Dutch painting by unknown artist is runaway success at auction
PUBLISHED: 14:59 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:59 01 May 2018
A 17th century painting of hunting dogs sold for £61,000 at Sworders in Stansted on April 26.
The Dutch picture, painted around 1648, an oil on canvas, is called Spaniels and Pointer in a Landscape. It is signed Horn, though the auctioneers were unable to establish who the artist was.
Jane Oakley, specialist in charge of the sporting art sale, said: “Dog paintings of this period don’t come onto the market often so it drew a lot of attention. We expected it would do well. We had about four telephone bidders at the start, two dropped out around £8,000-9,000. The other two fought vigorously up to the final bid of £61,000.”
It was bought by London dealers Tomasso Brothers.
Ms Oakley said: “The dog section of the sale was particularly popular with clients as far away as Australia.
“There was a lot of activity online for the lower value pictures and a few surprises, pigeons were particularly popular.”