Doyle Holds Dogs in Art Auction on February 10, 2016
Paintings, Sculpture and Decorative Arts Celebrating Our Canine Companions
Works by Thierry Poncelet Are Top Dogs
Doyle’s auction on February 10, 2016 featured a special section devoted to Dogs in Art. Showcased were over 40 lots of canine paintings, sculpture and decorative arts by some of the genre's most important artists. Art collectors and dog fanciers vied for breed portraits that highlight a breed’s characteristics, sporting paintings that illustrate a dog’s working abilities, and charming pet portraits, as well as fine sporting paintings.
The sale offered three amusing, anthropomorphic dog paintings by Thierry Poncelet (b. 1946, Belgium). Poncelet, a classically trained art restorer, began his series of artistochien paintings when he replaced the face of an ancestral portrait with that of his own pet. He continues to pay homage to the tradition of aristocratic 18th and 19th century portraits while also nodding to French artists Le Brun and Grandville. Each of the three works offered were excellent examples of Poncelet’s ability to whimsically merge canine and human attributes into an amusing hybrid. An example depicting a spaniel’s head on a Victorian lady’s body entitled Madame Chienne more than doubled its estimate of $1,500-2,500, selling for $5,625.
All prices include the Buyers' Premium.