An Auction for Dog Lovers

It’s no secret that we here at Garden & Gun have a soft spot for dogs, and if the popularity of our “Good Dog” photo contests is any indication, you all do too. But while we modern-day dog owners might fill cameras with photos of our pets, we’ve got nothing on our counterparts in the nineteenth century, who commissioned watercolors, etchings, and sculptures of their canine companions.

Next month, Bonhams New York’s annual Dogs in Show and Field: The Fine Art Sale will feature more than 200 nineteenth- and early twentieth-century works of art that pay tribute to man’s best friend, including dozens of pieces that portray dogs in the field and on the hunt. They range from paintings and drawings to engraved matchboxes and even a peculiar stirrup cup made from the death mask of Becky Broom Hill, a pointer from Kentucky and three-time field-trial champion in the 1920s.

The auction takes place February 13 in New York City, with online bidding available. There are also a couple of ways to browse the collection in person ahead of time. The Bonhams crew heads to Atlanta on January 31for a preview of highlights and the auction house will then open its doors in New York during the Westminster Dog Show (February 9–12).

>Click here to see some of our favorite pieces from the auction.