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Select Items from 28th Annual Chester Auction 2020



Online Sale

Opening Saturday August 1
Closing Thursday August 6

Catalogue available for viewing Friday July 24

Including jewellery, Inuit carvings, estate oriental rugs, folk art, decorative items, Louis Vuitton items, Chinese & Japanese jade, porcelain
Art work including Jack Gray, Dusan Kadlec, Mabel Day, Anthony Law, John Cook, Joseph Purcell, Hilton Hassell, Scott Croft, Joe Norris, Joe Sleep, Lewis Smith, David Blackwood, Susan Hubley, Salvador Dali, De Garthe,Ted Harrison, and more.

A three day live viewing preceding the auction – details to follow

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Paul Henry

Paul Henry

F.H Varley 12x14.5

F.H Varley 12×14.5

Crowther & Brayley Ltd. has been in business now for over 30 years. Below are some of the highlights of those years.

  1. First auction house in Nova Scotia to sell a work of art for over $100,000, not once, but three times.
  2. First auction house in Nova Scotia to advertise nationally including the Globe and Mail, the Montreal Gazette, etc.
  3. First auction house in Nova Scotia to advertise internationally including the Antiques Trade Gazette, London published weekly, Arts & The Antiques Weekly, USA
  4. Roger Crowther & Bill Brayley appeared as appraisers on the CBC TV produced program The Antiques Roadshow
  5. Other highlights include top prices
    • $27,000 for Dusan Kadlec, Yarmouth Harbour
    • $24,000 for Maud Lewis, Digby Pines, 9 x 11”
    • $27,000 for Maud Lewis, Oxen Team Ploughing
    • Group of Seven – $75,000 – A. J. Casson
    • $60,000 – Frederick Horsman Varley
    • Russian silver miniature ciborium, c.1760 – $37,000
    • Mosque lamp, $8,700
    • Irish Bog, oil on canvas by Paul Henry – $70,000
    • Tortoiseshell and pewter inlaid European cabinet – $27,500
    • “Playing at the Beach” by Jan Zoetelief Tromp, oil on canvas – $85,000
    • Serape oriental carpet, 10 x 14” – $12,000
    • Fisherman in a Dory by Jack Gray $42,000


Crowther & Brayley Ltd. has been offering auction and appraisal services in Halifax, Nova Scotia since 1989. Specializing in fine art antiques and collectibles.