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THE SPORTING SALE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Auction to be held at Hotel 1620 | 180 Water Street | Plymouth, Massachusetts Wednesday, July 26 Dealer Exhibition Cocktail Preview

3:30PM - 5:30PM 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Thursday, July 27 9:00AM - 5:00PM Dealer Exhibition 10:00AM - 12:00PM Auction Preview Auction Sessions I-II of 1:00PM The Donal C. O’Brien, Jr. Collection The Sporting Art of Frank W. Benson: a lecture by Faith Andrews Bedford 4:00PM Friday, July 28 Dealer Exhibition Auction Preview Auction Sessions III-IV

9:00AM - 2:00PM 9:00AM - 11:00AM 11:00AM

CONTACTS THE DAY OF SALE On Site: 617.536.0030

Cinnie O’Brien: 617.501.7544

ABSENTEE & TELEPHONE BIDS Please visit copleyart.com to leave absentee and telephone bids or use the bid forms found in the back of this catalog.

ONLINE BIDDING Live online bidding through Copley Live and Bidsquare

Please review the Terms and Conditions of Sale on page 194 and Important Notices on page 8 of this catalog. For further information please contact us at 617.536.0030. 5


Front Cover: Lots 190, 177, 206, 245, and 198 Inside Front Cover: Lot 416 Back Cover: Lot 399 Inside Back Cover: Lot 426 Left Schedule of Events: Lot 246 Left Table of Contents: Detail of lot 185 Right Important Notices: Lot 198 Left Properties Page: Lot 406 detail

Catalog by: Stephen B. O’Brien, Jr. Cinnie O’Brien Colin McNair Leah Tharpe Chelsie Olney Amy Lunderville Kate Beckerman Color photography by: Amy Lunderville Design by: Stephen B. O’Brien, Jr. Amy Lunderville Colin McNair Cinnie O’Brien Eileen Steward © 2017 Copley Fine Art Auctions, LLC. All rights reserved. 6


TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Schedule of Events

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Important Notices

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Session III: Decoys and Folk Art

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Session IV: Paintings, Works on Paper, and Bronzes

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Index of Artists and Makers

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Buyer Pre-Registration Form

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Absentee/Telephone Bid Form

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Terms and Conditions of Sale

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Authorized Shipping Release Form

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THE SPORTING SALE IMPORTANT NOTICES

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Please be advised that all persons wishing to bid at this auction should read, and be familiar with the Terms and Conditions of Sale in this catalog prior to bidding.

2 Buyer’s premium A buyer’s premium of 20% (23% for online bidding) of the final bid price up to and including $1,000,000, plus 15% of the final bid price over $1,000,000, will be applied to each lot sold, to be paid by the Buyer to Copley Fine Art Auctions, LLC as part of the purchase price. 3 Consign to our next sale Copley Fine Art Auctions, LLC is accepting consignments for our Winter Sale 2018. Please contact us by phone at 617.536.0030, or by email at consignments@copleyart.com. 4 Pre-registration Although you may register at the time of sale, we strongly encourage pre-registration to save you time at check-in. PreRegistration forms are available online, as well as in the back of this catalog. 5 Absentee and telephone bidding If you plan to place absentee bids or to bid by telephone, please make sure that we receive your Absentee/Telephone Bid form at least 24 hours before the start of the sale. It is possible that any bids received after this time may not be accepted. You will receive confirmation of your absentee bid(s) within 24 hours of receipt. If you do not receive confirmation, please call our office at 617.536.0030. 6 Sales tax All bidders holding a valid Massachusetts or out-of-state resale number must provide their certificate, or copy thereof while registering. Failure to do so will subject the bidder to a mandatory 6.25% Massachusetts sales tax on purchases. 7 Inspection of items offered at this auction All items are sold as is and should be inspected either personally or by agent before a bid is placed. Prospective buyers should satisfy themselves by personal inspection as to the condition of each lot. Although condition reports may be given on request, such reports are statements of opinion only. Regardless of whether or not a condition report is given, all property is sold as is. The absence of a condition report does not imply that the property is in good condition. Copley Fine Art Auctions, LLC reserves the right at its sole discretion to refuse condition requests.

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8 Flat art dimensions Please be aware that all flat art dimensions are approximate and are rounded to the nearest quarter inch. 9 Additional images For lots with multiple items and only one shown, please visit copleyart.com for additional images. 10 Decoy stands Please be aware that decoy stands are not included with items purchased. 11 Condition description of wear or gunning wear Wear or gunning wear may include all types of wear and damage that can be inflicted upon an object from handling or use in the field and over time. This may include, but is not limited to, paint wear, flaking, dings, scratches, checks, cracks, craquelure, age lines, dents, chips, rubs, blunts, cracked or replaced eyes, shot scars, seam separations, popped grain, rust, filler loss, sap, discoloration, and altered rigging and stick holes. Underside of objects may not be described. Varnish, clear coats, waxes, and finishes may not be mentioned. Additional photos for some lots may be available online and by request. 12 Condition description of “as found” The item is sold with any faults and imperfections that may exist. It is the responsibility of the buyer to determine condition. 13 Auction results Unofficial auction results will be available online approximately one week after the auction at copleyart.com. 14 Pick up and shipping Buyers wishing to pick up items at the sale must do so on the day of the sale. Buyers wishing to pick up items after the auction at our office may do so only by appointment starting five days after the sale. If you would like your items shipped, please complete and return the Authorized Shipping Release form found in the back of this catalog. 15 Auction day contact numbers

On site: 617.536.0030 Cinnie O’Brien: 617.501.7544

Auctioneer Peter J. Coccoluto MA License #2428


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Properties from

Harry and Judy Bextel Collection Francis Gowen Estate Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection Grant Nelson Collection A descendent of Everett I. Nye John T. Ordeman Collection A descendent of Barrie and Bernice Stavis William B. Webster III Collection Private Collection, California Private Collection, Connecticut Private Collection, Freehold, New Jersey Private Collection, Martha's Vineyard Private Collection, Maryland Private Collection, Massachusetts Private Collection, Minnesota Private Collection, Nantucket Private Collection, New Hampshire Private Collection, New Jersey Private Collection, New York Private Collection, Pennsylvania Private Collection, Tennessee Private Collection, Wisconsin

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THE SPORTING SALE 2017 SESSION III DECOYS AND FOLK ART JULY 28 | 11AM

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MARK S. MCNAIR

B. 1950 | CRADDOCKVILLE, VA

Lots 157- 163 are part of

The Barrie and Bernice Stavis Collection of Mark McNair Decoys Barrie Stavis (1906-2007) was a distinguished American playwright who dedicated his career to addressing fundamental issues of the human condition. Stavis’s works, viewed by millions worldwide, have been translated into over 28 languages and produced by dozens of major theaters around the world as well as numerous universities. Bernice Coe, or BC Stavis, (1919-2001) also had a very accomplished career as a pioneering executive in the film and television industry. Barrie and Bernice shared many loves, including sailing on their treasured wooden sailboat which was moored in Long Island, a place they shared another love, the hunt for decoys. “It started with a letter, which is appropriate enough for a man of letters. Barrie had discovered one of my pintails at a show on Long Island around 1977. His letter so intrigued me that I responded and thus began a relationship that lasted over thirty years. He was mentor, patron, antagonist, muse, pal, helper, counselor, but most of all friend in the truest sense of the word. For this I’ll always be grateful. He liked to close with, “Be well, do good work, and don’t forget to write.” –Mark McNair Two important McNair-Stavis decoys currently reside at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont.

Photo courtesy of the McNair Family

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MARK S. MCNAIR

B. 1950 | CRADDOCKVILLE, VA

157 Eider Drake

MARK S. MCNAIR (B. 1950) CRADDOCKVILLE, VA, 1986 16 in. long

“BARRIE - THIS WAS A BIRD I KEPT FOR MYSELF. IT HAS GONE HUNTING, BUT HAS LIVED MOST OF ITS LIFE IN MY KITCHEN. Mark 1994” is written on the underside. Incised “McNAIR 1986.” Original paint with minor gunning wear. PROVENANCE: The Barrie and Bernice Stavis Collection Private Collection, by descent in the family

$1,800 - $2,400 157

158 Cormorant

MARK S. MCNAIR (B. 1950) CRADDOCKVILLE, VA, 1989 21 ½ in. long

The underside is incised “McNair” and dated by the maker. An inscription reads “I’M VERY PLEASED WITH THIS - IT REPRESENTS A TRANSFORMATION THAT I FIND VERY EXCITING...” Original paint with minor wear. PROVENANCE: The Barrie and Bernice Stavis Collection Private Collection, by descent in the family

$1,400 - $1,800

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MARK S. MCNAIR

B. 1950 | CRADDOCKVILLE, VA

159 Hollow Curlew

MARK S. MCNAIR (B. 1950) CRADDOCKVILLE, VA, C. 1990 17 in. long

A Virginia-style curlew with an inset head. An inscription on the underside reads “CURLEW DELUXE for my friend Mark S. McNair.” Incised “McNair.” Original paint with age lines and wear. PROVENANCE: The Barrie and Bernice Stavis Collection Private Collection, by descent in the family

$800 - $1,000

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160 Hollow Golden Plover MARK S. MCNAIR (B. 1950) CRADDOCKVILLE, VA, C. 1989 11 1⁄2 in. long

This feather-light decoy features raised wings and the maker's finest paint. A stellar plover example by the maker. Original paint with minimal wear. PROVENANCE: The Barrie and Bernice Stavis Collection Private Collection, by descent in the family

$1,200 - $1,800

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MARK S. MCNAIR

B. 1950 | CRADDOCKVILLE, VA

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MARK S. MCNAIR (B. 1950) CRADDOCKVILLE, VA, 1982 15 1⁄2 in. long

Each has an incised "McNAIR," a brief inscription, and one is dated on the underside. These birds were inspired by a trip to the Egyptian wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Original paint with minimal wear. PROVENANCE: The Barrie and Bernice Stavis Collection Private Collection, by descent in the family

$1,200 - $1,400

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162 Long-Tailed Duck

MARK S. MCNAIR (B. 1950) CRADDOCKVILLE, VA, C. 1980 16 3⁄4 in. long

Incised "McNAIR" on the underside. Original paint with minor gunning wear. PROVENANCE: The Barrie and Bernice Stavis Collection Private Collection, by descent in the family

$1,800 - $2,400

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163 Wading Yellowlegs

MARK S. MCNAIR (B. 1950) CRADDOCKVILLE, VA, C. 1990 14 in. long

Incised "McNAIR" on underside of bird. Artistically displayed on wire legs. Original paint with minimal wear. PROVENANCE: The Barrie and Bernice Stavis Collection Private Collection, by descent in the family

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MARK S. MCNAIR

B. 1950 | CRADDOCKVILLE, VA

Lots 164- 172 are part of

The Harry and Judy Bextel Collection Like fellow architect and decoy collector Joel Barber (1876–1952), Harry was drawn to the decoy as a truly American art form. The Bextels began collecting decoys over thirty-five years ago and quickly immersed themselves in the field, forming a special relationship with Mark McNair. For early patrons, such as Barrie and Bernice Stavis and the Bextels among others, McNair created some of his best work. Harry spent much of his career as an associate with the renowned architectural firm Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, where he designed spaces for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City from 1967 until his retirement in 2011.

164 Running Curlew

MARK S. MCNAIR (B. 1950) CRADDOCKVILLE, VA, 1993 23 1⁄2 in. long

A Phillips Rig-style long-billed curlew. Signed by the maker with an incised “McNAIR.” The removable bill has a message for the patron. Original paint with wear. PROVENANCE: Harry and Judy Bextel Collection, acquired from the artist

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165 Egret

MARK S. MCNAIR (B. 1950) CRADDOCKVILLE, VA, C. 2005 29 1⁄2 in. long by 34 1⁄2 in. high

A white egret on a base. Incised “McNair.” Original paint with minimal wear. PROVENANCE: Harry and Judy Bextel Collection, acquired from the artist

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$1,400 - $1,800


MARK S. MCNAIR

B. 1950 | CRADDOCKVILLE, VA

166 Hollow Yellowlegs Pair

MARK S. MCNAIR (B. 1950) CRADDOCKVILLE, VA, 1995 15 3â „4 in. long

Featuring the maker's best paint, these hollow decoys have bone stick-hole inlays. Incised "McNAIR" on undersides. Original paint with minor wear and minor discoloration on underside of feeder. PROVENANCE: Harry and Judy Bextel Collection, acquired from the artist

$2,000 - $3,000

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167 Killdeer Pair

MARK S. MCNAIR (B. 1950) CRADDOCKVILLE, VA, C. 2000 11 in. long

Both are signed by the maker on the underside with incised "McNair." Original paint with minor wear. PROVENANCE: Harry and Judy Bextel Collection, acquired from the artist

$800 - $1,000

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168 Feeding Yellowlegs

MARK S. MCNAIR (B. 1950) CRADDOCKVILLE, VA, C. 2005 11 in. long

This decoy features pronounced raised wing carving and incised primaries. Signed by the maker on the underside with incised "McNair." Original paint with minimal wear. PROVENANCE: Harry and Judy Bextel Collection, acquired from the artist

$1,000 - $1,500

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169 Dunlin Pair

MARK S. MCNAIR (B. 1950) CRADDOCKVILLE, VA, C. 2000 9 1⁄4 in. long

A plump Verity-style pair of red-backed sandpiper, each is signed by the maker on the underside with an incised “McNAIR.” Original paint with wear.

A hollow Southern decoy with pegged construction. Signed by the maker on the underside with incised “McNair.” Original paint with wear.

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Harry and Judy Bextel Collection, acquired from

PROVENANCE:

Harry and Judy Bextel Collection, acquired from

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the artist

$800 - $1,000

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170 Ruddy Turnstone Pair

MARK S. MCNAIR (B. 1950) CRADDOCKVILLE, VA, 1991 8 1⁄2 in. long

A Verity-style feeding turnstone pair. Each is signed by the maker on the underside with incised “McNAIR.” Original paint with wear. PROVENANCE:

Harry and Judy Bextel Collection, acquired from

the artist $800 - $1,000

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171 Preening Ruddy Duck

MARK S. MCNAIR (B. 1950) CRADDOCKVILLE, VA, C. 1990 9 in. long

172 Breast-Preening Black Duck MARK S. MCNAIR (B. 1950) CRADDOCKVILLE, VA, C. 2005 15 in. long

A high-head preening decoy featuring raised and split wing tips with carved primaries and hollow construction. Incised “McNair.” Original paint with minimal wear. PROVENANCE:

Harry and Judy Bextel Collection, acquired from

the artist $1,400 - $1,800


173 Redhead Drake

HENRY KEYES CHADWICK (1851-1938) OAK BLUFFS, MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MA, C. 1930 15 in. long

Included in the lot is a copy of the 1978 book, Martha's Vineyard Decoys, by Stanley Murphy. This elegant example has the clean lines of Chadwick's earlier models, showing similarities to the work of Capt. Ben Smith. Original paint with gunning wear. PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Nantucket, purchased from Stephen O'Brien, Jr. Fine Arts, c. 1998

$1,500 - $2,500

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174 Black Duck

A. ELMER CROWELL (1862-1952) EAST HARWICH, MA, C. 1925 17 in. long

Purchased by Kurtz McRoberts Hanson (1913-1999) of North Andover, MA. Hanson was the President of Champion International Paper, Lawrence, MA. Signed with the maker's oval brand on the bottom. Original paint with gunning wear. $2,000 - $3,000

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A. ELMER CROWELL 1862-1952 | EAST HARWICH, MA

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175 Black-Bellied Plover

A. ELMER CROWELL (1862-1952) EAST HARWICH, MA, C. 1930 9 1/2 in. long

This plover features Elmer Crowell's best wet-onwet blended feather paint. Retains the maker's rectangular stamp on underside of base. Outstanding original paint with minor wear and some minimal flaking to very tip of bill and legs. PROVENANCE:

Grant Nelson Collection

LITERATURE: Brian Cullity, The Songless Aviary: The World of A. E. Crowell & Son, Hyannis, MA, 1992, p. 79, plate 38, similar bird illustrated.

$15,000 - $20,000

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A. ELMER CROWELL

1862-1952 | EAST HARWICH, MA

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176 Yellowlegs

A. ELMER CROWELL (1862-1952) EAST HARWICH, MA, C. 1930 9 in. long

A fine decorative sandpiper on a clamshell base featuring Elmer's blended paint. Crowell has rendered subtle anatomical features, including a rump, delicate bill treatment with a curved tip, and slight wing-tip separation. Maker's rectangular stamp under base. Original paint with minor wear. $9,000 - $12,000

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A. ELMER CROWELL 1862-1952 | EAST HARWICH, MA

177 Preening Goldeneye Drake A. ELMER CROWELL (1862-1952) EAST HARWICH, MA, 1914 14 1⁄2 in. long

This bird was created during the nexus in Crowell’s career when he was transitioning from working decoys to decorative carvings. The subtleties of the construction, wide body, and carving technique, along with paint application, place this among the earliest of Crowell’s mantle carvings. The carving’s dramatically turned head and crossed wing tips give the goldeneye an animated quality that views well from all angles. Crowell inset hardwood wingtips and then incised primaries in each. This extra treatment is only seen in his best efforts. Crowell used an impasto paint technique that leaves a textured surface, adding an intricate dimension to the already sophisticated paint pattern. It was during this short transitional period from about 1910-1915 that Crowell produced some of his most exciting works, including the celebrated carvings found in the Harry V. Long (1857-1949) and the Dr. John C. Phillips (1876-1938) Collections. This is one of three preening goldeneye drakes known to have been made by Crowell. A closely related example of this species was carved for Dr. Phillips and now resides in a prestigious collection in the midwest. A Barrows goldeneye, made for John H. Cunningham, also resides in one of the nation’s top collections. This lot has descended in the Nye family for generations and this marks the first time it has ever been offered for sale. This decoy was originally owned by Everett Irving Nye (1851-1923). E.I. Nye was born on Cape Cod in the town

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of Sandwich, a town his ancestors helped to found. At age 19 he apprenticed with Herman Sears, a blacksmith from Dennis, MA. He later went on to own an iron works in Wellfleet. He married Georgette Baker, from Wellfleet where the young couple settled. In 1900 he was the town’s postmaster and in 1920 he wrote and had published History of Wellfleet, from Early Days to Present. While in Wellfleet he was documented as a prominent New England duck breeder, perhaps inspiring the gift he would be given. In 1914 Nye was presented with this exceptional Crowell carving at the age of 63. An inscription on the underside documents this transfer. Original paint with wear, Gigi Hopkins performed minor restoration including: a light cleaning, darkening to bill tip, touch up to area on breast and hairline crack in right wing tip, and 1/2 inch restoration to tip of left wing. PROVENANCE: Everett I. Nye, Wellfleet, Massachusetts Private Collection, by descent from the above LITERATURE: Copley Fine Art Auctions, LLC, The Harry V. Long Collection of A. Elmer Crowell Decoys, The Sporting Sale, Boston, MA, 2009, lots 60 and 63, related decoys illustrated. Donna Tonelli, Top of the Line Hunting Collectibles, Atglen, PA, 1998, p. 86, related decoy illustrated. The Magazine Antiques, September 1989, front cover, related decoy illustrated.

$70,000 - $80,000


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178 Redhead Pair

A. ELMER CROWELL (1862-1952) EAST HARWICH, MA, C. 1910 16 1⁄4 in. long

“Dr. L. C. Jones” is partially inscribed on the bottom of each decoy. Dr. Lombard C. Jones was born on Cape Cod and schooled at Harvard College in the 1890s. The decoys from his gunning rig are exceptionally early, dating prior to the maker’s circular brand, c. 1912. The boldly carved drake with pronounced cheeks is in a slightly turned-head and swimming position. The hen’s head is slightly cocked back in a more content pose. These differing animated postures create a very dynamic gunning pair. A small round “Kirson Collection” ink stamp is on the bottom of each.

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Original paint with even gunning wear. Drake has minor touchup to left edge of bill and front of neck seam, some tight even craquelure to end grain. PROVENANCE: Dr. Lombard C. Jones Rig Donal C. O’Brien, Jr. Collection Donald Kirson Collection Private Collection, Massachusetts

$18,000 - $24,000


A. ELMER CROWELL

1862-1952 | EAST HARWICH, MA

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179 Flying Green-Winged Teal Drake A. ELMER CROWELL (1862-1952) EAST HARWICH, MA, 1931 14 in. long

This rare life-size carving displays superb wet-on-wet dry-brush feathering. Anatomically accurate, it exhibits nicely carved wing and tail feathers, concise nail, nostrils, mandible, and bill detail. Inscribed “To my Dear Friend J.B. Chase from Elmer Crowell 1931” on the back along with the maker’s rectangular stamp. This teal represents one of the finest life-size decorative waterfowl carvings by the maker ever to come to auction. Crowell rarely carved these life-size wall mounts. The incredible detail, full body, and early date

place it among the artist’s elite works. Excellent original paint with very minor touch-up along back wing edges. PROVENANCE: J.B. Chase Collection Private Collection, Massachusetts LITERATURE: Stephen B. O’Brien, Jr. and Bea Somerville, Select Carvings by A.E. Crowell (1862-1952), Boston, MA, 2008, item 4 and cover, exact carving illustrated.

$45,000 - $55,000

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180 Greater Yellowlegs

A. ELMER CROWELL (1862-1952) EAST HARWICH, MA, C. 1910 11 3⁄4 in. long

A shorebird decoy in a forward-reaching position. Stamped “HILLMAN collection” on the underside. Original paint with minimal gunning wear. PROVENANCE: John Hillman Collection Private Collection, Martha’s Vineyard LITERATURE: Robert Shaw, Bird Decoys of North America, New York, NY, 2010, pp. 162-163, similar decoys illustrated. Shirley and John Delph, New England Decoys, Exton, PA, 1990, p. 143, similar examples illustrated. Guyette and Schmidt, North American Decoys at Auction, April 25 & 26, 1996, West Farmington, ME, 1996, lot 163, exact decoy illustrated.

$6,500 - $8,500

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181 Running Yellowlegs

WILLIAM H. SOUTHARD (1874-1940) SEAFORD, LONG ISLAND, NY, C. 1900 14 1⁄4 in. long

This racy bird features carved eyes, a splined bill, deeply cut S-shaped raised wing carving and V-cut wing tips, and ticked feather paint. Original paint with gunning wear, a professionally replaced bill, and touch-up to minor flaking. LITERATURE: William J. Mackey, Jr., American Bird Decoys, New York, NY, 1965, p.102, plate 86, similar decoy illustrated. Timothy Sieger, The Decoys of Long Island, Water Mills, NY, 2010, p. 37, similar decoy illustrated. Joe Engers, ed., The Great Book of Wildfowl Decoys, San Diego, CA, 1990, p. 103, similar decoy illustrated. E. Jane Townsend, Gunners Paradise: Wildfowling and Decoys on Long Island, Stony Brook, NY, 1979, p. 130, plate 224, similar decoy illustrated.

$3,500 - $4,500

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CHARLES HART

1862-1960 | GLOUCESTER, MA

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182 The Hart Family Penguin CHARLES HART (1862-1960) GLOUCESTER, MA, C. 1920 12 in. tall

One of the most important mantel-size Hart penguins ever to come on the market, this emperor penguin was a personal favorite of the maker’s and sat in the Hart family living room for over fifty years. The penguin was originally consigned directly from Charles Hart’s granddaughter, Norma Hart Anderson. She fondly remembers playing with her grandfather’s whimsical carvings in the yard while growing up in Gloucester in the 1940s. This plump penguin was made into a table lamp and resided at Charles Hart’s 159 Essex Avenue residence in Gloucester where it developed its warm patina.

A related twelve-inch-tall Charles Hart penguin sold for $44,275, a world record for any carving by the maker. Strong original paint with minor wear, minor touch-up to a half inch diameter area on top of head, chips to the sides of both feet, and paint loss to nail holes on wings. PROVENANCE: Private Collection of the artist Charles Howard Hart and his wife Annette By descent to his granddaughter Norma Hart Anderson Private Collection, Massachusetts

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TOWNSEND GARVIE CARMAN 1874-1938 | AMITYVILLE, LONG ISLAND, NY

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183 Swimming Canada Goose

TOWNSEND GARVIE CARMAN (1874-1938) AMITYVILLE, LONG ISLAND, NY, C. 1910 22 3⁄4 in. long

Exhibits a ridge-back, two-piece head with mortise and tenon construction and painted eyes. Original paint with even gunning wear. PROVENANCE: Private Collection, New York, acquired from Bud Ward

$800 - $1,200

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184 Brant

TOWNSEND GARVIE CARMAN (1874-1938) AMITYVILLE, LONG ISLAND, NY, C. 1900 16 3⁄4 in. long

Retains a Mackey Collection stamp on the bottom. Original paint with even gunning wear and a neck crack. PROVENANCE: William J. Mackey, Jr. Collection Private Collection, New York

$800 - $1,200

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SAMUEL SMITH TOOTHAKER 1903-1974 | BRUNSWICK, ME

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185 Preening Black Duck

SAMUEL SMITH TOOTHAKER (1903-1974) BRUNSWICK, ME, C. 1930 14 1⁄2 in. long

Along with fellow Maine carver Aaron Augustus Wilson (1864-1950), Toothaker made stylish, animated gunning decoys. Displaying the maker’s best form, this is perhaps the best Toothaker example to ever come on the market. Featured in Delph’s New England Decoys, the authors misidentified the bird as a merganser. This important Maine decoy is branded “J.K. COFFIN” on the bottom. Original paint with minor gunning wear and a crack in right side of head.

PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Virginia Private Collection, Tennessee LITERATURE: Shirley and John Delph, New England Decoys, Exton, PA, 1990, p. 35, exact decoy illustrated.

$9,000 - $12,000

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186 Black Duck

SAM COLLINS, JR. (1854-1948) ESSEX, CT, C. 1920 17 in. long

In working repaint with gunning wear, a crack in neck and bill, and a chip to underside of bill. $300 - $500

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187 Mallard Box

WILDFOWLER DECOYS (1939-1957) OLD SAYBROOK, CT, C. 1950 12 1/2 in. long

A 3/4 size carving with a lift-back lid and interior storage area. Original paint with wear. $300 - $500

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188 Cork Black Duck Pair DAVID B. WARD (B. 1947) ESSEX, CT, C. 1990 17 1/2 in. long

Each is signed by the maker with a stamped "DBW" on the bottom. Original paint with minor wear. PROVENANCE:

Harry and Judy Bextel

Collection $400 - $600

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GRANT NELSON COLLECTION

The Grant Nelson Collection of Shorebird Decoys is one of the finest ever assembled. Nelson’s love for shorebirds grew out of his appreciation for avian works by Boston impressionist painter Frank W. Benson (18621951).

For two decades, Nelson’s focus was on acquiring exemplary works with great form, surface, and provenance. Nelson’s acquisitions, totaling well over one hundred birds, are a defining collection in the field.

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MASON DECOY FACTORY 1896-1924 | DETROIT, MI

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189 Curlew

MASON DECOY FACTORY (1896-1924) DETROIT, MI, C. 1900 18 in. long

In discussing this exact decoy, David Schorsch states, “The Mason Factory produced superbly painted decoys of this species which, according to Goldberger and Haid, ‘are among the finest shorebirds made by any maker…one of the crowning achievements of the Mason Factory. They represent an anchor of many a shorebird collection.’” Original paint with even gunning wear, touch-up to back, neck seam, and filler under bill.

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PROVENANCE: Grant Nelson Collection, acquired from David A. Schorsch American Antiques, Inc. LITERATURE: David A. Schorsch, American Decoys II: A Folk Art Tradition, New York, NY, 1996, p. 57, plate 28, exact decoy illustrated.

$10,000 - $15,000


JOHN MCANNEY

1866-1949 | NEW GRETNA, NJ

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190 Ruddy Turnstone

JOHN MCANNEY (1866-1949) NEW GRETNA, NJ, C. 1910 9 1⁄2 in. long

Of the few McAnney turnstone that have survived, this is one of the finest examples known. Henry Fleckenstein chose to feature a rigmate in color in his New Jersey book, highlighting the bird’s crisp swirled paint. Hillman Collection ink stamp on underside. Original paint with light gunning wear. PROVENANCE: John Hillman Collection Grant Nelson Collection LITERATURE: Henry A. Fleckenstein, Jr., New Jersey Decoys, Exton, PA, 1983, p. 40, color plate XXI, rigmate illustrated. Guyette and Schmidt, Inc., The Hillman Collection: Rare

Antique Waterfowl Decoys, W. Farmington, ME, April 1996, p. 22, lot 54, exact decoy illustrated. Sotheby’s and Guyette and Schmidt, American Waterfowl Decoys: The Distinguished Collection of Dr. James M. McCleery, New York, NY, 2000, p. 101, lot 210, related example illustrated. Hal Sorenson, “South Jersey Shorebirds,” Decoy Collector’s Guide, 1968, p. 48, rigmate illustrated. $6,000 - $9,000

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CHARLES F. COFFIN 1835-1919 | NANTUCKET, MA

191

191 Curlew

CHARLES F. COFFIN (1835-1919)(ATTR.) NANTUCKET, MA, C. 1870 15 in. long

A rare and early two-piece curlew decoy. This carving is by the same hand as the curlew from the O’Brien Collection featured in Johnsgard’s The Bird Decoy: An American Art Form on page 157. The decoys attributed to C.F. Coffin as well as those attributed to Franklin Folger, Jr. (1842-1918) are considered the best to have come from the whaling seaport of Nantucket. A hollow curlew by this maker set the world record for any Nantucket decoy, selling for over $200,000. Robert D. Congdon came from a family of early Nantucketers. He was an early island decoy collector starting in the 1960’s along with Donal C. O’Brien, Jr. Congdon put together a first rate collection of Nantucket

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shorebirds that included this exceptionally rare and elegant curlew. Original paint with light gunning wear and a tight crack in the bill. PROVENANCE: Robert D. Congdon Collection, Nantucket, MA Grant Nelson Collection LITERATURE: Paul A. Johnsgard, The Bird Decoy: An American Art Form, Lincoln, NE, 1976, p. 157, pl. 179, related decoy illustrated. Guyette and Schmidt, North American Decoys, July 22 & 23, 1999, West Farmington, ME, front cover and lot 151, exact decoy illustrated.

$10,000 - $15,000


JOSEPH W. LINCOLN

1859-1938 | ACCORD, MA

192

192 Golden Plover Pair

JOSEPHY W. LINCOLN (1859-1938) ACCORD, MA, C. 1990 10 in. long

An exceptional rigmate pair of golden plover in transitional plumage. This is one of the best Lincoln pairs to ever come to market. Excellent original paint with even gunning wear, one has chip to wing tip. PROVENANCE:

Grant Nelson Collection

LITERATURE: Cap Vinal, Joseph W. Lincoln, Rockland, MA, 2002, p. 68, related decoy illustrated.

$5,000 - $8,000

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193 Folding Hollow Yellowlegs MASSACHUSETTS, C. 1910 11 in. long

An exceptionally rare shorebird decoy with a removable head and bill. The body seam is hinged on the belly and latched on the back. The head and bill can be stored inside the hollow of the body for protection from breakage. Both Adele Earnest and William J. Mackey, Jr. were both enamored with these birds, each illustrating rigmates in their seminal publications. Original paint with minor gunning wear. PROVENANCE:

Grant Nelson Collection

LITERATURE: Adele Earnest, The Art of the Decoy, West Chester, PA, 1965, p. 105, plate 94, rigmate decoy illustrated. William J. Mackey, Jr., American Bird Decoys, New York, NY, 1965, p. 43, plate 21, rigmate illustrated.

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A. ELMER CROWELL

1862-1952 | EAST HARWICH, MA

194

194 Golden Plover

A. ELMER CROWELL (1862-1952) EAST HARWICH, MA, C. 1910 9 1/2 in. long

A tucked-head shorebird decoy in nonbreeding plumage. This over-one-hundredyear-old Crowell decoy is in excellent condition. Original paint with minimal gunning wear. PROVENANCE:

Grant Nelson Collection

LITERATURE: Adele Earnest, The Art of the Decoy, West Chester, PA, 1965, p. 55, plate 34, similar decoys illustrated.

$7,000 - $10,000

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GEORGE H. BOYD 1873-1941 | SEABROOK, NH

195

195 Golden Plover

GEORGE H. BOYD (1873-1941) SEABROOK, NH, C. 1890 10 1â „2 in. long 196

The construction of this plump working decoy indicates that it is a very early example by the maker. The decoy is solid but made from two pieces of continuous grain wood. The application of thick stipple paint on this decoy, representing winter plumage, is further enhanced by the "wet-on-wet" feather blending. The full range of sepia tints, ranging from light to dark within each stroke, is extraordinary, giving the bird the mottled life-like appearance of the species. Given the bird's species, grand size, two-piece construction, spectacular stippled paint, and provenance, one would be hard pressed to find a better example. Outstanding original paint with minor gunning wear and repair to right side of bill. PROVENANCE: Peter Brams Collection Grant Nelson Collection LITERATURE: Jim Cullen, Finely Carved and Nicely Painted: The Life, Art and Decoys of George H. Boyd, Seabrook, NH, 18731941, Rye, NH, 2009, p. 23, related example illustrated.

$10,000 - $15,000

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NANTUCKET C. 1870

196 Plover

GEORGE H. BOYD (1873-1941) SEABROOK, NH, C. 1900 10 1/2 in. long

Collected by two of the world's top shorebird collectors, the spectacular paint on this Boyd did not go unnoticed. Excellent original paint with minimal gunning wear, 1â „2 bill replacement, and a very small spot of black paint on the wing tip. PROVENANCE: Donal C. O'Brien, Jr. Collection Grant Nelson Collection LITERATURE: Jim Cullen, Finely Carved and Nicely Painted: The Life, Art and Decoys of George H. Boyd, Seabrook, NH, 1873-1941, Rye, NH, 2009, pp. 23 and 71, similar decoys illustrated. Guyette and Schmidt, North American Decoys At Auction, November 12 & 13, 1997, West Farmington, ME, 1997, p. 37, lot 146, exact bird illustrated.

197 Hollow Golden Plover Wind Bird NANTUCKET, MA, C. 1870 10 in. long

A feather-light hollow plover in breeding plumage with raised and split wing tips. The body has a vertical seam as well as applied wings fastened with fine-cut nails. The delicate decoy is exceptionally hollow with the extended wing tips acting as sails. A very small hole in the back of the bird held the stick pin allowing the bird to pivot in the wind. In original paint with working paint and touch-up, a chip to right wing tip, and a replaced bill. PROVENANCE:

Grant Nelson Collection

$5,000 - $8,000

$3,500 - $5,500

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CHARLES SUMNER BUNN OR WILLIAM “BILL” BOWMAN 1865-1952 AND 1824-1906 | SHINNECOCK RESERVATION, NY, BANGOR, ME AND LAWRENCE, NY

198 Running Golden Plover

CHARLES SUMNER BUNN (1865-1952) SHINNECOCK RESERVATION, NY OR WILLIAM “BILL” BOWMAN OF BANGOR, ME, AND LAWRENCE, NY, C. 1890 11 in. long

This decoy is one of only a few plover that the carver ever made in this position. It shares similar form with the curlew from the Nina Fletcher Little Collection.

recessed, German bead glass eyes. Original paint with gunning wear, wear to top of the head, age lines, and a small tail tip chip. Bill is a possible replacement.

In 1970, pioneer decoy collector William Mackey wrote this text for Weiler’s Classic Shorebird Decoys portfolio. Of the maker’s work, Mackey writes, “Bowman’s decoys have the feel of real birds. His knowledge and study of the live bird and his skill with a knife transferred the feel of the wishbone, the unfolded wings and the modeling of the bone structure to blocks of wood. His was a unique talent not given to any other decoy maker.” Mackey also states, “Nothing finer has been found ever since.”

PROVENANCE: Russell B. Aitken Collection Grant Nelson Collection

This shorebird decoy exhibits pronounced shoulder, cheek, and raised-wing carving. The reaching head has deeply-

LITERATURE: Timothy Sieger, The Decoys of Long Island, Water Mills, NY, 2010, p. 40, related example illustrated.Henry A. Fleckenstein, Jr., Shore Bird Decoys, Exton, PA, 1980, p. 48, plate 49, related decoy illustrated. The Decoy Hunter, Clinton, Indiana, Nov./Dec. 1982, p. 10, exact decoy illustrated.

$20,000 - $30,000

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CHARLES SUMNER BUNN OR WILLIAM “BILL” BOWMAN 1865-1952 AND 1824-1906 | SHINNECOCK RESERVATION, NY, BANGOR, ME AND LAWRENCE, NY

199

199 Dowitcher

CHARLES SUMNER BUNN (1865-1952) SHINNECOCK RESERVATION, NY OR WILLIAM "BILL" BOWMAN (1824-1906) OF BANGOR, ME, AND LAWRENCE, NY, C. 1890 9 3⁄4 in. long

This shorebird decoy exhibits pronounced shoulder, cheek, raised-wing, and slightly dropped tail carving. The head has deeply-recessed, German bead glass eyes. Original paint with even gunning wear, original bill has 3⁄4 restoration, reset neck, and one wing tip is chipped. PROVENANCE:

Grant Nelson Collection

LITERATURE: Dr. Cynthia Byrd, The Decoys of Long Island, Water Mill, NY, 2010, p. 39, similar example illustrated.

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Quintina Colio, American Decoys, Ephrata, PA, 1972, pp. 68 and 69, similar example illustrated. William J. Mackey, Jr., American Bird Decoys, New York, NY, 1965, p. 103, plate 87, similar example illustrated. Milton C. Weiler and William J. Mackey, Jr., Classic Shorebird Decoys: A Portfolio of Paintings, New York, NY, 1971, plate 3, related example illustrated. $10,000 - $15,000


OBEDIAH VEIRTY

1813-1901 | SEAFORD, LONG ISLAND

200

200 Red Knot

OBEDIAH VERITY (1813-1901) SEAFORD, LONG ISLAND, NY, C. 1890 10 1/2 in. long

A plump robin snipe with the Hillman Collection ink stamp on the underside. Original paint with even gunning wear, small chip on top of head and bill. PROVENANCE: John Hillman Collection Grant Nelson Collection LITERATURE: Timothy Sieger, The Decoys of Long Island, Water Mills, NY, 2010, pp. 32 and 33, related examples illustrated. Guyette and Schmidt, Inc., The Hillman Collection: Rare Antique Waterfowl Decoys, W. Farmington, ME, April 1996, lot 232, exact decoy illustrated.

$10,000 - $15,000

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MACKEY CURLEW VIRGINIA, C. 1890

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201 Curlew

EASTERN SHORE, VA, C. 1890 16 in. long

William J. Mackey, Jr. was very fond of this bold curlew, illustrating it multiple times in his publications. In a 1965 article he asks, "Who would deny the right of [this decoy] to sit between a curlew by N. Cobb and one by Tom Gelston?" Of the rig and its maker he states, "a capable unidentified carver enriched decoy collectors and his work should command their fullest respect." A stately curlew carving with deeply incised wings and delicate head carving. The underside bears the Mackey Collection ink stamp. Original paint with gunning wear to bare wood, touch-up to face, reset neck, and a replaced bill.

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PROVENANCE: William J. Mackey, Jr. Collection Grant Nelson Collection LITERATURE: William J. Mackey, Jr., "A Covey of Classic Decoys," True Magazine, November, 1964, p. 49 and front cover, exact decoy illustrated. William J. Mackey, Jr., “What's In A Name?” Decoy Collector’s Guide, July-Sept 1965, p. 3, exact decoy illustrated.

$7,000 - $10,000


DAVE “UMBRELLA” WATSON 1851-1938 | CHINCOTEAGUE, VA

202

202 Feeding Dowitcher

DAVE "UMBRELLA" WATSON (1851-1938) CHINCOTEAGUE, VA, C. 1910 10 1/2 in. long

This shorebird decoy has been part of the William J. Mackey, Jr. and the William H. Purnell, Jr. collections and bears their stamp and brand, respectively. Bill Purnell put together one of the greatest Southern decoy collections ever assembled. He owned a half dozen of the best examples from this shorebird rig, describing this particular decoy as "the best" among that group. Made from mahogany, this Chincoteague Island shorebird decoy displays a feeding posture with deep V-cut wing definition. William J. Mackey, Jr. wrote in Classic Shorebird Decoys: A Portfolio of Paintings, “So little is known about Watson and his work that one wonders how such famous gunners as Van Campen Heilner came to have the Gooseville Gun Club stocked with Watson's decoys. Of course, he was head and shoulders over all local competition. It is only within the last few years, however, that his shorebirds have been identified. The pert dowitcher shown was part of a little group found in Andy Dirksen's clam house, where they had gathered dust for many years. Andy had ordered them from Dave Watson,

so the evidence was complete. Since that happy day, a few more pieces have turned up that can be attributed to him.” Original paint with even gunning wear, a chip under bill, and three-quarter bill repair. PROVENANCE: William J. Mackey, Jr. Collection William H. Purnell, Jr. Collection Grant Nelson Collection LITERATURE: Cameron T. McIntyre, "Ira Hudson: Creating the perfect Virginia decoy," Decoy Magazine, Lewes, DE, September/October, 1995, p. 15, exact decoy illustrated. Sotheby's and Guyette & Schmidt, American Waterfowl Decoys: The Distinguished Collection of Dr. James M. McCleery, New York, NY, 2000, lot 46, similar decoy illustrated. Henry H. Stansbury, Ira D. Hudson and Family: Chincoteague Carvers, Lewes, DE, 2002, pp. 140-141, similar decoys illustrated. Milton C. Weiler and William J. Mackey, Jr., Classic Shorebird Decoys: A Portfolio of Paintings, New York, NY, 1971, plate 24, rigmate illustrated.

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203 Golden Plover

NANTUCKET, MA, C. 1890 10 in. long

Original paint with light gunning wear.. PROVENANCE:

Grant Nelson Collection.

$500 - $700

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204 Ten Shorebird Whistles C. 1880-1920

A tin, cone and pan shorebird whistle, a rare delicate version of a cone and pan whistle, a “Screamer Whistle,” a metal and a bone pan whistle, a metal and bone whistle, a horn and a​n​antler whistle, a metal whistle, and a bone conventional whistle.​ ​As found. PROVENANCE:

Grant Nelson Collection

LITERATURE: Sotheby’s and Guyette and Schmidt, American Waterfowl Decoys: The Distinguished Collection of Dr. James M. McCleery, New York, NY, 2000, p. 37, lots 49-57, related examples illustrated.

​$​600 - ​$​900

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MASON DECOY FACTORY

1896-1924 | DETROIT, MI

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205 Premier Grade Mallard Pair MASON DECOY FACTORY (1896-1924) DETROIT, MI, C. 1920 17 1/2 in. long

A bold pair of decoys with large painted speculums. The drake is stamped "SGH" for the Somers G. Headley Collection and the hen retains an original patent stamp on the bottom. Strong original paint with light gunning wear. The hen has minor flaking and a very small tail chip. The drake has minor touch-up to a small chip and rub. Some touch-up to breast emanating from heartwood and along age lines mostly on the bottom of the bird. PROVENANCE: Somers G. Headley Collection Grant Nelson Collection LITERATURE: Russ J. Goldberger and Alan G. Haid, Mason Decoys: A Complete Pictorial Guide, Lewes, DE, 2014, p. 22, similar decoy illustrated.

$4,000 - $5,000

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CHARLES H. PERDEW 1874-1963 | HENRY, IL

206 Pintail Drake

CHARLES H. PERDEW (1874-1963) HENRY, IL, 1928 16 in. long

This exemplary Illinois River pintail is unused. It showcases the clean lines of Charlie’s carving and the refined elegance of Edna’s paint. The underside is branded "G.K. SCHMIDT." This famous rig was commissioned by George K. Schmidt (1869-1939), a prominent Chicagoan and the president of the Prudential State Savings Bank. For roughly four decades Schmidt rig decoys resided unused in a bank vault. According to decoy author Donna Tonelli, in 1928 Schmidt ordered a mixed rig of ducks from Perdew including twelve pintail, split evenly between hens and drakes. To date only seven of these Schmidt rig pintails have surfaced, making this a rare find. Two drake rigmates reside in top Illinois River collections. This drake, with its superb condition, beautifully

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applied paint, and impeccable historic provenance, ranks among the finest Perdew decoys known to exist. Outstanding original paint with virtually no wear and very minor touch-up to a tiny spot on neck. PROVENANCE: George K. Schmidt Rig Grant Nelson Collection LITERATURE: Stephen B. O’Brien, Jr. and Julie Carlson, Masterworks of the Illinois River, Boston, MA, 2005, p. 73, rigmate illustrated. Donna Tonelli, Fish and Fowl of the Great Lakes, Atglen, PA, 2002, p. 143, rigmate illustrated.

$30,000 - $40,000


G.K. SCHMIDT (1869-1939) RIG CHICAGO, IL. 1928

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MASON DECOY FACTORY 1896-1924 | DETROIT, MI

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207 Premier-Grade Merganser Hen MASON DECOY FACTORY (1896-1924) DETROIT, MI, C. 1900

An early snakey head example of one of the factory’s most coveted species. As fish eaters, mergansers proved questionable to the palate and hence their premier grade shelldrakes were not made in great numbers. This is one of the few examples that was gunned over that has no bill, crest, or tail chip. Original paint with gunning wear, touch-up to top of head, neck seam, and right speculum. LITERATURE: Russ J. Goldberger and Alan G. Haid, Mason Decoys: A Complete Pictorial Guide, Lewes, DE, 2014, p. 72, similar decoy illustrated.

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208 Premier Grade Mallard Drake

209 Over-Size Black Duck

A nicely painted drake with patent stamp on bottom. Original paint, minor gunning wear, head is loose, original age line on back, and touch-up to breast.

An exceptionally rare Atlantic Coast model. Original paint with even gunning wear with some touch-up.

MASON DECOY FACTORY (1896-1924) DETROIT, MI, C. 1910 18 in. long

Private Collection, acquired at Lake Geneva Antique Shop, c. 1965 PROVENANCE:

LITERATURE: Russ J. Goldberger and Alan G. Haid, Mason Decoys: A Complete Pictorial Guide, Lewes, DE, 2014, p. 21, similar decoy illustrated.

$3,000 - $4,000

MASON DECOY FACTORY (1896-1924) DETROIT, MI, C. 1920 20 in. long

LITERATURE: Russ J. Goldberger and Alan G. Haid, Mason Decoys: A Complete Pictorial Guide, Lewes, DE, 2014, p. 28, similar decoy illustrated.

$2,500 - $3,500


MASON DECOY FACTORY

1896-1924 | DETROIT, MI

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BERT GRAVES 1880-1956 | PEORIA, IL

210 Preening Hen Mallard BERT GRAVES (1880-1956) PEORIA, IL, C. 1920 14 in. long

Graves built the Graves Decoy Company out of the workshop behind his home. Upon the death of Robert Elliston in 1915, Graves purchased Elliston’s entire business including wood, patterns, tools, and commissioned rigs. He also astutely hired Catherine Elliston to continue painting decoys for his company. As with fellow Illinois River masters Elliston and Perdew, Graves produced preeners and this graceful form is the most coveted by collectors today. Graves sold decoys to affluent hunters and to sporting goods stores for the handsome sum of $75-100 per dozen and his decoys today continue to demand a premium among collectors.

PROVENANCE: Randy Root Collection Private Collection LITERATURE: Stephen O'Brien and Julie Carlson, Masterworks of the Illinois River, Boston, MA, 2005, p. 98, related decoy illustrated. Donna Tonelli, Fish and Fowl of the Great Lakes, Atglen, PA, 2002, p. 120, related decoy illustrated. Joe Engers, ed. The Great Book of Wildfowl Decoys, San Diego, CA, 1990, p. 232, related decoy illustrated. Hal Sorenson, "Bert Graves of Peoria," Decoy Collector's Guide, 1968, p. 17, similar example illustrated.

$25,000 - $35,000

Retains its original "B GRAVES DECOY CO" weight. Outstanding original paint with minimal gunning wear.

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STEPHEN LANE 1843-1900 | LACON, IL

211

211 Pintail Drake

STEPHEN LANE (1843-1900) LACON, IL, C. 1890 15 in. long

Lane is one of the earliest recorded Midwestern decoy makers. He was also a talented woodworker who professionally constructed everything from houses to wagons to furniture. Born in Good Luck, New Jersey, his family moved to a farm in Lacon, Illinois, while he was in his teens. The farm was near prime duckhunting habitat and it did not take Lane long to immerse himself in the growing market gunning movement. His carvings are highly unusual for Illinois River decoys in that no nails were used to attach the body halves together. "McR" is incised on the bottom of the decoy. Original paint with gunning wear, a second coat of working paint to head taken down, an age line in bill, and restoration to bill tip and tail by Gigi Hopkins.

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PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, Minnesota

LITERATURE: Stephen O'Brien, Jr. and Julie Carlson, Masterworks of the Illinois River, Boston, MA, 2005, p. 25, similar decoy illustrated.

$6,500 - $8,500


CARRIAGE HOUSE RIG

C. 1890 | ILLINOIS

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212 Pintail Drake

LAKE VILLA, IL, C. 1890 16 1/2 in. long

Birds from this rig were found in a carriage house on the Ernest Lehmann estate, in Lake Villa, Illinois. While the maker has yet to be identified, the carving closely resembles the work of Stephen Lane (1843-1900) of Lacon, Illinois. Like Lane’s decoys, this carriage house bird has no nails at its body seam.

birds have V-shaped bottoms. These slight nuances give his birds a graceful schooner-shaped appearance, similar to the bird carvings of his native New Jersey coast. While the maker of this decoy may never be known, the Lane connection should be further examined. Original paint with gunning wear, repair to tip and underside of bill.

Lane decoys have elegantly carved heads with pronounced breasts that give them an "S" shape. The sharply pointed tails work in contrast with the smooth frontal lines, giving Lane birds a racy attitude. Similar to carvings by early decoy maker Henry Ruggles, though not as pronounced, Lane's

LITERATURE: Stephen O'Brien, Jr. and Julie Carlson, Masterworks of the Illinois River, Boston, MA, 2005, p. 25, similar decoy illustrated.

$5,000 - $8,000

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213

213 Mallard Hen

EARL VOELKER (1895-1972) MILWAUKEE, WI, C. 1930 16 1/2 in. long

Voelker duck hunted with decoy carver Walter Pelzer and artist Owen Gromme. Pelzer and Voelker's decoys share many of the same characteristics. Original paint with gunning wear, chips to neck seam. $2,500 - $3,500

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214 Broadbill Hen

J. N. DODGE FACTORY (1883-1893) DETROIT, MI, C. 1890 15 in. long

An early factory diver with swirled paint and a flared bill. Original paint with gunning wear. $300 - $400

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215 Hollow Canvasback Drake

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AUGUST "GUS" MOAK (1852-1942) TUSTIN, WI, C. 1920 18 1/2 in. long

The animated swimming pose of this decoy elevates it to the best of Wisconsin folk art. Branded "KANGAS" on the bottom. Original paint with even gunning wear. PROVENANCE: St. Valentine Rig Linda and Gene Kangas Collection Private Collection LITERATURE: Gene and Linda Kangas, Decoys, Paducah, KY, 1992, p. 158, plate 269, exact decoy illustrated. Robert Shaw, Bird Decoys of North America, New York, NY, 2010, p. 226, similar decoy illustrated. Gene and Linda Kangas, Decoys: A North American Survey, Spanish Fork, UT, 1983, p. 226, plate 337, exact decoy illustrated.

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$8,000 - $10,000

216 Early Redhead Drake

WILLIAM SCHULTZ (1923-2009) MILWAUKEE, WI, C. 1950 14 in. long

An early full-bodied horizontally laminated decoy. Original paint with even gunning wear, some touch-up to seam separations, and a small tail chip. LITERATURE: Donna Tonelli, Fish and Fowl Decoys of the Great Lakes, Atglen, PA, 2002, pp. 220-221, similar decoys illustrated.

$2,000 - $3,000

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FERDINAND L. HOMME 1901-1963 | STOUGHTON, WI

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217 Turned-Head Redhead Drake FERDINAND L. HOMME (1901-1963) STOUGHTON, WI, C. 1930 13 in. long

A hard to find Homme species, it retains a "McCleery" ink stamp and a Sotheby's lot 116 paper label on the bottom. Original paint with craquelure, even gunning wear, and minor loss at neck seam. PROVENANCE: David J. Spengler Collection Dr. James M. McCleery Collection Private Collection Private Collection, Wisconsin LITERATURE: Donna Tonelli, Fish and Fowl Decoys of the Great Lakes, Atglen, PA, 2002, p. 206, similar decoys illustrated. Sotheby's and Guyette and Schmidt, American Waterfowl Decoys: The Distinguished Collection of Dr. James M. McCleery, New York, NY, 2000, p. 62, lot 116, exact decoy illustrated.

$4,000 - $6,000

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218 Early Canvasback Drake

218

C. 1860 15 3/4 in. long

An early expertly crafted hollow decoy from the rig of Dr. James M. Salmon, who owned land and gunned on Long Point, Ontario. He sold his land to the Long Point Company in 1866, retaining lifetime gunning privileges. In old working repaint with flaking and gunning wear. PROVENANCE: Dr. James M. Salmon Rig Private Collection LITERATURE: Bernard "Barney" W. Crandell, Decoying St. Clair to the St. Lawrence, Erin, Ontario, 1988, p. 81, rigmate illustrated.

$500 - $800

219 Mallard Pair

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CHARLES H. ALTHOFF (1859-1942) PRINCETON, IL, C. 1920 16 1/4 in. long

A hollow pair of decoys with raised wings. Original paint with gunning wear. Each has an age line along its back, and hen has a tight neck crack. Drake has touch-up to neck crack. PROVENANCE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea

Collection $2,000 - $3,000

220 Swimming Goldeneye Hen

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JAMES WALTON (1891-1963) MILWAUKEE, WI, C. 1930 14 in. long

One of only six Walton goldeneye known to exist, this racy bird features exceptional feather carving. Original paint with minor gunning wear. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection

$2,500 - $3,500

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BENJAMIN SCHMIDT 1884-1968 | CENTERLINE, MI

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221 Wood Duck Pair

BENJAMIN SCHMIDT (1884-1968) CENTERLINE, MI, C. 1950 14 in. long

One on the most difficult of all Schmidt species to find, this pair of wood ducks is signed on the bottom by the maker and also retains a “C.V. Bracher, Cleveland, Ohio” collection ink stamp. Original paint with wear, a tight age line on right side of drake. PROVENANCE: C. Victor Bracher Collection Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$3,000 - $5,000

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RICHARD “FRESH AIR DICK” JANSON 1872-1951 | SONOMA, CA

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222 Pair of Pintails

RICHARD “FRESH AIR DICK” JANSON (1872-1951) SONOMA, CA, 1930 17 1⁄2 in. long

A matched pair of classic West Coast decoys with glass eyes and their original rigging. Carved from West Coast redwood, with bill detail, and layered primary feathers. The drake’s head is slightly turned. Janson decoys are the gold standard for Pacific Coast decoys. These birds are from the “Barrel Birds” rig found on the north coast of California in the early 1990’s. Near mint condition, black smudge on neck of drake. PROVENANCE: “Barrel Birds” Rig Private Collection, New York LITERATURE: Michael R. Miller and Frederick W. Hanson, Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast, Davis, CA, 1986, cover and pp. 142-152 similar birds illustrated.

$4,000 - $6,000

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JOHN T. SHARP B. 1943 | KENT, OH

223 Canada Goose

JOHN T. SHARP (B. 1943) KENT, OH, 2009 36 by 16 by 12 in

An impressive life-size hanging Canada goose carving showcasing the artist’s very best work.

and participating in dozens of one-man and group shows throughout the country.

John T. Sharp is an Ohio-based carver who follows the lead of his wood. From felling the logs of Black Walnut and Cherry near his home to seasoning the wood for carving, Sharp uses the grain pattern of each individual piece of wood to inspire his work.

In 1996 he was honored with the Master Wildlife Artist Award from the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, OH, the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury, MD, and other museums and private collections. Original condition.

He writes, “I prefer the discipline of using hand cutting tools, the constant maintenance and attention they require. My approach to sculpture is one of classical realism in which my handling of subject matter and medium are a direct appeal to the viewer’s sense of beauty and their appreciation of the skill of human hands.” Sharp has participated in wildfowl carving shows and competitions for decades, winning ten “Best in World” honors at the World Championship Carving Competition

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LITERATURE: Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Magazine, MarchApril 2012. EXHIBITED:

Wausau, Wisconsin, “Birds in Art,” Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, 2011. $18,000 - $24,000


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SAMUEL R. HUTCHINGS

1894-1995 | JONES FALLS, ONTARIO, CANADA

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224 Goldeneye Drake

SAMUEL R. HUTCHINGS (1894-1995) JONES FALLS, ONTARIO, CANADA, C. 1919 13 in. long

Originally purchased by Henry Darling Smith, of Elgin, Ontario, in 1919, these unique cross hatch carved birds have enticed collectors ever since. Original paint with gunning wear, possible working touch-up to white. PROVENANCE: Henry Darling Smith rig, Chaffey’s Falls, Ontario Bernie Gates Collection Private Collection LITERATURE: Bernie Gates, Ontario Decoys II, Kingston, ON, 1986, pp. 178-180, similar decoys illustrated.

$5,000 - $8,000

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MIKE BORRETT B. 1960 | MADISON, WI

225 Trophy Musky Carving MIKE BORRETT (B. 1960) MADISON, WI, C. 2010 59 in. long

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This 59-inch carving reflects the maker's very best effort with fine scratch comb paint along the entire fish. It features detailed carving to the teeth, gills, and fins. Given the carving's length and dimensions, the model for this trophy fish would have likely weighed in around fifty pounds. This highly collectable fish carving commands a strong presence on the wall or above the fireplace mantel. Branded "BORRETT" on the wall-hanging side. Original condition. $2,000 - $3,000

226 Flying Redhead Pair 226

MIKE BORRETT (B. 1960) MADISON, WI, 2001 19 in. long

Signed and dated by the maker along the back of each bird. Original paint with a chip to one of the drake's wing tips. $900 - $1,200

227 Flying Canvasback Pair MIKE BORRETT (B. 1960) MADISON, WI, C. 1990 19 in. long

Both are signed by the maker on the top of one flight feather. Original paint with minor wear. $900 - $1,200

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228

228 Hooded Merganser C. 1930 12 1â „2 in. long

A vertically laminated decoy with a high head, dramatic crest carving, and thin neck and bill. Original paint with gunning wear and repairs to neck and bill. $3,000 - $4,000

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229 Wood Duck Drake

ROBERT "MAD DOG" BILLINGS (B. 1936) MINOCQUA, WI, C. 1960 11 in. long

A turned-head decoy with the maker's joined "RB" initials brand. Original paint with even gunning wear. $300 - $500

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230 Gadwall Pair

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MIKE VALLEY (B. 1961) PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI, 2006 17 in. long

This pair features the maker's best carving and painting, signed and dated on the bottom. Original paint with minimal wear. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection,

Wisconsin $800 - $1,000

231 Bluebill Pair

231

MARTY HANSON (B. 1965) PRIOR LAKE, MN, C. 1990 14 in. long

Signed on the bottom of each with the maker's rectangular ink stamp. Original paint with minimal wear. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection,

Wisconsin $600 - $900

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MARKHAM RIG C. 1920 | MARKHAM, ON

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232 Markham Rig Calling Bluebill Hen MARKHAM, ONTARIO, CANADA, C. 1920 15 in. long

Working paint with gunning wear. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$3,000 - $5,000

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233 Markham Rig Bufflehead Pair MARKHAM, ONTARIO, CANADA, C. 1920 11 1â „2 in. long

An exceedingly rare pair of "butterball" decoys from the Markham Rig. Both birds have the unknown maker's signature ridge that flows into the paddle tail. Original paint with gunning wear, both have areas of touch-up to their backs. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$3,000 - $5,000

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234 Bluebill

234

JOHN R. WELLS (1861-1953) TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, 1888 14 1⁄2 in. long

Branded “W. H. B.” identifying the rig of Ward Hamilton Bowlby (1834-1917). Bowlby was a lawyer, politician, and a brief member of the St. Clair Flats Shooting Company from 1888-1889. This decoy displays the maker's signature feather paint along the sides. Original paint with hairline crack in bill. PROVENANCE: Ward H. Bowlby Rig Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$600 - $900

235 High-Head Canvasback Hen

235

ST. CLAIR FLATS, C. 1900 18 in. long

An alert and racy decoy found at Long Point. Original paint with gunning wear, touch up around base of reset neck and shallow tail chip. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection LITERATURE: Guyette and Schmidt, The Hillman Collection: Rare Antique Waterfowl Decoys, April 25 & 26, 1996, lot 74 exact decoy illustrated.

$1,000 - $2,000

236 Bufflehead Hen

236

JOHN R. WELLS (1861-1953) (ATTR.) TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, C. 1920 10 3⁄4 in. long

A rare hollow species by this maker. In early working repaint. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$500 - $800

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237

237 Black Duck

GEORGE (1830-1905) AND JAMES WARIN (1832-1884) TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, C. 1880 16 in. long

An extremely hollow, low-head decoy with glass eyes and a "F.T.M." rig brand for Fred T. Murphy, a St. Clair Flats Shooting Company member from 1922-1949. Old working repaint with gunning wear and chips to tail. PROVENANCE: F.T. Murphy Rig Private Collection, Massachusetts LITERATURE: Bernard W. Crandell, Decoying: St. Clair to St. Lawrence, Erin, Ontario, 1988, p. 132, similar decoy illustrated.

$500 - $800

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238 Pintail Drake

HAROLD "PERCY" BICKNELL (1897-1959) RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, C. 1930 17 1â „2 in. long

A hollow decoy with two hand-painted rig owner names on the bottom. Original paint with gunning wear, tight crack in the head and tail, inuse repaint on the bill and professional restoration to neck. PROVENANCE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea

Collection $500 - $700

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OLIVER “TUTS” LAWSON B. 1938 | CRISFIELD, MD

239 Miniature Whistling Swan

239

OLIVER "TUTS" LAWSON (B. 1938) CRISFIELD, MD, 1955 8 3⁄4 in. long.

A painted-eye, balsa-bodied bird with raised wings. Signed and dated on the bottom by the maker with the inscription, "My first whistling swan." Original paint with minimal wear, reset wings with touch-up. $500 - $700

240 Canvasback Pair

240

OLIVER "TUTS" LAWSON (B. 1938) CRISFIELD, MD, 1983 15 in. long

Signed and dated on the bottom by the maker. Excellent original paint with minimal wear. $900 - $1,200

241 Miniature Red Breasted Merganser Hen

241

OLIVER "TUTS" LAWSON (B. 1938) CRISFIELD, MD, C. 1990 8 in. long

Signed on the bottom by the maker. Near mint. $250 - $300

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242

242 Miniature Mallard Pair

THE WARD BROTHERS LEMUEL T. (1896-1983) AND STEPHEN (1895-1976) CRISFIELD, MD, 1954 8 in. long

Signed and dated on the bottom by the makers. Original paint with minimal wear. The hen has a tight crack in the bill and base of the neck. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, New York

$800 - $1,200

243

243 Feeding Yellowlegs

LLOYD AARON STERLING (1880-1964) CRISFIELD, MD, C. 1920 13 in. long

An extremely rare and early gunning decoy from Crisfield, MD. The decoy was retired and refurbished as a decorative by the maker with wire legs added. Repainted with wear, putty missing from lower right bill insertion. $600 - $900

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244 Canvasback and Three Books JOHN "DADDY" HOLLY (1819-1892) HAVRE DE GRACE, MD, C. 1880 14 1â „2 in. long

"G.B.G." and "D. G. Elliot" brand for Narrows Island Club, on Currituck Sound, NC. A stamped "SGH" for the Headley collection is also on the underside with an inscription. Two American Duck Shooting books, written by George Bird Grinnell (one deluxe signed by the author) and a Wildfowl of North America book by Daniel Giraud Elliot included with this lot. Decoy is repainted, neck has a tight crack. PROVENANCE: Daniel Giraud Elliot Rig George Bird Grinnell Rig Somers G. Headley Collection Private Collection, Maryland

$800 - $1,200 74


THE WARD BROTHERS, LEMUEL T. AND STEPHEN WARD 1896-1983 and 1895-1976 | CRISFIELD, MD

Photo courtesy of Courtesy AAubreyBodine.com

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THE WARD BROTHERS, LEMUEL T. AND STEPHEN WARD 1896-1983 and 1895-1976 | CRISFIELD, MD

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245 Preening Pintail Drake

THE WARD BROTHERS LEMUEL T. (1896-1983) AND STEPHEN (1895-1976) CRISFIELD, MD, C. 1965 17 in. long

This animated hollow decorative features Lem's most elaborate carving and painting. Inscribed and signed on the bottom. Original paint with some areas of craquelure and minimal wear. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, Maryland

LITERATURE: Byron Cheever, Ward Bros, Spanish Fork, UT, 1966, p. 34, plate 12, similar decoys illustrated. Glenn Lawson and Ida Ward Linton, The Story of Lem Ward, Exton, PA 1984, p. 113, similar bird illustrated.

$6,000 - $8,000

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246 Preening Pintail Hen

THE WARD BROTHERS LEMUEL T. (1896-1983) AND STEPHEN (1895-1976) CRISFIELD, MD, 1962 12 in. long

This outstanding hollow decorative hen features Lem's most elaborate carving and painting. Original paint with minimal wear. PROVENANCE: Russell B. Aitken Collection Private Collection, Maryland LITERATURE: Byron Cheever, Ward Bros, Spanish Fork, UT, 1966, p. 34, plate 12, similar decoys illustrated.

$6,000 - $8,000

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THE WARD BROTHERS, LEMUEL T. AND STEPHEN WARD 1896-1983 and 1895-1976 | CRISFIELD, MD

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247 "Sunbathing" Blue-Winged Teal Drake THE WARD BROTHERS LEMUEL T. (1896-1983) AND STEPHEN (1895-1976) CRISFIELD, MD, 1967 10 3â „4 in. long

An area painted on the base reads, "SUNBATHING, LEM WARD, WILDFOWL COUNTERFITTER IN WOOD, 1967." This titled work with its exceptional form, paint, and provenance is prominently featured in The Story of Lem Ward. This important decoy was passed down in the Ward family. Original paint with minor wear. PROVENANCE: Ida Ward Linton Collection Private Collection, Maryland LITERATURE: Glenn Lawson and Ida Ward Linton, The Story of Lem Ward, Exton, PA 1984, p. 71, exact bird illustrated.

$12,000 - $14,000

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249

248 Wigeon Drake

249 Hollow Bufflehead Drake

Signed and dated on the bottom by Lem. Original paint with minimal wear.

Signed and dated by the maker on the bottom. Original paint with minimal wear.

PROVENANCE:

PROVENANCE:

THE WARD BROTHERS LEMUEL T. (1896-1983) AND STEPHEN (1895-1976) CRISFIELD, MD, 1963 12 1⁄4 in. long

Private Collection, Maryland

$3,000 - $5,000

THE WARD BROTHERS LEMUEL T. (1896-1983) CRISFIELD, MD, 1969 10 1⁄4 in. long

Private Collection, Maryland

$3,000 - $5,000

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250

250 Canvasback Pair

LEMUEL T. WARD (1896-1983) CRISFIELD, MD, 1957 16 3⁄4 in. long

Two of the famous twelve “Open Water Shooting Stool” rig made by Lem Ward. The slightly turned head decoys display carved bills, detailed feather painting, and Lem Ward’s best stippled paint across the backs.

Bourne Co. 1976) Private Collection, Maryland Private Collection, California, purchased in Copley’s Winter Sale 2011, lot 332

This rig was made to hunt over but was never used. They retain their original weighted keels and are signed in ink “Made by L.T. Ward- Bro., Crisfield, MD,” and dated, “-1957-.” Both have the Kramer Collection ink stamp and “MK” brand on the bottom. Original paint with minimal wear.

LITERATURE: Glen Lawson and Ida Ward Linton, The Story of Lem Ward, Exton, PA, 1984, p. 102, exact decoy illustrated. Carl Lucky and Russell Lewis, Collecting Antique Bird Decoys and Duck Calls, 3rd edition, 2003, p. 87, illustrated. Richard A. Bourne, Rare American Decoys and Bird Carvings, Hyannis Port, MA, 1976, lot 139, exact decoys illustrated.

PROVENANCE: Mary and Norris Pratt Collection Dr. Morton D. Kramer Collection (acquired at Richard A.

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251 Mallard Pair

LEMUEL T. (1896-1983) AND STEPHEN (1895-1976) CRISFIELD, MD, 1942 18 1⁄2 in. long

A perfectly matched, oversize rigmate pair by the Ward Brothers. Both birds are made of “life raft” balsa with pine heads and inserted wooden tails. Both birds have razor sharp bills and have had their keels removed. Both are in original paint with even gunning wear. Touch-up under hen’s tail and on one feather. Drake has tight line in neck and touch-up to area of right flank.

LITERATURE: Ronald J. Gard and Brian J. McGrath, The Ward Brother’s Decoys: A Collector’s Guide, Plano, TX, 1989, pp. 8384, similar decoys illustrated.

$7,000 - $10,000

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252 Standing Green-Winged Teal Drake

THE WARD BROTHERS LEMUEL T. (1896-1983) AND STEPHEN (1895-1976) CRISFIELD, MD, 1953 11 1/2 in. long

This content bird features excellent form, peach basket wings, and the maker’s best paint. Signed and dated on the top of the base by Lem. Worn label on bottom from the 1967 William Penn Memorial Museum Exhibition. Original paint with minimal wear. PROVENANCE: Thomas Eshenbaugh Collection Private Collection, Maryland

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LITERATURE: Guyette and Schmidt, North American Decoys at Auction, November 6 & 7, 2002, West Farmington, ME, 2002, p. 87, lot 510 and on cover, exact decoy illustrated. EXHIBITED:

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, The William Penn Memorial Museum, 1967. $9,000 - $11,000


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254

253 Canada Goose

254 Canada Goose

This decoy displays nice feather paint and excellent form. Signed on the bottom by the makers, inscribed to "Bob Carson." Original paint with gunning wear and touch-up around neck and tail.

Original paint with gunning wear, age lines, scattered touch-up to flaking, and restoration to bottom.

THE WARD BROTHERS LEMUEL T. (1896-1983) AND STEPHEN (1895-1976) CRISFIELD, MD, C. 1948 23 in. long

PROVENANCE: Bob Carson Collection Private Collection, Maryland LITERATURE: Ronald J. Gard and Brian J. McGrath, The Ward Brothers' Decoys: A Collector's Guide, Plano, TX, 1989, plate 67, p. 106, similar example illustrated.

THE WARD BROTHERS LEMUEL T. (1896-1983) AND STEPHEN (18951976) CRISFIELD, MD, C. 1930 24 in. long

LITERATURE: Ronald J. Gard and Brian J. McGrath, The Ward Brothers' Decoys: A Collector's Guide, Plano, TX, 1989, plates 91 and 92, p. 109, similar examples illustrated.

$3,000 - $5,000

$4,000 - $6,000

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JOHN BLAIR, SR.

1843-1929 | PHILADELPHIA, PA

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255 Swimming Wigeon JOHN BLAIR, SR. (1843-1929) PHILADELPHIA, PA, C. 1880 13 1/4 in. long

An early "classic" Delaware River decoy with threepiece body construction joined with several hand carved pegs. A gently curved head displays a rare swimming posture for the maker. Original paint, age lines, gunning wear, and touch-up to cheeks. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, Maryland

$4,000 - $6,000

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256 Running Sandpiper

256

ATLANTIC COAST, C. 1890 9 1/2 in. long

A stylish running peep. Original paint with some flaking and gunning wear, some touch up and fill to bill insertion and tail. $800 - $1,200

257 Running Yellowlegs

257

C. 1900 10 3/4 in. long

Faint Mackey Collection stamp on underside. Appears to be original paint with gunning wear, old tail chips, and a replaced bill. PROVENANCE: William J. Mackey, Jr. Collection Private Collection

$600 - $900

258 Tern

258

NEW JERSEY, C. 1890 10 in. long

An early chip-carved tern flattie. Old paint with light gunning wear and possibly a replaced bill. $300 - $500

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259

259 Tucked-Head Curlew

LUTHER LEE NOTTINGHAM (1852-1942) CAPEVILLE, VA, C. 1890 14 in. long

A rare tucked-head shorebird by one of Virginia’s most celebrated makers. Original paint with gunning wear, filler on top of head, and replaced bill. PROVENANCE: Private Collection, New Jersey, acquired from Collectable Old Decoys LITERATURE: William J. Mackey, Jr., American Bird Decoys, New York, NY, 1965, p. 39, plate 17, similar decoys illustrated. Henry A. Fleckenstein, Jr., Southern Decoys, Exton, PA, 1983, pp. 62 and 147, plates LXII and 271, similar decoys illustrated. Henry A. Fleckenstein, Jr., Shore Bird Decoys, Exton, PA, 1980, p. 90, plate LXI, related example.

$3,500 - $4,500 260

260 Curlew

VIRGINIA, C. 1880 13 1/2 in. long

Original paint with even gunning wear, age lines, and a replaced bill. PROVENANCE: John Hillman Collection, Bud Ward Collection Private Collection, Massachusetts, acquired from the above

$1,200 - $1,800

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IRA D. HUDSON

1873-1949 | CHINCOTEAGUE, VA

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261 Standing Black Duck IRA D. HUDSON (1873-1949) CHINCOTEAGUE, VA, C. 1930 17 1/2 in. long

A classic black duck displaying the makers dynamic form. Professionally cleaned to original paint, with some craquelure, wear, a left wing tip chip, and mounted on a new base. PROVENANCE: Henry H. Stansbury Collection Private Collection, Maryland LITERATURE: Henry H. Stansbury, Ira D. Hudson and Family, Lewes, DE, 2002, pp. 143-151, similar examples illustrated.

$8,000 - $10,000

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262

262 Black Duck

CHRIS SPRAGUE (1887-1983) BEACH HAVEN, NJ, 1930 16 1/2 in. long

As found. PROVENANCE: Peter Barlett Collection Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection LITERATURE: James R. Doherty, Classic New Jersey Decoys, Louisville, KY, 2011, p. 121.

$300 - $500

263

263 Tucked-Head Bluebill ENGLISH FAMILY FLORENCE, NJ, C. 1900 13 1/4 in. long

In working repaint with some craquelure and gunning wear. $800 - $1,000

264

264 Bluebill Drake

HENRY GRANT (1845-1912) (ATTR.) BARNEGAT, NJ, C. 1900 15 in. long

Henry was the father of Stanley Grant (1877-1953) and their decoys are similar in form. Original paint with craquelure and gunning wear. $600 - $900

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266

267

268

265 Black Duck

267 Tucked-Head Black Duck

The decoy shows nice scratch feather paint and a pencil signature on the bottom by the maker. Original paint with even gunning wear.

The decoy is branded “JAH” on the bottom for John Hillman’s gunning rig. Original paint with even gunning wear.

JOHN W. MCLOUGHLIN (1911-1985) BORDENTOWN, NJ, C. 1940 16 1/2 in. long

$400 - $600

JESS HEISLER (1891-1943) BURLINGTON, NJ, C. 1920 15 in. long

PROVENANCE: John A. Hillman Rig Private Collection

$800 - $1,000

266 Brant

LEVI RHODES TRUEX (1860-1934) ATLANTIC CITY, NJ, C. 1920 19 in. long

Original paint with gunning wear and wash on white. LITERATURE: James R. Doherty, Classic New Jersey Decoys, Louisville, KY, 2011, p. 155, plate 319, similar decoy illustrated. Henry A. Fleckenstein, Jr., New Jersey Decoys, Exton, PA, 1983, pp. 102-103, similar decoys illustrated.

268 Black Duck

GEORGE A. HARVEY (1875-1945) RUMSON, NJ, C. 1920 17 in. long

Original paint with light gunning wear. $600 - $900

$300 - $500

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271

269

272

270

269 Sleeping Black Duck

271 Redhead Drake

An early Quinn decoy with incised, raised primaries and a carved tail. Old Quinn paint with light gunning wear and a tail feather chip under paint.

An early Philadelphia redhead by the long celebrated but recently identified, A. B. Vance. Original paint with gunning wear to wood in places, and a neck repair by Russ Allen.

PROVENANCE: William Butler Collection Private Collection

$1,500 - $2,500

$800 - $1,200

272 Oversize Redhead Drake

WILLIAM H. QUINN (1915-1969) TULLYTOWN, PA, C. 1930 13 in. long

270 Black Duck

WILLIAM H. QUINN (1915-1969) TULLYTOWN, PA, C. 1930 15 1/2 in. long

An early Quinn decoy with incised, raised primaries and carved tail. Stamped “W QUINN TULLYTOWN” on the weight. In working Quinn paint with light wear. Head and one tail feather have been reset. PROVENANCE: William Butler Collection Private Collection

$800 - $1,200

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ARTHUR B. VANCE (1818-1889) PHILADELPHIA, PA, C. 1870 16 3/4 in. long

EDSON G. GRAY (1891-1982) OCEAN VIEW, DE, 1951 16 3/4 in. long

In original paint with some working touch-up and gunning wear. $600 - $900


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274

273 Dowitcher

274 Shorebird Trio

Retains the “Hillman Collection,” ink stamp on the underside. Original paint with light gunning wear.

Chris Sprague was an early and important New Jersey carver who was a contemporary of Nathan R. Horner (1882-1942). The two makers’ works are often indistinguishable. Sprague shorebirds are rare.

J. TAYLOR JOHNSON (1853-1929) POINT PLEASANT, NJ, C. 1900 11 1/4 in. long

PROVENANCE: John A. Hillman Collection Private Collection, Massachusetts LITERATURE: Henry A. Fleckenstein, Jr., New Jersey Decoys, Exton, PA, 1983, p. 171, plate 409, exact decoy illustrated. Guyette and Schmidt, Important Auction of Rare Waterfowl Decoys from the Collection of John Hillman April 25 & 26, 1996, West Farmington, ME, 1996, p. 90, lot 383, exact bird illustrated.

$2,000 - $3,000

CHRIS T. SPRAGUE (1887-1983) BEACH HAVEN, NJ, C. 1915 10 1/2 in. long

The red knot is inscribed on the underside “Robin Snipe by- C.T. Sprague, Beach Haven, N.J.” The yellowlegs is inscribed on the underside “Yellow Leg by- C.T. Sprague, Beach Haven, N.J.” and the sanderling is inscribed on the underside “Dowitcher - C.T. Sprague, Beach Haven, N.J.” As found. LITERATURE: Sotheby’s and Guyette and Schmidt, American Waterfowl Decoys: The Distinguished Collection of Dr. James M. McCleery, New York, NY, 2000, p. 221, lot 609, related example illustrated.

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275 Feeding Godwit

WILLIAM C. GIBIAN (B. 1946) ONANCOCK, VA, C. 1990 15 in. long

Signed by the maker with an incised “GIBIAN” on the underside. Original paint with minimal wear. $500 - $700

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276 Feeding Black-Bellied Plover WILLIAM C. GIBIAN (B. 1946) ONANCOCK, VA, C. 1990 12 in. long

Signed by the maker on the underside of the bird. Original paint with minimal wear. $500 - $700

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277 Woodcock

WILLIAM GIBIAN (B. 1946) ONANCOCK, VA, C. 1990 10 1/4 in. long

Maker’s incised, conjoined “WG” initials on the underside. Original paint with wear. A chip to the stick hole and possible touch-up to the bill. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$500 - $700

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278 Green-Winged Teal

278

WILLIAM C. GIBIAN (B. 1946) ONANCOCK, VA, C. 1990 12 3/4 in. long

Incised maker’s signature on the underside of the bird. Original paint with minimal wear. $1,000 - $1,500

279 Pintail Pair

279

DAVISON B. HAWTHORNE (B. 1924) SEAFORD, DE, C. 1980 18 in. long

Signed on the bottom of each “D. B. Hawthorne.” Original paint with minimal wear. $800 - $1,200

280 Crowell-Style Merganser

280

FRANK S. FINNEY (B. 1947) CAPEVILLE, VA, C. 1990 20 1/2 in. long

Fashioned after the Charles Ashley Hardy Crowell merganser, this hollow decoy is signed by the maker with an incised “F” on the underside of the bill. Original paint with minimal wear. $800 - $1,200

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MARK S. MCNAIR

B. 1950 | CRADDOCKVILLE, VA

281 Curlew Weathervane MARK S. MCNAIR (B. 1950) CRADDOCKVILLE, VA, C. 1990 34 in. long

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The bill is fashioned out of a pitchfork tine, signed on the underside with the maker's incised signature. Original paint with even wear from use. PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Massachusetts

$1,800 - $2,400

282 Owl with Moth

MARK S. MCNAIR (B. 1950) CRADDOCKVILLE, VA, 1995 20 1/2 in. long

The moth is relief-carved on the side of the base. The sculpture from a cedar branch is signed and dated by the maker on the top of the base. Original paint with wear and age lines original to the wood. 282

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$3,500 - $4,500


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283

286

284

283 Mourning Dove

285 Pintail Drake

This decoy was hunted over at McNair’s Island Neck farm on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, signed by the maker on the underside. Original paint with significant craquelure and wear, and working touch-up.

Stamped signature on the bottom by the maker. Original paint with minimal wear and minor discoloration in white.

MARK S. MCNAIR (B. 1950) CRADDOCKVILLE, VA, C. 1980 11 in. long

$300 - $500

284 Life-Size Woodcock FRANK S. FINNEY (B. 1947) CAPEVILLE, VA, C. 1990 11 in. long

An alert woodcock with carved base. Signed on the bottom of the base with an incised, scrolled “F” signature. Original paint with minimal wear. Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection PROVENANCE:

$500 - $700

JAMES “CORB” REED (1897-1987) CHINCOTEAGUE, VA, C. 1970 18 1/4 in. long

PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, acquired from Ronnie

Newcomb LITERATURE: Barry R. and Velma A. Berkey, Chincoteague Carvers and Their Decoys, Gettysburg, PA, 1981, pp. 7576, similar decoys illustrated.

$800 - $1,000

286 Pattern Box

JAMES “CORB” REED (1897-1987) CHINCOTEAGUE, VA, C. 1930-1980 Box is 4 by 21 by 9 1/4 in.

Dozens of decoy patterns made from various materials, including cardboard, linoleum, and paper in an open wooden box. As found. $200 - $400 95


CAMERON T. MCINTYRE B. 1968 | NEW CHURCH, VA

287

287 Hollow Canada Goose

288 Swimming Mallard Drake

Signed on the bottom with the maker’s incised initials. Original paint with wear.

An exceptional swimming mallard with a forty-five degree turned head. Signed on the underside with the maker’s incised “CTM” initials on the bottom. The bird exhibits the maker’s best scratch comb paint. Original paint with light gunning wear, maker’s repair to top left of tail.

CAMERON T. MCINTYRE (B. 1968) NEW CHURCH, VA, C. 1990 22 in. long

PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, New York

$4,000 - $5,000

CAMERON T. MCINTYRE (B. 1968) NEW CHURCH, VA, C. 2000 19 in. long

PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, Nantucket

$2,000 - $3,000

289 Canvasback Pair

CAMERON T. MCINTYRE (B. 1968) NEW CHURCH, VA, 1995 15 3/4 in. long

Signed inscriptions on the undersides describe their use as part of the maker’s personal rig used in Saskatchewan. Original paint with gunning wear. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, New York

$3,000 - $4,000

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CAMERON T. MCINTYRE B. 1968 | NEW CHURCH, VA

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JIM SCHMIEDLIN

1945-2015 | BRADFORD WOODS, PA

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290 Swimming Wood Duck Drake JIM SCHMIEDLIN (1945-2015) BRADFORD WOODS, PA, 1993 15 1/2 in. long

A hollow wood duck branded “JAS” and inscribed on the underside with the maker’s “Return for Reward” note and usage details. Original paint with gunning wear. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection

$2,000 - $4,000

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291 Preening Redhead Drake JIM SCHMIEDLIN (1945-2015) BRADFORD WOODS, PA, 1987 15 in. long

A hollow redhead branded “JAS” and inscribed on the underside with the maker’s “Return for Reward” note and usage details. Original paint with gunning wear. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection

$2,000 - $4,000

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292 Turned-Head Pintail Drake JIM SCHMIEDLIN (1945-2015) BRADFORD WOODS, PA, 1986 21 3/4 in. long

A hollow pintail branded “JAS” and inscribed on the underside with the maker’s “Return for Reward” note. Original paint with minimal gunning wear. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection

$2,000 - $4,000

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JIM SCHMIEDLIN

1945-2015 | BRADFORD WOODS, PA

293 Preening Red Breasted Merganser Hen

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JIM SCHMIEDLIN (1945-2015) BRADFORD WOODS, PA, 1986 17 in. long

A hollow merganser branded “JAS” and inscribed on the underside with the maker’s “Return for Reward” note. Original paint with gunning wear. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection

$2,000 - $4,000

294 Mallard Drake

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JIM SCHMIEDLIN (1945-2015) BRADFORD WOODS, PA, 1994 17 3/4 in. long

A hollow mallard branded “JAS” and inscribed on the underside with the maker’s “Return for Reward” note and hunting record. Original paint with gunning wear. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection

$2,000 - $4,000

295 Preening Goldeneye Drake

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JIM SCHMIEDLIN (1945-2015) BRADFORD WOODS, PA, 1987 14 1/2 in. long

A hollow goldeneye branded “JAS” and inscribed on the underside with the maker’s “Return for Reward” note and a dedication about the decoy. Original paint with gunning wear. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection

$2,000 - $4,000

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296 Rare Wigeon Pair

JIM SCHMIEDLIN (1945-2015) BRADFORD WOODS, PA, 1984 17 in. long

Both birds are hollow, the drake has a turned head and the hen is in a tucked-head position. Drake bears the inscription on the bottom “Only pair made.” Branded “JAS” and inscribed “Return for Reward” on the undersides. Original paint with gunning wear. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection

$4,000 - $6,000

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297 Hooded Merganser Pair JIM SCHMIEDLIN (1945-2015) BRADFORD WOODS, PA, 1988 16 3/4 in. long

Both birds are hollow, branded “JAS,” and inscribed on the underside with the maker’s “Return for Reward” note and usage details. Original paint with gunning wear. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection

$4,000 - $6,000

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298 Ring Bill Pair

JIM SCHMIEDLIN (1945-2015) BRADFORD WOODS, PA, 1988 13 3/4 in. long

Both birds are hollow, branded “JAS,” and inscribed on the underside with the maker’s “Return for Reward” note. Original paint with gunning wear. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection

$4,000 - $6,000

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299 Black Bellied Plover

301 Bufflehead Drake

Signed by the maker with his incised signature on the underside. Original paint with minimal wear.

Originally collected by Bill Mackey of New Jersey and retains his collection ink stamp on the underside. Old in-use repaint with gunning wear.

WILLIAM C. GIBIAN (B. 1946) ONANCOCK, VA, C. 1980 11 in long

PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$400 - $600

DOUG JESTER (1876-1961) CHINCOTEAGUE, VA, C. 1920 12 3/4 in. long

PROVENANCE: William J. Mackey, Jr. Collection Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$400 - $600

300 Four Shorebirds

DAVID PERSONIUS (B. 1953) TWO RIVERS, AK, 1989 12 1/2 in. long

Four yellowlegs decoys, each is signed and dated by the maker on the underside. Original paint with minimal wear. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$500 - $700

302 Six Eider Decoys

GRAYSON C. CHESSER (B. 1947) SANFORD, VA, C. 1990 20 3/4 in. long

A rig used on Cape Cod consisting of five drakes and a hen. Each decoy is weighted and is signed by the maker with an incised “C” on the bottom. As found. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, Cape Cod

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303 Pintail Drake C. 1900 17 in. long

A hollow decoy possibly from California. As found. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, California

$800 - $1,200

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304 Green-Winged Teal Drake CALIFORNIA, 1930 10 1/2 in. long

A slightly turned-head West Coast teal with incised “CF” initials on the bottom. Original paint with gunning wear. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$500 - $800

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305 Rock Dove Decoy C. 1900 13 3/4 in. long

A related pigeon decoy with deep-cut shoulders and wing carving was collected by William J. Mackey, Jr. in the 1960’s. Very few birds with this distinct form have ever been found. As found. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection LITERATURE: Copley Fine Art Auctions, Sporting Sale, July, 2007, p. 85, lot 236, related decoy illustrated.

$1,000 - $2,000

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306 Red-Breasted Merganser Pair

306

LINDSEY SEAFORTH LEVY (1892-1980) LITTLE TANCOOK ISLAND, NS, CANADA, C. 1930 16 1/2 in. long

A rigmate pair of red-breasted mergansers by the most recognized carver of this prominent island family. In original paint with gunning wear, both have a body crack, and the top of the drake’s comb is reset. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$800 - $1,200

307 Coot

307

TANCOOK ISLAND, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA, C. 1930 11 1/2 in. long

Inscribed illegibly “Harry............Cove, N.S.” on bottom. Original paint with gunning wear, crack in neck. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$300 - $500

308 Rig of Three Folky Scoter

308

15 1/2 in. long

A dynamic rig of sea ducks with inletted heads, two have horseshoe weights. Original paint with wear, one with neck crack and all have bottom cracks. $1,000 - $1,500

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309 Pair of Rock Dove

CHARLES H. PERDEW (1874-1963) HENRY, IL, C. 1950 13 1/4 in long

Two exceptionally rare carvings by the maker. Original paint with minimal wear, spread wing bird has minor touch-up to reset bill tip and wing edge. PROVENANCE: Peter Galliher Collection Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection LITERATURE: Ann Tandy Lacy, Perdew: An Illinois River Tradition, Muncie, IN, 1993, p. 240, exact winged decoy illustrated. Guyette and Schmidt, North American Decoys at Auction, April 2008, lots 4 and 5, exact decoys illustrated.

$3,000 - $5,000

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310 Rare Swimming Mallard Hen BERT GRAVES (1880-1956) PEORIA, IL, C. 1930 17 in. long

The Graves swimmer form is even more rare than his preening decoy. This boldly carved swimmer features exceptional paint. Original paint with even gunning wear and a minor tail chip. PROVENANCE: James and Diane Cook Collection Private Collection LITERATURE: Donna Tonelli, Fish and Fowl of the Great Lakes, Atglen, PA, 2002, p. 121, exact decoy illustrated. Stephen O’Brien and Julie Carlson, Masterworks of the Illinois River, Boston, MA, 2005, p. 100, related straight head illustrated.

$6,000 - $9,000

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311 Mallard Pair

311

WILLIAM GOETZ CLINTON RIVER, MI, C. 1940 16 in. long

This classic pair of Michigan decoys display nice clean lines. Original paint with gunning wear and some restoration. $600 - $900

312 Mallard Pair

312

GEORGE A. KESSLER (1868-1955) PEKIN, IL, C. 1940 16 in. long

Two hollow decoys with tack eyes, carved bill detail, and original lead strip weights. Both are fine examples of the maker’s work and are rig stamped “E C B” on the underside. Original paint with gunning wear. The drake has a neck crack, a tail chip, and cracks. LITERATURE: Donna Tonelli, Fish and Fowl Decoys of the Great Lakes, Atglen, PA, 2002, p. 175, similar decoys illustrated.

$1,500 - $2,500

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313 Hollow Goldeneye Drake CLARK C. MADARA (1883-1953) PITMAN, NJ, C. 1920 15 3/4 in long

An outstanding slightly swimming whistler by one of New Jersey’s top decoy makers. Stamped “D S C” on the bottom. Original paint with gunning wear a tight neck crack. PROVENANCE: Nelson G. Holloway Rig Jim and Deb Allen Collection Dave and Jean Campbell Collection Private Collection LITERATURE: James R. Doherty, Classic New Jersey Decoys, Louisville, KY, p. 163, plate 342, exact decoy illustrated.

$5,000 - $8,000 314

314 Preening Canada Goose

CEDARVILLE, MA, C. 1900 20 in. long

Made for use on a triangle of goose decoys. As found with replaced head. PROVENANCE: Colburn Wood, Jr. Collection Private Collection, New York LITERATURE: “Decoys of the Month,” The Decoy Hunter Magazine, May-June 1984, Clinton, IN, p. 11, exact decoy illustrated.

$300 - $500

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315 Swimming Canada Goose COASTAL NEW JERSEY, C. 1920

Displaying graceful form, this early hunting decoy features an arched neck and pronounced cheek carving. Working repaint with gunning wear. $600 - $900

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316 Two Papier Mache Shorebird Decoys PAINE FAMILY EASTHAM, MA, C. 1880 10 1/4 in. long

A featherlight yellowlegs and a golden plover. Due to their delicate construction, few papier mache decoys have survived today. Both are in original paint with gunning wear, yellowlegs has a shallow dent in its back and a broken bill. $800 - $1,000

317 Pigeon

MARYLAND, C. 1970 11 1/2 in. long

A life-size rock dove decoy. Original paint with light wear and tight line in the neck. PROVENANCE:

318 Plover

CLARKS ISLAND, PLYMOUTH, MA, C. 1900 10 in. long

As found. $100 - $200

319 Mallard Drake

KEN HARRIS (1905-1981) WOODVILLE, NY, C. 1950 15 in. long

Signed on the bottom with the maker’s smaller early ink stamp. Original paint with minor wear, a knot bleed and a bill tip chip. $100 - $200

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea

Collection $200 - $300

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320 Ruffed Grouse

MARK HOLLAND AND CINDY LEWIS BREWSTER, MA, C. 1970 14 in. long

An early and exceptional rendering of a lifesize game bird by this master carving duo who was inspired by fellow Cape Cod bird carvers, A. E. Crowell (1862-1952) and Arnold Melbye (1909-2000). Mark was featured as the “Master Carver” at the 2005 Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland. Original paint with minimal wear. PROVENANCE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea

Collection $1,000 - $1,500

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321 Rare Miniature Great Blue Heron Pair

WENDELL GILLEY (1904-1983) SOUTHWEST HARBOR, ME, 1968 13 1/2 in. high

Signed “Gilley” on the top of the wood base which is inscribed “Made for Wm. D. Tarrant.” who was the gun dog editor for Field and Stream magazine from 1974 to 1998. This carving is a smaller scale version of the heron pair illustrated on the dust jacket of Gilley’s book Bird Carving: A Guide to a Fascinating Hobby. Original paint with minimal wear. PROVENANCE: William D. Tarrant Collection Private Collection, California

$1,000 - $2,000

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322 Dowitcher DEL SMITH OREGON, 1976 base 13 in. long

Signed and dated by the maker on the top of the base. Original paint with minimal wear. LITERATURE: Roger Moore, “A conversation with Del Smith,” North American Decoys Magazine, Spanish Fork, UT, pp. 32-36, front cover, similar decoys illustrated.

$600 - $800

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323 Exceedingly Rare Miniature Woodcock

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GEORGE H. BOYD (1873-1941) SEABROOK, NH, C. 1920 3 1⁄4 in. long

This is one of only two Boyd woodcock to have ever surfaced, the last of which sold in 1977. This example is the earliest of the two known. The scarce nature of this Boyd species cannot be understated.. Original paint with minimal wear. PROVENANCE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea

Collection $2,500 - $3,500

324 Two Miniature Woodcock

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WENDELL GILLEY (1904-1983) SOUTHWEST HARBOR, ME C. 1940 AND 1960 each is 3 1/4 in. long

The earlier carving is signed by the maker on the bottom, the later carving is unsigned but may have had a paper label at one time. Original paint with minimal wear. PROVENANCE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea

Collection $400 - $600

325 Two Miniature Flying Quail

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C. 1950 5 in. long

One has lightly etched conjoined “HB” signature under the wing. As found. PROVENANCE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea

Collection $400 - $600

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326 One-Third-Size Pheasant FRANK S. FINNEY (B. 1947) CAPEVILLE, VA, C. 1980 9 in. long

Signed on the bottom with the maker’s “F Finney” ink stamp. Original paint with minimal wear. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$300 - $500

327 Miniature Ruffed Grouse STAN SPARRE (1922-2011) EAST FALMOUTH, MA, C. 1990 5 1/2 in. long

This intricately carved gamebird shows a tremendous amount of detail, signed by the maker on the bottom of the base. Original paint with minimal wear. Chip to a ruff feather and a few head crest feathers. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$500 - $700

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328 Grouse Family

RUTH (1890-1987) AND GUSTAV JANSSON (1889-1970) BARNSTABLE, MA, C. 1960 22 in. long

A pair of grouse with four chicks, signed with the maker’s rectangular stamp on the bottom. As found. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$500 - $800

329 Ruffed Grouse

RALF COYKENDALL, SR. (1890-1968) VERMONT, C. 1940 14 1/2 in. long

A calling grouse branded “RWC” on the bottom. Original paint with minimal wear. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$100 - $200


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330 Woodcock

332 Miniature Flying Duck Pair

A scaled down, two-thirds-size carving, signed on the bottom of the base by the maker. Original paint with minimal wear.

As found.

PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

333 Miniature Owl and Quail in Display Frames

STAN SPARRE (1922-2011) FALMOUTH, MA, C. 1990 6 1/4 in. long

$200 - $300

CHAS. DUHMELL (ATTR.) C. 1890 3 in. long

$400 - $600

WILLIAM H. REINBOLD (B. 1926) CHESTERTOWN, MD, C. 1960 7 1/2 in. long

331 Miniature Black Ducks

WENDELL GILLEY (1904-1983)(ATTR.) SOUTHWEST HARBOR, ME, 1960 3 1/2 in. long

A great horned owl and a pair of bob-white quail. Signed by the maker in the lower right. As found.

As found.

$300 - $500

PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$200 - $300

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334 Miniature Wood Duck and Ruffed Grouse

336 Miniature Killdeer

The wood duck is signed with a small oval brand, the grouse is hand-signed on the bottom of the base. Original paint with minimal wear, minor crazing to wood ducks tail.

A partial signature on the bottom of the base. Original paint with minor wear.

JAMES LAPHAM (1909-1987) DENNISPORT, MA, C. 1950 each is 5 1/2 in. long

PROVENANCE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea

Collection $400 - $500

335 Two Miniature Ruffed Grouse RUSS E. BURR (1887-1955) HINGHAM, MA, C. 1950 each is 4 in. tall

Signed on the bottom of each base with the maker’s ink stamp. Original paint with minor wear, one has a small chip on its crest. PROVENANCE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea

Collection $300 - $400

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C. ROBINSON GORHAM, ME, C. 1950 4 in. long

PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$300 - $400

337 Two Miniature Shorebirds JAMES LAPHAM (1909-1987) DENNISPORT, MA, C. 1940 base 5 1/2 in long

Both are signed on the bottom with a small oval brand “James Lapham, Bird Carving, Dennisport, Mass.” Original paint with minor wear, one is missing a toe. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$300 - $500


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338 Miniature Scarlet Tanager

340 Chickadee and Chipping Sparrow

Signed with the maker’s rectangular stamp on the bottom of the base. Original paint with a beak chip and minor wear.

The chipping sparrow is marked “32” and is signed with his conjoined “JB” initials. The chickadee is marked “439” and has a gold paper label. Original paint with minimal wear.

A. ELMER CROWELL (1862-1952) EAST HARWICH, MA, C. 1940 4 in. long

PROVENANCE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea

Collection

JESSE D. “JESS” BLACKSTONE (1909-1988) CONCORD, NH, C. 1950 each is 3 3/4 in. long

PROVENANCE:

$600 - $900

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea

Collection $500 - $700

339 European Chickadee and Goldfinch JESSE D. “JESS” BLACKSTONE (1909-1988) CONCORD, NH, C. 1950 4 and 3 1/2 in. long

The European chickadee is marked “2” and the goldfinch is marked “139.” Both are signed with his conjoined “JB” initials. Original paint with minimal wear. PROVENANCE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea

Collection $500 - $700

341 Chickadee on a Branch

WENDELL GILLEY (1904-1983) (ATTR.) SOUTHWEST HARBOR, ME, C. 1950 bird is 3 1/8 in. long

A two-thirds-scale, unsigned carving. A pattern related to this bird appears in a book on carving by Wendell Gilley. Original paint with minor wear. LITERATURE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea

Collection $100 - $200

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342 Cast Iron Merganser Weathervane 16 1/2 by 32 by 4 1/2 in.

A heavy, cast iron, red-breasted merganser weather vane with ball ends and a custom steel display base. Some surface rust with restored paint. $600 - $900

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343 Pointer and Setter Reliefs C. 1920 frames are 19 1/4 by 15 1/4 in.

A pair of metal sporting dog reliefs in wood frames. Original surface with patina and wear. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$1,000 - $1,500

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344 Native American Kayak Model INUIT PEOPLE BAFFIN ISLAND, CANADA C. 1920 25 in. long

A model Eskimo kayak made from stretched seal skin over a wood frame. $1,000 - $1,500

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345 Carved Miniature Bear and Cub

347 Miniature Canoe and Paddle

Original finish with tight age lines and minor wear.

A hand carved wood canoe and paddle. Original finish with wear, including a couple small chips.

FINLAND, 1954 7 in. high

PROVENANCE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea

Collection

C. 1920 15 in. long

PROVENANCE:

$300 - $400

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea

Collection $300 - $500

346 Carved Miniature Bear and Cub

ALPEN-BLACK FOREST SCHOOL OF CARVING, C. 1950 6 in. long

Etched “Wengen” on the front with an inserted brass ashtray. Wengen is an Alpine village in Switzerland, directly south of the Black Forest region of Germany. Original finish with wear, one half of one of the fore paws is missing. PROVENANCE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea

Collection $200 - $300

348 Pair of Native American Motif Andirons

TAUNTON IRON WORKS FOUNDRY (1854-1900) (ATTR.) TAUNTON, MA 19 1/4 by 6 by 18 1/2 in.

The log bearing dogs are inserted into the back of the figural andirons with a graduated iron dovetail. As found. LITERATURE: Skinner, Inc., Auctioneers and Appraisers, American Furniture and Decorative Arts, Marlborough, MA, August, 2012, lot 283, similar examples illustrated.

$500 - $1,000

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349 Large Creel

MACMONIES OR W. H. MCMONIES & CO. PORTLAND, OR 10 1/2 by 16 by 8 in.

MacMonies creels are considered the gold standard and one is prominently featured on the front dust jacket of Chatham and McClain’s definitive book The Art of the Creel. Brass label on back reads “MACMONIES, HAND MADE, PORTLAND, ORE.” The creel exhibits “buckstitching” and tooled leather four leaf clover and lucky horseshoe on front pocket. As found. PROVENANCE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

LITERATURE: Hugh Chatham and Dan McClain, The Art of the Creel, Ennis, MT, 1997, pp. 77-89 and front dust jacket, similar examples illustrated.

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$3,000 - $4,000

350 Creel

8 by 15 by 7 in.

A woven creel with decorative leather hinges and tacks. As found with a couple holes in the bottom. PROVENANCE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$300 - $500

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351 Large Creel

MACMONIES OR W. H. MCMONIES & CO. PORTLAND, OR 10 by 16 by 8 in.

Brass label on back reads “MACMONIES, HAND MADE, PORTLAND, ORE.” The creel exhibits “buckstitching” and tooled leather four leaf clover and lucky horseshoe on front pocket. As found. PROVENANCE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

LITERATURE: Hugh Chatham and Dan McClain, The Art of the Creel, Ennis, MT, 1997, pp. 77-89 and front dust jacket, similar examples illustrated.

$1,500 - $2,500

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352 Wire and Metal Creel 8 by 11 3/4 by 7 in.

A finely woven, very sturdy creel. As found. PROVENANCE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea

Collection $400 - $600

353 Native American Basket Creel

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SALISH PEOPLE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, C. 1930 7 by 15 by 8 in.

A “salmon” size woven creel with imbricated designs of mostly cherry bark, rawhide clasp and hinges, and a hand woven strap. A Salish creel is prominently featured on the cover of Chatham and McClain’s definitive book The Art of the Creel. As found. PROVENANCE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea

Collection LITERATURE: Hugh Chatham and Dan McClain, The Art of the Creel, Ennis, MT, 1997, pp. 15-18, similar basket illustrated.

$1,750 - $2,000

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354 Splint Basket Creel MAINE, C. 1920 8 1/2 by 12 by 6 in.

A classic Native American splint creel with copper tacks. As found. PROVENANCE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea

Collection LITERATURE: Hugh Chatham and Dan McClain, The Art of the Creel, Ennis, MT, 1997, pp. 34 and 40, similar creels illustrated.

$500 - $700

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355 Atlantic Salmon Model

JOHN TULLY (1862-1931) AND DHUIE TULLY (1862-1950) FOCHABERS, SCOTLAND, 1908 plaque is 16 by 48 1/4 in.

John Tully learned his trade by apprenticing for the master fish carver John B. Russell (1819-1893), one of the founding fathers of trophy fish carving. In the 1870s, Russell had a studio in Fochabers, a village on the east bank of the river Spey. He carved and painted life-size models of trophy salmon until his death in 1893. Tully married Russell’s daughter, Isabella “Dhuie” (1862-1950), and it was Dhuie that painted nearly all of her husband John’s carvings. John, the carver, and Dhuie, the painter, were one of the finest artisan duos to have ever worked in the carved and painted wood tradition.

A hand-painted trophy fish carving with the following goldleaf lettered inscription, “Salmon 26 lbs. One of 12 killed by H. St. George, on the Creek Pool, St. John’s River, Labrador, on the 20th June, 1908. The others weighed 8. 8. 10. 13. 13. 18. 18. 19. 21. 22. 22.” Minor touch-up to a couple fins and a small area behind the pelvic fin. LITERATURE: Ronald S. Swanson, Fish Models, Plaques & Effigies, Far Hills, NJ, 2009, p. 54, plate 72, exact carving illustrated.

$4,000 - $7,000

356 Small Trout Plaque

PHILLIPPE SIROIS (1892-1979) BATH, ME, C. 1950 plaque is 8 1/2 in. long

This is one of the smallest Sirois carvings to ever come on the market, signed by the maker on the back of the plaque. Original paint with minor wear. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

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$400 - $600

357 Brook Trout Plaque

PHILLIPPE SIROIS (1892-1979) ARROWSIC, ME, 1974 10 by 20 3/4 by 2 1/2 in.

In Kangas’s 1979 article, Sirois is interviewed and the following is written, “In his own opinion, the most difficult fish to paint was the Eastern Brook Trout because of the many subtle colors and intricate patterns.” Original paint with minimal wear. PROVENANCE:

357

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

LITERATURE: Gene and Linda Kangas, “Phillippe Sirois: At First Glance,” North American Decoys Magazine, Fall 1979, Spanish Fork, UT, pp. 18-23, similar carvings illustrated.

$1,000 - $1,500 118


358 Double Trout Plaque

LAWRENCE C. IRVINE (1918-1998) WINTHROP, ME, 1971 14 1/4 by 33 by 4 1/2 in.

A vividly painted beveled-edge plaque with an exceedingly rare double mount of trophy brook trout. Inscription on back reads “Caught on Clearwater Pond, 1971.” This is one of the finest Irvine carvings we have ever had the pleasure of offering. Original paint with minor wear and minor touch-up. PROVENANCE:

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Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$3,000 - $4,000

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359 Atlantic Salmon Model

HARDY BROTHERS (ALNWICK) LTD. ALNWICK, NORTHUMBERLAND, ENGLAND, 1927 plaque is 17 1/2 by 52 1/2 in.

A hand-carved trophy fish carving with the following information, “Weight 39 3/4 lbs. Length 46”. Greatest girth 24 1/2”. Caught Butler’s Pool. Glasbury on Wye. April 8th, 1927. By James Caird.” A small “Hardy Brothers Ltd.” plaque is affixed to the lower left hand corner of the plaque. In addition to being an accomplished salmon angler, Sir James Key Caird (1837-1916), was a Dundee jutemanufacturer, philanthropist, and major funder of Sir Ernest

Shakelton’s (1874-1922) Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-1917). Shakleton originally asked Caird for 50 pounds in total, Caird promised ten thousand and delivered an astonishing twenty-four thousand for the voyage. Original paint with a small dent and a small hole in the tail for holding a hook. $3,000 - $4,000

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360 Atlantic Salmon

GEORGE STRUNK (B. 1958) GLENDORA, NJ, C. 2000 49 in. long

A forty-four-inch-long fish carving mounted on a plaque. Original paint with minimal wear. $500 - $1,000

361 Desk with Carved Fishing Motifs WILLIAM F. HERRICK (1925-2016) VERMONT, C. 2000 28 1/2 by 55 by 31 in.

A highly accomplished mahogany desk with deeply reliefcarved fishing motifs. The front has two carved fly rods and a central carved fly. The ends have carved trout and the back of the desk has two flush drawers. Herrick was a well-known poet and wood carver with a passion for fly fishing. Herrick’s incredible carvings have been widely copied across the globe. This original carved desk was consigned directly from the Herrick family. Original finish with minor wear. $1,000 - $2,000 120

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362 Two Fish Decoys

6 1/2 and 7 1/4 in. long

Marvin Mason Sr. and an unknown from Michigan. As found. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$400 - $600

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363 Three Fish Decoys 5, 5 1/2, and 6 1/4 in. long

As found. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$400 - $600

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364 Four Salmon Fly Paperweights MARTHA M. ANDREA BELLEVUE, ID, C. 2000 each 3 in. wide

Four glass paperweights containing a hand-tied green highlander, a green reaper, a black ranger, and an orange parson. Andrea is a well-known Idaho artist and designer whose artistry is heavily influenced by the beauty of birds, fish, and the natural world. Original condition. PROVENANCE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$200 - $400 365

365 Three Fishing Reels A Shakespeare “True blue 1956,” a Meisselbach & Bro “Tri-part,” and an Atlas “Portage” in its original box. As found. $100 - $200

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366 Hickory Cane

369 Snake Cane

This cane features a gun, a bow and arrow, a powder flask, numerous birds, North American and African animals, reptiles, a dog, a horse, a fish, and a banner with “1886.” Original finish with minor wear.

Displays two carved snakes intertwined along the shaft. Minimal wear and age lines in lower portion, touch-up to break near bottom.

C. 1886 35 1/8 in. long

C. 1890 36 1/2 in. long

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370 Penwork Cane 367 Owl Handle Cane 35 1/2 in. long

This cane features a carved owl with a reptile in its grasp, another carved reptile, a snake, and a bullet casing tip. Original finish with minor wear. $600 - $900

368 Four Faces Sporting Cane C. 1880 35 in. long

The cane exhibits four faces, a couple herons, a frog, a Coat of Arms, fish, snakes, an alligator, a dory, an anchor, a gun, and a carved hand. Original finish with wear, craquelure, there is a crack in the mid-area of the cane, chip to anchor. $800 - $1,200 122

C. 1885 34 1/2 in. long

Exhibits a sky scene, a heart with “G & T” initials, the date “1885,” farm animals, a fox hunting scene, bird hunting, fish, and fauna. Original finish with minimal wear. $600 - $900

371 Head-Handled Snake Cane C. 1890 29 in. long

Exhibits a carved face and a snake wrapped around the shaft. Original finish with wear. $500 - $700


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372 Dog Head Cane C. 1910 39 1/4 in. long

This cane exhibits a carved dog’s head, which has a mouth that opens, a segment of burl wood, and a notch-carved staff with a copper tip. Original finish with minor wear. $600 - $900

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373 Civil War Veteran’s Cane C. 1880 33 1/4 in. long

Decorated with three Union Corps Badges, a heart, a diamond, and a star repeated on the shaft with fine hand-checkering. The heart was associated with General McClellan, the star with General Hooker, and the diamond with General Sickles. Original finish with minimal wear. $600 - $900

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374 Bird in Hand Cane 32 in. long

Exhibits a carved bird in the grasp of a small carved hand. Old finish with wear. $600 - $900

375 Dog Head Handle Cane

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35 1/2 in. long

An incredibly detailed carved cane exhibiting hoofed wildlife, flora and fauna, a few small animals, a heraldic pair of lions above the surname “E. KUKLA” on a carved banner on the shaft. Original finish with minor wear, age line in handle. $600 - $900

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376 Salish Lidded Wool Basket

378 Round Lidded Salish Basket

A tightly woven yarn basket with imbricated cherry bark star designs. As found.

A wonderfully decorated basket with imbricated designs. As found.

SALISH PEOPLE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, C. 1930 5 1/2 by 7 1/2 in.

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection PROVENANCE:

SALISH PEOPLE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, C. 1930 5 by 8 in.

PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$500 - $700

$700 - $900

379 Washoe Basketry Bowl 377 Vintage Alaskan Tribal Basket ALUETIAN PEOPLE ALASKA, C. 1930 8 1/2 by 7 in.

A finely woven basket with organic dye stained decoration. As found. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$250 - $350

WASHOE PEOPLE LAKE TAHOE, SIERRA NEVADAS, CA, C. 1920 2 1/2 by 6 1/2 by 71/2 in.

This basket is very tightly woven with some imbricated designs. As found. Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection PROVENANCE:

$200 - $300

380 Lillooet Dome Top Yarn Basket

LILLOOET PEOPLE LILLOOET RIVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, C. 1920 4 1/4 by 5 3/4 in.

A domed lid sits atop this tightly woven, well-crafted basket with buckskin handles. As found. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$400 - $600

381 Salish Oval Basket

SALISH PEOPLE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, C. 1920 5 by 10 by 5 in.

A finely woven basket with imbricated cherry bark and cedar root designs. As found. PROVENANCE: Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea Collection

$300 - $500

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THE SPORTING SALE 2017 SESSION IV PAINTINGS, WORKS ON PAPER, AND BRONZES

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FRANK W. BENSON 1862-1951

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382 Deluxe Edition Benson Book Collector’s Edition of Frank W. Benson - Etchings, Drypoints, Lithographs and Prints, 2012, by John T. Ordeman. Edition of 150 copies which contain an original etching by Gordon Allen and an original drypoint by Paul W. Niemiec, Jr. Leather-finish hardcover, gold foil stamping and gilt edging, housed in a leather-finish stamped slipcase. $300 - $500

100% of the proceeds from the sale of lot 382 will support the Bill Andersen Memorial Fund. Contributions to the Bill Andersen Memorial Fund may be made to: Bonefish Tarpon Trust 135 San Lorenzo Avenue, Suite 860 Coral Gables, FL 33146 www.bonefishtarpontrust.org/BillAndersen

“Though I did not have the privilege of knowing Bill Andersen (1954-2016) for very long, it was clear from the moment that I met him that he was a man of integrity and action. We served together on the Bonefish Tarpon Trust board, but it wasn’t until his passing that I learned that he had graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. During the 1976 West Point cheating scandal he served on the honor committee and ended up receiving the Cleland Leadership Award. A U.S. Army infantry unit commander with the 101st Airborne Division and Second U.S. Infantry Division in Korea, after his military service, he attended Vanderbilt University School of Law. While there he was the Senior Managing Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. Along with his wife Jane, he opened The Andersen Firm, specializing in estate planning. Over two decades Anderson would open up offices from Florida to New York. A member of The Anglers’ Club of New York, Bill was a passionate fly fisherman with a zeal for life. Together with his son Will, he owned the Orvis-endorsed South Holston River Lodge, in the Smoky Mountains. I will miss seeing Bill’s smile, but I am heartened that his dedication to conserving our great fish of the flats lives on.” - Stephen B. O’Brien, Jr.

“Bill had many friends in the fishing and conservation community...he rolled up his sleeves in a big way taking on a leading roll on our NYC event committee. He helped take this, one of our most strategically important gatherings, to the next level. Bill’s recent efforts to help refine our bylaws were also done thoughtfully, thoroughly and professionally...All who knew Bill, knew him as a Gentleman who could be counted on to take on something big and see it through to a successful outcome!” - Jeff Harkavy, Bonefish Tarpon Trust Board Member

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FRANK W. BENSON 1862-1951

383 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Heron Roost, 1937 signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left etching, 11 3⁄4 by 9 3⁄4 in. Paff #339 This print was never published in an edition, but four states were created before the plate was destroyed. $1,200 - $1,800

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384 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Dark Pool, 1920 signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left drypoint, 8 by 11 7⁄8 in. Paff #189, edition of 150 $1,500 - $2,000

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385 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Water Lilies, 1919 signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left drypoint, 7 7⁄8 by 9 7⁄8 in. Paff #163, edition of 89 $2,000 - $2,500

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386 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Winter Yellowlegs, 1918 signed "Frank W. Benson" lower left drypoint, 6 7⁄8 by 10 7⁄8 in. Paff #142, edition 90 of 106 second state PROVENANCE:

John T. Ordeman Collection

$400 - $600

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387 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Blue Heron, 1915 signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left etching, 6 by 4 in. Paff #39, edition 36 of 50 Philip Suval Inc., New York label on back $1,200 - $1,800

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388 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Woodcock, 1930 signed "Frank W. Benson" lower left drypoint, 11 7⁄8 by 9 3⁄4 in. Paff #292, edition of 150 $1,500 - $2,500

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389 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Dory Fisherman, 1927 signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left etching, 7 3⁄4 by 9 7⁄8 in. Paff #267, edition of 150 $3,000 - $5,000

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390 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Marsh Gunner, 1918 signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left etching, 10 3⁄4 by 8 7⁄8 in. Paff #149, edition 29 of 150 W.B. Simpson, Glasgow label on back $3,000 - $5,000

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391 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Two Drypoints (one shown) each signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left

Eider Drake, 1916 6 by 7 1⁄4 in. Paff #136, edition 14 of 31 Schwarz Galleries, New York label on back

Bunch of Bluebills, 1931 4 by 5 in. Paff #312, edition of 300 Printed for the Marblehead Art Association PROVENANCE:

William B. Webster III Collection

$600 - $900

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392 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) The Anchorage, 1915 signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left etching, 3 7⁄8 by 5 3⁄4 in. Paff #57, edition 16 of 25 $800 - $1,200

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393 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) The Bridge, 1923 signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left drypoint, 13 3⁄4 by 10 3⁄4 in. Paff #227, edition of 150 $2,000 - $3,000

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394 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Woodduck Family, 1915 signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left drypoint, 5 7⁄8 by 7 7⁄8 in. Paff #61, edition 20 of 35 $4,000 - $5,000

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395 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) On Set Wings (Frontispiece), 1923 signed "Frank W Benson." lower left etching, 4 1⁄2 by 5 7⁄8 in. Paff #223, edition of 535 Frontispiece for Volume Three of the Paff Catalogue PROVENANCE:

John T. Ordeman Collection

$300 - $500

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396 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Wildfowler, 1923

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signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left etching, 7 7⁄8 by 11 7⁄8 in Paff #220, trial proof, edition of 11 This rare trial proof includes Benson's pencil lines in the sky. PROVENANCE: Private Collection, New Jersey, acquired from Ernest Hikock $1,500 - $2,500 397

397 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Morning Flight, 1918 signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left etching, 7 7⁄8 by 9 7⁄8 in. Paff #152, edition of 150 inscribed "to Albert Milch 1922" lower left Milch Galleries, New York label on back $300 - $500

398 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Two Prints (one shown)

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each signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left

Teal, 1925 drypoint, 7 7⁄8 by 10 7⁄8 in. Paff #243, edition of 150

Geese Against the Sky, 1915 etching, 5 7⁄8 by 10 7⁄8 in. Paff #38, edition of 50 One of three etchings on zinc by the artist. PROVENANCE:

William B. Webster III Collection

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ROBERT K. ABBETT 1926-2015

399 Robert K. Abbett (1926-2015) Late Day Woodcock, 1978 signed and dated "Abbett 1978" lower right oil on board, 23 by 32 in. signed, dated, and titled on back Robert Abbett, born in Indiana in 1926, is best known for his depictions of sporting dogs, fly-fishing, and Western life. He began his career as an advertising illustrator, attending night and weekend classes at both the Chicago Academy of Fine Art and the American Academy of Art where he found himself drawn to editorial and advertising art. In 1953 he moved from Chicago to Connecticut to be closer to the editorial markets. There he illustrated for Argosy, The Woman’s Home Companion, Sports Afield, Reader’s Digest, and True magazines. He also worked with several West Coast

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motion picture studios and drew covers for many of the leading paperback publishers. Robert Abbett was commissioned to paint his first animal portrait of “Luke” in 1970. It was with this painting that he transitioned from working as an illustrator to a full-time gallery artist. Abbett is recognized as a master in the field of sporting dog portraiture. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, Pennsylvania

$20,000 - $30,000


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400 Raymond Wilson Hammell (1896-1949) Setter Portrait signed "R. Wilson Hammell" lower right oil on board, 24 by 30 in. $600 - $900

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401 Edmund H. Osthaus (1858-1928) Three Setters, 1919 signed and dated "Edmund Osthaus May 6 1919" lower right pencil on paper, 11 3â „4 by 17 in. $1,000 - $2,000 136


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402 American School (19th Century) Quail Family signed "J.H. Hays" lower right oil on canvas, 14 by 20 in. $2,000 - $3,000

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403 Charles Livingston Bull (1874-1932) Bobwhite Quail in Winter signed "Charles Livingston Bull." lower right gouache, 10 3⁄4 by 22 3⁄4 in. $400 - $800

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404 Roland H. Clark (1874-1957) Oak Tree Covey, 1933 signed "Roland Clark-" lower right etching, 9 3⁄4 by 13 5⁄8 in. edition of 30 $200 - $300

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RICHARD LABARRE GOODWIN 1840-1910

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405 Richard LaBarre Goodwin (1840-1910) Woodcock, 1875 signed and dated "R. LaBarre Goodwin 1875" lower right oil on canvas, 16 by 20 in. Born in Albany, New York, Richard LaBarre Goodwin was the son of portrait painter Edwin Weyburn Goodwin (18001845). Taking after his father, he painted portraits before turning to the “gibier mort” genre. Most famous for his still life paintings featuring a variety of hanging game birds, Goodwin worked in a highly realistic style along the lines of Alexander Pope, Jr. (1849-1924) and George Cope (18551929). Goodwin began painting these trompe l’oeil still lifes during the 1880s, when he spent a decade traveling through rural Western New York State. In 1890, Goodwin began

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his itinerant life, with a move to Washington D.C. While there he found patronage from California senators Leland Stanford (founder of Stanford University) and George Hearst (millionaire investor who founded the Hearst publishing empire with his son William Randolph Hearst). After D.C., Goodwin went to Chicago for the 1893 World’s Fair and stayed for the next seven years. In 1900 he moved west, spending the remainder of his life in California and the Pacific Northwest. $5,000 - $7,000


GUSTAV MUSS-ARNOLT 1858-1927

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406 Gustav Muss-Arnolt (1858-1927) Setter and Pointer, 1898 signed and dated "G. Muss.Arnolt 98" lower left oil on canvas, 13 by 18 in. Gustav Muss-Arnolt specialized in the depiction of hunters and their dogs. He worked as a judge in dog shows, served on the board of the American Kennel Club from 1906-1909, and demonstrated an incredible knowledge of a variety of sporting breeds in his paintings. Throughout his career, Muss-Arnolt’s illustrations were published in magazines such as Harper’s Weekly and the American Kennel Club Gazette. $12,000 - $18,000

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EDMUND H. OSTHAUS 1858-1928

407 Edmund H. Osthaus (1858-1928) Two Setters signed “Edmund Osthaus” lower right watercolor, 20 1⁄4 by 29 in. Born in Hildesheim, Germany, Edmund Osthaus studied at the Royal Academy of Arts between 1874 and 1882. There in Dusseldorf he was instructed by noted artists such as Andreas Muller, Peter Jansen, E.V. Gebhardt, E. Deger and later by Christian Kroner a wildlife painter and landscapist. Osthaus immigrated to the United States in 1883 to be with his parents in Ohio. He eventually became the chief instructor of the Toledo Academy of Fine Arts, and later the director of the Academy between 1886 and 1893. After he resigned, Osthaus devoted his time to shooting and painting for his own fulfillment. Osthaus knew dogs comprehensively and participated in field trials and confirmation shows with his own setters and pointers. Furthermore, he judged trials and was a charter member of the National Field Trial Association formed in Newton, North Carolina in 1895. His immersion in the world of competitive gun dogs provided abundant subject matter. True to his classical art education, Osthaus executed detailed and life-like portraits of dogs in the field at work, and at play and rest. His mediums were watercolor, oil and pencil. Many of his paintings included field trial champion pointers and setters. Generally he executed compositions of one, two or three dogs and on occasion more, working from life. His paintings are captivating and pull viewers into the composition - one can easily imagine his dogs running afield and moments of suspense from the hunt. Osthaus painted setters which display a traditional sitting position. Setters were derived from medieval hunting dogs that were trained to find birds and then to “set” (crouch or lie down) so that a net could be thrown over both the birds and dog. As firearms came into use, setters were trained to adopt a more upright stance. Over time, training elevated the tail of setters and pointers to an upright position.

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The artist’s paintings came into great demand in the late 1890’s. Wealthy families and collectors, such as the Vanderbilts and Morgans, became patrons commissioning large scenes for their lavish homes. Also, Osthaus furthered his reputation with a series of postcards, prints, and calendar pictures done for the DuPont Company. Osthaus established a studio in Los Angeles, California in 1911 and stayed there for the remainder of his life. However, he traveled frequently, painting throughout the States. He maintained homes in Ohio and New Jersey, and wintered on his hunting property in Marianna, Florida. On January 30, 1928, at the age of seventy, Osthaus passed away while at his Florida lodge. Today he is best known for having chronicled the American field dog and producing a sizeable body of scenes of gun dogs at work of exceptional quality. PROVENANCE: The Artist The Cowan Collection Mrs. Barbara Jamie, Aurora, Illinois Mr. Fred Enck, Aurora, Illinois By Descent in Family Thomas Nygard Gallery, Bozeman, Montana, 2003 Private Collection, Livingston, Montana, 2004 Tierney Fine Art, Bozeman, Montana, January 2, 2009 Private Collection, Mendham, New Jersey, May 16, 2009 Copley Fine Art Auctions, Plymouth, Massachusetts, Lot 115, July 22-23, 2010 Private Collection, Montana, 2010 LITERATURE: William Secord, A Breed Apart: The Art Collections Of The American Kennel Club And The American Kennel Club Museum Of The Dog, New York, NY, 2001.

$17,500 - $22,500


EDMUND H. OSTHAUS 1858-1928

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408 Edmund H. Osthaus (1858-1928) Setter signed “Edm H. Osthaus” lower right oil on canvas, 17 by 21 in. Edmund Henry Osthaus was born in Hildesheim, Germany, in 1858. He was the son of a prosperous farmer who subsequently immigrated to Toledo, Ohio. Osthaus studied at the Royal Academy of the Arts in Dusseldorf from 1874 to 1882 with Andreas Muller, Peter Jansen, E. von Gebhardt, Ernst Deger, and wildlife and landscape painter Christian Kroner. In 1883, after studying painting for six years, Edmund Osthaus became an instructor at the Toledo Academy of Fine Arts. He served as the director from 1886-1893, refining his painting technique and pursuing his passions: hunting and fishing. In 1893 Osthaus dedicated his full attention to painting, shooting, and field trials. He was a charter member of the National Field Trial Association established in Newton, North Carolina, in 1895. “Edmund Osthaus followed field trials from the fall prairie chicken trials in Canada to the important

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quail trials in the South in mid-winter, judging, sketching, and sometimes entering his dogs. He was a handsome, powerfully built man. “His artistic talent combined with his love of dogs enabled him to capture the essence of the focused working dog while depicting them in precise anatomical detail. Any painter who paints for shooting men had better be a shooting man himself, for no one is more jealously critical of detail than the man who knows guns and dogs and game... Edmund Osthaus, who trained and shot over his own setters and pointers, transformed oil paint into dog flesh quivering under the stress of a point.” LITERATURE: Kay and George Evans, “Dogs that Live Forever,” Field & Stream, Vol. LXXV, No. 2, June 1970, pp. 234-240.

$12,000 - $14,000


BRETT JAMES SMITH

B. 1958

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409 Brett James Smith (b. 1958) Woodcock Hunting signed "Brett J Smith ©" lower right watercolor, 20 by 29 in. PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Pennsylvania

$3,000 - $5,000

410 Brett James Smith (b. 1958) Fly Fishing by a Covered Bridge

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signed "Brett J. Smith" lower right oil on canvas, 9 by 12 in. $2,500 - $3,500

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PERCIVAL ROSSEAU 1859-1937

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411 Percival Rosseau (1859-1937) Two Setters, 1905 signed and dated "Rosseau 1905" lower left oil on canvas, 23 by 32 in. Percival Rosseau was born near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Considered a premier painter of sporting dogs, Rosseau did not pick up a paintbrush until the age of thirty-five. After leaving an eclectic business career including stints as a cowboy and a lumberjack, he sailed to Paris to attend the AcadĂŠmie Julian. There he studied under Jules Lefebvre (1836-1911), whose other students included Frank W. Benson (1862-1952), Childe Hassam (1859-1935), and Edmund C. Tarbell (1862-1938). His entry at the 1904 Paris Salon, a painting of a pair of Irish wolfhounds, gained him

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pivotal acclaim. He returned to the United States where he found a ready market for his work among wealthy sportsmen and received many commissions from first-rate breeders of pointers and setters. Rosseau’s best works capture the tense action of hunting dogs and depict them in romantic landscapes. His style is loose and painterly, suggesting the influence of the French Barbizon School. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, Pennsylvania

$20,000 - $30,000


FRANCIS LEE JAQUES

1887-1969

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412 Francis Lee Jaques (1887-1969) Through the Trees, c. 1945 signed "FL Jaques" lower right oil on canvas, 30 by 24 in. inscribed "Woodcock - Timberdoodle" on back Patricia Condon Johnson comments in The Shape of Things: The Art of Francis Lee Jaques, “Hurtling upward through bare branches in its time-honored fashion, the American woodcock has an almost cult following among shooting sportsmen. The bird is known for its long bill and shoebutton eyes, and its remarkable camouflage feathering which makes it almost invisible to the eye, even from only a few feet away.”

PROVENANCE: Robert A. Fraser Paul Tudor Jones, II Collection Private Collection, New York LITERATURE: Patricia Condon Johnston, The Shape of Things: The Art of Francis Lee Jaques, Camden, SC, 1994, pp. 88-89, illustrated.

$10,000 - $12,000

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413 Eldridge Hardie (b. 1940) Flushing Pheasant, 1982 signed and dated "Eldridge Hardie, 1982" lower left watercolor, 13 1⁄2 by 18 1⁄2 in. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, New Jersey

$3,000 - $4,000

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414 Chet Reneson (b. 1934) Woodcock Shooting signed "Reneson" lower right watercolor, 16 by 27 in. PROVENANCE: Private Collection, New Hampshire, received by descent

$2,000 - $3,000

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LYNN BOGUE HUNT 1878-1960

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415 Lynn Bogue Hunt (1878-1960) Honoring the Point, 1952 signed and dated "LYNN BOGUE HUNT 1952" lower right oil on canvas, 23 by 30 in. Lynn Bogue Hunt was born in rural Honeoye Falls, New York, into a family that ran a small sawmill operation. He grew up with modest means, but spent hours outside exploring the natural surroundings in the woods near his home. He often collected birds and practiced taxidermy, a hobby that led to his accurate portrayal of his wildlife subjects. Hunt contributed illustrations to his own articles, as well as cover illustrations to magazines such as Field & Stream, Sports Afield, and Free Press. In his lifetime he painted for private

collectors and companies, such as DuPont, illustrated over forty books, and produced roughly two hundred and fifty magazine covers. Though he spent much of his life far from nature in New York City, Hunt had a strong foundation as a knowledgeable outdoorsman, bird hunter, and fisherman, enabling him to accurately capture the essence of the outdoors. $14,000 - $18,000

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ARTHUR BURDETT FROST 1851-1928

416 Arthur Burdett Frost (1851-1928) Supper in Camp, 1901 signed "A.B. Frost" lower left gouache and watercolor, 17 by 26 1⁄2 in. inscribed “’In the Woods’.....AB Frost March 8, 1901" on back Arthur B. Frost was born in Philadelphia in 1851, but spent his most prolific years in New Jersey. Considered one of the great illustrators of the Golden Age of American Illustration, he illustrated more than ninety books and produced thousands of illustrations for Harper’s Weekly, Scribner’s, and Life magazines. Frost’s illustrative work chronicles the mood and details of the daily life of farmers, hunters, and fishermen, as well as barnyards and pastoral motifs. By 1876, he was on Harper’s staff working on many books, including Tom Sawyer, Uncle Remus, and Mr. Dooley. He also illustrated Theodore Roosevelt’s sporting book, Hunting Trips of a Ranchman. Frost was an ardent sportsman who spent his summers and autumns fishing, rowing, and hunting ducks and snipe. He completed hundreds of watercolors and oils of the New Jersey seaside. Frost is best known for his hunting and shooting prints which capture the drama of sport in realistic, detailed settings. Frost lived at his estate, Moneysunk, in Convent Station, New Jersey. This quintessential Frost painting tells the story of three successful hunters that have returned to camp. Frosts hallmark figure renderings come to life in every sense. The middle gentleman lifts his pipe while cracking a wry smile acknowledging the fortunes of the day. Frost conveys incredible details down to the cooks checkered shirt and the sitting gentleman’s wire spectacles. A brace of ruffed grouse hang next to the eight point buck. A native weaving

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hangs alongside a lantern on the birch tree. The two recently employed guns lean inside the tent, the pot of coffee rests by the fire, and an axe awaits its next use. The exceptional narrative composition, tremendous draftsmanship, and extensive detail of this major Frost place it among the artists pinnacle works. This painting appears in the artist’s 1904 publication, A Book of Drawings, with an introduction by important American author Joel Chandler Harris and accompanying text by Wallace Irwin: Supper in Camp The forest has its perfumes blown From many a balsam-laden cone, But somehow they inspire me not When supper’s steaming in the pot. The wood has many a magic call When branches lisp and waters fall, But none that sound more deeply sweet Than Jake’s announcement, “Time to eat!” PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, New Jersey

LITERATURE: A.B. Frost, A Book of Drawings, New York, NY, 1904, illustrated. The Sporting Art of A.B. Frost, Columbia, SC, 1994, illustrated.

$70,000 - $90,000


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417 Arthur Burdett Frost (1851-1928) His Antlers Were Not Record Ones signed "A.B. Frost" lower left watercolor and gouache, 24 by 21 in. Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona label on back Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York, New York label on back Grand Central Art Galleries, Inc., New York, New York label on back “And at the identical moment, as if in response to his regular morning call, with a crash of kindling-wood en passant, there stepped out of the marsh the greatest old bull moose ever seen. His antlers – panaches – were not record ones, it turned out later, but to me at that moment they looked the height of the Singer Building.”

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PROVENANCE:

$20,000 - $30,000

Private Collection, New Jersey

LITERATURE: Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews, “The Discovery of Pouce-Long,” Scribner’s Magazine, Vol. LX, No. 2, August 1916, p. 185, illustrated.

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Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum, The Popular West: American Illustrators 1900-1940, April 1 - May 30, 1982, no. 12, illustrated (This exhibition also traveled to Palm Springs, California, Palm Springs Desert Museum) New York, Grand Central Art Galleries, Call of the Wild: The Primal Adventure, October 18 – November 10, 1984


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417a Arthur Burdett Frost (1851-1928) Courtship signed "A.B. Frost" lower left gouache, 13 1⁄2 by 11 1⁄2 in. Adams Davidson Galleries, Washington, DC label on back Also titled Will You Not Take These Instead, this drawing was created for Frank R. Stockton’s serialized novel, The Squirrel Inn, which appeared in Century Magazine in 1891. A contemporary reviewer noted, “the illustrated articles, for variety and interest, easily enable the Century to maintain its position in the first place among the illustrated magazines of the world.” This publication also lists Stockton’s story, with Frost’s illustrations, as one of the “More Notable Items in the Magazines.”

PROVENANCE: Private Collection, New Jersey, acquired from Doyle Galleries, April 24, 1985 LITERATURE: Frank R. Stockton, “The Squirrel Inn,” Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, August 1891, vol. XX, Chapter XVIII, p. 513, illustrated. William Thomas Stead, ed. The Review of Reviews, May, 1891, Vol. III, No. 17, pp. 490, 522. EXHIBITED:

Washington, D.C., Adams Davidson Galleries, Works on Paper from Thomas Cole to Andrew Wyeth, April 19 June 3, 1980. $7,000 - $10,000

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418 Roland H. Clark (1874-1957) Duck Stamp Design, 1938 signed "Roland Clark" lower right drypoint, 7 by 11 in. inscribed and dated lower left framed with 1939 Federal Duck Stamp LITERATURE: Roland Clark, Roland Clark's Etchings, New York, NY, 1938, No. 69, illustrated.

$1,000 - $1,400

419 Richard E. Bishop (1887-1985) Two Prints (one shown)

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Duck Stamp Design, 1936 drypoint, 5 by 8 in. signed "Richard E. Bishop" lower right titled lower left

Alone, 1925 etching, 9 1⁄2 by 7 1⁄2 in. signed and dated "RE Bishop imp. '25" lower right titled lower left Sessler's Book Shop, Philadelphia label on back PROVENANCE:

John T. Ordeman Collection

$150 - $300

420 Book of Federal Duck Stamps 1935 through 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001

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each unsigned, some with signed duplicate stamp in stamp collecting book with multiple Maine Migratory Waterfowl stamps and stamped hunting permits $500 - $800

421 Richard E. Bishop (1887-1985) Three Etchings Cape Road Pond, 1961 signed "Richard E Bishop" lower right 9 by 10 1⁄4 in. titled lower left edition of 100

From a Battery, 1926

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signed "REBishop" lower right 7 1⁄8 by 11 5⁄8 in. titled lower left edition of 67

Blacks, 1938 signed "Richard E Bishop" lower left 5 3⁄8 by 7 1⁄2 in. titled lower right PROVENANCE:

William B. Webster III Collection

LITERATURE: Russell A. Fink, Richard E. Bishop: Etchings, Drypoints, and Aquatints, St. Paul, MN, 2008, pp. 251, 95, 188, illustrated.

$300 - $500

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422 Aiden Lassell Ripley (1896-1969) Two Works (one shown) Wild Turkeys pen and ink, 3 1⁄2 by 10 1⁄2 in. This drawing was reproduced in The Sportsman Magazine, 1931

Grouse and Wild Apple Tree, 1936 423

etching, 7 7⁄8 by 9 7/8 in. signed and dated "A. Lassell Ripley 1936" lower right titled lower left PROVENANCE: Private Collection, New Jersey, acquired from Ernest Hickok, 1988 LITERATURE: The Sportsman Magazine, 1931, illustrated. A. Lassell Ripley and Dana S. Lamb, Sporting Etchings, Barre, MA, 1970, p. 44, illustrated.

$200 - $400

423 Churchill Ettinger (1903-1984) Three Prints (one shown) each signed "Churchill Ettinger" lower right 424

Quail drypoint, 7 7⁄8 by 10 7⁄8 in. titled lower left

Black Duck drypoint, 5 7⁄8 by 7 5⁄8 in.

Two Mallards etching, 5 7⁄8 by 7 7⁄8 in. PROVENANCE:

John T. Ordeman Collection

$100 - $200

424 Aiden Lassell Ripley (1896-1969) Two Etchings (one shown) Grouse on a Pine Bough 425

8 3⁄4 by 12 in. signed by the artist's wife "A. Lassell Ripley (DR)" lower right titled lower left

After Grouse 9 by 13 3⁄4 in. PROVENANCE:

William B. Webster III Collection

LITERATURE: A. Lassell Ripley and Dana S. Lamb, Sporting Etchings, Barre, MA, 1970, pp. 38-39, 40-41, illustrated.

$300 - $500

425 Aiden Lassell Ripley (1896-1969) After Woodcock signed "A. Lassell Ripley" lower right drypoint, 11 1⁄8 by 9 1⁄2 in. titled lower left PROVENANCE:

William B. Webster III Collection

LITERATURE: A. Lassell Ripley and Dana S. Lamb, Sporting Etchings, Barre, MA, 1970, pp. 46-47, illustrated.

$300 - $500

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OGDEN M. PLEISSNER 1905-1983

426 Ogden M. Pleissner (1905-1983) Salmon Fishing signed "Pleissner" lower left watercolor, 17 1⁄2 by 27 1⁄2 in. Ogden Minton Pleissner was born in Brooklyn, New York, and studied figure painting and portraiture with Frank DuMond and Frederick J. Boston at the Art Students League of New York. Despite growing up in the city, Pleissner was attracted to the outdoors and as a teen he visited dude ranches in Wyoming, where he sketched from life. In later years, Pleissner and his first wife Mary were regular guests at the CM Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming. Pleissner wanted to be classified primarily as a landscape painter, who also loved to hunt and fish. During World War II, Pleissner painted for the United States Air Force and Life magazine. During his years in the service, he primarily completed watercolors as the portability and immediacy of that medium accommodated working in the field. Pleissner’s work is included in more than thirty public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art,

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the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and hangs in the offices of the Pentagon, West Point, and the Air Force Academy. Pleissner’s subjects range from the landscapes of Europe to salmon fishing in Quebec and his style is informed by the classical traditions. He is quoted as saying, “A fine painting is not just the subject...It is the feeling conveyed of form, bulk, space, dimensionality, and sensitivity. The mood of the picture, that is most important.” This bright composition perfectly captures the essence of fly fishing for Atlantic salmon. PROVENANCE: Private Collection of William Hammond By descent to his daughter By descent to present owner

$25,000 - $35,000


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427 Ogden M. Pleissner (1905-1983) Wyoming Trout Fishing signed "Pleissner" lower right watercolor, 15 by 22 in. titled on Holland & Holland, New York label on back Peter Bergh writes, “One can always sense, in Pleissner’s sporting pictures, that he is painting the things he likes to look at in the places he likes to be. His Western landscapes of the thirties could be considered his first sporting paintings, and even here his ability to depict the sporting scene and to capture the essence of being outdoors is striking. This ability contributed a great deal to the quality and interest of his landscapes and certainly furthered his professional career.” Pleissner remembered, “We used to take our pack horses and tents and go up in the mountains to fish the trout

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streams and lakes. The trout out there were three or four pounds, and you could get them on a dry fly or any technique you wanted to use. There were lots of fish and beautiful streams. I always took my paints along...” PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, Pennsylvania

LITERATURE: Peter M. Bergh, The Art of Ogden M. Pleissner, Boston, MA, 1984, p. 73. Ogden M. Pleissner, The Sporting Grand Tour, Manchester, VT, 2008, p. 11.

$15,000 - $20,000


OGDEN M. PLEISSNER

1905-1983

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428 Ogden M. Pleissner (1905-1983) A Game Fish signed "Pleissner" lower right watercolor, 9 3⁄4 by 12 3⁄4 in. $4,000 - $7,000

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CHET RENESON B. 1934

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429 Chet Reneson (b. 1934) River Travelers

430 Chet Reneson (b. 1934) Goose Hunt

signed “Reneson” lower right acrylic on board, 20 1⁄2 by 34 1⁄2 in.

signed “Reneson” lower left watercolor, 17 1⁄2 by 27 1⁄2

Chet Reneson graduated from the University of Hartford, Connecticut, in 1960. Under the watchful eye of his teacher Henrik Mayer, Reneson learned the value of simplicity, meaning light, dark, and strong. For the past fifty years, Reneson’s painting has remained true to his early mentor’s teaching, encompassing many subjects including wildlife, duck hunting, upland bird shooting, big game fishing, fly fishing, and Bahamian scenes. Reneson’s work has graced the covers of Sporting Classics, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and Sports Afield among others. He is a past member of the Connecticut Watercolor Association and the Old Lyme Art Association. He was the Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year in 1982 and the Atlantic Salmon Federation Artist of the Year in 1982 and 2001.

This classic “snowy blowy” Reneson watercolor depicts two hunters and a dog returning from a successful winter goose hunt.

$8,000 - $10,000

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$3,000 - $4,000

431 Chet Reneson (b. 1934) Gately Moor signed “Reneson” lower left watercolor, 17 1⁄2 by 27 1⁄2 in. $3,000 - $4,000


CHET RENESON

B. 1934

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BRETT JAMES SMITH B. 1958

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432 Brett James Smith (b. 1958) Inland Marsh Gunners, 1998 signed "Brett Smith" lower left oil on board, 24 by 36 in. Brett J. Smith was born on March 19, 1958 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His early introduction to sporting art came from his father who worked professionally as an illustrator and moonlighted as a fine artist contributing paintings for covers of the early outdoor and western magazines. Sportsmen nationwide collect Smith’s work because it is not only visually exciting, but also authentic and brings to bear his intimate knowledge of his sporting experience.

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His work has been featured in such publications as Gray’s Sporting Journal, Ducks Unlimited Magazine, Sporting Classics, Shooting Sportsman, and Double Gun Journal. He has also been recognized for his work with such organizations as Gulf Coast Conservation Association, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Ruffed Grouse Society, Ducks Unlimited, and many others. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, New Jersey

$5,000 - $8,000


BRETT JAMES SMITH

B. 1958

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433 Brett James Smith (b. 1958) Dawn Light signed "Brett James Smith" lower left oil on canvas, 16 by 20 in. $3,500 - $5,500

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434 Roy Martell Mason (1886-1972) Whistling into the Wind - Canvasbacks signed "Roy M. Mason" lower right watercolor, 21 by 29 in. $1,000 - $2,000

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435 Milton C. Weiler (1910-1974) Evening Flight signed "M.C. WEILER" lower right watercolor, 13 1â „4 by 17 1â „2 in. An unsigned pencil drawing of a shorebird by Weiler accompanies the lot. The drawing was a gift from the artist to the consignor. PROVENANCE: Private Collection, New Jersey, purchased from the Crossroads of Sport, c. 1968 LITERATURE: The Crossroads of Sport, Inc. Catalog, New York, NY, 1967-68, p. 85, illustrated (catalog accompanies this lot).

$1,000 - $1,500

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DAVID A. MAASS B. 1929

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436 David A. Maass (b. 1929) River Birds - Bluebills signed "Maass" lower right oil on board, 9 3⁄4 by 13 3⁄4 in. titled on Abercrombie & Fitch Co., New York label on back $2,000 - $4,000

437 David A. Maass (b. 1929) Evening Retreat - Canada Geese

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signed "Maass" lower left oil on board, 9 3⁄4 by 13 3⁄4 in. titled on Abercrombie & Fitch Co., New York label on back $2,000 - $4,000

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OGDEN M. PLEISSNER 1905-1983

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438 Ogden M. Pleissner (1905-1983) Field of Oats signed "Pleissner" lower right oil on board, 12 by 15 3â „4 in. PROVENANCE:

Francis Gowen Estate

$6,000 - $9,000

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PETER MARKHAM SCOTT 1909-1989

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439 Peter Markham Scott (1909-1989 Geese in the Dusk, 1946 signed and dated “Peter Scott 1946” lower left oil on board, 5 by 7 in. Arthur H. Harlow Inc., New York label on back Sir Peter Scott was described by David Attenborough as the “patron saint” of conservation in the UK. He founded the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, co-founded the World Wildlife Fund, and designed its iconic panda logo. As the son of Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Peter continued in his father’s footsteps by conducting an expedition to Iceland in search of the breeding ground of the pink-footed goose. In 1975, Scott gave a scientific name to the Loch Ness Monster so it could be registered as an endangered species; the name turned out to be an anagram of “Monster Hoax

by Sir Peter S.” He was the host of a BBC television series on natural history, and wrote and illustrated many books on birds and other subjects. He won a bronze medal in sailing at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. In addition to these many pursuits, Sir Peter Scott had his first art exhibition in London in 1933 and continued to paint throughout his life. $600 - $900

440 Peter Markham Scott (1909-1989) Mallards Arriving, 1946 signed and dated “Peter Scott 1946” lower left oil on board, 5 by 7 in. Arthur H. Harlow, Inc., New York label on back $600 - $900

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MIKE BARLOW B. 1963

441 Mike Barlow (b. 1963) November Prime signed on base "M. Barlow" on base bronze, 21 by 21 by 6 in. inscribed "7/21" on base edition 7 of 21 $2,000 - $2,500

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442 Mike Barlow (b. 1963) Brush Popper signed on base "M. Barlow" on base bronze, 22 by 21 by 6 in. inscribed "3/21" on base edition 3 of 21 $2,000 - $2,500

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LUKE FRAZIER B. 1970

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443 Luke Frazier (b. 1970) Denali Colorguard, 2009 signed "l. frazier" lower right oil on board, 20 by 30 in. inscribed "2009 Moose Denali National Park. This was an incredible bull. I spent 10 hrs. following him - 75" wide!" by artist on label on back Luke Frazier is one of the West’s top wildlife artists. Born and raised in the mountains of northern Utah, Frazier spent much of his youth hunting and fishing. His early forays into nature inspired a passion for the outdoors. As a child Frazier spent countless hours sketching and sculpting wildlife, demonstrating not only an apparent interest, but also an instinctive ability. Later, he received his formal art training at Utah State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and a Master of Fine Arts degree in illustration. Frazier cites the influence of Winslow Homer, Edgar Payne, Bruno Liljefors, Carl Rungius, and Bob Kuhn in his work. Frazier’s paintings have been exhibited at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming; the Autry

Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, California; the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona; the C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana; the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery Alabama; and the Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah. In Wildlife Art, Bill Kerr, cofounder of the National Museum of Wildlife Art and a personal collector of Frazier’s work, stated, “What impresses me about Luke Frazier is his potential, he’s talented, he’s dedicated, his work reminds me of some kind of an exotic combination of Kuhn’s modernism and the classic palette of the academicians.” $6,000 - $9,000

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FRANK E. SCHOONOVER 1877-1972

444 Frank E. Schoonover (1877-1972) Trappers on the Lake, 1932 signed and dated “Frank E. Schoonover ‘32” lower right oil on canvas, 20 by 44 in. “The voyageur was the son of Canada’s lakes & rivers – over his paddle strokes sped on the huge fur brigade –” Frank E. Schoonover was born in 1877 in New Jersey. As an artist, he trained in illustration at the Drexel Institute with Howard Pyle, where he recalled he “felt honored because his class was a pretty strong one-made up of big shots…Jessie Willcox Smith, Maxfield Parrish.” Schoonover would open a studio in Wilmington, Delaware, and for a time had a studio in Jamaica, down the street from fellow student and famed illustrator N.C. Wyeth. Like Wyeth, Schoonover completed many paintings for books and adventure stories during the Golden Age of Illustration. Schoonover was considered the “Dean of Delaware Artists,” founded the Wilmington Sketch Club, and helped found the Delaware Museum of Art. Cortlandt Schoonover writes, “Capturing outdoor scenes of action was Frank Schoonover’s natural delight - and the delight of his vast public. The western United States and Canada was Schoonover’s favorite setting. He had spent a great deal of time there: on horseback with the cowboys; traveling thousands of miles by canoe, dogsled, and snowshoe with the Indians; and trekking many long miles afoot. He became a magician of dramatic outdoor composition and always had his public eagerly anticipating the next pictorial adventure.”

paintings by the artist. In it, the reclining trapper displays Schoonover’s signature use of red in his hat. The life of a trapper on the frontier was not easy, but here Schoonover gives rare insight into a relaxed scene. Trappers on the Lake offers a unique glimpse of trappers with down time, playing the fiddle, smoking a pipe, and waving to other friendly companions. PROVENANCE: Harry Craig, May 24, 1937 Private Collection Private Collection, New York LITERATURE: Constance Lindsay Skinner, “My Canoe is All My Good,” Junior Red Cross Journal, April 1933, pp. 176-77, illustrated. Frank E. Schoonover, The Edge of Wilderness, Toronto, 1974, p. 156, illustrated as Trappers on Lake. Cortlandt Schoonover, Frank Schoonover: Illustrator of the North American Frontier, New York, 1976. John R. Schoonover, Louise Schoonover, LeeAnn Dean, Louise Schoonover Smith, Frank E. Schoonover, Catalogue Raisonne, Trappers on the Lake, page 565, year 1932, number 1924, Vol. 2, illustrated.

$60,000 - $90,000

Trappers on the Lake was created by Schoonover for Canadian author Constance Lindsay Skinner’s 1933 story, My Canoe is All My Good. It was designed and published as a double spread, and Skinner was very pleased with it, writing, “I am more or less enraptured...When Schoonover draws a canoe, he draws both a canoe and a dream…[I am] expressing my delight over the combinations of canoes, water, air, pines and voyagers, which are Mr. Schoonover’s special gifts.” Canoe scenes are among Schoonover’s masterworks, and they are highly valued on the market. As the Canoe Swept By… and A Northern Mist, each depicting canoe scenes, hold the two top prices for the artist at auction. Trappers on the Lake, with its bright colors and handsomely rendered figures, depicts a tranquil, merry day and stands among the finest Courtesy of Schoonover Studios Ltd.

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445 Al Barker (b. 1941) Deer Hunter, 2017 signed "Al Barker ©" lower left oil on masonite, 6 by 10 in. $500 - $700

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446 John Banovich (b. 1964) Dappled Moonlight, 2008 signed and dated "Banovich © 2008" lower right oil on canvas, 10 1⁄4 by 13 1⁄2 in. $2,500 - $4,500

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447 Hans Kleiber (1887-1967) Winter in the Big Horns, 1939 signed, titled, and dated within platemark etching, 5 7⁄8 by 4 7⁄8 in. PROVENANCE:

Jon Nash Collection

$100 - $200

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448 Luke Frazier (b. 1970) October Muley, 2010

449 Paul Strisik (1918-1998) Mule Deer, Alberta, 1979

signed "l. frazier" lower right oil on board, 9 by 12 in. inscribed "Mule deer Utah Canyon" by artist on label on back

signed and dated "P. Strisik Š 79" lower right oil on canvas, 16 by 24 in.

$1,000 - $2,000

Mule Deer, Alberta was awarded the A.T. Hibbard Award from the North Shore Arts Association of Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1979. $1,500 - $2,500

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450 Herb Booth (b. 1942) Deer in Snow signed "Herb Booth" lower right watercolor, 20 by 28 1â „2 in. PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Freehold, New Jersey, purchased from the Crossroads of Sport

$300 - $500

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451 Lynne R. Moore (English, 20th Century) Grouse Hunting signed "Lynne R. Moore" lower center watercolor, 6 by 6 in. $400 - $600

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DAVID A. HAGERBAUMER

1921-2014

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452 David A. Hagerbaumer (1921-2014) Bobwhite Quail, 1958 signed and dated "David Hagerbaumer 1958" lower right watercolor, 12 1⁄2 by 16 1⁄2 in. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, Massachusetts

$1,000 - $2,000

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453 David A. Hagerbaumer (1921-2014) Grouse, 1964 signed and dated "David Hagerbaumer 1964" lower left watercolor, 12 1⁄4 by 16 1⁄4 in. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, Massachusetts

$1,000 - $2,000

454 David A. Hagerbaumer (1921-2014) Pheasant, 1966

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signed and dated "David Hagerbaumer 1966" lower right watercolor, 12 1⁄2 by 16 1⁄2 in. PROVENANCE:

Private Collection, Massachusetts

$1,000 - $2,000

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455 Arthur Shilstone (b. 1922) August on the River signed "Arthur Shilstone" lower right watercolor, 23 by 18 in. $1,200 - $2,400

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456 Robert D. MacGillis (b. 1936) Awaiting Repairs-Stonington, Maine, 1984 signed "Robert MacGillis" lower right watercolor, 14 by 21 in. titled and dated on back $500 - $800

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THOMAS AQUINAS DALY

B. 1937

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457 Thomas Aquinas Daly (b. 1937) A Little Brook

signed "T.A. DALY" on back oil on board, 14 by 20 in. titled and signed on back $3,000 - $5,000

458 Thomas Aquinas Daly (b. 1937) April Weather signed "TA daly" lower left watercolor, 12 by 16 1â „2 in.

$800 - $1,200

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459 Lynn Bogue Hunt (1878-1960) Four Mallards signed "Lynn Bogue Hunt" lower left oil on board, 12 by 10 in. inscribed "Rough" lower left $2,000 - $4,000

460 Edgar Burke (1889-1950) Woodcock oil on board, 9 1⁄2 by 13 1⁄2 in. This painting appeared in John Alden Knight's 1944 book, Woodcock, a copy of which accompanies the lot. The book is number 8 of a limited edition of 275 and is signed by both John Alden Knight and Edgar Burke. PROVENANCE:

Rafe Lapham and Martha Andrea

Collection LITERATURE: John Alden Knight, Woodcock, New York, 1944, p. 141, illustrated.

$1,000 - $1,500

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LYNNE BOGUE HUNT

1878-1960

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461 Lynn Bogue Hunt (1878-1960) Hunter and Buck signed "LYNN BOGUE HUNT" lower left oil on board, 11 1⁄2 by 8 1⁄2 in. inscribed "To Bruce" lower left PROVENANCE: Collection of the artist Private Collection, White Plains, New York, acquired as a gift from the artist Private Collection, Connecticut

$2,000 - $3,000

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462 Lynn Bogue Hunt (1878-1960) Muskellunge, c. 1947 signed "LYNN BOGUE HUNT" lower right oil on board, 11 1⁄2 by 8 in. inscribed "July 47 Issue" with two fish sketches on back PROVENANCE: Collection of the artist Private Collection, White Plains, New York, acquired as a gift from the artist Private Collection, Connecticut

$2,000 - $3,000

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463 George Luther Schelling (b. 1938) Broadbill at Dawn signed "George Luther Schelling" lower left oil on canvas, 24 by 36 in. "Whether it be the savage strike of a largemouth bass or the majestic portrayal of a feeding swordfish, Mr. Schelling's paintings capture the mood and realism." - Crossroads of Sport LITERATURE: The Crossroads of Sport Catalog, New York, NY, 1975-76, p. 20, illustrated.

$800 - $1,200

464 Guy Harvey (b. 1955) Snook Mangrove, 2002 signed "Guy Harvey" lower right watercolor, 17 1â „4 by 13 in. $1,000 - $1,500

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465 Ogden M. Pleissner (1905-1983) Beaverkill Bridge, 1953 signed "Ogden M. Pleissner N. A." lower right color print, 13 by 22 3⁄4 in. published and copyrighted by the Anglers Club of New York in an edition of 221 PROVENANCE:

Francis Gowen Estate

LITERATURE: Peter Bergh, The Art of Ogden M. Pleissner, Boston, MA, 1984, p. 107, illustrated.

$400 - $600

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466 Ogden M. Pleissner (1905-1983) June Trout Fishing, 1967 signed "Ogden M. Pleissner" lower right color print, 16 1⁄2 by 25 in. published by Theodore Gordon Flyfishers in an edition of 350 $400 - $600

467 John Walter Scott (1907-1987) Surf Casting, c. 1950s

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signed "Scott" lower center watercolor and gouache, 9 1/4 by 8 in. Illustration for Sports Afield Magazine $400 - $600

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468 Dain Calvin (20th Century) Trout (Turkey Mountain Stream Species) signed "D Calvin" lower right watercolor and gouache, 5 by 15 1⁄2 in. $200 - $300

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CHARLES EDWIN LEWIS GREEN 1844-1915

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469 Charles Edwin Lewis Green (1844-1915) Dories and Fishing Nets at Low Tide signed "C.E.L. Green" lower right oil on canvas, 10 by 14 in. $2,000 - $4,000

470 Charles Edwin Lewis Green (1844-1915) Sailboats at Harbor signed "C.E.L. Green" lower right oil on canvas, 10 by 14 in. $2,000 - $4,000

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471 American School (19th Century) Taking Aim, Newport, Rhode Island, 1858 dated "1858" lower right oil on canvas, 14 by 24 in. attributed to John Frederick Kensett (1816-1872) on label on frame. Bears stencil for Williams, Stevens, Williams & Co. 353 Broadway, New York on canvas back and same label on frame $3,000 - $5,000

472 Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837-1908) Seascape signed "ATBRICHER." lower right watercolor and gouache, 14 by 20 3â „4 in. $1,000 - $1,500

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PAUL DESMOND BROWN 1893-1958

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473 Paul Desmond Brown (1893-1958) American Polo Scenes each hand-colored aquatint, 12 1⁄2 by 19 1⁄2 in. each published and copyrighted in 1930 by The Derrydale Press

The Save signed "Paul Brown" lower right

On the Boards signed "Paul Brown" lower left

The Goal signed "Paul Brown" lower right

Down the Field signed "Paul Brown" lower left $2,000 - $3,000

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RICHARD E. BISHOP

1887-1975

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474 Richard E. Bishop (1887-1975) Two Maps Map of the Surface Feeding Ducks Swans and Geese of North America, 1934 color print, 30 by 25 in. edition 861 of 2000

Map of the Diving Ducks Eiders and Mergansers of North America, 1937 color print, 31 by 27 in. edition 861 of 1000 $600 - $900 475

475 Richard E. Bishop (1887-1975) A Map of Well Known Salt Water Game Fish of North America, 1935 signed "Richard E. Bishop" and "Joseph P. Sims" lower center color print, 27 by 35 in. edition 297 of 1000 $300 - $500

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FRANK W. BENSON 1862-1951

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476 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Four Mallards, 1931 signed “Frank W. Benson” lower left lithograph, 11 3⁄8 by 13 3⁄4 in. Paff Litho #4, edition of less than 50 “’Four Mallards’ serves to show the distinct differences between Mr. Benson’s lithographic style and his intaglio style, the most obvious one being the fact that he includes more in the way of trees and grasses in his lithograph than he does in typical etchings and drypoints. In addition, the work is much more ‘painterly,’ the lines being broader,

the shapes being less sharply defined...the composition is typically asymmetrical, yet absolutely balanced. The birds, furthermore, are no less alive, no less natural, no less in motion than those we find in his intaglio prints.” “At least thirty-six copies of ‘Four Mallards,’ Mr. Benson’s most popular lithograph, were sold. Each was signed by the artist, who apparently also served as printer of this work.” LITERATURE: John T. Ordeman, Frank W. Benson: Etchings, Drypoints, Lithographs and Prints, Prescott, WI, 2012, pp. 476, 480, illustrated.

$3,000 - $4,000

477 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Black Ducks, 1927 signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left lithograph, 9 7⁄8 by 12 1⁄2 in. Paff Litho #3, edition of less than 50 inscribed "Bolton Brown imp." lower left LITERATURE: John T. Ordeman, Frank W. Benson: Etchings, Drypoints, Lithographs and Prints, Prescott, WI, 2012, p. 479, illustrated.

$3,000 - $4,000

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FRANK W. BENSON 1862-1951

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478 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Old Tom, 1926 signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left etching, 14 3⁄4 by 9 3⁄4 in. Paff #246, edition of 150 M. Knoedler & Co., New York label on back $3,000 - $5,000

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479 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Supper, 1920 signed "Frank W. Benson" lower left etching, 6 7⁄8 by 4 7⁄8 in. Paff #182, edition of 150 $800 - $1,200

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480 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) The Start, 1922 signed "Frank W. Benson" lower left etching, 4 7⁄8 by 3 7⁄8 in. Paff #211, edition of 150 PROVENANCE:

John T. Ordeman Collection

$1,200 - $1,600

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481 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Early Gunners, 1920

485 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Two Drypoints (one shown)

488 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Chickadee, 1930

signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left etching, 1 5⁄8 by 5 in. Paff #177, edition of 150 The Guild of Boston Artists, Boston label on back

each signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left

signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left drypoint, 5 7⁄8 by 3 7⁄8 in. Paff #296, edition of 150

$600 - $900

482 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Two Drypoints (one shown) each signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left

Bunch of Bluebills, 1931 4 by 5 in. Paff #312, edition of 300

Turnstones, 1928 7 7⁄8 by 11 7⁄8 in. Paff #283, edition of 150 $600 - $900

483 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Two Etchings (one shown) each signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left

Ducks in the Rain, 1918

Flock of Canvasbacks, 1924 7 7⁄8 by 9 7⁄8 in. Paff #236, edition of 150

Ducks at Play, 1923 10 7⁄8 by 13 3⁄4 in. Paff #217, edition of 150 PROVENANCE:

William B. Webster III

Collection $600 - $900

486 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Two Etchings (one shown) each signed “Frank W. Benson” lower left

Ducks Alighting, 1921 5 ⁄8 by 4 ⁄2 in. Paff #207, edition of 369 7

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Plate for Quincy A. Shaw Jr., 1938 3 7⁄8 by 2 7⁄8 in. Paff #344, edition 2 of 50 PROVENANCE:

John T. Ordeman Collection

8 by 6 in. Paff #147, edition of 100

$300 - $500

Rippling Water, 1920

487 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) The Resting Place, 1921

9 3⁄4 by 7 7⁄8 in. Paff #174, edition of 150 PROVENANCE:

John T. Ordeman Collection

$300 - $500

484 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) On the Redhead Grounds, 1924

$900 - $1,200

489 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Baldpates, 1924 signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left drypoint, 8 by 10 in. Paff #235, edition of 150 $400 - $600

490 Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) Two Etchings (one shown) each signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left

The Alarm, 1917 7 7⁄8 by 9 7⁄8 in. inscribed "to Harry B. Endicott." lower left, numbered "37" lower right Paff #111, edition 37 of 150

Early Gunners, 1920 1 5⁄8 by 5 in. Paff #177, edition of 150 PROVENANCE:

John T. Ordeman Collection

$500 - $700

signed “Frank W. Benson.” lower left etching, 4 7⁄8 by 3 7⁄8 in. Paff #209, edition of 150 Philip Suval Inc., New York label on back $200 - $300

signed "Frank W. Benson." lower left etching, 9 7⁄8 by 7 7⁄8 in. Paff #237, edition of 150 Philip Suval Inc., New York label on back $500 - $600 187


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491 Boris Riab (1898-1975) Lab and Mallard signed "BRiab=" lower right watercolor, 13 1â „4 by 19 1â „4 in. inscribed "To Hope + John Hanes from Thurmond Chatham + Patricia Chatham / Ronda N.C. 5 Oct 1956 " lower center John Wesley Hanes II was an Under Secretary of the Treasury in the Roosevelt Administration and Chairman of the New York Racing Association after his second, wife, Hope, got him interested in thoroughbred horse racing. Richard Thurmond Chatham was a congressman from North Carolina whose first wife was Lucy Hodgin Hanes, John's sister. Both John and Thurmond attended Woodberry Forest and Yale.

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PROVENANCE: Mr. and Mrs. John Wesley Hanes II, Millbrook, New York David G. Hanes, by descent Private Collection, Connecticut

$600 - $900

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492 American School (19th Century) Hanging Goldeneye, c. 1887 signed and dated indistinctly "...B...Ford ''87" lower right oil on canvas, 22 by 18 in. $400 - $600

493 Michelangelo Meucci (Italian, 1840-1890) Hanging Game, c. 1875 signed "M. Meucci Firenze" lower right oil on canvas, 33 by 24 in. Comenos Fine Art, Boston label on back $600 - $900

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494 Roland H. Clark (1874-1957) In From the Sea, 1930

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signed "Roland Clark" lower right etching, 11 3⁄4 by 8 3⁄4 in. inscribed "To Bill Schaldach - with best regards & appreciation of the artist." lower left In From the Sea served as the frontispiece for Pot Luck, Roland Clark's third book. PROVENANCE:

John T. Ordeman

Collection $500 - $800

495 Richard E. Bishop (1887-1985) Two Etchings (one shown) each signed "Richard E Bishop" lower right each titled lower left each edition of 100

Jack Pot, 1949 496 Richard E. Bishop (1887-1985) Five Etchings (one shown)

11 3⁄4 by 9 3⁄4 in.

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Early Morning, 1940 9 3⁄4 by 13 3⁄4 in.

The Wise One, 1925

PROVENANCE:

signed and dated "R.E. Bishop imp '25" lower right 10 by 8 1⁄2 in. titled and numbered "75" lower left edition of 65

John T. Ordeman Collection

$200 - $300

Four Christmas Cards each 5 3⁄4 by 3 7⁄8 in.

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Mallards, 1960

inscribed "Richard E. Bishop / Merry Christmas from Dinks and Brannan '60" lower center in plate

Flying Canvasbacks, 1961 inscribed "Merry Christmas from Helen and Dick Bishop '61" lower right in plate

Flying Geese, 1970 inscribed "Merry Christmas ~ Dick Bishop / Richard E. Bishop 1970" in plate

Flying Redheads, 1973 inscribed "Merry Christmas ~ Dick Bishop '73" lower center in plate PROVENANCE:

John T. Ordeman

Collection $200 - $400

497 Paul W. Niemiec, Jr. (b. 1948) Two Drypoints (one shown) Decoy Spread signed "Paul W. Niemiec Jr." lower left 5 1⁄4 by 7 1⁄2 in. inscribed "Trial Proof 2" lower left and titled lower right Zephyr, 1993 signed and dated "Paul W. Niemiec Jr. 1993" lower right 3 7⁄8 by 5 3⁄4 in. titled lower left edition 38 of 120 PROVENANCE:

John T. Ordeman Collection

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499 Churchill Ettinger (1903-1984) Two Prints (one shown) each signed "Churchill Ettinger" lower right

Planning the Campaign drypoint, 9 3⁄4 by 7 7⁄8 in. titled lower left

Over The Marsh etching, 8 7⁄8 by 11 7⁄8 in. titled lower left Associated American Artists edition $100 - $200 500

500 Two American Sporting Etchings (one shown) Herb Booth (1942-2014) Nash Buckingham

498 Marguerite Kirmse (1885-1954) His Offering

4 1⁄2 by 4 in. signed "Herb Booth" lower right numbered "Artist Proof 4/35" lower left

signed "Marguerite Kirmse" lower right etching, 6 1⁄2 by 4 5⁄8 in. titled lower left

2 1⁄4 by 8 1⁄4 in.

PROVENANCE:

PROVENANCE:

Ducks Playing

Jon Nash Collection

$100 - $200

$200 - $400 501

John T. Ordeman Collection

501 Six Waterfowl Prints by Duck Stamp Designers, 1972 (one shown) each lithograph, 11 by 15 in. in original leather folio published and copyrighted in 1972 by Sport Art Originals edition 39 of 190 each numbered lower left and titled lower center

Edward A. Morris (1917-2009) Pintails signed "Edward A. Morris" lower right

Stanley Stearns (1926-2013) Canvasbacks signed "Stanley Stearns" lower right

Edward J. Bierly (1920-2004) Moving Out signed "Edward J. Bierly" lower right

Maynard Reece (b. 1920) Quiet Water signed "Maynard Reece" lower right

Walter A. Weber (1906-1979) Black Ducks signed "Walter A. Weber" lower right

Les Kouba (1917-1998) Late Bills signed "Les C Kouba" lower right PROVENANCE:

John T. Ordeman Collection

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INDEX Abbett, Robert K.: 399 Althoff, Charles H.: 219 American School: 402, 471, 492 Andrea, Martha M.: 364 Banovich, John: 446 Barker, Al: 445 Barlow, Mike: 226-228, 441, 442 Benson, Frank W.: 382-398, 476-490 Billings, Robert "Mad Dog": 229 Bishop, Richard E.: 419, 421, 474, 475, 495, 496 Blackstone, Jesse D. "Jess": 339, 340 Blair, Sr., John: 255 Book of Federal Duck Stamps: 420 Booth, Herb: 450, 500 Boyd, George H.: 195, 196, 323 Bricher, Alfred Thompson: 472 Brown, Paul Desmond: 473 Bull, Charles Livingston: 403 Burke, Edgar: 460 Burr, Russ E.: 335 Calvin, Dain: 468 Carman, Townsend Garvie: 183, 184 Chadwick, Henry Keyes: 173 Chesser, Grayson C.: 302 Clark, Roland H.: 404, 418 Coffin, Charles F.: 191 Collins, Jr., Sam: 186 Coykendall, Jr., Ralf: 329 Crowell, A. Elmer: 174-180, 194, 320, 338 Daly, Thomas Aquinas: 457, 458 Duck Stamp Designers (Six Waterfowl Prints): 501 Duhmell, Chas.: 332 English School: 263 Ettinger, Churchill: 423, 499 Finney, Frank S.: 280, 284, 326 Frazier, Luke Frazier: 443, 448 Frost, Arthur Burdett: 416, 417, 417a Gibian, William C.: 275-278, 299 Gilley, Wendell: 321, 324 Goetz, William: 311 Goodwin, Richard LaBarre: 405 Grant, Henry: 264 Graves, Bert: 210, 310 Gray, Edson G.: 272 Green, Charles Edwin Lewis: 469, 470 Hagerbaumer, David A.: 452-454 Hammell, Raymond Wilson: 400

Hanson, Marty: 231 Hardie, Eldridge: 413 Hardy Brothers (Alnwick) Ltd.: 359 Harris, Ken: 319 Hart, Charles: 182 Harvey, George A.: 268 Harvey, Guy: 464 Hawthorne, Davison B.: 279 Heisler, Jess: 267 Herrick, William F.: 361 Holly, John "Daddy": 244 Homme, Ferdinand L.: 217 Hudson, Ira D.: 261 Hunt, Lynn Bogue Hunt: 415, 459, 461, 462 Hutchings, Samuel R.: 224 Irvine, Lawrence C.: 358 J. N. Dodge Factory: 214 Jaques, Francis Lee: 412 Jester, Doug: 301 Johndon, J. Taylor: 273 Kessler, George A.: 312 Kirmse, Marguerite: 498 Kleiber, Hans: 447 Lane, Stephen: 211 Lapham, James: 334, 337 Lawson, Oliver "Tuts": 239-241 Levy, Lindsey Seaforth: 306 Lincoln, Joseph W.: 192 Maass, David A.: 436, 437 MacGillis, Robert D.: 456 Madara, Clark C.: 313 Mason Decoy Factory: 189, 205, 207, 208a, 209 Mason, Roy Martell: 434 McAnney, John: 190 McIntyre, Cameron T.: 287-289 McLoughlin, John W.: 265 McNair, Mark S.: 157-172, 281-283 Meucci, Michelangelo: 493 Moak, August "Gus": 215 Moore, Lynne R.: 451 Muss-Arnolt, Gustav: 406 Niemiec, Paul W.: 497 Nottingham, Luther Lee: 259 Osthaus, Edmund H.: 401, 407, 408 Paine Family: 316 Perdew, Charles H.: 206, 309 Personius, David: 300 Pleissner, Ogden M.: 426-428, 438,

465, 466 Quinn, William H.: 269, 270 Reed, James "Corb": 285, 286 Reinbold, William H.: 333 Reneson, Chet: 414, 429 Riab, Boris: 491 Ripley, Aiden Lassell: 422, 424, 425 Robinson: 336 Rosseau, Percival: 411 Schelling, George Luther: 463 Schmidt, Benjamin: 221 Schmiedlin, Jim: 290-298 Schoonover, Frank E.: 400 Schultz, William: 216 Scott, John Walter: 467 Scott, Peter Markham: 439, 440 Sharp, John T.: 223 Shilstone, Arthur: 455 Sirois, Philippe: 356, 357 Smith, Brett James: 409, 410, 432, 433 Smith, Del: 322 Southard, William H.: 181 Sparre, Stan: 327, 330 Sprague, Chris T.: 274 Sterling, Lloyd Aaron: 243 Strisik, Paul: 449 Strunk, George: 360 Toothaker, Samuel Smith: 185 Truex, Levi Rhodes: 266 Tully, John: 355 Valley, Mike: 230 Vance, A.B.: 271 Verity, Obediah: 200 Voelker, Earl: 213 Walton, James: 220 Ward Brothers: 242, 245-249, 252254 Ward, David B.: 188 Ward, Lemuel T.: 250 Watson, Dave "Umbrella": 202 Weiler, Milton C.: 435 Wells, John R.: 234, 236 Wildfowler Decoys: 187

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