Fall 2016 - 3rd Session Live auction
Lot # 155
Cornelius David Krieghoff
1815 - 1872 Canadian
Still Life of Game
oil on canvas
signed, dated 1854 and inscribed "Quebec"
19 x 15 1/2 in 48.3 x 39.4cm
Acquired directly from the Artist by John Budden, Quebec, circa 1854
By descent to the present Private Collection, Vancouver
Dennis Reid, Krieghoff / Images of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1999, page 77
This painting and lot 156 in this sale have important provenance; they were acquired directly from Cornelius Krieghoff by John Budden, a close friend of the artist, patron and early Quebec auctioneer. Budden is credited for advancing Krieghoff’s career; he encouraged him to move to Quebec City in the mid-1850s, even sharing his home with the artist. Budden introduced Krieghoff to his wealthy circle of acquaintances and business associates, who became eager buyers and supporters of his work. Dennis Reid writes: “Theatre, art, and good conversation brought these friends together, but they also shared a love of hunting, fishing and the outdoors, and that too is reflected in a surprising number of Krieghoff’s paintings of the Quebec period.” In this work, their shared love of hunting is represented in the depiction of game, painted with Krieghoff’s characteristically superb fine brushwork. Budden’s close relationship with Krieghoff led him to broker many sales from the artist's Quebec period, and we can presume this work and lot 156 were significant to Budden, as he kept them in his personal collection.
On verso is a remnant of a framing label from Louis Morency, a framer and gilder in Montreal. This work is in a fine period frame.
Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD
Sold For: $41,300.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)