• James Armstrong

Cornelius Krieghoff oil painting will go under the hammer in local auction


An oil painting by Cornelius Krieghoff goes under the hammer of local auctioneer Gary Peterson.

A large oil on canvas painting by famous Canadian-Dutch artist Cornelius Krieghoff set in an ornate circular cut frame is destined for the auction block Sunday, September 8.

“The painting comes from my husband’s family,” said Cynthia Smyth. “It’s been in the family for over five generations.” Cyrille Tessier, a former mayor of Quebec City and senator, commissioned the painting that became a family heirloom, according to Smythe.

Auctioneer Gary Peterson, owner of Coach House Auctions, expects the painting will fetch anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000 on Sunday afternoon.

“The well-known, standard Krieghoff sells between $100,000 to $300,00,” said Peterson. The painting, depicting pigs, horses and a pigeon is a copy of an earlier work by John Herring as indicated by the note written by Krieghoff under his signature.

The artist is most famous for his paintings of Canadian landscapes. Born in Amsterdam in 1815, he moved to Montreal with his wife, Émilie Gauthier in 1864, relocating to Quebec City in 1853. More information regarding the painting and the auction is available at coachhouseauctions.hibid.com.

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