Dogs bring big bucks at Bonham’s

NEW YORK CITY – Dog art was offered on Tuesday, Feb. 12, to a crowded auction room at Bonhams New York.

Collectors, members of the trade and dog lovers assembled for the international auctioneers’ 26th annual offering of dog-related art and collectibles, this year’s sale featuring a collection of antique dog collars, works from noted artists and property from the collection of a Southern California long-time dog enthusiast.

The 2008 sale brought $700,000 and included competitive bidding for several lots. The sale leader was a John Emms oil on canvas, a group of foxhounds and a hunt terrier on a straw-laden bench. The work brought $66,000, selling within estimate. Another work by Emms exceeded its estimate, selling for $24,000.  Bonhams 02-08-EMMS AT 3-5.jpgThis work, an oil on canvas, was used as the sale catalog cover image, depicting an expressive fox terrier. Also selling above estimate by Emms was a depiction of foxhounds signed and dated by the artist in 1875. The oil sold for $16,800.

Expressive fox terrier painting by John Emms, used as the Bonhams catalog cover image, sold for $24,000.

Artist Arthur Wardle’s works are desirable to collectors as are Emms’ works. Perhaps as a result of the chilly New York City winter weather, bidders warmed to A Winter Fireside, an oil on canvas by Wardle estimated at $10/15,000 which sold after competitive bidding for $57,000. Another attractive Wardle work depicts a pair of terriers sitting on a polychrome rug, the painting brought $39,000, selling within estimate. Another Wardle, an outdoor scene of a wirehair fox terrier with game brought $18,000, the 30×22-inch work selling to a telephone bidder.

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son and Neale UK.

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