Auction of Dogs in Art® including The Sporting Art Collection of James W. Smith on Wednesday, February 13, 2019
A Painting of an English Setter with Her Pups by Edmund Henry Osthaus Took 'Top Dog'
Opening Reception Co-Hosted with ARF - Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc.
NEW YORK, NY -- An English Setter was 'Top Dog' at Doyle's auction of Dogs in Art® including The Sporting Art Collection of James W. Smith. Scheduled to coincide with the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the auction on February 13, 2019 offered over 200 lots and included property from the Estate of Barbara Wainscott and other prominent collections.
With competitive bidding in the saleroom, on the telephones and via the Internet, the auction totaled a successful $517,469 against an estimate of $376,695-592,255, with an impressive 87% sold by lot and 93% sold by value.
The Sporting Art Collection of James W. Smith
Doyle was honored to auction The Sporting Art Collection of James W. Smith (1941-2018), master breeder of smooth fox terriers and board chairman of the American Kennel Club. This remarkable collection showcased over 100 lots of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and books devoted to dogs, horses and sporting art.
In 1956, James W. Smith entered his first dog show, and by the time he was honored by the American Kennel Club as Breeder of the Year in 2012, he had produced more than 50 champions, Best in Show dogs, national and regional specialty winners, and numerous group winners. An American Kennel Club judge and a delegate for 26 years, he was chairman of its board from 1994-95. He also was president of the Dalmatian Club of America and the American Fox Terrier Club, which honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.
Edmund Henry Osthaus
Highlighting the auction was The First Lesson - A Setter and Her Six Pups by German-American artist Edmund Henry Osthaus (1858-1928) that fetched $62,500, surpassing its estimate of $30,000-50,000. A painter and a sportsman, Osthaus is best known for his paintings depicting sporting dogs, such as this masterful work.
Born into a family of sporting painters, British-American artist Maud Earl (1864-1943) learned animal anatomy at a young age from her father, artist George Earl. She exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Paris Salon, during an era with few women artists among her peers. Exhibiting her mastery of canine anatomy was English Terriers on the Moor, which surpassed its estimate of $6,000-9,000 to achieve $15,000.
Along with Edward Troye, Henry Stull (1851-1913) is considered by many to have been the outstanding painter of thoroughbred horses in the United States in the late 19th century. His 1893 portrait of a magnificent thoroughbred named Dobbins topped the equestrian works in the auction, selling for $15,000, well over its estimate of $7,000-10,000.
One of the most widely known dog painters, Arthur Wardle (1860–1949) was just 16 when he first exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, eventually showing 100 paintings there during his life. He is particularly known for his depictions of terriers, such as Two Wire Haired Fox Terriers in a Wood, which sold for $13,750 against an estimate of $10,000-15,000.
Trained as a veterinary surgeon, British painter and sculptor Adrian Jones (1845-1938) specialized in the depiction of animals, particularly horses. His 1891 portrait of the thoroughbred Amphion reflects his expert knowledge of equine anatomy. Estimated at $5,000-7,000, it realized $12,500.
Charles-Olivier de Penne
French artist Charles-Olivier de Penne (1831-1897) studied art in Paris under Léon Cogniet and Charles Emile Jacque. He initially specialized in historical paintings, winning the Prix de Rome for his depiction of Jesus and the Samaritan woman, before focusing on sporting paintings, which were highly sought-after by collectors during his lifetime. Sold for $10,000, Hounds in the Snow is a marvelous example of the work for which he is best known.
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Opening Reception & Preview Exhibition Co-Hosted with ARF
The art world went to the dogs at the Opening Reception and Preview Exhibition of Dogs in Art® including The Sporting Art Collection of James W. Smith. Over 100 collectors and their cultured canine companions joined us for this exciting event on February 8, 2019. View Party Pics
The Reception was co-hosted with ARF (Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc). A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, ARF provides rescued dogs and cats with medical care and sanctuary until loving homes can be found. Since 1974, ARF has saved over 27,000 animals, and ARF’s Op-Cat program has spayed/neutered over 21,000 community cats. For information on ARF, visit arfhamptons.org
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