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LOT 145

1815 - 1872

Sleigh Crossing the Ice
oil on canvas
9 1/8 x 13 1/8 in 23.2 x 33.3 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $46,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Acquired directly from the Artist by Thomas Dillon Tims (1825 – 1894), Ontario
By descent to Eugene Marius Coste (1859 – 1940), Ontario
By descent to Marie-Louise Coste (1896 - 1982), Ontario and France
By descent to the present Private Collection, France

Beginning in 1848, Cornelius Krieghoff began to depict the culture of Quebec, and aspects of quintessential daily life there became his passionate focus. His sought-after depictions of sleigh scenes found their roots in the German and Dutch genre paintings he studied during his time in Paris. Sleigh Crossing the Ice is a work that revels in precise details, as seen in the finely rendered branches of the trees and harnesses of the horses.

This oil painting was acquired by Thomas Dillon Tims (1825 – 1894) and then owned by Eugene Marius Coste (1859 – 1940), a pioneering figure in the Canadian mining community. He was known as the “Father of Natural Gas in Canada,” and he founded extensive gas and oil fields in Ontario. In the late nineteenth century he exported natural gas to Buffalo, New York, from a well near Niagara Falls. He was the president of the Canadian Mining Institute from 1903 to 1905. Later, Coste forged west, drilling the locally famous “Old Glory” gas well near Bow Island, Alberta.

Having attained entrepreneurial success, Coste collected art with the same discerning expertise, and procured several treasured works by Krieghoff. One such work in the Coste collection was Krieghoff’s large canvas White Horse Inn by Moonlight. This romantic winter scene featuring people and horses in front of a country inn is a national treasure, and one can imagine these two marvellous paintings hanging together at one point in time. In 1971, White Horse Inn by Moonlight was generously donated by the Coste family to the National Gallery of Canada.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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