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Auctioneer A.H. WILKENS Auctions & Appraisals OAKVILLE 905.849.9600
Auction Date Mar 20 Auction
210 Lakeshore Road East
Towne Square
Oakville, ON
Time 11:00AM
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Our next Antique Estate Auction in Oakville is Tuesday March 20th at 11am. Preview Times are Monday, March 19th from 12 to 7pm and Tuesday, March 20th from 9 to 11am. The auction is live in our gallery. Online bidding can be found on We also feature telephone and advanced bidding. A full listing of lots and images can be found on our website. More lots will be added daily to the site as we get closer to the auction day.

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.

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