Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Yesterday, genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings exhibited at AGO in 2010 auctioned at RITCHIES

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Art Gallery of Ontario
Musée des beaux-arts de l’Ontario /Toronto, Ontario CANADA/






















"Water Spirits 1 of 3"/"Water Spirits 2 of 3",
approx. 34"x24" ea., © 1970 Norval Morrisseau
/These paintings were EXHIBITED & OFFERED FOR SALE at AGO Art Rental + Sales Galleryclick HERE & HERE for screen captures/
PROVENANCE: Norval Morrisseau, Thunder Bay, Ontario; Alan Swanson, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Maslak McLeod Gallery, Toronto; Private Collection, Windsor, Ontario.

~ NOTE: These paintings, while exhibited at AGO in 2010, were titled "Spirit Animals" and "Shaman Speaks With Birds" respectively and marked as a diptych (click HERE); also click HERE and/or HERE to see comparison of these two paintings with genuine Norval Morrisseau painting which was authenticated by Forensic Science on December 2011.  


>>> These genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings were signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique on the canvas versos. They were auctioned on May 28th, 2013 at Ritchies Auctioneers Auction Gallery* (RITCHIES) at 777 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario.

See Lot 24 and Lot 25 (or click HERE and HERE for screen captures).-

Estimate: $14,000/16,000 ea.


* - With offices in Toronto, New York and Hong Kong RITCHIES offer over 20 auctions each year to a broad national and international market. Their buyers include leading collectors, dealers, designers, curators and discerning private individuals who have come to trust their expertise, experience and in-depth market knowledge.

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Sources: AGO Art Gallery of Ontario / Musée des beaux-arts de l’Ontario &
                  Ritchies Auctioneers Auction Gallery


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>>> In a court judgement "Hatfield vs. Artworld of Sherway" /Court File No. SC-09-087264-0000/ Judge Paul J. Martial stated the following:

“The Court finds that there is overwhelming evidence that Norval Morrisseau signed paintings in black brush paint.”

 (Judgment by Judge Paul J Martial: March 25th, 2013 - Page 35)

In the same court judgement Judge Paul J. Martial stated the following about Mr. Joseph McLeod of Maslak McLeod Gallery:

“He demonstrated a superior depth of knowledge of Morrisseau…” (Judgment by Judge Paul J Martial: March 25th, 2013 - Page 25)

“The testimony of Mr. Joseph McLeod is indicative of his care and the detailed effort to confirm provenance, including the hiring of a forensic expert to examine the signature on the back of the painting indicate that he took his role to provide appraisals seriously. His testimony… demonstrates his depth of knowledge of the painter due to his lengthy association with the artist.”


(Judgment by Judge Paul J Martial: March 25th, 2013 - Page 35)

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BLOG MASTERS COMMENT:

~ The paintings in this post have provenance leading to the artist himself and to Mr. Joseph McLeod's Maslak McLeod Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. Also, to Alan Swanson (1947-1998) who was getting paintings from Mr. Rolf Schneiders of Thunder Bay, Ontario (click HERE to view the paintings which were authenticated by the artist in 2002 and by Forensic Science in 2011 - all acquired from private collection of Mr. Schneiders).


>>> Reference posts:
- The Art of Norval Morrisseau in Galleries and Museums Around the World (Part VIII), - Forensic Document Examination (Part I), - Signatures on Norval Morrisseau artworks certified by Forensic Science, - Morrisseau's artwork in Auction Houses, Commercial Art Galleries & Museums Around the World, - Genuine Morrisseau paintings: Appraised, Authenticated and Forensically Analyzed... /In regards to the Genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique/ - Experts in Norval Morrisseau's Art (Part I) /Ref.: Mr. Joseph McLeod/ - Norval Morrisseau authenticating his artworks /In regards to the Genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique/, - Endorsement by Thunder Bay Art Gallery of genuine Morrisseau paintings from 1970's /In regards to the Genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings signed by the artist with a dry brush (DB) technique/, - Authenticity Statement by Mr. Goyce Kakegamic /'In regards to Genuine Norval Morrisseau paintings acquired from Collections of Mr. Rolf Schneiders and Mr. Gary Lamont/, - Statutory Declaration by Mr. Robert Scott, /' Witnessing Norval Morrisseau signing the paintings with a dry brush (DB) technique'/, - Statutory Declaration by Mr. Deiter John Voss, /' Witnessing Norval Morrisseau signing the paintings with a dry brush (DB) technique'/ - Hatfield, Margaret Lorraine vs. Child, Donna and Artworld of Sherway (Part IV) & - Pivotal Court Case Relevant to Authenticity of Norval Morrisseau Artworks.
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