Top Dog

An oil painting of a dog, which had spent years hidden away in the roof of a Devon cottage, sold for £3,400 in the Charterhouse January picture auction.

“Whilst you should never leave a dog in a hot car I am also sure you should never leave a picture of a dog in the attic for decades!” Commented Richard Bromell. “Apart from being covered in a film of dust and cobwebs, it was in remarkably original condition and would certainly be described as being market fresh.”

The Devon owner took advantage of the home visit service Charterhouse offer clients looking to auction their items. Whilst he thought the picture was valuable, he was pleased to hear it estimated at £700-1,000 when it went under the auctioneers gavel in Sherborne.

Painted by Maud Earl, the picture portrayed at Pointer dog in an open field. Maud Alice Earl, 1864-1943, was an Anglo-American artist known for her canine paintings.

Her paintings have always been admired by dog enthusiasts as her pictures accurately recorded the breed she painted.

Charterhouse are accepting entries for their busy programme of auction in February. First up there is a specialist auction of classic and vintage motorcycles on Sunday 2nd February. This is followed with silver, jewellery, watches, wine, port and whisky on 6th & 7th February and then classic and vintage cars on Sunday 9th February.

For further information regarding these specialist auctions, or to arrange a home visit, contact Richard Bromell and the team of experts at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email

Top Dog – the Maud Earl oil painting of a Pointer dog found in a Devon attic and sold by Charterhouse in Sherborne for £3,400