Dog Art Fetches Record Prices

The walls at William Secord Gallery in New York City are devoted to dog art.

photo courtesy William Secord Gallery

Dog art is apparently all the rage these days, as two price records fell at a recent auction in New York City. Each year, after the Westminster Dog Show, a “dogs only” art event draws collectors and animal lovers. And these folks are willing to splash the cash, according to the Associated Press:

“Dejeuner,” a painting that shows dogs and cats eating from a large dish, set a record for the artist, William Henry Hamilton Trood (1860-1899), when it sold for $194,500, Fausel said. That record was broken an hour later when Trood’s “Hounds in a Kennel,” showing a half-dozen dogs staring at a bird outside their cage, sold for $212,500.

One of the cool things to discover from the Associated press story on the auction is that there is an art gallery in New York dedicated exclusively to dog art: the William Secord Gallery on East 76th Street. Secord is the world’s foremost authority on 19th century dog painting, and his gallery also shows contemporary art. He is also the founding director of the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, which started in New York but moved to St. Louis.

Japanese Chins, by Cleanthe Carr, from the collection of the AKC Museum of the Dog.

photo courtesy American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

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