Ind. Ch. Chounam Brilliantine.
[American?, n.d., c.1925.]
Etching printed in colours, private plate?, 200 x 250mm. 8 x 9¾". Filled holes to lower left margin, one or two in plate.
A portrait of the world's most expensive dog, the Chow Chow named 'Ch. Choonam Brilliantine'. As reported in The Kennel Gazette, September 1925: '...bred by Mrs Mannooch and was born in March 1924, sired by Akbar out of Ashvale Chop Chop. At his first appearance in the show ring at Cruft’s show this year he was most signally successful and took his first Challenge Certificate at the age of eleven months... at eight Championship shows in succession he was a sterling winner, and at seven consecutive championship fixtures he was awarded the Grand Challenge Prize for best dog in the show, which is probably a record in any breed. The whole of his winning career in this country occupied less than five months and was actually completed before he was sixteen months old. Needless to say Mrs Mannooch received many offers for him and indeed was offered a three figure price the very first day he was exhibited at Crufts and on July 17th this year Ch. Choonam Brilliantine sailed for America, having been sold to Mrs Earl Hoover for £1,800 a price which is, in all probability, the highest ever paid for any dog.’ Dorothy May White (1891 - c.1975) was married to the multimillionaire Howard Earl Hoover of Chicago, chairman of the Hoover Co., the vacuum cleaner empire; her father was President of the Chicago Board of Trade. Perhaps she commissioned this endearing etching of her beloved pooch. A Chow Chow, a breed of dog first developed in mongolia, and is often referred to in China as the 'Songshi Quan', the puffy-lion dog. It was in the 1800s that clippers ships between China and England brought cargo back and forth of miscellaneous objects, referred to as chow chow. The first chow chow dog appeared in England in the 1830s and retained the name chow chow after been transported in one of those clippers ships during one of the cargo voyages.
[Ref: 17221] £360.00