Hilarious Dog Art Auction at Doyle’s Makes All Your Canine Dreams Come True

There are even "aristochien" portraits.

Thierry Poncelet, Madame Chienne (1946). Image: Courtesy of Doyle New York.
Thierry Poncelet, Madame Chienne (1946).
Image: Courtesy of Doyle New York.

Doyle New York’s upcoming Belle Époque: 19th and 20th Century Decorative Arts auction has a furry, friendly, and very loyal side to it, with over 40 lots of dog art set to hit the auction block February 10, much to the delight of dog lovers everywhere.

Thomas Blinks, <i>A Strong Scent</i> (1899) <br>Image: Courtesy of Doyle New York

Thomas Blinks, A Strong Scent (1899)
Image: Courtesy of Doyle New York

The sale is aptly titled “Dogs in Art,” and will feature painting, sculpture, and decorative art depicting dogs as masters of sport, prized pets, and bizarrely, as well-dressed humans with canine heads.

Thierry Poncelet (b. 1946), <i>Chevalier de Saint-Denis</i> <br>Image: Courtesy of Doyle New York

Thierry Poncelet (b. 1946), Chevalier de Saint-Denis
Image: Courtesy of Doyle New York

Renowned sport and genre painters like Thomas Blinks and Charles Verlat, who are known for their classic paintings of animals doing normal animal things like hunting prey and prancing around in the woods, are represented in the sale.

But the true highlight is three paintings by Thierry Poncelet, a modern painter who creates “aristochien” portraits, which feature dogs anthropomorphized as 18th and 19th century aristocrats, to predictably hilarious effect. If you’ve ever wondered what your beloved pet might look like in Victorian garb, now’s your chance to find out.

Charles Verlat (1824-1890), <i>Spaniel and Partridge</i><br>Image: Courtesy of Doyle New York

Charles Verlat (1824-1890), Spaniel and Partridge
Image: Courtesy of Doyle New York

Dogs have a long and rich connection to the history of art that dates back to ancient times. They are, of course, man’s best friend. And in recent memory, furry companions of the feline persuasion have warranted attention at auction, too. After all, what better for a collector to drop money on than something that reminds them of their faithful, domesticated friends?

Thierry Poncelet (b. 1946), <i>A Lady of Distinction</i><br>Image: Courtesy of Doyle New York

Thierry Poncelet (b. 1946), A Lady of Distinction
Image: Courtesy of Doyle New York

Bidding on works from Belle Epoque: 19th & 20th Century Decorative Arts begins at Doyle New York on February 10.


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