Premier Catalog Auction
The estate of Elizabeth
Dunn Clark of Springfield Farm in Middleburg, Virginia, will come to market during Brunk Auctions’ Premier Catalog Auction on May 12. Featured will be more than 300 lots from the estate that includes sporting art, jewelry, automobiles and furniture.as the auction house explains, Clark was an achieved and renowned breeder who supported animal hospitals and programs.“her famous Springfield Farm Labrador Retriever kennels produced over 125 homebred champions and won five national specialty shows.” One of the highest estimated lots in the sale is a portrait of four retrievers and a black spaniel by British sporting artist John Emms that is estimated to sell between $60,000 and $90,000.The painting is a rarity for Emms, as foxhounds and terriers were his most common subjects. Carrying the same presale estimate is the equine bronze Ralla, by Herbert Haseltine, that depicts Harry Payne Whitney’s Champion Polo Pony from 1909. Other casts of the sculpture are found in the collection of the Whitney Museum of Art—a gift from Gertrudevanderbilt Whitney—and in the private collection of author Horace Laffaye.
Outside the estate are items such as a Francis
Luis Mora oil painting (est. $10/15,000) and a 1995 painting by Sol Lewitt titled Wavy Brushstrokes (est. $100/200,000).The colorful Lewitt work is a gouache on heavy paper that bears a Gagosian Gallery label.
Herbert Haseltine (18771962), Ralla, Harry Payne Whitney’s Champion Polo Pony, No. 2, 1910. Patinaed bronze, 21¼ x 32 x 95/8 in., signed on base: ‘© Herbert Haseltine’; monogramed: ‘HH’; inscribed with date, Valsuani, Fondeur with stamp. Courtesy Brunk Auctions. Estimate: $60/90,000
Sol Lewitt (1928-2007), Wavy Brushstrokes, 1995. Gouache on heavy paper, 60¼ x 60½ in., signed lower left: ‘S. Lewitt/1995’. Courtesy Brunk Auctions. Estimate: $100/200,000