Coursing Greyhounds by the French sculptor, Maximillien-Louis
is estimated at £6,000 - £8,000, at next week's
Southby's Gleneagles sale.
go to Sothebys, for putting together a magnificent selection
of bronzes and paintings which will be auctioned at the famous
Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire next week. The collection contains
13 bronzes and over 25 paintings of canine interest will be
offered for sale on Wednesday August 28th.
The bronzes include "Marco", a magnificent standing
Setter (Gordon?) by Charles Valton (French 1851-1918), over
a foot high estimated at £1,500-2,000 and an equally
magnificent brace of standing Bloodhounds, (14" x 17")
by August-Nicholas Cain (French 1821-1894), estimated at £4.000-6,000.
There are two different bronzes of Greyhounds included. A
Standing brace by Emmanuel Frémiet (French 1824-1910),
which was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1886, carries an
estimate of £4,000-6,000, whilst an incredible work
showing 3 Greyhounds in full flight by the French sculptor,
Maximillien-Louis Fiot (1886-1953) is estimated at £6,000-8,000
(see top of page).
However, the star lot of the Bronze section is undoubtedly
a large work measuring 16" x 21" (41 x 55cm) by
Alfred Dubucand (1828-1894), who as you can probably guess,
was also French. This highly detailed work shows a French
hunter loading a dead Doe on to a horse whilst at his feet
stand two St. Hubert Hounds. Just behind the hunter are the
traditional curved French hunting horn, whip and hard riding
hat. Dubucand was a pupil of the great Antoine-Louis Barye
(French 1795 - 1875) and this work clearly shows the influence
of the master. Exhibited at the Paris Salon as a wax sculpture
in 1870, the bronze on offer is an exceptionally fine casting
which has obtained a subtle golden brown patina. Not surprisingly
it has an estimate of £12,000-18,000.
picture section includes a Clumber Spaniel by Arthur Wardle
(1864-1949) estimated at £5,000-7,000, two different
studies of English Springer Spaniels by Sam Fulton (1855-1941),
estimated between £2,000-7,000. Staying with the Gundogs,
there is a charming study of an early Flatcoat "type"
Retriever by William Pringle dated 1841 titled "Mr Burdet
with his gundog, in the grounds of Coombe Abbey, Coventry",
standing 30" (76cm) high it is estimated at £6,000-8,000.
As very typical Pointer in a Landscape by Thomas Blinks (1860-1912),
is estimated at £4,000-6,000, whilst a Red & White
and a Gordon Setter putting up a Pheasant by 19th Century
artist John Gifford is expected to fetch £5,000-8,000.
There are two Gundog paintings by James Hardy Jar (1832-1889)
a tiny 9" x 7" oil on panel of a young Gillie and
two Setters is estimated at £5,000-7,000 whilst a much
larger study of a reclining Red and White ands a Gordon Setter
with the obligatory dead game carries the estimate of £50,000-70,000.
dog paintings include 2 Collies by Edwin Douglas (£10,000-15,000),
a Winter Landscape with sheep, shepherd and Collie by Joseph
Farquharson (1864-1935) at £70,000-100,000 and a stunning
Scottish Highland scene after a deer hunt by John Frederick
Herring (1795-1865) which the auctioneers expect to be one
of the star lots at £300,000-500,000.
Finally, two breeds have two pictures each entered. "The
Otter Hunt" by John Sargent Nobel (1848-1913), signed
and dated 1890, is a but gory at £10,000-15,000, whilst
"The Chase" by Walter Hunt, is a very well known
painting and much less blood thirsty at £20,000-30,000.
Finally there are 2 Dandie Dinmont pictures entered. A really
lovely early (C. 1825?) picture by William Jones (1798-1860)
titled "Ferreting" showing three pre breed standard
Dandie "types" by a warren with two hunters expected
to fetch £12,000-18,000, whilst a charming study of
a seated Dandie "type" by Thomas Earl (active 1836-1885),
titled by the auctioneers as a Skye Terrier is modestly estimated
at £5,000-7,000. The last time I saw this painting was
three years ago at the London Viewing of the annual Bonhams/Doyle
New York sale. The painting did not sell that time and interestingly,
if this is the same picture, it appears this time with the
dead rabbit at it's feet now painted out.
The sale is on view at Gleneagles from Saturday 24th August,
up until the mornings of the sale. The lavishly illustrated
catalogue, which contains a wealth of information, cost £20.00
by post and may be ordered from Sothebys London office
on 020 7293 6444, or via fax on 020 7293 5909 or www.sothebys.com
beautiful but tiny 9" x 7" (23 x 18cm) oil on panel
by James Hardy Jnr., is signed and dated 1874 and should easily
reach the auctioneers estimate of between £5-7,000.
Lot 907: "Head Studies of Dogs" one of a pair by
the artist Colin Graeme (Roe) signed and dated 1892 are expected
to fetch £2,000-3,000 at Gleneagles on the 28th.