NEW YORK CITY – Bonhams will present its 26th annual offering of dog paintings, works of art and related ephemera on Tuesday, Feb. 12, featuring more than 250 lots of dog-related art.
An oil on canvas by John Emms, Fox Terrier, graces the auction catalog cover of the Bonhams 26th annual sale of Dog Art, to be held on Feb. 12. This work could bring $10,000 to $15,000.
Among the highlights is a composition in oil by James Hardy, Jr. (1832-1889), depicting three gundogs waiting by the game bag at the end of a day’s shooting. This large canvas, The First of October, is signed and dated and expected to bring more than $60,000. Two additional watercolor works by the artist continue the artist’s penchant for hunting scenes with dogs, with each composition including game as spoils after a successful hunt.
Also offered will be nearly 20 lots of early photography, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes – considered highly desirable to both photography collectors as well as dog art lovers. Removed from a secluded property in Brentwood, Calif., the collection includes porcelains, including an eight-piece set of Limoges gilded-edged game plates, each hand-painted (est. $2,000-$3,000). A group of eight Wedgwood plates feature depictions of hunting dogs centered with a game bird at each top border (est. $1,500-$2,500).
The sale also boasts an encyclopedic collection of nearly 100 dog collars. Included are examples of German 16th century spiked iron collars – worn to protect the throat of working dogs, which were prone to attack by wolves while guarding flock or while hunting. One such collar is estimated at $3,000-$5,000. A notable group of five leather collars, some with inscribed nametags, graced the necks of pugs belonging to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, estimated at $2,000-$3,000.