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Millbrook Hunt

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Millbrook, New York 

Website: www.themillbrookhunt.com/


keeneland 2019.middlebrook hounds in the millbrook country.vossLot 51, Franklin Brooke Voss (American, 1880–1953), THE MIDDLESEX FOXHOUNDS IN THE MILLBROOK COUNTRY, signed, dated 1921, $8,000. – 10,000

Sunday, November 17, 2019 will mark the seventh annual Sporting Art Auction at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion—a cooperative venture between the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house and its Lexington, Kentucky neighbor, Cross Gate Gallery, a leading source of the world’s finest sporting art. Collectors will take home works by highly regarded artists at prices possibly as low as $900, many under $3,000...others, truly exceptional works, as high as six figures.

This year’s offerings feature 189 lots of paintings and sculptures by masters long gone as well as by leading contemporary sporting artists of the day. Among the European artists represented are Henry Alken, Peter Curling, John Emms, Harry Hall, the various Herrings, Michael Lyne, Sir Alfred Munnings, and many others. American artists this year include Paul Brown, Juli Kirk, Booth Malone, LeRoy Neiman, Sandra Oppegard, Andre Pater, and Larry Wheeler.

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keeneland 2019.middlebrook hounds in the millbrook country.vossLot 51, Franklin Brooke Voss (American, 1880–1953), THE MIDDLESEX FOXHOUNDS IN THE MILLBROOK COUNTRY, signed, dated 1921, $8,000. – 10,000

Sunday, November 17, 2019 will mark the seventh annual Sporting Art Auction at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion—a cooperative venture between the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house and its Lexington, Kentucky neighbor, Cross Gate Gallery, a leading source of the world’s finest sporting art. Collectors will take home works by highly regarded artists at prices possibly as low as $900, many under $3,000...others, truly exceptional works, as high as six figures.

This year’s offerings feature 189 lots of paintings and sculptures by masters long gone as well as by leading contemporary sporting artists of the day. Among the European artists represented are Henry Alken, Peter Curling, John Emms, Harry Hall, the various Herrings, Michael Lyne, Sir Alfred Munnings, and many others. American artists this year include Paul Brown, Juli Kirk, Booth Malone, LeRoy Neiman, Sandra Oppegard, Andre Pater, and Larry Wheeler.

A Franklin Voss oil on canvas of A. Henry Higginson’s Middlesex Hounds hunting in the Millbrook country is expected to fetch $8,000 to $10,000. This painting, shown above as the lead photo, dates back to the early twentieth century, a period when Higginson often took his hounds to good hunting countries for his sport.

keeneland 2019.stclairdavisLot 73, Heather St. Clair Davis (British/American, 1937–1999), OUT HUNTING, oil on canvas, 18” x 23 ½”, signed, $4,000. – 6,000

I was especially pleased to see a lovely foxhunting work by the British-born American artist Heather St. Clair Davis. Rarely are her works seen at auction, and this one, “Out Hunting,” appears to be fully representative of her amazing talent with landscapes.

keeneland 2019.oceans of rollolinggrass.lionel edwardsLot 74, Lionel Edwards (British, 1878–1966), OCEANS OF ROLLING GRASS, watercolor with bodycolor, 7” x 9”, $900. – 1,200

At the low end of the price range, a British hunting scene by Lionel Edwards in watercolor features an elegant stop-hatted gentleman in scarlet and a lady riding sidesaddle as the principal figures. “Oceans of Rolling Grass” is expected to sell for $900 to $1,200

keeneland 2019.bonheurLot 11, Rosa Bonheur (French, 1822–1899), STUDY OF A COW, Pastel, pencil, 10 1/2” x 15 ½”, signed, dated 1854

Moving up in price, but still affordable considering the artist’s lustrous body of work, is a pastel and pencil “Study of a Cow” by Rosa Bonheur (France), estimated to bring $2,000 to $3,000.

keeneland 2019.exford.biegelLot 72, Peter Biegel (British, 1913–1989), “GOOD NIGHT” RETURNING TO KENNELS (PASSING THE TOWN HALL, EXFORD, SOMERSET), signed, inscribed, $2,000. – 3,000

A watercolor, gouache, and pencil of staff and hounds passing through the village of Exford (UK) by Peter Biegel is estimated to go in the same range. Your correspondent along with many Americans riding with the Exmoor foxhounds and the Devon and Somerset Staghounds know that tiny village well, and, I expect would be very tempted to own this painting both for the fond memories as well as for the artistic value. And bids may be made by phone.

Andre Pater has for some years been enjoying the rapt attention of the art world. Born in Poland, Pater worked for a time as an architectural designer at a firm in Dallas. There, he was drawn to the Arabian horse world. He moved to Kentucky in 1988—Thoroughbred breeding country and a sporting world of racing and foxhunting. Those subjects as well as cattle and wildlife thoroughly absorbed his creative urges, and he is already considered a master of the genre.

keeneland 2019.summer stream.paterLot 121, Andre Pater (Polish/American, born 1953), SUMMER STREAM, oil on canvas, 32” x 40”, signed, $100,000. – 125,000

Pater’s Summer Stream is expected to fetch the highest price in this year’s auction—$100,000 to $125,000. Three years ago the hammer fell at $276,000 for Pater’s magnificent pastel, Red Arrow, a portrait of a Lakota warrior, circa 1870, wearing a buckskin war-shirt decorated in locks of horsehair and scalps along his arm, and draped in a buffalo robe.

The Sporting Art Auction at Keeneland promises to be exciting as well as artistically fulfilling. The works have been on display since the September Yearling Sales and have been seen throughout the October Fall Race Meet just concluded. The works to be auctioned may now be seen by appointment until the November Breeding Stock Sales which begin on November 6. From that date, they will remain available for viewing until sold at auction on November 17.

The Sales Catalog of artworks, along with the history of both distinguished institutions, Keeneland and Cross Gate, may be viewed onscreen or purchased. Bids may be made at the auction, by phone through prior arrangement, and online. For questions, call 859-233-3856 or inquire by email.

Posted October 28, 2019

 

 

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The old silver tray was headed for melt-down, as are most engraved and unknown relics of lives long past and out of memory. Fortunately, however, it was recognized and rescued. For that, foxhunters with a respect for history have foxhunting historian Peter Devers, Millbrook ex-Master John Ike, and Live Oak Masters Marty and Daphne Wood to thank.

On a January evening in 1931, A. Henry Higginson—Master, huntsman, author, and contender in the Great English-American Hound Match of 1905—tendered his resignation as president of the Masters of Foxhounds Association. At dinner that night, members presented him with a tea service and engraved silver tray as a token of their regard and appreciation for his many years of service to the sport. In the last chapter of Higginson’s book, Try Back, published the following year, he wrote:

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nehs19Best in Show Wentworth Archer 2015 is shown by huntsman Rachel Duffy. Standing (l-r) is Judge Don Philhower, huntsman, Millbrook Hunt; Daun DeFrance, MFH, Wentworth Hounds; and Dominic Cammarata, MFH, Norfolk Hunt.

The ninetieth annual New England Hound Show was hosted by the Norfolk Hunt (MA) at their Steeplechase Course in Medfield on Sunday, May 5, 2019. Seven district hunts exhibited foxhounds: Green Mountain Hounds (VT), Myopia Hunt (MA), Norfolk Hunt (MA), North Country Hounds VT), Old North Bridge Hounds (MA), Tanheath Hunt (CT), and Wentworth Hunt (NH).

Entries competed in three divisions—American, Penn-Marydel, and Crossbred—but North American foxhunting is currently going through a confusing period in which foxhounds registered as American may defy the thinking of some traditionalists.

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bryn mawr19.karenkGrand Champion of Show Blue Ridge Rambler 2018 with (l-r) Graham Buston, huntsman; L. Stockton Illoway, MB, President, Bryn Mawr Hound Show Association; Judge Dr. G. Marvin Beeman, MFH; and Sheri Buston, whipper-in / Karen Kandra photo

Dr. G. Marvin Beeman, MFH, judging the Grand Champion of Show class at Bryn Mawr, awarded the trophy and ribbon to Blue Ridge Rambler 2018. Dr. Beeman is the senior Master and former huntsman of the Arapahoe Hunt (CO) and a past president of the MFHA. The Bryn Mawr Hound Show was held in Malvern, PA, on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Green Spring Valley Sapphire 2018, judged Grand Champion at Virginia the previous week, was Reserve Grand Champion.

Rambler (Green Spring Valley Fanshaw 2014 ex Heythrop Rattle 2011) is a modern English dog hound bred by Blue Ridge huntsman Graham Buston. Irish-born, Buston grew up in the County Limerick hunting country, whipped-in, then carried the horn for both the Co. Waterford and the Co. Limerick Foxhounds. He moved to the U.S. in 2013 with his Canadian-born wife, Sheri, who whips-in to him.

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