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  1. I enjoyed your website. Will Loney was mentioned but I was unable to find anything about him. Was his miniature collection at the Dufferin Museum? If you have any info on him it would be greatly appreciated. I know his personal history as he was my great uncle, but I am finding it hard to gather enough info about his work to have some appraisals done. Any advice that you may have would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks so much,
    Cathy Sheppard

    • Thank you Cathy,

      I do have some folk art books with short bio’s and articles on your great uncle and will scan them and send them to you. There might be something there to learn. Otherwise, I’d like to say that although he is not one of the most well known Canadian carvers, it is my opinion and that of many of my colleagues, that William Loney is truly one of the finest, if not THE finest folk artists that Canada has ever produced. His work never fails to move me.
      It is truly exciting to see any of his work displayed, but although the Beauty in the Beast exhibit contains a lot of great folk art, there are only about 7 or 8 pieces by Loney. Still, this is more than I have seen before on public display.
      I have done a many appraisals of folk art collections so I would be happy to help you out there. I’ll contact you by e-mail. Also, if you or anyone else has additional info on William Loney they would be willing to share, I would be thankful to receive it as background for a future blog and an entry on the folkartcanada.ca site., which I promise I am about to get to work on.

      Phil Ross

      • I have some information on William Loney which you may have already, but I would be happy to share it in any event. I am fortunate enough to own one of his carvings. It was a gift to me from the man who first urged him to display his work at Picton Fair and in the Picton Public Library. The library has a magnificent Loney carving of a stag being pursued by a pack of wolves. It is on display in a glass case.

    • Dear Cathy Sheppard
      I am a collector of Loney folk art and decoys. I included seven pages on him and his work, with photos of dioramas, decoys, etc., in my book “The County Decoys”. I am organizing a display of his things for the annual Canadian Decoy and Outdoor Collectibles Show in Kingston on October 27. Would be pleased to hear correspond with you.

    • Hi, i am interested in William Loney as well, I have a decoy that was given to me 42 years ago from my 70 year old neighbor at the time. I do not know the history !! Let alone being able to view any of his decoy carvings. If anyone has any info , please drop me an email , Many thanks Glenn Allan, Toronto,On

  2. I am a CDN. Collector of old bronze daubieres…best to google it to see how the form differs from the copper ones. There is less of a market interest in the bronze forms because everyone gaga over copper now. Please keep an eye open for this culinary vessel with the spiked top that holds coals.

    good luck and enjoy France fully,
    Robert btremain@rogers.com

  3. Hey my dad found an Albert Hoto wood carving at a garage sale here in Welland Ontario, was wondering if you know where we could get it appraised or to learn more about it

  4. A friend sent me a link to your blog on Mme. Tessier and I was very happy to know that others had found her jewel of a shop and gave her some business. We are not dealers, just tourists (wherever we go) and avoided the big highways most of the time. On visits to my wife’s sister and brother-in-law in Trois Rivieres we would often take 138 to Quebec city looking for local culture along the way and her shop stood out among the more commercial and touristy ones. We knew her as Mademoiselle Tessier and on our last visit the shop was gone with all her stock moved into the small front room on the west side of the house. She invited us in to her sitting room and I was knock out by what I saw. Just as in your visit, the interior was a work of folk art. I asked permission via my wife’s sister who could speak french fluently (Mme. Tessier had little if any English) to take some pictures and did so. It is a pity that room was not preserved intact in a museum as it was a gem of Quebec culture and genuine folk art. I would be happy to send you a couple of pictures if you are interested. Cheers, Don

    • Thank you for your comment Don. You are of course correct, but I had forgotten that she was or is Mademoiselle Tessier. I will correct this. I would be delighted to receive your photos and if you approve I will add them to the post. I too have a couple of photos of her in her home somewhere but I am sorry to admit that I have lost track of them. I am pretty organized with the photos but inevitably a couple get away. I think it may have been Ian Bell that forwarded the link. Good for him for making the connection, assuming I am correct. I feel as you do that the place should have been preserved. Maybe it’s not too late, but I suspect it is, and it shall live on only in our memories.

  5. Hello.
    You currently live in the former home of dear family friends- The Carters (Uncle Doug and Aunt Pauline to my sister and me). Our grandparents lived next door where the hotel parking lot is now.
    The house looks lovely and the gardens are beautiful. The old place had been in nasty shape from what we could see outside. You’ve done wonders, giving the old girl a much needed face lift.
    Thank you.

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