Girl or Boy + Cat or Dog = Sale

girlcatYou’ve heard it time and again, anything with a child and cat or dog in it will sell. So was the case at today’s Doyle at Home auction.

Reading Old Masters, New World, it’s interesting to note here Henry G. Marquand’s first purchase for the Metropolitan Museum of Art was James Stuart, Duke of Richmond and Lennox by Anthony Van Dyck, essentially a boy with a dog (or more specifically young many with a greyhound).

On a day when too many lots ended in a pass, 231A had multiple bidders bringing the 6.5 inch bronze figure of girl playing with a cat estimated at $100-$150 up to $425.00. In the same vein, lot 252, a pair of painted terra cotta bulldogs estimated at $600-$900 brought $1,100. The Chinese lacquer lamps mentioned previously on a post here estimated at $600-$800 brought $1,100. Concerning furniture, lot 225, a Victorian walnut bamboo desk estimated at $600-$800 brought $2,000. Coming October 7 at Doyle, don’t miss the estate of Beverly Sills.

About Art After X

With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage.

When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city.

With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s.

The result will be a book with a video component.

We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url will point to the latest updates on this weblog.

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