Oakville Tuesday, March 20th, 11amOur next auction will feature a private collection of Canadian Sampson Matthews prints. Held on Tuesday, March 20th at 11am. Preview Times on Monday, March 19th from 12 to 7pm and Tuesday, March 20th from 9 to 11am. The auction features a selection of prints and Canadian paintings, sterling silver, glass, porcelain and decorations.
We are pleased to present the largest single-owner collection of Sampson-Matthews Ltd. prints to be offered at auction with 61 unique plates including rare hand signed copies by A.J. Casson, A.Y. Jackson and Thoreau MacDonald.
The Sampson-Matthews print program was one of the largest public art projects in Canadian history. The silkscreens were produced by hand by craftsmen at the Sampson-Matthews Ltd. printing company in Toronto, overseen by A.Y. Jackson and A.J. Casson between the years 1942 to 1963.
When the first silkscreen was produced by Sampson-Matthews Ltd., in 1942, the idea was to contribute to the Second World War effort: using art to remind Canadian troops stationed far and wide of their home country. These wartime prints were so popular that they were also featured in art exhibitions, public schools, libraries, dentists' offices, banks, corporate offices, and in embassies across Canada and internationally.
The prints are renowned for their mastery of the silkscreen technique, produced with the intention to make artwork accessible to a larger public without sacrificing quality. This meant using the highest quality design and materials- each print included up to 10 to 20 different oil colours. The prints are also credited with raising the national profile of Canadian art and artists, helping shape the Canadian identity in a wider way and with a wider audience than had been achieved decades earlier by the Group of Seven. Today they are considered a highly collectible staple of Canadiana.Oakville is currently collecting for our our future auctions. We are seeking quality consignments of antique and mid century. Oakville over the last several years has excelled in the sale of coins and currency, early militaria and fine art. Mid century signed teak and rosewood bring exceptional prices. Please contact our Oakville office if you are in the Niagara, Burlington, Hamilton and Halton regions about selling your collections. By Phone: 905.849.9600 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Feel free to preview the auction items on the left of the page or visit our online auction pages by clicking here.