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Auction Alert - Two Wardles up for grabs!

‘Mischief in Quadruplet’ by Arthur Wardle (1864-1949) (Lot 1127), signed, 14" x 18" (35cm x 45cm) in Victorian style ornate frame, is one of two Wardles up for sale at the Nottingham auctioneers Mellors & Kirk, which will be holding a two day sale on Thursday and Friday 22nd & 23rd April. The sale includes several quality dog items which will be of interest readers.


The Nottingham auctioneers Mellors & Kirk, will be holding a two day sale of Selected Antiques and Works of Art on Thursday and Friday 22nd & 23rd April. The sale includes several quality dog items which will be of interest readers of Our Dogs writes Paul Keevil.

There are two fresh to the market paintings by Arthur Wardle (1864-1949) of Terriers. As the sizes are identical, they were most probably painted as a matching pair, despite the fact that they show different breeds. Lot 1127 (see front cover) shows four very mischievous looking Cairn Terriers, painted in a very loose almost impressionistic way and it is titled ‘Mischief in Quadruplet’, the Rhododendrons in the background have an almost Monet quality about them, most unusual for Wardle.

The following lot 1128, is the second Wardle dog painting and shows an adult Westie with two puppies and it is titled most appropriately. ‘The Empty Plate’. Both painting are signed and measure 14" x 18" (35 x 45cm) and are in matching frames, in Victorian style gilt composition which have been regilt with a bronzing paint. Both paintings have been cleaned, but not relined and it is possible some retouching has taken place. If you are interested in either of these paintings, then a full condition report from the auctioneer is recommended. Both pictures carry the very modest estimates of £2500-3000 each.

As Wardle is a bit of a ‘hot’ artist at the moment and as both paintings are fresh on the market, are of very commercially saleable breeds and are very decorative, I predict that these estimates will be exceeded by a considerable amount. Just last month a Wardle painting also fresh to the market was sold at Wintertons of Lichfield for £16,500 against a pre sale estimate of just £2,000. That painting featured a Wire Fox Terrier and four puppies, a favourite breed for Wardle and as it was bought by a London dealer, it will be interesting to see how it is priced when it eventually emerges back on the market. In many ways these two Arthur Wardles are even more appealing, so potential bidders should budget accordingly.

There are two further paintings with canine interest in the sale. Lot 1135 is titled ‘Portrait of Alfred E Goody’ and is painted by Ernest Townsend (1880-1944), signed and dated 1942.

Townsend studied art at the Heatherley's and Royal Academy Schools and later in Paris and Holland. As can be seen, he was an accomplished portrait artist and had a total of 15 paintings hung at the prestigious ‘R.A.’ exhibitions. This painting is to be sold with a gelatine silver photograph c1910, of the same sitter by Treble, photographer of Derby. This painting was exhibited and is in its original exhibition frame. It carries an estimate of £1500-2000
Finally Lot 1086 is titled ‘Three King Charles Spaniels’ and is painted in the style know as the ‘English Naive School’ on board, size 12" x 15" (31 x 38.5cm). The auctioneers note that this picture is rather thinly painted and with some localised touching in, which has been rather amateurishly carried out, but in otherwise very good condition. It is in a modern plain gilt and rosewood grained frame. If this is the style of painting that pleases you then it could be the bargain of the sale estimated at just £300-400

The sale will be held at the auctioneer’s sale rooms at Gregory Street, Nottingham, NG7 2NL The sale can be viewed at the following times: Sunday 18th April 12 noon-5pm, Monday 19th April 10am-4pm, Tuesday 20th April 10am-8pm and mornings of Sale from 8.30am. For further information please contact Nigel Kirk on 0115 979 0000 or 07702 159256.

The catalogue is available from the auctioneers at £14 post free or check out the company web site:

Lot 1128 ‘The Empty Plate’ by Arthur Wardle (1864-1949), signed, 14" x 18" (35 x 45cm).
In Victorian style gilt composition frame. Est: £2500-3000

Lot 1135 ‘Portrait of Alfred E Goody’ by Ernest Townsend, seated full length at a table with a Fox Terrier, signed and dated 1942, signed and dated again and inscribed on the rear, 61" x 56" (156 x 142cm); to be sold with a photograph of the same sitter by Treble, photographer of Derby, gelatin silver print c1910. Est: £1500-2000

Lot 1086 ‘Three King Charles Spaniels’, English naive school, early 19th. century, oil on board, 12"x 15" (31 x 38.5cm). In modern plain gilt and rosewood grained frame. Est: £300-£400