Unique Item of the Week... the $30k doggy statue



2015-06-26 11:51:56

Unique Item of the Week... the $30k doggy statue

Although this carving is actually an exceptionally rare circa-1900 artwork, featured in museums

This week's historic Unique Item is truly barking. Itsold at Auctions Neapolitan's one-room-only sale, in January, for nearly four times its $8,000 estimate.

The item in questionis a 39inch wide carved tableau of a St Bernard dog and three playful pups, dated to circa-1900 andestimated at $6,000-8,000.

The substantial 33 lbs artwork auctioned with a growl, eventually commanding a re-bark-able $30,590.

Carved by artist Walter Mader, the piece inspired tremendous interest from bidders - asizeable contingent of whom participated in the saleroom, and via phones and internet.

 Rarer than any breed at Westminster: the 39 inch, $30.5k carving

In the end, the winning bidder was a major Black Forest art collector of some 30 years. Heparticipated by phone from his home in Colorado, US.

While the uninitiated could mistake this piece for a novelty item, it is in fact an incredibly rare and beautiful condition artwork - and a testamentto thetalentsand eccentricities of its creator, Walter Mader.

Mader's only subjects were his dogs and nothing else, as this uniqueand unmistakeable carving attests.

According to Auctions Neapolitan's experts, the artist's idiosyncrasies can be seen in the dogs' facial expressions.

What's more, a larger version of the tableau can be found in a museum in Brienz, Switzerland, once a major carving town. Two more are held in private collections, in Paris.

Auctions Neapolitan is a Florida-based auction house which claims to source 98% of its lots from homes and estates in the Naples, Florida area, and the remaining 2% from dealers.

Image: Auctions Neapolitan

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