Brunk Auctions Announces The Estate of Elizabeth Dunn Clark

  • ASHEVILLE, North Carolina
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  • March 19, 2018

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Herbert Haseltine (1877-1962) 'Ralla'
Brunk Auctions

On the weekend of May 12, 2018, Brunk Auctions will offer at auction The Estate of Elizabeth Dunn Clark, Springfield Farm, Middleburg, Virginia. Over 300 lots from the Estate will be sold, including fine selections of Sporting Art, Jewelry, Automobiles, and Furniture.


A consummate sportsman, Elizabeth Dunn Clark was an achieved and renowned breeder, and passionate supporter of animal hospitals and programs. Her famous Springfield Farm Labrador Retriever kennels produced over 125 homebred champions and won five national specialty shows. Clark supported and sat on the boards of many organizations, including the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac, The Ladies Committee of the University of Pennsylvania, Morris Animal Foundation, and the Middleburg Humane Foundation. She was survived by a legion of friends and touched the lives of many with her fervent belief in the well-being of animals. Many of the objects from her estate are a testament to her love for animals both large and small. Proceeds of her residual estate go to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and the Morris Animal Foundation.


Among the highest estimated lots from the Estate of Elizabeth Dunn Clark is a portrait of Four Retrievers and a Black Spaniel by John Emms. Retrievers are rare subject for the renowned British Sporting artist, who more commonly painted foxhounds and terriers. This painting is estimated at $60,000 to $90,000 and is a highlight of the sale.


A magisterial sculpture by Herbert Haseltine will also be offered from the Clark Estate. Entitled Ralla, after Harry Payne Whitney’s Champion Polo Pony from 1909, the bronze depicts what is considered the best horse of one of the most influential men in the sport. A cast of this bronze is also held by The Whitney Museum of Art in New York, a gift of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. One is also privately owned by author Horace Laffaye and has been exhibited recently at The Museum of Polo, Lake Worth, Florida. The bronze is estimated at $60,000 to $90,000.


Other sporting artists with works to be offered from the estate include Harry Andrew Jackson, John E. Ferneley, Sr., Rudolf Ernst, Richard Ansdell, John Frederick Herring, Sr., John E. Ferneley, Jr., and Lorenzo Ghiglieri among others. Over 85 lots of fine and vintage jewelry will be offered, including a 3-carat diamond and platinum ring estimated at $15,000 to $20,000 and an Art Deco platinum and diamond bracelet estimated at $8,000 to $12,000 at auction.


Perhaps one of the most exciting lots in the auction is Mrs. Clark’s Riverside Red 1964 Corvette. The iconic American sportscar has had only one owner and shows fewer than 15 thousand miles on the odometer. It is estimated at $30,000 to $50,000. Also from the estate is a 1926 Chrysler G70 Roadster.


Auction catalogs are available by request. Bidding will be available by phone, absentia, online, and live in the Asheville auction gallery. For more information on the auction, or to arrange a private preview, contact Aaron Edwards at or at (828) 254-6846.

Brunk Auctions
PO Box 2135
Asheville, North Carolina
(828) 254-6846
About Brunk Auctions

Founded by Robert Brunk in 1983, the auctions became well known for their integrity and professionalism. Bob brought to bear his experience as an anthropologist, writer and professional woodworker, an unmistakable combination of skills that continue to illuminate catalog entries and elucidate auction-goers. Bob is now a valued consultant and continues as auctioneer. Andrew Brunk joined his father in 2005. His curatorial experience has brought additional focus on research and connoisseurship. His experience as the head of the American furniture department at one of the world’s largest auction houses has allowed us to continually align ourselves with the best in the business – in terms of expertise and exceptional client service.

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