Fall 2016 - 4th Session Live auction
Lot # 220
Cornelius David Krieghoff
1815 - 1872 Canadian
Gentlemen and Indian Hunting Caribou
oil on canvas
signed and on verso titled and titled Caribou Hunters on the Dominion Gallery label, inscribed "E.M. Knights, Jr." / "O-555" and inscribed with the Dominion Gallery inventory #G4056 and stamped with the Dominion Gallery stamp
13 1/2 x 18 1/2 in 34.3 x 47cm
E.M. Knights Jr.
Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Sold sale of Canadian Paintings, Drawings, Watercolours, Prints and Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Sotheby Parke Bernet (Canada) Inc., May 3, 1983, lot 20, cover lot
Kenneth G. Heffel Fine Art Inc., Vancouver
Peter and Joanne Brown Collection, Vancouver, acquired from the above in 1983
Gentlemen and Indian Hunting Caribou - a classic Canadian scene painted by Cornelius Krieghoff, an icon of Canadian art - was the first work Peter Brown purchased from Kenneth Heffel. The work was bought as a gift for Joanne Brown to mark the occasion of her 40th birthday. It became a cornerstone of the Browns' collection and represents the beginning of their long relationship with Heffel. In the early 1980s, the Brown family were frequent visitors to Ken Heffel's gallery. Peter Brown's brother Alan was headmaster at St. George's School, and students from St. George's would often come into the Granville Street gallery to study art and sketch. Works such as this would have been key learning points for them, as they exemplified the art history of Canada, depicting our cultural history and capturing moments in the everyday lives of Canadians in the early days of eastern settlements. Krieghoff brought his attention to fine details in his paintings - such as the historically accurate leggings, sashes and snowshoes of the men in Gentlemen and Indian Hunting Caribou. In his oeuvre, First Nations peoples, pioneer families and holiday revelers are sensitively observed.
Estimate: $70,000 ~ $90,000 CAD
Sold For: $100,300.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)