Bonhams & Butterfields canine collectibles auction
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Bonhams & Butterfields’ Sunset Estate Auction on March 30 in Los Angeles will include the Jennifer Berry Collection, nearly 2,000 dog-related pieces from the late Brentwood collector and her husband, Reed. “They had a huge variety of decorative and fine art items — everything from rugs and porcelain to silver and bronze statuary,” says Carolyn Mani, a manager for the auction house. Included in the sale: this cast-iron paint bust of a hound, estimated to sell for $1,000 to $1,500. (Bonhams & Butterfields)
Four 19th century dog-themed canes, essential accessories for gentlemen of that era, are part of the auction. One handle is ivory, one handle is composite and two are horn. The entire lot is estimated to sell for $1,000 to $2,000. (Bonhams & Butterfields)
A pair of American cast-iron whippets, both painted brown, are about 18 inches tall and 3 feet long. The recumbent couple was made in the late 18th or early 19th century. The sale estimate is $1,500 to $2,000. (Bonhams & Butterfields)
A 10-inch-high Victorian majolica footed pitcher from George Jones dates to the 19th century. The raised foliate decoration surrounds two scenic panels of a dog flushing a grouse and a fox stalking a rabbit. The sale estimate is $800 to $1,200. (Bonhams & Butterfields)
Two framed, glazed ceramic tiles — each 9 inches tall and 21 inches wide — carry a preauction estimate of $300 to $500 total. (Bonhams & Butterfields)
A painted glass and metal lamp with a canine image is part of Bonhams & Butterfields’ L.A. auction. The piece is 26 inches high and has an estimate of $300 to $500. (Bonhams & Butterfields)
A pair of 11-inch-tall Victorian Staffordshire spaniels will be sold together. The estimate: $600 to $800. (Bonhams & Butterfields)
This 19th century American cast bronze doorknob is similar to one in the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog in St. Louis. The sale estimate is $2,000 to $3,000. (Bonhams & Butterfields)
Another lot in the auction consists of six Limoges porcelain cabinet plates with dog images, the largest piece measuring 12 inches in diameter. The estimate for the group is $400 to $600. (Bonhams & Butterfields)
A 19th century tintype of a dog with sheep is about 15 inches wide. The preauction estimate: $1,000 to $1,500. Alan Fausel, vice president and director of fine art for Bonhams & Butterfields in New York, says sales of such memorabilia have increased 30% during the last five years, and the category is still expanding. Vintage paintings, photos, furniture — any decorative item with a handsome (or comical) image of a dog — may find a buyer, depending on the piece’s quality and age, he says. (Bonhams & Butterfields)