A. H. Wilkens

One William Morgan Drive, Toronto, Ontario M4H 1N6

About Auction House

A.H. Wilkens Auctions & Appraisals is a full service auction house specializing in Fine, Decorative and Asian Arts. With our combined experiences  in the antique industry, in both the auction and the retail sectors, we provide a well-balanced, thorough and honest alternative perspective of the business.  We blend an international standard of expertise and marketing with the efficiency and flexibility that only a provincial auction house can provide. Our experts are knowledgeable in silver, porcelain & ceramics, glass, decorative accessories, furniture, lighting, Asian ar...Read More
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    Asian Works of Art

    A.H. Wilkens Auctions & Appraisals’ upcoming Asian Works of Art auction will particularly highlight Chinese jade and porcelain works, ranging from the Yuan dynasty to the Republican period. An 18th-century vessel from the Qing dynasty covered with celadon jade is among the key lots. Designed to resemble a historical bronze gui, or ritual vessel, the base of the piece is stamped with a Qianlong mark. This period of the Qing dynasty boasted finely-crafted jade carvings that imitated ancient forms. Another Qianlong piece on offer is a porcelain bowl with blue floral roundels. It is presented with a certificate of authenticity. Leading the fine art offerings is an oil painting from Vietnamese Impressionist Lê Phổ. A leading figure of 20th-century Vietnamese art, Lê Phổ’s paintings often showed vibrant arrays of flowers and vegetation. Traditional Vietnamese women and families were other common themes in his work. This painting, executed before the 1970s, is signed by the artist in both English and Chinese. For more information on the artist, view this Auction Daily article. A six-panel lacquer floor screen, an 18th-century Tibetan thangka painting, and various snuff bottles round out the upcoming auction. To place a bid and explore the full catalog, visit LiveAuctioneers. 

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    Artist to Know: Lê Phổ

    Flower Painting from Vietnamese Impressionist Comes to Auction Vietnamese art has historically been less represented in the global art market than other Southeast Asian countries. However, the work of 20th-century artist Lê Phổ has consistently shown a strong presence in both private collections and at auction. Lê Phổ was among the first artists to tangibly link Western Impressionism with classical Vietnamese motifs and is today remembered for his lush paintings of flowers. Offered in A.H. Wilkens Auctions & Appraisals’ upcoming Asian Works of Art event is an oil painting by Lê Phổ, framed and signed in both English and Chinese. Bidding for this and over 300 other lots will start at 6:00 PM EDT on August 24th, 2020. Find out more about Lê Phổ before the auction begins. Lê Phổ in his studio. Image from Nguyen Art Gallery. Lê Phổ was born the tenth child in a family of 20 and was allowed to pursue art at an early age. His father was the Viceroy of Tonkin, now North Vietnam. During the 1920s, when Lê Phổ was still a teenager, he enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts in Hanoi. His experience at the university encouraged him to travel to Paris and continue his studies. This experience in Paris, coupled with the French colonial influence in Vietnam during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, connected Lê Phổ to the Impressionist movement. Many collectors identify three periods in Lê Phổ’s art, roughly marked by his engagement with the Parisian art scene. It was there that he began composing vivid paintings of flowers in vases, as well as traditional Vietnamese women and families. “Many of his paintings emit a sentiment of nostalgia for the lush vegetation and colorful landscapes of his native country,” writes Nora Taylor of the Art Institute of Chicago about Lê Phổ’s work. “These portraits of the Vietnam of his youth are also remembered in Vietnamese art history as the strongest examples of colonial era painting.” In the 1960s, Lê Phổ entered an exclusive business partnership with American gallerist Wally Findlay. This move helped popularize Lê Phổ’s work abroad…

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    Session 1 Asian Art Auction

    Featured in the upcoming Asian Art Auction, offered by A.H. Wilkens Auctions & Appraisals, is a selection of Asian ceramics, furniture, paintings, and sculpture. Works of art from China are particularly highlighted, including a Longquan celadon ewer, or wide-mouthed pitcher. This piece from the late 13th or early 14th century comes from the southern Zhejiang province of China and is characterized by its pale green color. Another notable porcelain lot is a set of two small waterpots. One is bright yellow and the other is bright pink; both bear character marks on their bases. These pots are housed in a wooden carrying case that is inscribed with calligraphy.  Several Buddha statues from China, Tibet, and Thailand will also be presented. A gilt bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni shows him seated in a cross-legged, meditative pose. Other available representations of Buddha show him laughing, seated on a throne, or surrounded by disciples. Standing out among the furniture lots is a Chinese day bed with a rattan seat. The legs of the piece are accented by inward-facing hoof feet. Explore the complete listings and register to bid for this auction by visiting A.H. Wilkens. 

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    Asian Art Catalogue Auction : Session I

    Yongzheng faux bois brush pots are always painted in grisaille (grey monochrome) enamel, however, the addition of Famille rose enamel makes them extremely rare. The faux bois and Famille rose porcelain brush pot offered in the Session I of the Asian Art Catalogue Auction was a part of the Royal Ontario Museum in 1969. A.H.Wilkens presents to its collectors rare deaccessioned objects from the Royal Ontario Museum in their upcoming auction.  Featured pieces are the Ming era’s carved and lacquered wood and pottery. Among them, a five-piece Sancai altar with Buddhist emblems is a highly valued set. Glazed in green and yellow and decorated with the Ruyi band, the set of emblems includes a vase, lotus, endless knot, chakra wheel, and umbrella. Multiple Ming and Qing porcelain, bronze, silver and cloisonné articles are also a part of the display. Explore the full listings and register to bid online on A.H.Wilkens.

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    Session II: Asian Art Catalogue Auction

    Chinese paintings are often associated with a questionable origin. Particularly the bird and flower genre paintings are accompanied by the query, "Could this be by Chang Dai-chien?" A legendary master forger, Zhang Daqian is known for his modern impressionist and expressionist art. Ink and color on paper by the Chinese artist is offered in Session II of the Asian Art Catalogue Auction, at the highest estimate. Multiple scroll paintings from popular Asian painters are also presented in the auction.  Other highlights include diamond and gold jewelry pieces. A certified square cut emerald ring is highly valued among jewelry collectibles. From the Indian origin, multiple paintings of mythological characters like lord Krishna will also be on display. Japanese and Southeast Asian art antiques from Canadian and American private collections & estates are offered in the auction. Explore the full listings and register to bid online on A.H. Wilkens.

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    Auction 198: September 24th Fine & Decorative Auction

    An exciting opportunity to explore Quebecois history will emerge with the upcoming Fine and Decorative Auction offered by A.H. Wilkens. The Toronto-based auction house will present a series of letters, documents, and ephemera from the early colonization of Quebec, including signed items from King Louis XIV. This collection of documents has never before been brought to auction and is supported by several fine arts and decorative pieces.   A layered ruby and diamond necklace cluster necklace and earring set stand out in this auction, as well as a stunning 14 karat gold trophy. This impressive trophy celebrates Blue Light, the horse (and his rider) who won the 1961 Queen’s Plate race. With over 400 lots available ranging from CA $150 to $25,000 (USD 115 to 19,000), this auction will appeal to collectors of many interests. To view the complete catalog and register to bid on the web, visit  LiveAuctioneers. 

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    Fine & Decorative Arts Auction

    The assortment of 382 items presented in the upcoming sale by A.H.Wilkens Auction & Appraisals is a blend of fine and decorative works of art. This sale brings together a selection of jewelry, porcelain, and paintings, with a medley of antique furniture and mid-century modern decorations. Many of these lots distinguish the auction from any other with their unusual figures and masks such as the Songye double fetish figure and Large Toma (flat forehead) mask. Antiques like Continental ornamental snuff and English sterling dispenser sets a noble atmosphere for any vintage collectors.  In addition to that is one of the noteworthy pieces offered- a portrait of a girl in blue from circa 1897 that wields the brushstrokes of Stansmore Dean Stevenson. The painting captures the innocence in the eyes of a little girl. This diverse selection, entrusted with African collection from the personal home of Joey & Toby Tanenbaum, works well alongside each other to deliver an auction experience of the highest caliber. Find more information about the auction and register to bid online on A.H.Wilkens Auction & Appraisals.

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    Asian Art Estate Auction

    Asian Art Estate Auction offered by A.H Wilkens is a superior collection of Asian porcelains, paintings, decorative arts and more. The auction exhibits its excellence by presenting a statue of Guanyin (the bodhisattva of infinite compassion and mercy). As Guanyin roughly translates to the followers of Buddha; what makes it a charming piece is its craftsmanship as it is made out of carved nephrite jade, a valuable mineral. Consequently, an oil on canvas by Wang Ying is a depiction of fishes in the pond; captivating observers especially with joy, spread by its lively colors. A group of cantons Famille rose porcelains brings the best out of the lots as it is painted with alternating figural, birds and flower scenes, with elaborately painted borders. Providing an exploration of antique and artistic Asian items, the collection reaps benefits for enthusiastic buyers looking to extend their collection. For information and to register to bid on these wonderful lots please visit  A.H Wilkens 

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    Fine & decorative arts auction

    Spectacular display of jewelry and furniture pieces will be put forth in the upcoming Fine & Decorative arts auction by A.H. Wilkens. A beautiful blue sapphire art deco ring, studded with clear diamonds and a solitaire diamond engagement ring are items with the highest bids. Among collectible furniture is a painted writing desk, a magnificent example of French carpentry. Paintings from famous artists like William Arthur Winter, Emily Louise Orr Elliott, and many others will also be on display. A variety of Hermes Paris silk square scarves are another attraction of the auction. The auction will host multiple categories of collectibles like watches, silver ware, coins and currency, porcelain, portraits and many other apart from furniture and jewelry. Explore the full listings and register to bid online on A.H. Wilkens Auctions & Appraisals.