NEW YORK – Edward Robert Smythe's (1810-1899) 'Favorite Hounds, the property E. Walter Greene Esq, Master of the Suffolk Hounds' proved to be the crowd favorite at Bonhams February 13 Dogs in Show & Field: The Fine Art Sale. The British painter's depiction of a pack of hounds resting peacefully in their stable sold for $116,500 in a riveted saleroom. Attendees were the most powerful players in the auction, although eager online bidders participated with notable vigor and the two groups regularly engaged in bidding wars.
British painters did well all around, with John Emms' (1843-1912) 'Beagles – Father of the Pack' selling for $68,500, while Maud Earl's (1863-1943) 'Borzoi Heads' and Thomas Blinks' 'At Their Master's Call' each sold for $27,500. The sale's cover lot by William Henry Trood (1860-1899) 'Wait 'Til the Clouds Roll By' sold for $68,500, more than double its pre-sale low estimate.
"Bonhams has changed the market for Trood, having set several records in the last two years," explained Alan Fausel, Bonhams Director of Fine Art. "This is certainly a record price for a Trood of this size."
American Edmund Henry Osthaus (1858-1928) also impressed bidders, with his 'Two Pointers in a Landscape' selling for $40,000 and 'Two Pointers in a Field' selling for $21,250 – both above their pre-sale high estimates.
"The annual Dogs in Show & Field sale remains the only auction dedicated solely to the art of man's best friend. We're very pleased with all the prices realized, which saw the strongest bidding this annual sale has ever seen. We had solid interest in a wide variety of breeds which was reflected in the excellent results," added Charles O'Brien, Bonhams Head of 19th Century Paintings and a specialist on the sale.
Bonhams next Dogs in Show & Field auction will take place in New York in February 2014.
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Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com