Puppy Love at Richard Winterton Fine Art Auction

Out nations great love of dogs was in evidence at Richard Winterton’s Fine Art Sale on 25th March when an oil painting of pug puppies proved ‘best in show’.

Dogs in art have always been held in high esteem and images of puppies have a particular appeal. Lot 15 a charming oil painting of two pug puppies in a basket was always going to do well.

Discovered in a Staffordshire property, one puppy was wearing a blue silk bow collar whilst the other looks over some sewing implements with curiosity. Painted in 1873 by the dog painter Horatio Henry Couldery (c.1832-c.1893) it measured 34cm by 44cm and retained the original gilt gallery frame. Attracting much pre-sale interest, a determined private UK telephone bidder fought off room bidders to secure it at £5,000.

The sale also included a private collection of twentieth century Irish art. Lot 35 ‘Snow in Glendum’ by Maurice Wilks (1910-1984) sold over the estimate for £2,100 and Lot 49 a still life study of flowers in a pot by Patrick Hennessey (1915-1980) raised £2,200.

Elsewhere in works of art, Lot 222 a stylish Arts & Crafts hall lantern with vaseline glass shade brought £1,400 and Lot 196, a bronze sculpture by Andre Jacquemart ‘La Chien a la Tortue’ sold on the phone for £2,200.

In the silver and jewellery section, Lot 265A a 1960’s glamorous 18ct Gubelin oval box with inset opal sold to a private room buyer for £2,600. A vast collection of antique silver vinaigrettes totalled over £20,000.

The next Fine Art Sale is 27th May and entries are currently being invited. Contact Adrian Rathbone (Fine Arts Valuer/Associate) on 01543 251081 or email [email protected] for further information.