Man’s Best Friend Alive and Barking in This Week’s LiveAuctionTalk.com Column Rosemary McKittrick is a storyteller. Her weekly art, antique and collectibles column breathes life into the world of collecting.
News-Antique.com - Jun 18,2009 - Santa Fe, June 16, 2009 -- Of all the domesticated animals dogs have had the longest and most intimate relationship with people. When you think about your own dog, if you have one, you understand why.
Devotion. Pure and simple.
If we could only be the noble beings our dogs think we are. If we could only get our spouses to love us the way they do. Life would be perfect.
Collecting dog art is not much different than collecting other art. Major considerations include the quality of the work. How well is it executed? Who is the artist? Is he listed in biographical reference books? Is the painting signed and what’s the condition?
William Harnden Foster was an avid hunter, artist, writer and fan of pointers. In an era when setters were preferred for grouse hunting, he stuck with pointers. Foster is credited along with several associates for developing “skeet shooting” a method for practicing shooting a moving object.
In 1937 he painted an oil on canvas of a pointer in the woods, as you might expect “on point”. The painting sold in the Dogs in Art Auction at Doyle Galleries, New York on March 24 for $16,250.
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