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LOT 225

CGP CSGA CSPWC
1882 - 1953
Canadian

The Glass Dish
watercolour on paper
on verso titled, dated March 1940 on the gallery label and inscribed "552" / "#18" and by Douglas Duncan "W-149" (crossed out) / "188" (crossed out) / "W-190"
14 7/8 x 20 in, 37.8 x 50.8 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000 CAD

Sold for: $12,500

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PROVENANCE
Marlborough-Godard, Toronto
Collection of R.A. Laidlaw, Toronto
By descent to the present Private Collection, Ontario

LITERATURE
Marlborough Godard, David Milne: The Toronto Year, 1939 - 40, 1976, reproduced page 28
David Milne Jr. and David P. Silcox, David B. Milne: Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Volume 2: 1929 - 1953, 1998, page 712, reproduced page 712, catalogue #401.56

EXHIBITED
Marlborough Godard, Toronto, David Milne: The Toronto Year, 1939 - 40, January 1976, catalogue #27


In 1939, David Milne moved from Six Mile Lake to Toronto, where he stayed until fall of 1940. It was a good year for Milne – Douglas Duncan started showing his work, and he ensured that Milne was included in exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Toronto, the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, the Canadian Group of Painters and the 1939 New York World’s Fair, to name a few. While in Toronto, Milne worked predominantly in watercolour, painting urban subjects and rural settings such as the upper Don River valley, as well as interiors and still lifes, such as this fine painting.

The Glass Dish draws on Milne’s domestic life with Kathleen Pavey, depicting an artful arrangement of flowers and dishes, including an egg cup and sugar bowl, against a patterned tablecloth. In his notes Milne commented that this work and several other paintings “of the tablecloth have some kinship with Monet, who achieved unity by drastically destroying or suppressing detail in order to get the unity of the whole.” The design of the tablecloth rises to the surface alongside the various objects on it, creating a delightful and playful pattern, loosely defined by Milne’s use of outlines and brushed patches of pigment.


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