The Artful Molosser
Manhattan has the Met. Paris has the Louvre.
And New Jersey has the Mastiff Museum.
Steve Oifer of Morganville, New Jersey, started collecting all things Mastiff in the mid-1970s. It was a slow slog, he remembers: “At dog shows I’d go through all the boxes that they had available from ‘A’ to ‘Z,’ and when I came to the ‘Ms,’ it was the thinnest of the thin.”
Once the Internet arrived, Oifer and other memorabilia-minded fanciers discovered that their “finds” were oftentimes none too rare: “There are tremendous amounts of multiples out there,” he says, noting that collectors disemboweling books and selling the individual page plates are altogether too common.
A fine-art collector in his own right, Oifer has amassed a sprawling assortment of Mastiff prints, paintings, photographs and sculptures over the last three decades. They are housed and displayed in a spare bedroom of his suburban home, and, like any great collection, this one is far from complete: Oifer is always scouring the web and auction listings that next great objet to add to his cynological cache.
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