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— John Emms’ “The New Forest Hounds,” Valued at $800,000 – $1.2 million, to be Auctioned —

New York, NY – In celebration of dogs in art, the American Kennel Club® is once again hosting a charity brunch, Barkfest at Bonhams, on Sunday, February 12, 2006, from 10 a.m. to noon. Dog lovers, art aficionados and their canine companions are invited to attend the exclusive preview of prestigious dog art at Bonhams, located at 595 Madison Avenue (at 57th Street) on the sixth floor. The auction will be held February 14th.

“The New Forest Foxhounds”

Of special interest at Barkfest at Bonhams is their newest acquisition, the extraordinary John Emms’ portrait, “The New Forest Foxhounds.” Commissioned by Henry Martin Powell (1868-1943) of Wilverley Park, Lyndhurst, Emms painted the portrait at the peak of his career. Emms was a keen huntsman with a consummate interest in the sporting field and he achieved an artistic acumen that few could rival. The piece is valued at an estimated $800,000-$1.2 million.

“The AKC’s February charity brunch featuring a beautiful collection of fine dog art has become an anticipated annual tradition,” said AKC President Dennis Sprung. “We encourage the city’s dog owners and art lovers to attend this special event with their four-legged family members in celebration of dogs in art.”

All proceeds from Barkfest at Bonhams benefit the AKC’s charitable public art project, DOGNY – America’s Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs. Admission is a $50 fully tax-deductible donation to DOGNY. To reserve space, please call AKC at 212-696-8300.

Other pieces in the exquisite collection of dog art include “The English Setter Carta Carna working on a moor” by Maud Earl (British 1864-1943); Portrait of the Dandie Dinmont ‘Ch. Edenside’ by John Emms (British 1843-1912); and “The Orphans” by James Yates Carrington (British d. 1892).

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