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DOYLE NEW YORK Hosts 8th Annual Dogs in Art Auction on February 14, 2006

Featuring Four Centuries of Canine Paintings by Prominent American, British and European Artists

Including Three Original Works Consigned by the Westminster Kennel Club

February 12 Dog Brunch Hosted With the Westminster Kennel Club Benefited Angel On A Leash Therapy Dog Program

Coinciding each year with the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Doyle New York’s 8th Annual Dogs in Art auction on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 showcased four centuries of canine paintings and sculpture by some of the genre's most important artists.  Hundreds of art collectors and dog fanciers from across the nation and around the world vied for breed portraits that highlight a breed’s characteristics, sporting paintings that illustrate a dog’s working abilities, and charming pet portraits. Also featured was the original artwork for the 2004, 2005 and 2006 posters of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Shows that were sold to benefit the Animal Medical Center of New York and Angel On A Leash therapy dog program at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Center.


THE 9TH ANNUAL DOGS IN ART AUCTION
February 12, 2007
Coinciding with the 130th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Doyle New York’s 9th Annual Dogs in Art Auction will take place on Tuesday, February 12, 2007 at 1pm.


CONSIGNMENTS ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED
To have your canine and sporting paintings, sculpture, decorations and ephemera evaluated for possible consignment in the 2007 Dogs in Art Auction, please contact:

Jennifer Elliott, Registrar, Paintings Department
Tel: 212-427-4141, ext. 237
Email: paintings@DoyleNewYork.com
 

CATALOGUE
Subscriptions Department, 212-427-4141, ext. 257, subscriptions@DoyleNewYork.com
To view the Internet catalogue for the 2006 Dogs in Art Auction, click here.


MEDIA CONTACT
Louis LeB. Webre, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Media, 212-427-4141, ext 232, louis@DoyleNewYork.com Images and interviews are available upon request.


DOGS IN ART BRUNCH TO BENEFIT ANGEL ON A LEASH

Sunday, February 12, 2006
from 10am - Noon

As the worst blizzard in New York’s history dropped 26.9 inches of snow onto the city, Doyle New York and the Westminster Kennel Club co-hosted the annual Dogs in Art Brunch for art-loving canines and their human companions. The deep snow did not dampen the spirits of the 100 guests and fifty canines who came out to support Westminster’s Angel On A Leash therapy dog program at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Center. The brunch featured a private viewing of the Dogs in Art sale, complimentary auction catalogues, and take-home "doggie bags" courtesy of Pedigree® Food for Dogs for the canines in attendance. Special guests included some of the therapy dogs and their humans who volunteer in the Children's Hospital program. Despite the record-breaking snow, the Dogs in Art Brunch was a HOWLING success!

View images from the 2006 Dogs In Art Brunch
View images from the 2005 Dogs In Art Brunch
View images from the 2004 Dogs In Art Brunch
View images from the 2003 Dogs In Art Brunch


Celebrity columnist and
author Cindy Adams at the
2004 Dogs In Art Brunch


A SELECTION OF AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS


EDMUND HENRY OSTHAUS

Edmund Henry Osthaus (1858-1928) was born in Hildesheim, Germany, and studied at the Royal Academy in Dusseldorf. He immigrated to the United States in 1883 and became the director of the Toledo Academy of Fine Arts in Ohio in 1886. Osthaus left the school in 1893 and began to paint on a full-time basis, choosing subjects related to his favorite pastimes of hunting and fishing. He was particularly noted for his highly accurate representations of hunting dogs, particularly pointers and setters. He established a studio in Los Angeles, California, in 1911 and resided there for the remainder of his life. Osthaus died in Marianna, Florida, where kept a hunting lodge.
 
The large oil painting Raring to Go (1908) shows a group of hunting dogs expectantly sitting before a fence, eager to pursue their quarry. A very similar subject by Osthaus is illustrated in William Secord, Dog Painting 1840-1940; A Social History of the Dog in Art (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors’ Club, Ltd., 1992), pl. 146, p. 325. The undated watercolors Closing In and Two Setters on Point represent hunting dogs in action. The latter work descended directly through the family of the consignor; according to family tradition, during the early 1900s the original owner lived near Osthaus in Toledo and played with the two setters. The charming watercolor Playful Pups is noteworthy because it represents puppies playing rather than adult dogs working in the field.




Lot 3142
Edmund Henry Osthaus
American, 1858-1928
RARING TO GO  
Signed Edm. H Osthaus and inscribed Copyright 1908 by Edm. H. Osthaus
Oil on canvas
30 3/8 x 44 inches (78 x 101.7 cm)
Sold for $60,000




Lot 3143
Edmund Henry Osthaus
American, 1858-1928
TWO SETTERS ON POINT  
Signed Edm. H. Osthaus
Watercolor on paper laid down on board
19 1/2 x 29 1/8 inches (49.6 x 74 cm)
This watercolor descended directly through the family of the consignor. According to family tradition, during the early 1900s the original owner of the painting lived near Osthaus in Toledo, Ohio, and played with the two English Setter subjects.
Sold for $18,000


IVAN PAVLOVICH POKHITONOV

Ivan Pavlovich Pokhitonov was born in the Ukraine in 1850.  His works are rare to the auction market.




Lot 3139
Ivan Pavlovich Pokhitonov
Ukrainian, 1850-1923
WHY RESIST?
Signed in Cyrillic and dated '79
Oil on canvas
12 7/8 x 9 5/8 inches (32.6 x 24.5 cm)
Provenance:
Philip Suval Fine Arts, Southampton, New York
Sold for $54,000


RICHARD ANSDELL

A highlight of the auction was an extremely important British painting, Richard Ansdell’s The Ace of Hearts (1881). Ansdell (1815-1885), who is often compared to the greatest nineteenth-century animal painter Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-1873), was born in Liverpool and studied portraiture with W. C. Smith of Chatham. Noted for his detailed academic style and mastery of dog anatomy, Ansdell was an extremely successful painter who served as president of the Liverpool Academy from 1837 to 1852, and exhibited at the Royal Academy in London from 1840 to his death. He occasionally collaborated with the landscape painter Thomas Creswick (1811-1869). An avid hunter, he enjoyed shooting at his lodge in the Scottish Highlands on Loch Laggan. This painting is illustrated in William Secord’s Dog Painting: The European Breeds (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors’ Club, Ltd., 1992), pl.330, p.225.




Lot 3141A
Richard Ansdell
British, 1815-1885
THE ACE OF HEARTS  
Signed R. Ansdell and dated 1881
Oil on canvas
46 x 63 inches (117 x 160 cm)
Literature:
William Secord, Dog Painting, The European Breeds, p.225, pl.330
Sold for $39,000


CASSIUS MARCELLUS COOLIDGE

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge (1844-1934), known as “Cash” Coolidge, was born on a farm located near the towns of Antwerp and Philadelphia in New York. He was named after Cassius Marcellus Clay, the brother of the famous American statesmen Henry Clay. He attended the Antwerp Liberal Literary Institute from 1861 to 1863, and graduated from the State and National Business College in 1864. A man of remarkably diverse pursuits, Coolidge bought a drugstore, founded a local newspaper, served as superintendent for a school district, worked on the family farm, invented a machine for collecting fares on streetcars, founded the first bank in Antwerp, and even wrote an opera and two comedies.

Coolidge, who had little formal training in art, also worked as a cartoonist, book illustrator, and as a commercial artist who produced lithograph designs for cigar box covers and interiors. He began to paint dogs in 1903, after being engaged to work for the advertising firm Brown & Bigelow of St. Paul, Minnesota. Coolidge’s paintings of dogs sitting around a table smoking cigars and playing poker have attained the status of national icons.

At the February 2005 Dogs in Art auction, Doyle New York auctioned two rare paintings from Coolidge's 1903 series of dogs playing poker. The pair was estimated to fetch $30,000-50,000 at the auction. After intense bidding from several determined bidders on the telephones and in the salesroom, the pair sold to a private collector from New York City for a staggering $590,400, setting a new world auction record for the artist.

A highlight of the 2006 Dogs in Art auction was A Fairy Story (1908) which represented a bespectacled Irish setter reading a fairy tale to an attentive young spaniel.





Lot 3128
Cassius Marcellus Coolidge
American, 1844-1934
A FAIRY STORY, 1908  
Signed CM Coolidge and signed CM Coolidge, dated 1908, and inscribed as titled and with copyright on the reverse
Oil on canvas
18 1/4 x 24 inches (46 x 61 cm)
Sold for $28,800


PERCIVAL LEONARD ROSSEAU

Percival Leonard Rosseau (1859-1937) was born of French descent in Pointe Coupée Parish, Louisiana. His father and two older brothers were killed while fighting for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Rousseau and his sister were raised by a family friend in Kentucky after the Union General William Tecumsah Sherman razed the family plantation during the Mississippi campaign. Rosseau, who was educated at a private school, worked as a cowboy and made an unsuccessful attempt to enter the lumber business before starting a profitable import business. He left the business around 1894 and traveled to Paris to study art at the Academie Julian. The artist exhibited a painting of his wife with two Irish wolfhounds at the Paris Salon in 1904 that so well received by the critics that he began specialize in painting dogs.

Rosseau returned to the United States in 1915, joined the art colony at Old Lyme, Connecticut, and pursued his specialty of painting scenes of sporting dogs. Among Rosseau’s wealthy patrons was Percy Rockefeller who lent him his dogs for use as models and built a studio for him at Overhills, his private hunting club in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Setters in a Field (1916) is a characteristic example of Rosseau’s oeuvre, with two setters set amid a skillfully painted landscape.




Lot 3113
Percival Leonard Rosseau
American, 1859-1937
SETTERS IN A FIELD  
Signed Rosseau and dated 1916 and inscribed Irish Setters on the stretcher
Oil on canvas
33 3/4 x 44 1/4 inches (85.8 x 112.4 cm)
Provenance:
Helen Wall Gamble Estate, Pasadena, California
Sold for $24,000


JULES BERTRAND GELIBERT

Jules Bertrand Gelibert was born in Bognères-de-Bigorre, the son of Paul Gelibert, an animal painter who exhibited at the Paris Salon. Jules followed his father into animal paintings and became well known for his portrayal of hunting dogs and hunting scenes. He became a member of La Sociétaire des Artistes Français, and was awarded a medal in 1869 and a second class medal in 1883. He also received the bronze medal at the Exposition Universelle in 1889 and 1900 and was named a Chevalier de la Légion d`Honneur.




Lot 3138
Jules Bertrand Gelibert
French, 1834-1916
PREPARING FOR THE HUNT, 1881  
Signed Jules Gelibert and dated 1881
Oil on canvas
37 1/2 x 49 1/2 inches (95.4 x 126 cm)
Sold for $16,800
A WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR THE ARTIST


JAMES HENRY BEARD

Beginning in second half of the nineteenth century a number of American artists began to specialize in
painting dogs. James Henry Beard (1811-1893) was born in Buffalo, New York, and at the age of eleven moved with his family to Painesville, Ohio, where his brother the noted artist William Holbrook Beard (1824-1900) was born. Beard taught himself how to paint and worked for a number of years as an itinerant portrait painter in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and Louisville. He settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1834 to 1870, and wintered in New Orleans. Beard was active in New York City from 1846 to 1847, and moved there permanently in 1870. He was made an associate member of the National Academy of Design from 1848 to 1860, and was elected a full member in 1872. Beard died in Flushing, Queens.

He’s Not for Sale (1880) exemplifies two abilities for which Beard’s contemporaries admired him the most, sentimental portraits of children and images of dogs. He exhibited two paintings related to this theme at the National Academy of Design, He Ain't For Sale and You Can't Have This Pup. According to the artist’s obituary in the New York Times (April 5, 1893), the latter was “among his works which have met with [the] most favor.” The Penitent (1880) and the particularly engaging Hounded Pup (undated) are representative examples of Beard’s humorous, anthropomorphic interpretations of his canine subjects.




Lot 3126
James Henry Beard
American, 1811-1893
HOUNDED PUP  
Signed JaS. H Beard R.A.
Oil on canvas
13 x 17 inches (33 x 43.3 cm)
Sold for $9,600







Lot 3125
James Henry Beard
American, 1811-1893
HE'S NOT FOR SALE  
Signed Jas H. Beard N.A and dated 1880
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches (50.9 x 40.7 cm)
Sold for $8,400



JOHN MARTIN TRACY

American artist John Martin Tracy was born near Rochester, Ohio in 1843.  His father was a preacher and abolitionist. During his lifetime, Tracy became renowned for his depictions of dogs, horses, and sporting scenes. His works rarely come to the auction market.




Lot 3115
John Martin Tracy
American, 1843-1893
ENGLISH SETTER IN A LANDSCAPE  
Signed J.M. Tracy
Oil on canvas
10 x 14 inches (25.4 x 35.6 cm)
Sold for $9,000


GEORGE SMITH ARMFIELD

Especially amusing in the sale was a pair of circular compositions by the British artist George Smith Armfield, Wide Awake and Rather Sleepy (the artist inscribed the titles on the canvas, under the frames). Here Armfield (1808-1893) demonstrates his special talent for representing terriers ratting. In Wide Awake three dogs, their ears standing straight up, stare intently at a rat-hole in the wall, all doubtless hoping to tear the rodent to shreds when it appears. In Rather Sleepy the same dogs, deprived of their prey, seem listless and bored. Armfield, who exhibited under the family name “Smith” until 1839, exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1840 to 1862.




Lot 3111
George Smith Armfield
British, 1808-1893
WIDE AWAKE and RATHER SLEEPY: TWO  
One inscribed Wide Awake, the other inscribed Rather Sleepy! in pencil
Oils on canvas
Diameter of each 15 7/8 x 16 inches (40 x 41 cm)
Sold for $9,000


PROPERTY OF THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB


Doyle New York was honored to offer as part of the 8th Annual Dogs in Art Auction the original artwork for the posters from the 2004, 2005 and 2006 Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Shows. The three works were consigned by the Westminster Kennel Club and were sold to benefit two charitable organizations. Sale of the artwork from 2004, a watercolor by Misha Lenn benefited the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Sale of the 2005 artwork, another watercolor by Lenn, and the 2006 artwork, an oil painting by Bart Forbes, benefited Westminster's Angel On A Leash therapy dog program at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center.




Lot 3130
Misha Lenn
Russian/American, b.1962
WESTMINSTER: THERE'S ONLY ONE  
Signed Misha (lr)
Watercolor
22 1/2 x 40 1/2 inches (57.1 x 102.8 cm)
Provenance:
The Collection of the Westminster Kennel Club, New York, New York.
This is the original artwork for the 2004 poster of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog show. It was sold to benefit the Animal Medical Center in New York, New York.
Sold for $1,920
A first ever offering of the artist’s work at auction.




Lot 3131
Misha Lenn
Russian/American, b.1962
WESTMINSTER ROAD  
Signed Misha (lr)
Watercolor
22 x 40 1/2 inches (55.9 x 102.8 cm)
Provenance:
The Collection of the Westminster Kennel Club, New York, New York.
This is the original artwork for the 2005 poster of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. It was sold to benefit the Angel On A Leash Therapy Dog Program of Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital at NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York.
Sold for $1,920
A first ever offering of the artist’s work at auction.




Lot 3132
Bart John Forbes
American, b.1939
WESTMINSTER: THERE'S ONLY ONE  
Signed Bart Forbes (lr)
Oil on canvas
24 1/2 x 34 7/8 inches (62.2 x 88.5 cm)
Provenance:
The Collection of the Westminster Kennel Club, New York, New York.
This is the original artwork for the 2006 poster of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. It was sold to benefit the Angel On A Leash Therapy Dog Program of Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital at NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York.
Sold for $2,700.
A WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR THE ARTIST