Painting by Group of Seven artist Frank Johnston will be in Encheres Champagne’s April 11th auction

EC image 1 Oil on canvas pasted on board by Frank Johnston (Canadian, 1888-1949), titled Winter Sun, signed lower left and measuring 20 inches by 24 inches (est. CA$12,000-$15,000).

Encheres Champagne Auctions will hold a signature Canadian, Inuit and International Fine Art Auction on Wednesday, April 11th, online and in their gallery at 2400 Sainte-Catherine East in Montreal, Canada, starting at 7 pm Eastern time. The auction will feature some very nice American pieces, classic Canadian art and objects, and interesting contemporary art. The sale’s featured artist is Frank Johnston (Canadian, 1888-1949), who worked initially with MacDonald and Thompson and later Lismer and Carmichael. Together, this group of Canadian landscape painters of the 1920s formed the legendary Group of Seven.

EC image 2 Ink on paper by Windsor McCay (Am., 1871-1934), titled Tammy for President (circa 1905), a satirical take on the famous Thomas Nast cartoon (est. CA$10,000-$15,000).

Johnston painted with Tempera paint, which distinguished him from the others in the Group of Seven. He chose to paint decorative effects and was very prolific, churning out works at a dizzying pace. His paintings were mostly pastoral scenes of Ontario and Quebec, as well as the Northwest Territories. He left Toronto to work at the Winnipeg School of Art and officially broke away from the Group of Seven by 1924. In 1927 he changed his name to Franz Johnston and continued to earn a decent living off his paintings. The auction will also feature American caricatural drawings and sought after Montrealer street art. To see more, click here.

EC image 3 Book containing 13 lithographs, all by the artist Jean-Paul Riopelle (1923-2002), titled Parler de corde (1972), each lithograph signed and numbered (est. CA$8,000-$10,000).




Tribal and Native American artifacts galore in Helm Auction’s online-only sale, April 14th

HA image 1 Olmec (Vercruz, Mexico) jade mask w/John Jordan COA, pre-Columbian. Great color, possibly a portrait mask. From an old, 1960s California collection (est. $10,000-$20,000).

More than 450 quality lots of tribal and Native American artifacts will be offered in a Spring Fling online auction slated for Saturday, April 14th by Helm Auction, Inc., based in El Cajon, Calif., starting at 10:15 am Pacific time. The auction features American Indian art, prints and paintings, prehistoric and pre-Colombian antiquities from North, Central and South America and Europe, to include arrowheads, axes, discoidals, birdstones, pipes, celts, masks, carved figures and other stone tools, plus a collection of stone artifacts from the midwestern United States and California, as well as fine Western collectibles.

HA image 2 Mission Indian snake basket, circa 1900. Made of juncus and dye, 6 ½ inches by 4 inches. San Diego County, California. Large, bright snake! Condition: Fine. (est. $3,000-$6,000).

Also offered are Native American and Mexican crafts, such as baskets, Navajo weavings, Pueblo pottery, beadwork, kachina dolls, silver and stone jewelry, 20th century Native American and Mexican jewelry, African artifacts, to include walking sticks, speakers’ staffs, masks, bronze sculptures and beadwork, and Polynesian artifacts, like sculptures, war clubs and shell artifacts. “I’m excited to see how well the pre-Colombian items do in this sale, especially lots 66 and 76, the quartz crystal mask and the quartz crystal bowl,” said Craig P. Helm, Sr., the president and auctioneer of Helm Auction. “They’re quite interesting.” For more info, click here.

HA image 3 Olmec Votive Axe w/Hasso von winning report, c. 2500 years old. Made of basalt, 10" x 6" x 3". Veracruz, Mexico. From an old, 1960s California collection. (est. $2,000-$4,000).