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Maud Lewis folk art for Miller & Miller sale

Six original oil on board paintings by renowned Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (1903-1970) are expected headliners in Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s online-only Canadiana & Folk Art auction slated for Saturday, February 11th, beginning at 9 am Eastern time. Nearly 300 lots in a wide array of popular collecting categories will be offered.

Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. is no stranger to Maud Lewis. Her work has been featured in several past sales, including one held in October 2022, in which eleven paintings by the artist sailed past their high estimates to bring a combined $559,510. The top lot was Winter Sleigh Ride (est. $20,000-$25,000); it finished at $100,300. All prices quoted are in Canadian dollars.

Five of the paintings in the February 11th auction all carry estimates of $25,000-$30,000. The first, lot 263, is titled Oxen in Winter, a 12 inch by 14 inch serial image that spans three decades. It depicts a pair of oxen, whose eyelashes open directly at the viewer, flanked with conifers. The signed painting comes with an audio file of an interview with the original owner and purchaser.

The second, lot 264, is another serial image, titled Horse Pulling Logs, artist signed and large at 14 ¼ inches by 16 ½ inches (sight, less frame). Maud embellishes a chocolate brown Clydesdale or Percheron, with logs loaded onto a bobsled (a favorite subject of the artist), depicted on a cold winter day. This painting also comes with an audio file of an interview with the original owner.

Lot 265 is titled The Three Black Cats, a serial image only found in the mid-to-late 1960s. This one was likely painted in 1966. The happiness that Lewis conveys with this painting is immense. There is no room for anything but a proud mother and her kittens, all with wide bright eyes, in a setting surmounted with cherry blossoms. The 12 inch by 12 ½ inch (sight) work is artist signed.

Lot 266 is a 1955 serial painting, 12 inches by 14 inches, titled Covered Bridge. The composition features three sleighs, two of which are in Lewis’s favored color of red, plus prominent snow-laden evergreen trees and a novel covered bridge. It’s rare because pink is used rather than blue for shadowing. It’s signed lower right and marked on the reverse, “Helen Perry, Stayner 1966”.

Lot 267 is a vibrant Spring Scene, a relatively rare, 12 inch by 14 inch serial image that spans at least two decades. It’s a perfectly balanced and brilliantly filled painting, one featuring ox, spring flowers, flowering fruit trees, farm buildings, roads and paths, hills on the horizon and clouds highlighted by a slight blue sky. It’s signed lower right “Maud Lewis” and is in good condition.

Lot 262 is an 11 ¼ inch by 15 inch Sandy Cove harbor scene by Lewis that carries a slightly more modest estimate ($18,000-$23,000). The serial image features Sandy Cove along Digby Neck in full season – a rare example of a Lewis painting with a named location, showing multi-colored houses, autumn tree colors, blue water and seagulls along with a boat and green hills.

Lot 261 is a watercolor and pen on paper harbor scene, folded in quarters into a card. Within is a handwritten letter from Ms. Lewis to Eva Gray, a teacher, cousin and good friend of the artist. In the letter, Maud comments on weather, illness and the cost of living. The 4 inch by 5 inch piece (8 inches by 10 inches unfolded) is signed, “Maud XXX”. It should command $12,000-$15,000.

Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. is Canada’s trusted seller of high-value collections and is always accepting quality consignments. The firm specializes in watches and jewelry, art, antiques and high-value collectibles. Its mission is to provide collectors with a trusted place to buy and sell.

To consign a single piece, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (519) 573-3710; or, you can e-mail them at [email protected]. To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and the February 11th auction, please visit

Four-gallon stoneware crock, circa 1870, by G. I. Lazier (Picton, Ontario), desirable because few examples of decorated stoneware featuring animals exist (est. CA$12,000-$15,000).

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