Doyle, New York City
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Doyle offered 151 lots of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and other objects featuring dogs, horses, and sporting art in a sale scheduled to coincide with the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
The February 12 auction totaled $294,431 (includes buyers’ premiums) with a sell-through rate of 81%. The top-selling lot was by Percival Leonard Rosseau (1859-1937), an American of French descent born in Pointe Coupée Parish, Louisiana. He painted Setters on the Scent in 1910 while living in France. It sold for $31,250 (est. $15,000/25,000) to an absentee bidder. It was the only work by Rosseau offered in the sale.
Percival Leonard Rosseau (1859-1937) painted Setters on the Scent in 1910. It sold for $31,250 to an absentee bidder. It was the highest-selling lot of the sale. Estimated at $15,000/25,000, the signed, dated, and indistinctly titled oil on canvas, 23⅞" x 32", was property from the estate of Laura M. Mako.
Some two dozen lots came from the collection of noted dealer and author William Secord of William Secord Gallery, who was in the salesroom for the entire auction. “I’m cleaning out storage and making room for new,” he told M.A.D. after the sale. Secord bought a couple of lots for clients “and one or two for me,” the New York City-based dealer said.
There were a handful of bidders at Doyle’s East 87th Street salesroom, and much of the bidding was done on the phones, with a significant number of lots sold online. Angelo Madrigale, a senior vice president and director of contemporary art, was the auctioneer.
During a preview of the exhibition, Doyle specialist Shani Toledano noted that collectors of dog portraits usually collect by breed, while dealers concentrate on the artist. Works by Charles Olivier de Penne, Arthur Wardle, John Emms, Alfred Morris, Maud Earl, and Jay Boyd Kirkman were offered. Portraits of dogs included those of foxhounds, greyhounds, bloodhounds, pointers, Irish, English, and Gordon setters, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, dachshunds, collies, retrievers, Scottish and wire fox terriers, and more.
Firm Friends (collie and Gordon setter), 1893, by Maud Earl (English, 1863-1943), sold to a phone bidder for $3750. The signed and dated 24" x 30" oil on canvas had an estimate of $4000/6000.
Consignments came from various sources, including the collections of Nelson Doubleday Jr. and gallerist William Secord and some private collections as well as the estates of Elizabeth Fuller, Laura M. Mako, Percy Rivington and Evelyn Sloane Pyne, James W. Smith, and Frances Tower Thacher.
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The cover lot of the sale was Hounds at Rest (French hounds) by Charles Olivier de Penne (French, 1831-1897), which sold to an absentee bidder for $12,500 (est. $10,000/15,000). The 16" x 12⅝" oil on panel, signed “Ol. de Penne,” was property from the collection of William Secord of New York City.
Waiting for Master by Tom Heywood (British, 1844-1919) sold to an absentee bidder for $5937 (est. $2500/4500). The signed and dated 1884 oil on canvas, 18" x 23⅞", was property from the collection of William Secord.
Patience by Arthur Wardle (British, 1864- 1949), oil on heavy paper laid down on canvas, had an estimate of $8000/12,000. The 22" x 32¼" work sold for $8750 to an online bidder. It is signed “Arthur Wardle.”
This oil on canvas by Colin Graeme (British, 1858-1910), Spaniels at Rest (clumber, Sussex, and field Spaniels), 1897, sold to an absentee bidder for $5937 (est. $2000/4000). Signed and dated “Colin Graeme / 97,” the 16" x 24" painting is cited and illustrated in William Secord’s book Dog Painting: The European Breeds, page 221, plate 323.
These eight vignettes of hunt scenes by John Frederick Herring Jr. (British, c. 1820-1907) sold to a phone bidder for $11,250. Two phone bidders chased the 16" x 16" oil on canvas signed “J.F. Herring,” which had an estimate of $5000/7000.
Two pastels on paper by Jay Boyd Kirkman (British, b. 1958) sold to the same buyer. Jockeys in Silks, signed and dated 1988, 30½" x 43", went for $12,500 (est. $3000/5000). Dawn at the Start, Newmarket, 1987, signed and dated, 24¼" x 14⅜", had an estimate of $700/900 and sold for $11,250. The buyer, who was bidding on the phone, had competition from other phone bidders.
Louis Contoit (fl. 1883-1904) painted Champion Windholme’s Robino (a beagle) in 1894. The 12" x 14" oil on canvas is signed and dated “Louis Contoit / Nov. ’94,” with remnants of an inscription “Rob…o.” It sold for $5312 (est. $2000/3000) to an online bidder. It was property from the collection of William Secord.
Red Bird by Charles Marion Russell (1864-1926), a bronze with a reddish-brown patina, sold for $2812 to an online bidder. The sculpture is signed with initials “C.M.R.” and stamped with a Roman Bronze Works foundry mark on the base and measures 121/16 " high. It was estimated at $4000/6000 and was property from the estate of Laura M. Mako.
This 19th-century oil on canvas, Hunting Scene in the Adirondacks (English and Gordon setters), by an anonymous artist, 18⅛" x 28⅛", was estimated at $2000/3000. It was bought for $1250 by dealer and collector William Secord, who was bidding in the salesroom.
Originally published in the June 2020 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2020 Maine Antique Digest