this season by reading some of the stories you will find in our Canadian Art auction catalogue or stop by our previews to hear some of the wonderful anecdotes our specialists can provide in person. 

To view the Auction Gallery and PDF Catalogue: click here

Auction: Monday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m.

On View:

Friday, May 25 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Saturday, May 26 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 27 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Monday, May 28 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Or by appointment.

Preview and auction take place at Waddington's.

To find out more:

Posted: 5/1/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck

News from Concrete Contemporary Art & Projects

As we turn the corner into our Spring 2018 auction season, we have some exciting news to share about Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects in our ongoing effort to create more opportunities for Canadian contemporary works.

This season we are presenting our Concrete Contemporary auctions in conjunction with the Canadian, Inuit, and Indigenous Art departments at Waddington’s. That means that rather than hold stand-alone auctions of Canadian contemporary art, all works consigned to us for sale will either be offered in our new, bi-monthly Canadian Art Select online auctions or will be placed into our bi-annual Canadian Fine Art live auctions. These cross-departmental auctions will greatly increase the exposure of Canadian contemporary art to other areas of the market.

Our Canadian Fine Art auction on May 28 will include major works by Carol Wainio, Michael Adamson and a rare work by Mike Bayne as part of the contemporary component of the auction.

The Canadian Art Select online auction in April will also feature a number of impressive contemporary works. Consignments to both auctions are still open with an end of March deadline for the Canadian Fine Art auction and consignments to the Canadian Select auction open on an ongoing basis. The consignment process will continue to be a seamless experience with property curated by Stephen Ranger and Kristin Vance.

Over the past five years we have set auction records and created secondary markets for dozens of important contemporary artists -- our new format promises to expand on this mandate. And we will continue to focus on Canadian Contemporary Art with a renewed focus on exhibitions, events and ongoing special projects.

Please contact Kristin Vance at to discuss sale dates and deadlines.

As always, we look forward to seeing you in our galleries.


Valerie Palmer Lighthouse Price Realised: $43,200
Tim Zuck Two Shapes Price Realised: $7,800
Posted: 3/10/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

February's Fine Wines & Spirits

Earlier this month our very own Joann Maplesden was invited to talk about investing in wine to a group of women interested in alternative assets. Having worked in the Fine Wine and service industry for over 25 years, Joann is immeasurably qualified to speak knowledgably about what to buy, how to store, when to drink, and when to sell. She also has a deep understanding of the food and wine culture, which is at the core of what many collectors are interested in.

The advice she gave is what an expert in any field would give to a novice investor:

  • Read and taste widely.
  • Buy the best you can afford; it will always reward you.
  • Immerse yourself in the world of wine, there is so much to learn and it’s also a lot of fun.
  • Don’t expect to know everything overnight. While it might be easy to chase just the big names - the first-growth Bordeaux and Grand Cru Burgundy, there is also great value and pleasure to be found just a little off the beaten path, in the wines of the Rhône Valley or Piedmonte, in Spain, Sonoma or Margaret River.
  • Remember to differentiate between investing for pleasure and investing for profit.
  • And remember - the rewards of sharing a well-cellared wine are ample!

This month’s Fine Wine and Spirits auctions offer wines for the novice collector, seasoned collector and the sommelier. Led by a lovely selection of well-cellared wine from the acclaimed Rundles restaurant of Stratford, Ontario, the auction goes deep into world-class Burgundy and California Cabernet Sauvignon. There are numerous mixed lots for current drinking pleasure, investment grade lots for the collector and wines ready for the spring and fall festivals. There is a plethora of Château Pétrus from numerous vintages, an awesome selection of wines from Rousseau and Leroy and a very special flight of Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon.

Please make use of our Wine Search tool at to make finding wines of interest that much easier.

We hope you enjoy this auction as much as we enjoyed assembling it for you.

Please also note our consignment deadline for the May auction is fast approaching. Wines for consideration should be sent to us by March 16, 2018.

Cheers, Stephen Joann Devin

Posted: 2/15/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

Ormo-what? Ormolu!

This is a term that we hear around our auction house on a regular basis, especially in our Decorative Arts department.

It’s an odd-sounding word in English, but the French translation makes it clear – it means ground gold - “or” (gold) “moulu” (ground, as in ground up into a powder). The practice was perfected in France in the 1700’s and was used extensively in the decorative arts, and to enhance the beauty of furniture.

It was a process performed by gilders, who would mix the gold powder with mercury in a 1 to 10 solution and then burn the mercury off to create of vibrant matte gold finish. Using this process, one gram of gold could be stretched to gild many square inches. By burning off the mercury, about 20% it would become airborne which was extremely hazardous for the health of gilders.

Breathing in mercury, a neurotoxin, literally caused them to become as “mad as a hatter”. In fact, most gilders didn’t live beyond the age of 40. In France, after 1830, the government passed a law banning the use of mercury in gilding, but it’s difficult to say how strictly this was enforced.

Today, the term “ormolu” refers generally to a gilded matte gold finish, regardless of the process used to adhere the gold to the metal. “Hang him a gilder that hath his brains perished with quicksilver is not more cold in the liver” – John Webster, The White Devil.

Interested in finding out what your decorative arts, art, jewellery or might be worth?  Contact Ellie to find out.

Ellie Muir Manager Appraisals & Consignments


Posted: 1/30/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Ellie Muir

"Fantastic Martin Brothers Birds Soar"

Published in Antiques and the Arts Weekly

by Madelia Hickman Ring

TORONTO, CANADA – On December 6, Waddington’s offered an extraordinary private collection of nearly 100 pieces of sculptural stoneware objects and pots by Martin Brothers Studio potters, including, most notably, a small flock of Robert Wallace Martin’s “Wally Birds.”

The sale realized $502,309 CDN and all 92 lots offered were sold, achieving the rare distinction of “white-glove” status. With very few collections of this size available on the market, Waddington’s was not certain what the outcome would be, and the sale exceeded the expectations of Bill Kime, Waddington’s senior specialist in ceramics, glass and silver and one of its senior auctioneers.

The success of the sale underscores not only the strength of market for this specific collecting category but also Waddington’s sale strategy of selling with conservative estimates and without reserves. Kime said there had been extraordinary interest in the sale from private collectors, dealers and institutions but that more than half of the pieces were purchased by private collectors.

While there was international interest, most buyers were from the United Kingdom, United States and Canada. Kime said he was surprised at the amount of interest from Canadian buyers and was pleased that several pieces, including a few of the “Wally Birds,” were purchased by Canadian buyers.

The sale got off to a promising start with the first lot, a face jug selling for $9,000, six times its low estimate. The top-selling lot was a stoneware bird tobacco jar, by Robert Wallace Martin, dated 1907, approximately 8 inches tall. Estimated at $15/20,000, it more than tripled its low estimate when it sold for $48,000. Kime thinks it could have set a record price for a late Martinware bird due to its distinctive and unusual glazed decoration. According to Kime, Martin would go to London’s Old Bailey courthouse and sketch the birds there, giving them exaggerated features, and they would become the “Wally Birds” so alluring to collectors today. Many later birds were made as forms with movable heads; this ability to further animate the birds adds to their appeal. Regardless of size, “Wally Birds” did well: two 4-inch small birds each doubled their low estimates, while a 2-inch miniature bird brought three times its low estimate.

Working in late Victorian-era London, the Martin Brothers are considered to have been pioneers in transforming decorative arts from the formalism of the Victorian era to a more whimsical and naturalistic style that foreshadowed studio pottery of the Art Nouveau movement. Kime attributes the appeal of Martinware to their whimsical and eccentric aesthetic that, while they led the way for other Studio potters, was purely their own.

Eclectic to the core, the Martin Brothers’ work bears the influence of art and architecture from the Middle Ages and Gothic periods, but much of their unique pottery exists in a category of its own. While holding on to the eclectic characteristics of Victorian times, many of their sculptures took on exaggerated forms and personalities. Among recognizable Martinware forms are their sculpted face jugs, Gothic stoneware vases and spoon warmers resembling monsters, mythical creatures, classical figures and the use of sea life motifs and other fantasy-inspired figures. A fantastical beast-form spoon warmer jug more than tripled its low estimate when it sold for $19,200 and other forms outperformed their estimates as well.

Kime said that the collection was relatively unknown, belonging to a couple in the Vancouver Islands who began by collecting Moorcroft pottery. The couple were advised by scholar and dealer Richard Dennis and traveled to London in 1978. Staying in an apartment over his studio, the wife of the couple discovered the collection of Martinware he was assembling. The couple would continue to seek guidance from Dennis, as well as Vancouver gallery owners Neil MacMillan and Dan Perrin, who are recognized as “market makers” for Martinware. According to Kime, the collection had no obvious gaps and was extremely balanced, including works by not just the four Martin brothers but also the various workmen who were known to have worked in their studio. He concluded his comments by saying the sale was “the most fun he’d ever had in 40 years.”

All prices reported buyer’s premium.

Published: December 19, 2017

Posted: 1/30/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean

Staff Favourites in Our Decorative Arts Auction


Ellie Muir, our Appraisals and Consignments Manager, talks about two of her favourite lots in our Decorative Arts auction. Both sculptures were gifted to the Art Gallery of Ontario and are being deaccessioned to benefit future art purchases at the AGO. Meet "Psyche and the Butterfly" and "Dance of The Three Graces".


This version of Psyche shows her in a jubilant state, celebrating her new immortality and reunion with her husband, Cupid. She has accomplished momentous tasks assigned to her by Venus in order to achieve her union of love, and seems to be joyfully sending a butterfly, which symbolizes innocence as well as transformation, into flight. Everything about her is ascending up into the air, her hair, her arms, even the vines of roses encircling her body reach upward. Psyche now has her own butterfly wings as she has joined Cupid as an immortal.

Cesare Lapini made many sculptures of Psyche at various points in her journey - this one in particular shows her in her final state; self-assured and confident in her new place amongst the Gods.

Lot 241 - CESARE LAPINI (ITALIAN, 1848-AFTER 1902) PSYCHE AND THE BUTTERFLY Carrara marble, inscribed Gall.Lapini, Firenze, 1895, height 57.25 in — 145.4 cm Provenance: Gifted to the Art Gallery of Ontario by Mrs. J. Morrow Deaccessioned to benefit art purchases at the AGO.

Estimate: $20,000—30,000 


Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux is best known for his sensational marble sculpture “Dance” which adorns the façade of the Paris Opéra (a replacement is now there displayed as the original was moved to the Louvre in 1964 to preserve it from the elements).

When it was unveiled in 1868 it caused a sensation as it went against the popular Neo-Classical aesthetic of the time and instead favoured a raucous Baroque style where the figures seemed to move with joyous sensuality and abandon. Some unhappy onlookers were compelled to deface it by throwing bottles of ink. As is often the case, any publicity is good publicity, especially when it comes to art, and Carpeaux went on to produce many other iterations of “Dance”.

This lot shows three of those figures in a smaller configuration, but they are no less pleasurable to view. The swirling motion of the women with their fingers just barely touching give the sense that the centrifugal force of their dance could send them flinging outward at any moment as they emit peals laughter. Carpeaux produced plaster, terra cotta and bronze versions at his atelier right up until his death in 1875.

Lot 239 - JEAN-BAPTISTE CARPEAUX (FRENCH, 1827-1875) DANCE OF THE THREE GRACES, 1874 terracotta, incised signature and date, and with impressed ‘Atelier-Dépôt, Paris’, and ‘Propriété Carpeaux’ seals, height 31.5 in — 80 cm Provenance: Gifted to the Art Gallery of Ontario by the Junior Women’s Fund, 1958, inventory no. 57/27 Deaccessioned to benefit art purchases at the AGO.

Estimate: $8,000—12,000


To view the online catalogue: Decorative Arts

Posted: 12/5/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Ellie Muir

The Martin Brothers – A Private Collection

Martin Brothers Stoneware Bird Tobacco Jar, R.W. Martin & Bros., 1914 Est. $15,000 - 20,000

Comprised of nearly 100 pieces, this auction includes an intriguing mixture of sculptural objects and pots, most notably a small flock of Robert Wallace Martin’s ‘Wally birds’.

Working in late Victorian-era London, the Martin Brothers are considered to have been pioneers in transforming decorative arts from the stale formalism of the Victorian era to a more whimsical and naturalistic style that foreshadowed the Art Nouveau movement.

While holding appeal to the eclecticism characteristic of Victorian times, many of their sculptures took on disturbing and bewildering forms and personalities. The most celebrated examples can be found among Robert Wallace Martin’s grotesque bird sculptures, which may function as tobacco jars or vases, but are highly stylised to resemble the sometimes deviant human subjects after whom they were modelled. 

Eclectic to the core, the Martin Brothers' work bears the influence of art and architecture from the Middle Ages and Gothic periods, but much of their unique pottery exists in a category of its own. Among recognizable Martinwares, their sculpted ‘face jugs’, gothic stoneware vases and spoon warmers resembling monsters, portrayals of mythical creatures and classical figures, and the use of sea life motifs and other fantasy-imbued images are all very well represented in this collection. View the catalogue.

Please be sure to meet all the characters in this extraordinary collection at our preview opening at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 1, at Waddington's in Toronto.

Bill Kime Senior Specialist


Posted: 11/29/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Bill Kime

Canadian Art Auction: Excellent Results

The real estate market was on fire last night at Waddington’s major fall sale of Canadian Art when Montreal Plateau street scenes, Quebec chalets, Ontario heritage homes, Irish beach cottages, Maritime fishing shacks, and trappers' cabins raced passed pre-sale estimates selling to advantage to a full house of bidders, many of whom were attending our auctions for the first time.

Women artists fared exceptionally well, too. Waddington’s set a new record of $43,200 for Montreal painter Regina Seiden's Gathering Spring Bouquets and Daphne Odjjg’s canvas Walking with Donald soared past the expected pre-sale range selling for $48,000 after a spirited bidding battle.

Maud Lewis continues to be beloved by collectors, and Doris McCarthy surprised many of our preview guests with the breadth and talent she has shown the art world over the many decades of her practice, finely exemplified by the excellent price achieved for her large canvas of Keel, Ireland which fetched $36,000. (Please note that prices quoted include premium.)

For the past several years our major spring and fall auctions have enjoyed significantly high sell-through rates - this auction continued that trend with a 85% sell-through rate at the time of this publication.

As we have already started to gather works for our 2018 auctions - we'd love to talk with you about future consignment possibilities.

View prices realised gallery 

Linda Rodeck, Senior Specialist






Posted: 11/28/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck


Most of us wine lovers have at one point experienced the nirvana that comes with the perfect glass of wine. Often, that perfect wine does not exist in isolation, but is accompanied by: the perfect date, a perfect meal, the perfect setting, or any number of other lovely things that are all part of the experience. Will any great wine taste better when it is shared with people you love and an inspired setting?

Well, there are some who would disagree and suggest that a perfect wine is simply a combination of a great region, exacting producer, ideal terroir and great vintage.

We are not here to argue either way, suffice to say that no less than 80 wines in our current auction are rated 100 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. A further 88 are rated between 97-99 points. From the classic 1989 Château Haut-Brion and 1986 Château Mouton Rothschild to newer vintages like the 2009 Château Leoville-Poyferre and the 2010 Château Petrus, perfection reigns supreme. Let’s not forget our friends in California like the 2001 and 2007 Harlan Estate, or the 2002 and 2007 Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon. The legendary Penfolds Grange from 1998 and 2001 couldn’t have scored higher either -- unless someone has invented the 200-point scale!

We encourage you to really dig deep into this auction; we know you’ll be greatly rewarded whether you are looking for mixed lots of well-cellared wine for the holidays, or if you are intent on filling your cellar with the best of the best. We’ve got it all.

As we do prior to the end of every auction, we’ll send out a list of some wines that still represent great opportunities. If you aren’t already on our fine wine email list, please visit Fine Wine Emails to subscribe. In the meantime, feel free to contact Joann, Devin or myself with any questions you may have.

Enjoy the auction.

Stephen Ranger, Senior Specialist

Posted: 11/28/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

Concrete Contemporary Art Auction

Lot 50 - KIM DORLAND Bush Party #6

The Fall 2017 Concrete Contemporary Art auction is perhaps the most diverse offering we have yet to put forward. Iconic abstractions by David Bolduc and Michael Adamson are offered side-by-side with a figurative Kim Dorland painting, while illustrative works by Marcel Dzama and Gary Taxali compliment the photo-based works of Barbara Astman and the Sanchez Brothers.

Two haunting landscapes by Wanda Koop are contrasted by a print featuring Alex McLeod’s futuristic, made-up world and mythical paintings by Stephen Appleby-Barr. Canada’s regions are all well represented; the range of works highlighting the diverse and abundant creativity of this country.

Once again we have partnered with for this live auction, inviting bidders from all over the world as we work to expand our market for Canadian contemporary art.

We look forward to seeing you in the gallery this season and thank you for your support of Canadian Contemporary Art.

Stephen Ranger, Senior Specialist


Monday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m.



Posted: 11/27/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


This past Tuesday, 139 works of Inuit and Northwest Coast artwork were presented for auction at Waddington’s, the premier auction house for Inuit art and now in our 39th year of conducting Inuit art auctions. The energy from a week of exhibition culminated in our busiest preview ever and carried directly over into spirited bidding during the sale.

Highlights of the auction include:

  • Over 90% of works sold, well above industry standard, resulted in elated consigners and buyers alike.
  • Feverish bidding led to prices repeatedly exceeding the healthy pre-auction estimates for early stonecuts and stencils. Three iconic Niviaxie stencils were each hammered down above the $10,000 mark.
  • Sculptural form took precedence for collectors, with the elegant and understated 20” caribou by Osuitok Ipeelee selling for nearly $30,000.
  • Impressive prices were also commanded from our curated selection of small-scale sculptures, such as Judas Ullulaq’s wonderful 6” work in antler, which sold for almost three times its estimate at $2,840.
  • Contemporary works from artists such as Bill Nasogaluak and Suvinai Ashoona sold well and within or above estimate.
  • The strong interest displayed for the Northwest Coast works during the previews resulted in 11 pieces selling for over a combined $30,000.

This year, we made some long overdue changes to how we present Inuit artwork in our catalogues. The Inuit community names are now included. Artists’ names are now also displayed in Inuktitut syllabics. Furthermore, Inuit artists' disc numbers – rooted as they are in the colonial system – have been removed from the catalogue descriptions, and now only appear in the index for reference.

It was particularly nice to see some familiar faces reappear during the auction and previews this season, as well as to connect with some new collectors. The interest in the artform is truly in a transition period between long-standing collectors - to those newer to it, and the interaction between these collector profiles is exciting to see and is reflected in the results of the sale. For further information about this auction or consigning with us in the future, please contact me directly. Thank you to all of our consignors and buyers for a wonderful evening.

Christa Ouimet
Senior Specialist




Lot 60 NIVIAXIE HUNTER WITH BEAR                                REALISED: $13,200




Posted: 11/23/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Christa Ouimet

Having our colours done - for the fall season

I may be the only person old enough in the Canadian and Inuit Art departments to remember the craze of “having your colours done”. Trained colour consultants would be engaged to find colours for their clients to wear that best complemented their complexion, eyes, and hair colour, thereby enhancing one’s attractiveness and boosting one’s confidence. People were categorized as Seasons. Cool colour palettes were “Winters”, warm muted colours were “Falls”. You get the idea.

We know colour can have a powerful effect on us. Whether dramatic, sophisticated, soothing or subtle, colour impacts our mood and carries varied - even contradictory- cultural meaning. Our reaction to colour serves both a biological purpose, and an aesthetic ambition. 

Each season, one of our favourite projects leading up to the auction preview, which begins tomorrow (dates and times below), is determining the set up of our preview gallery in order to best enhance the works of art being offered that season. This involves decisions about layout, placement of lots, lighting and choice of wall colour. While I suspect I can be somewhat dictatorial about some of these decisions, the fact is they are largely predetermined by the sale itself. Once we reach our consignment deadline and begin laying out our catalogue, it becomes very apparent that we have a “blue” sale or a “coral” sale or a “violet” sale. Inevitably, one colour or two seems to dominate, and the rest falls into place accordingly.

This year, several key paintings inspired our choice of wall colour and we have developed spaces that contain families of paintings and sculpture which play off one another. They have been set in environments that have been prepared to enhance your ability to read them and enjoy them.

While Russell Foster, a neuroscientist at Oxford, maintains “The whole point of colour vision is not to inspire poets, but to allow contrast detection,” (Tom Chivers, February 2015, The Telegraph), I can’t help but take a slightly less scientific position. And while I can’t argue with an Oxford intellect, I hope the layout and design of our saleroom both pleases and inspires you. Please join us this season for a dose of chromotherapy.

(Oh, and in case you were wondering, I’m a “Summer”).

Linda G. Rodeck, Senior Specialist





Canadian Fine Art Auction
Monday, November 20 at 7:00 pm

On View:

Thursday, November 16 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Friday, November 17 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 18 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 19 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday November 20 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Posted: 11/15/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck

Pre-loved Rings in Our Dec 5th Fine Jewellery Auction

Thinking of buying a vintage engagement ring? We have several lovely examples in our Fall 2017 Fine Jewellery Auction.

You may be surprised to know there are many excellent reasons you should consider purchasing a pre-loved token of affection, in addition to their beauty. Christa Lambert explains the top four reasons and provides some advice on what to look out for when you buy antique:

  1. Hand crafted and one-of-a-kind – If your significant other loves unique pieces, you can be sure the vintage ring you propose with will never be seen on another hand. Each antique piece was handcrafted by skilled jewellers prior to the introduction of modern equipment used today to create jewellery, such as CAD and growing machines. Antique pieces were hand crafted; added details such as engraving and milgrain all required much more time, patience, and skill. The precision details of the past just cannot be duplicated to the same degree by today’s modern methods.
  2. Exceptional value, get more for your budget – Why pay retail prices, when you can purchase a piece of equal value for a fraction of the price? Retail prices are based on market value of the metal and gemstones, plus an average of 200-300% mark up (sometimes even more). Auction estimates are primarily based on the market value of materials. And bear in mind that many antique dealers actually buy their stock at auction, adding their markup when it enters their display case. Chances are you'll find a deal by participating in an auction, and perhaps even be able to buy a larger diamond than you thought your budget could afford.
  3. A historical piece makes an excellent heirloom – Each antique ring tells a story. It’s fascinating to learn about the older cut of diamonds, materials used, and the different styles that date a piece. Perhaps there is a hallmark that will provide information on a country of origin or a maker mark that gives the piece historical significance. Speaking with a Waddington’s specialist you can learn all about your ring of choice and share its romantic story with your intended.
  4. It’s a more environmentally safe and ethical choice – In today’s world we’re increasingly conscious of the footprint we leave on this earth and make choices acordingly. That includes being aware of the environmental impact of mining metals and gemstones. When purchasing a vintage piece, you’re not contributing to further damaging impact on our environment. For more information visit, a website making ripples and influencing retailers to take a stand against destructive mining.
"There is no such thing as clean gold, unless it’s recycled or vintage,” Alan Septoff, communications manager for the No Dirty Gold campaign.

What to be on the lookout for when buying an antique ring:

    1. Loose stones – A simple shake close to the ear is usually enough to tell if there are loose stones in a mount that would require tightening by a skilled jeweller.
    2. Wear on claws – Over time the claws that secure stones can wear down, leaving the gemstones susceptible to coming loose from the mount.
    3. Are the details intact? After years of wear, details can be softened. In the case where rings have been worn next to each other, some details may be worn off completely.
    4. Thickness of the shank – After years of wear, a shank may have been worn quite thin. Antique rings sometime require a shank replacement.
    5. Have there been alterations or repairs to the piece? Using a jeweller’s loop, study the piece to see if there have been changes. You may notice globs of solder that have not been removed properly. Parts may have been added or removed from a piece. Poor quality repair or alterations can detract from a piece’s beauty and value.
    6. Have old-cut diamonds been replaced with modern-cut stones?  Using a jeweller’s loop, examine the diamonds. Do the cuts match? Often, older stones have been lost and replaced with modern cuts.
    7. Is the ring the right size / can the size be adjusted? Not all rings can be sized without damaging the structural integrity of the ring, or details such as enamel inlay. Ask a Waddington’s specialist if it is possible to size the ring you're interested in.

The good news is that many of the above problems can be corrected by a skilled jeweller. Make sure you speak to one of Waddington’s jewellery specialists to find out if pieces can be restored and what are the costs associated with repairs that may be required.











Posted: 11/13/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Christa Lambert

November's Rich Offerings


While we’ve never had lunch together, exchanged greeting cards or, in truth, even met, my “good friend” Heather Reisman rarely lets me down.

When I am wandering around Indigo not quite finding the right read for the weekend, time and again I have relied on one of “Heather’s Picks”. Last week, it was Sapiens: A brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. It wasn’t long before I found myself identifying with our earliest ancestors.

Harari writes that for nearly our entire history Sapiens have lived as foragers and that even today “our brains and minds are adapted to a life of hunting and gathering.” I can tell you that there is a lot of hunting and gathering that goes in to putting together an auction and like the early Sapiens I, too, “roam from place to place in search of food”, with which to stock the auction catalogue larder; I, too, am “influenced by the changing seasons” and “explore new lands opportunistically” looking for areas that are rich in what will sustain us.

The life of a forager was varied, interesting, and rewarding we are told, and I can attest that the life of a modern art forager (that’s forager not forger) can also be very rewarding. “The forager's secret of success” says Harari “was their varied diet”.

Likewise, in this season’s sale you will find a “varied diet” of works of art that span hundreds of years of Canadian painting, that come from or were painted by artists from all over our enormous nation (my primary hunting ground) and which reflect, stylistically and attitudinally, myriad positions, schools and periods of Canadian Art making.

We hope you will take the time to work your way through the rich offerings of this season, stopping here and there to sample some of the fine works we have harvested for your enjoyment.

Click here for auction details


Posted: 11/7/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck

Hey Our Vancouver Friends!

Emily Carr, Forest Clearing. Realised: $472,000

Considering selling a work of art? Need advice on estate planning or downsizing as it relates to understanding the value of an item or collection? We can help you find out what it's all really worth and what your options are.

Stephen Ranger, Vice President Waddington's, is joining me this week in Vancouver to talk about selling, buying or appraising art - and much more.

We've been invited to talk with a few groups already, but we're reserving the evening of Thursday, October 19 specifically for individual appointments. And as experts in the broadest range of art and objets d'art, this is a great opportunity for you to find out about more about your Asian, Canadian, International or Inuit Art; Decorative Arts; Fine Jewellery or Fine Wine.

Date & Time: Thursday, October 19, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Location: Sutton Place Hotel, 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver

To make an appointment to discuss selling, buying or appraising your valued possessions with Stephen, please contact me: Jacqui Dixon, Director of Client Services, Western Canada or 1.778.837.4588.

Just a reminder that I'm Vancouver-based and available at any time to provide guidance - so don't hesitate to get in touch with me.

And for the rest of the world... our appraisal specialists are always happy to provide their expertise, no matter where you are. Find out more from our Appraisals Manager Ellie Muir at or call 416.504.9100 / toll-free 1.877.504.5700.



Posted: 10/13/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Jacqui Dixon

Bright, Bold and Exceptional Quality Prints Attracts Bidders

Ellsworth Kelly, Blue/Green (EK70-336) sold for $17,500

Our September 2017 Prints and Photography Online Auction Results

Responding to market trends for bright, bold and exceptional quality of minimalist prints, the highlight of our auction was Ellsworth Kelly’s Blue/Green (EK70-336) achieving a top five price for the artist’s prints this year. Selling for over three times the high estimate for $17,500, Blue/Green (EK70-336) caught the attention of many bidders. Reflecting the transition between Kelly’s postwar abstraction towards a minimalistic point of view, this work is a poignant and important time the artist’s career. Blue/Green is also a perfect example of the exactitude of the lithographic process, the crisp delineation between the ink and white spaces.

What Attracts Collectors to Prints?

Printmaking techniques are also important factors to consider when collecting and buyers were equally drawn to Kelly’s perfectionism. Another highlight from the auction was Josef Albers who’s I-S’K (from Homage to the Square) sold for $10,625. The instant recognisability of the artist’s style has grown in popularity by collectors. Not only precise, but the colours that each square dons, has strong links to the colour field movement, while also expressing minimalistic tendencies.

This print was a rarity on the market as the colour combination selected by Albers was unique, combining deep, rich colours contrasting with an apple green centre square, which was undeniably attractive to buyers.

There is clearly excitement around the Bauhaus movement and its artists within the art community from exhibitions to collecting taste, ranging from printmaking to architecture. This modern movement will be gaining strength and one to watch on the auction block for seasons to come.

What's Popular in Photography?

Black and white photography continues to dominate the market as buyers look to build their collection with notable, groundbreaking photographers of generations gone by.

Works by André Kertész performed exceptionally well with a perfect sell-through rate, totalling over $16,500. Not only in pristine condition, these works were particularly strong due to their direct provenance from Kertész himself, by way of a private collection near Toronto.

Why Buy Prints & Photography?

Prints and Photography are an affordable way to build your art collection, while also providing access to the very best artists. Waddington’s Prints and Photography department’s expertise draws top works by consignors globally, while also attracting bidders from around the world, remaining competitive with other international auction houses.

To find out more about our auctions and how to consign, please contact Holly Mazar-Fox,


Posted: 10/2/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Holly Mazar-Fox

Ethnographic Arts & Artifacts Auction Highlight: A Yoruba Ogboni Drum


This rare Ogboni drum carving by Areogun (c.1880-1954) of Osi Ilorin, Northern Ekiti, Nigeria, is featured in our Ethnographic Arts & Artifacts Auction.

With a pre-sale estimate of $8,000—12,000, the carved wood drum, with natural pigments, hide and fibre, stands 64.8 cm, with a diameter of 53.3 cm.

Note: The Ogboni drum was used throughout Yoruba (southwestern and north-central Nigeria) in most cultural events, and their collective symbolism helps tie together elements of Yoruba society. In fact, without the music of the Ogboni drums, most funerals, festivals, and ceremonies would have been incomplete or impossible.

These drums, known as the ritual drums of Nigeria, have remained primarily remote and covert.

The Yoruba is one of the three largest ethnic groups of Nigeria concentrated in the southwestern part of the country.

Sherwin Memel, Los Angeles; Lot 102,
Sotheby’s, New York, May, 16, 2008;
Collection of Joey and Toby Tanenbaum, Toronto

Ethnographic Art and Artifacts Online Auction
September 30 - October 5

Register now to bid online:

On View:
Sunday, October 1, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday, October 2, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

To find out more please contact Andrew Brandt at 416.847.6168 / 

Posted: 9/26/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Andrew Brandt


Lot 320 - 2000 Chateau Petrus, price realised $4,860

Our inboxes have been buzzing with happy buyers and sellers as our September Fine Wine auction closed on Tuesday with 97.7 % of lots selling.

We thought we would share some of the auction statistics with you.

Total # of Lots  44
Total Estimates  $562,690-664,700
Total Hammer (bid)  $665,625
Total Realised (bid+premium)  $798,750
Total Bids Placed  4,334
Total Lots Sold  436
Total Lots Unsold  10
Sold Percentage  97.76%
Total Lots Sold Over High Est  335
Total Lots Sold Double High Est  23

All of this to say that throughout 2017 we have maintained an average of 97% of lots finding buyers at consistently strong prices.

Highlights of the auction:

Lot 96 - 1990 Chateau Margaux 1-6 litre bottle $10,560 (including buyer’s premium)

Lot 23 - 1989 Chateau Haut Brion 4 bottles $8,160 (including buyer’s premium)

Lot 135 - 1995 Opus One 6 bottles $5,100 (including buyer’s premium)

Lot 320 - 2000 Chateau Petrus 1 bottle $4,860 (including buyer’s premium)

For a full list of prices realised please see

Upcoming auctions

We are finalizing lots now for our November auctions and are already in the planning stages for our February 2018 live and online auctions. Wine collectors considering selling are asked to submit lists for consideration at least 10 weeks prior to each auction. The dates for 2018 auctions are posted on the website.

We look forward to offering you another robust and invigorating offering online from November 20 - 28.


The Waddington’s Fine Wine and Fine Spirits Team


Posted: 9/25/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

Embracing Simplicity, Style and Workmanship

What do Eames and Miller have in common with Jensen, Hansen and Anderson?

Let’s start with they're all part of a resurgence of love for design inspired by the mid-century modern era in home furnishings, décor, art and architecture. A love for stylish, yet functional, clean-lined designs, exemplified by furniture designers Charles and Ray Eames and Herman Miller.

It’s not hard to see why people are in love with this style once again. The scale and simplicity is perfect for anyone streamlining their life; whether you’re in pursuit of a more Zen-like environment or responding to the practicality of what works best in the structure of condo living.

And with the same style aesthetic, creations by the jewellery designers of that period are equally relevant and appealing today, with their focus on simplicity, style and workmanship.

The philosophy of designers Georg Jensen, Hans Hansen and David Anderson and others was to create designs of both functionality and beauty - craftsmanship at the forefront.

Our upcoming Silver & Costume Jewellery auction features several excellent examples by Jensen, Hansen and Anderson, as well as by lesser-known designers, whose designs are equally compelling.

If you are a lover of anything mid-century modern, make sure to you take a look at the many amazing offerings in our September 30 – October 5 online auction.

Here are a few lots that might appeal to your sense of style:

Lot 22 ERLING CHRISTOPHERSEN NORWEGIAN STERLING SILVER PENDANT set with a granite specimen, and suspended on a silver chain
Estimate: $100—150
Together with:
Estimate: $120—160
Lot 24 GEORG JENSEN DANISH STERLING SILVER BRACELET, CIRCA 1960’s. Designer: Steffen Andersen, design #210
Estimate: $200—300
Together with:
Estimate: $60—80
Estimate: $80—120
Estimate: $200—300


To view all the items in the September 30 - October 5 online auction visit: Silver & Costume Jewellery Auction.













Posted: 9/22/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Christa Lambert

Making Your Connection ...with Art

I watched the Emmys Sunday night. From start to finish. No fast forwarding. Stephen Colbert is reason enough to extract this level of commitment from me but I also experienced a revelation where I least expected it. From Donald Trump. Okay not THE Donald Trump but rather from Alec Baldwin, who won an Emmy for his SNL portrayal of the current president.

I’ll have to paraphrase slightly, but Baldwin’s acceptance speech resonated with me. He said when we are at the end of our life, we won’t remember a bill that was passed or a supreme court decision or an address made by the president. We remember a book, or a line from a favourite play, a painting, a scene from a movie or a song. Unlike Proust and his madeleine cookies, for me it is music, books, and pictures that provoke strong memories and deep emotion, so I agree with Mr. Trump...I mean Alec.

When I walked around our sale room today, I was reminded of this: How the art we choose to surround ourselves with enriches our lives throughout our lifetime. There are pictures hanging now that I will really miss when they leave Waddington’s for their new homes but I won’t soon forget them. I’ve made a connection. Art helps us connect with each other, too. With people from our own time and those that have gone before.

We want to encourage you to come down and make that connection, too, so we’ve extended our viewing hours for the Select Auction and will stay open for you to visit Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20 until 7 p.m.




Posted: 9/19/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck

Don't Miss the Opportunity to Consign

Josephie Pootoogook, Joyfully I see Ten Caribou, 1959, Estimate: $6,000-9,000

Waddington’s invites you to consign to our Fall 2017 auctions of Important Inuit Art.

Here are a few of the reasons you should consider consigning to Waddington's:

1. Our service excellence combined with four decades of experience in selling Inuit Art at auction culminates in superior results for our valued clients.

2. Marketing is a key element of our success. Our strategic marketing channels include direct mail, digital marketing, social media and personal contact to reach our own extensive network of clients - and to reach new audiences.

3. When it comes time to preview the auction, our downtown Toronto location provides the perfect gallery space for your artwork to be presented in museum-quality exhibitions prior to the auction.

Please note that we are interested in major collections as well as individual works for our upcoming auctions.

If you would like to find out more about the many benefits of working with Waddington’s, please contact us.

Christa Ouimet 416.847.6184


Highlights from our Upcoming Auctions


Josephie Pootoogook, Woman Scraping Skin, 1958 Estimate: $3,000-5,000
Johnny Inukpuk, Woman Cradling Infant, 36" Estimate: $30,000-40,000
Josephie Pootoogook, Joyfully I See Ten Caribou, 1959 Estimate: $6,000-8,000
Osuitok Ipeelee, Hawk, 16.5" Estimate: $22,000-26,000 

























Posted: 9/15/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Christa Ouimet

One of Mark's Auction Tips: Visit the Preview!

Mark inspects lot 304 in the Dec Arts auction.

With Asian Decorative Furniture, Scrolls and Sculpture, and Decorative Arts online auctions closing today, Mark will check the bidding on his favourite items to see if he is still interested. He might even look at other items if the current bids exceed his wisely set, self-imposed limits.

Following his own advice, Mark came to the preview on Monday to see everything himself. Interestingly, one of the items he loved in his original online browsing was not as compelling in person. So he's dropping back in today for a sneak peek at the Canadian Select online auction to look for something else. *While the preview officially opens this Sunday, September 17, our specialists are always happy to book personal appointments.

I think we've lost track of where he is with his original budget of $5000 - but that doesn't really matter as it's been a blast following his selection process.

Mark's Choices So Far:

From the Sept 12 Quarterly Jewellery Auction:

Lot 222 - 14 K white gold & blue topaz ring, est $250-350

I don't own much jewellery except for rings which I usually wear only on my left, pointing finger. I love white gold (or sterling silver) over yellow gold and the beautifully-cut blue topaz and diamonds add just the right amount of "bling" without being obnoxious. And since it's already a size 10-1/2, I wouldn't even have to re-size the ring!

*The ring sold in Tuesday's auction for $288. If Mark was actually bidding - it might have been his!

From the Decorative Arts Online Auction:

MJG - There are several items which have perked my interest in this auction. They include several house-ware-y and accessory items and one which is a nice bit of Canadiana.

Lot 185 - "Nemours" Lalique bowl, est $200-300

IF I'm going to own a fine example of cut glass, I may as well buy Lalique, non? Although I'd also hold-out for just the right example of Tiffany. This bowl is a nice size and if I can find a glass-insert to place inside, I would totally put this on an entry-way table for my keys and wallet. The flowers add a slight feminine fmotif while the black enamel dots are a nice graphic detail.

Lot 195 - Enrico Cammozzo Murano Glass Large Vase, est $250-350

This nicely-sized vase might be from the 1980's but it would be a perfect accessory to put on top of a small pile of art books, atop my credenza and be as good an excuse as any to buy cut flowers.

Lot 285 - Wedgwood Gilt Black Basalt Pastille Burner c.1900, est $75-150

This curious burner would be a great counter to the Murano glass vase. The black and gold in both for sure compliment each other perfectly while the antique motifs would also soften the strong, dominant forms of my credenza. Plus, I could put my topaz ring inside, when I'm not wearing it.

Lot 304 - Ormolu Mounted ‘Sèvres’ White Biscuit Group of Two Maidens late 19th century, est $75-150

This lamp would be a beautiful statement piece. I'd get this professionally re-wired (and re-restored for the oopsies) and attach a large Edison-style lamp bulb and no shade to give an updated, pseudo-contemporary look. For around the same price of a lamp found in big-box decor store, I'd have a gorgeous antique which reflects the romantic designs of the small Wedgwood burner while interplaying nicely with the strong lines and forms of the credenza.

Lot 444 - Contemporary Cherry Free Edge Log Stool, est $100-120

This little bit of Canadiana would look great beside my black leather side chair. Plus I'd have something to put my drinks on as well as my TV clicker, which I have a tendency to misplace. The natural, organic form would bring a bit of Mother Nature into my otherwise contemporary-ish home decor.

From the Asian Art Online Auction:

Lot 83 - Birds and Gourds Signed Bo Yan ??, est $100-200

This large painting, colour-wise, would work harmoniously with my credenza & leather side chair, the Murano vase and Wedgwood burner. I love birds. And gourds are representative of happiness and good luck in the Chinese culture.

Lot 126- A Small Hardstone Inkwell, est $300-400

This little fella is a curious choice. I simply like the quirkiness of the opposing, carved heads. And the thought this may have been used for generations gives it a nice history. And hey, this could be another holder for my white gold and blue topaz ring!

...And He's Still Shopping!

Being a good son, Mark is looking through the Fine Wine & Fine Spirits auctions to find something for his dad, whose birthday was September 10. Mom and dad's anniversary also requires another review. (The Wine & Spirits auctions close September 19.)

Mark is also coming by to see the items in the September 16-21 Canadian Art Select online auction, and take another look at some of the lots in the Prints and Photography auction, which closes September 21.



Posted: 9/14/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean

The $5000 Auction Challenge

The Auction Challenge

We asked our good friend Mark Gleberzon to participate in a unique challenge. We asked him: "If you had $5000 to spend at auction - what would you choose?" With Mark's background as an artist and his own personal style and sense of design, it seemed like a challenge custom-designed for him.

Here was our original conversation with Mark:

W – What do you think will be the most difficult part of this challenge?

MJG – I am actually in the midst of looking for a new place to live. I sold and donated and actually even consigned some items to Waddington’s (!) looking for a fresh, new start. Even decor-wise. So, this challenge will be fun. And hey, I might end up bidding on one or two things to keep, for reals. The challenge will be to rein in the crazy! It's always easy to find items to "want". It's more difficult to commit to something I might actually "need". Unlike a retail store, I can't return my purchase from an auction house. My selections - even fictional - need to be thoughtful and practical.

W – How about you select a work of your own collection as a starting point, to build around. Perhaps a favourite piece of furniture or one of your own works of art?

MJG – The few furniture items I kept include a mid-century modern credenza and a cozy black-leather chair. And yes, we could certainly include one of my photos or paintings to use for further decor inspiration to draw colours and other considerations from.

W – Do you have a strategy when you’re bidding in an online auction?

MJG – budget and commitment are my two most important strategies when it comes to purchasing from an auction. It's always easy to see something and fall in like with an object. But reality must be considered. What am I really able to afford and will the object be what I need and will use and ultimately enjoy having in my home?

W – Do you have any words of advice for those new to the auction world?

MJG – I have several words of advice, starting with:

Do your research. Every auction maintains records of what has sold in previous sales. It's a fantastic resource to see market trends, realized prices and the kinds of items you’ll find in a sale.

Go to the viewing previews. If you're a stickler for perfection, look at the object you covet in person. Hold it. Feel it. See if there's a connection between you and it. Don't only go by photos. If concerned, ask if there's been any restoration. And hey, sometimes you can learn if the prior owner was a noted collector or someone famous.

When there's the opportunity to, attend a live auction, go. Perhaps first watch how people bid and even the kinds of people who are bidding. You will see seasoned buyers and collectors who love the small victory of their winning bids as well as seasoned bidders who may be dealers or designers, looking to re-sell or buying that special something for their client's home. Auctions can be somewhat slow but if you have the right auctioneer and bidding gets fierce, they can be rather entertaining.

When it comes to online bidding, watch how bids are placed and the increments at which prices go up. And if you take that leap of faith and bid yourself, be mindful of your budget!! That can't be stressed enough. Keep in mind you're not only paying the price of the winning bid but also the auction house premium (a pre-assigned percentage, usually) as well as those dreaded taxes. It's easy to get caught up in a bidding war. Unless the item is that unique or the opportunity too personally important to let the item be purchased by someone else, you may just have to show restraint and put the paddle down (in a live auction) or not press the 'bid' button (if you're bidding online)

W - Thanks Mark! That was a great primer for anyone new to the auction world.


Posted: 9/7/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean

Recent & Upcoming Events in Canadian Art

What's Happening in Canadian Art at Waddington's

Waddington’s May 29th Spring Auction of Important Canadian Art was an exhilarating evening with the total hammer price for the sale widely exceeded Waddington’s pre-sale expectation for this select 112 lot event.

Our cover lot, an early topographical watercolour by William Armstrong, came within a hair’s breadth of setting a new world record for the artist. Our back cover lot, a mighty 1961 McEwen painting, doubled its pre-sale estimate, and dozens of other lots soared well above their pre-sale estimate, to our sellers’ great delight.

On June 27th, we will be conducting our Canada 150 Auction which includes exquisite and fascinating objects and works of art selected to tell the story of Canada’s history. The sale is a collaborative event supported by the Canadian Art, Decorative Arts, Inuit Art, International Art and Jewellery Departments here at Waddington’s.

Please be sure to look for highlights from the Canadian Art Department including a suite of 21 paintings by William Kurelek depicting Huronia in 17th Century Canada, as well as works by AY Jackson, Frederick Banting, Emily Carr, Jane-Ash Poitras and others.

Details about this special sesquicentennial event can be found here: The Canada 150 Auction


Posted: 6/15/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck

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. Please contact Sean Quinn for further information: View the Auction Gallery










Posted: 6/3/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean

Inuit Art Spring 2017

We are pleased to present the following collections and individual works entrusted to us for this spring's auction of Inuit Art.

This lovely selection of artwork by artists from across Canada’s Arctic is highlighted by the prestigious private collection of a long-time auction attendee who found such treasures as Karoo Ashevak’s animated drum dancer at Waddington’s in 1983.

Another extraordinary work in this auction is Michael Massie’s mixed media work titled Creativity of the Spirit: Distant Relations which has gained the admiration of all of Waddington’s specialists and which I’m especially pleased to present to the auction market, along with three other fabulous works by Massie. From this same Ottawa collection we offer some stunning contemporary graphics by Itee Pootoogook, Germaine Arnaktauyok and Kenojuak Ashevak.

A particular wonder of this auction is a collection of fabrics printed with incredible designs in Cape Dorset in the 1960’s. The largest collection of fabric art to come to market and a rarity to even see - this collection is a piece of the history of innovation in the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative.

Pauta Saila, the master of the dancing polar bear, is well represented in the following pages, each carving of his was carefully selected and are prime examples of different creative phases in his career.

Finally, we are pleased to bring attention to another collection which has come all the way to us from Wales and was composed by a couple who lived and worked in the North in those early days and felt akin to the people they met there. We’ve included their story on page 56 of the catalogue.

Thank you to all of our consigners this season, it is truly a pleasure to hear your stories and be trusted to present your collections. A sincere thank you to all the collectors who continue to demonstrate their love of Inuit art, season after season.

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Christa Ouimet Inuit Art Specialist

Posted: 4/29/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Christa Ouimet

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.

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



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

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
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.

Looking back to June, our 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 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 to arrange an appointment.

To find out more about the auctions and consignment deadlines, please visit

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

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 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

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 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

*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

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Toronto, Ontario M5A 1K2
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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

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
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:
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 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, 10 am-4 pm
Saturday November 30, 11 am-5 pm
Sunday December 1, 11 am-5 pm
Monday December 2, 10 am-12 pm
Tuesday December 3, 10 am-4 pm


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 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:


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


Asian Art Online Auction
September 22 - 27, 2018

On View:
Sunday, September 23
from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday, September 24
from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm