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Lovely 18th/19th Century Quebec Furniture Leads The Way in Miller & Miller Auction in Canada May 13



2024-06-12 10:56:37 Art & Entertainment

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New Hamburg, ON, Canada, May 23, 2023 -- An important, circa 1820 Quebec armoire in alligatored yellow paint with the family nickname ?Armoire Crocodile? sold for $29,500, and a Louis XIII armchair from the Bastien family on the Huron-Wendat reserve in Loretteville, Quebec rang up $21,240 at the sale of the Jean-Marc and Danielle Belzile collection held May 13th by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., online and live at the Marriott Courtyard West Island in Quebec, Canada.

All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars and include an 18 percent buyer?s premium.

It was the first auction ever held outside of Ontario for Miller & Miller, which typically holds online-only auctions that have been highly successful, but the Jean-Marc and Danielle Belzile collection was too excellent to pass up. Beginning in the 1960s, the couple set out to find the rarest, most iconic and most unusual antiques in all of Quebec. They retained most of what they found in their personal collection, and many of the highlights from their collection are documented in reference books.

?The Quebec audience is like none other,? observed Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. ?These people have passion. Seeing those live expressions of joy and disappointment simultaneously was invigorating. While many of the armoires fell beneath our expectations, others soared well beyond their estimates. The sale average was in line with what we expected. The honesty and integrity that is synonymous with the Belzile name instilled buyer confidence.?

The 72-inch-tall ?Armoire Crocodile? in exceptional polychrome paint featured a layered dentil cornice, deeply molded raised panels on the doors, two raised panels on each side, a shaped base, and eight recessed panels on the center stile. The yellow paint was in dramatic contrast with the deep blue found on the moldings, panel edges and lower rail.

The circa 1800-1825 Huron-Wendat Louis XIII armchair in old green paint from the Bastien family had slanted back posts that were topped with prominent wings and carved flat finials. The back had three slats, two of them cut in the capucine manner. A hand-cut sawtooth skirt supported the edge of the original pine seat; the rungs were hand skived.

Following are additional highlights from the auction, which featured 359 lots of 18th and 19th Quebec furniture, folk art, sculpture and Canadiana in a sale that grossed $351,079. More than 100 people attended the event live at the hotel, while 398 others registered to bid online (via LiveAuctioneers.com and MillerandMillerAuctions.com) and placed 7,900 bids. 99 percent of all lots were sold and 50 percent of the top 50 lots exceeded estimate.

An 18th century Quebec pine armoire with the rare feature of four Louis XIV hourglass shaped panels, 75 ? inches tall, nicknamed "the peanut", constructed with thick pine planks and hand hewn/pit sawn backboards, fetched $17,700; while an 18th century Joliette, Quebec bonneti?re (single door cupboard) with a shaped foot and paneled back, constructed of thick pine and having a natural surface with great patina, reached $11,800.

A rare, circa 1820 bow front, Quebec corner cupboard with a large single-door having an applied diamond motif and all-original blue paint, constructed with a base molding in the Louis XIII manner, with gorgeous patina, rose to $10,620. Also, a small, circa 1810-1825 storage cupboard having original slate grey paint, the Neoclassic influence in the applied molding on the panel and the tombstone (chapeau gendarme) cut-out base, made $5,015.

A circa 1880 exterior sculpture by Louis Jobin (1845-1928) of Joseph with the Christ child holding a globe, meticulously covered in lead-tin, 57 inches tall, realized $5,015. In the late 19th century in Quebec, it was Jobin who introduced the meticulous process of applying sheets of lead, copper and tin to sculpture designated expressly for outside use.

A bronze sculpture by Jean-Julien Bourgault (1910-1996) of a woman in the manner of an early ship's figurehead, from Bourgault?s original 1978 pine sculpture titled Vent du Nord (The North Wind), the bronze #1 in a series of 15, cast at Fonderie d'Art d'Inverness, Quebec, in 1988, standing 20 inches tall (minus the base), changed hands for $4,130.

An early Ursuline crucifix on a stepped base with a sculpted corpus (Christ on the cross), having a head and body resembling religious carvings from the medieval period, 23 inches tall, finished at $4,720; while a late 19th century carved corpus in original paint, likely from a religious institution due to its quality and size, 43 inches tall, boasting great detail with the "crown of thorns" fashioned from a hawthorn branch, also brought $4,720.

To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and the firm's upcoming auctions, please visit www.millerandmillerauctions.com.

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