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December 04, 2020  -  January 10, 2021



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Shirlee and Larry Kalstone were the quintessential collectors, putting together an extraordinary collection of dog paintings, works on paper and walking sticks with the image of the dog. Their collecting interests evolved directly from their interest in the history of purebred dogs, their care and grooming. An icon in the world of dog and cat grooming, Shirlee wrote 16 best-selling books on a variety of subjects, but especially books on grooming Poodles, undoubtedly her favorite breed. Along with her husband Larry, she developed high-end grooming products under the Ring 5 name, allergy products for Allerpet and founded Intergroom in 1981, an international grooming conference which brought together dog groomers from around the world.

The Kalstones’ collecting interests were wide ranging with paintings from as early as the eighteenth century, to classic paintings by such artists as Maud Earl (1863-1943), George Horlor (1823-1895) and Gourlay Steel (1819-1894), who was Queen Victoria’s animal painter in the Scottish Highlands. They also collected the work of living artists, notably Christine Merrill and Joseph Sulkowski, with two examples in this exhibition.

This collection is a legacy of their devotion to the dog. We are pleased to offer these works for sale in fond memory of a truly doggy couple.

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