French Auction Wins

2.10.2014

Did I tell y'all I attended an auction in France? No? Well, I really didn't, but we did get to visit an auction house and place bids on anything in there we saw and then waited after we were back home to see if we actually won.

I only placed a bid on a pair of beautiful framed dog pictures. Y'all know I love decorating with dog items.

I walked around the room at the auction house and didn't really see anything I wanted, but I kept going back to these dog pictures hanging on a pegboard wall. Just look at those faces. They were definitely pulling at my heartstrings.

I looked up the artist and found some info. Leon Danchin was a French artist born in Lille, France in 1887 and died in 1938. He was primarily known for his drawings of sporting dogs and was also a sculptor. I also found some of these etchings available on ebay right now. I didn't realize I had numbered etchings of a limited amount. It appears that there was only 500 of this one and I found the very tiny numbers in the right hand corner and it looks like I have number 356. There is one on ebay for $425 unframed.

This is the other one and the one that actually begged me to come over and look.

I like the frame better on this one, too. The other is just a plain wood.

He always signed his pieces in pencil. This one is signed on the right and the numbers are on the left. This one is number 313 of 400.

I don't have them hanging together. I put this one in the sitting room along with the hunt scenes and other dog pictures and the other one is on the bookcase in the great room.

A few of these numbered originals are available on ebay starting at $650 unframed.

I had put in a max bid of 225 euros for this lot and won them for 220 euros which is around $299. Not bad for two framed limited edition originals. I am so thrilled I won!

Exciting stuff taking place here today! I may just post some snippets on instagram so be sure and follow me.

Have a great day!
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34 comments:

  1. Those are beautiful Kim. Their eyes captivate you and are so life like.

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  2. Beautiful find! I have a collection of Danchin's work depicting roosters, two I inherited from a great aunt who owned an antiques store in the 50's, + the second was a huge piece I picked up for my own shop. (I didn't know they were from the same artist until years later!) I must really like his work!

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  3. You always know how to spot a great deal and to make it work! blessings ~ tanna

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  4. My grandfather used to paint hunting dogs, so I have a fondness for this type of art. How great to have unique pieces that you found on your travels.

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  5. Those are beautiful - glad you won them! I'm a sucker for anything dog too :)

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  6. Great win Kim...those sweet faces would have pulled at me too!

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  7. How fun. They are beautiful.

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  8. Wonderful prints! I continue to be amazed by all the fantastic things you found on your trip!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  9. They are just beautiful Kim! I purchased an oil painting of a collie at an auction last year. It needs a little restoration work but I'm going to hang it in our guest room!

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  10. Those are beautiful prints! Have fun today. Wish I had instagram so I could see!

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  11. Oh I love them! You found some fantastic things on your trip. Way to go!

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  12. What wonderful prints and a fun reminder of your trip to a French auction house. They are quite large- I was not expecting that until I saw the one hanging. GREAT find- Diana

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  13. I love the frame and it looks great with the pillow below! :)

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  14. I am so happy that you won the bid on the prints...you certainly scored on these...they are perfect in your home!....Have fun today!!!...can't wait to see the pics on Instagram!!!

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  15. Awesome prints, Kim! Your finds are always fabulous, girl!

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  16. Those prints are perfect for your home! Thinking of you today. Hope it's fun!

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  17. Well done! I love an auction - but an auction in France would be a first!

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  18. These are both gorgeous. I love dog prints and both of these are so pretty. Hugs, Marty

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  19. These are fabulous Kim and truly a bargain, considering that they are limited! So happy for you!

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  20. I remember these now! They are sooo you. Isn't it fun to get something because you love it and then find out it actually has great value? I love identifying artists on old art. Way to go on your research! You did good.

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  21. Kim,
    These are beautiful and you got them for a great price. They look perfect.
    Kris

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  22. Oh, love those! great finds!

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  23. What great pieces Kin. They are such beautiful images and dogs!!

    Cynthia

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  24. Congrats on einning the bEAUTIFUL prints, Kim!!! They are PERFECT in your home, besides being beautiful. Those faces!!! I really like them and will now go to Instagram and see what's going on:)

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  25. I bet they make the room even more cozy.

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  26. Kim, I must say they are beautiful and I don't blame you at all for bidding on them, they are wonderful!

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  27. GREAT treasures, Kim - very well done, indeed! Those dogs are sooooooooooooo cute, too!!!!

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  28. I love your new dog prints. The black and white one is a Gordon Setter and an English Setter and the Irish Setters are in color. Both are lovely.

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  29. Beautiful dog prints Kim!
    xx
    Anne

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  30. That's a big win for a great price! Enjoy them, Kim! They are beautiful.

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  31. Oh Kim, they are treasures! They look so at home, in your home as well. I love the two Irish Setters. I had one as a child. Most beautiful dog. Wicked smart too. Wonderful news on the shoot as well and so interesting how the light and move things about. So much excitement!! Happy for you :))) Shannon

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