Sunset Estate Auctions presents The Best in Show – The Jennifer Berry Collection of Dog Related Fine & Decorative Arts to be offered on March 30, 2008

. February 15, 2008

Bonhams & Butterfields, international fine arts auctioneers, is pleased to announce the March 30, 2008 Sunset Estate Auction featuring the Jennifer Berry Collection. The offering boasts a truly exceptional and unique array of dog fine and decorative arts spanning the 19th century while celebrating the varied breeds through photography, ceramics, sculpture and original works of art.

“The Jennifer Berry collection truly celebrates one woman’s love for animals and confirms that man’s passion for dogs has existed for many generations. It is the firm’s hope that the auction does justice to her lifetime’s dedication to the art of the dog. Berry would be pleased to allow others to partake in the same enjoyment she has had assembling the collection.” said Carolyn Mani, Director, Sunset Estate Sales.

Over the past five decades, Los Angeles collector and animal lover Jennifer Berry has amassed what is surely one of the largest collections of dog-related memorabilia in the world. Housed in her prestigious Brentwood Hills, California home, it has remained virtually unknown but to close family and a handful of collectors. The estate is remarkable not only in its number of items but in the variety of works Berry collected. Her stated goal was to have at least “one of everything.” Ultimately, Berry and her husband catalogued over 1,900 entries in the rare collection.

Within the highlights is photography, embodied by highly sought after daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes. Almost all of images feature dogs sitting for a portrait. Considered highly desirable to both photography collectors as well as dog art lovers, these seminal images document not only the practice of early photographic portraiture, but accurately depict the state of various breeds in the 19th century.

March offerings from the Jennifer Berry Collection include a highly decorative 9 _ x 7 _ inch KPM lithophane image of a young girl and a bloodhound in a cast-iron frame, circa 1900 (est. $1,000/1,500); a stunning collection of English transferware in classic blue and white (est. $300/600) and a picturesque Waldoboro hooked rug depicting a black-and-tan terrier surrounded by a boarder of leaves and flowers, circa 1850-60 (est. $600/800). Other highlights from the collection include several lots of porcelain glass, smoking articles, decorative arts and examples of metal and silverware.

In addition, the March Sunset Estates sale will feature property from the Estate of Wallace Seawell, noted Studio photographer from the “Golden Age” of Hollywood. From his Hollywood Hills home come European and Asian Furniture and decorations. From other collections come silver, books, rugs and designer furnishings, as well as period examples from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries for all tastes and trends.

Style on Sunset
The monthly Sunset Estate Sale has gained recognition throughout the auction and interior design communities as the place to be, the place to shop, the place to enhance your personal style and to celebrate your unique home. Named for the famed Boulevard on which the auctioneer’s Los Angeles galleries reside, the monthly auction event has become a reliable resource for those in search of unique decorative items and antiques, attracting novice buyers and design experts across all categories.

Knowledgeable specialists are on hand to share the inside scoop on that fabulous piece of period furniture and wonderful decorative arts direct from the homes and collections of notable families. At the Sunset Estate Auctions you can buy a work de-accessioned from a museum or from the estate of your favorite film and television celebrity or industry personality. We welcome you to the next level of retail – Sunset Estate Auctions at Bonhams & Butterfields.

Los Angeles preview events are scheduled for March 28-29, 2008 at Bonhams & Butterfields’ Sunset gallery. The illustrated catalog will be available online for review and purchase at in the weeks preceding the sale.

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