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A Hollow Carved Black Duck Decoy by the Famed William Harnden Foster (1886 – 1941), Andover, Massachusetts / South Freeport, Maine, circa 1920s +. Foster is known widely for his paintings and illustrations from the “Golden Age” of Illustration. Foster studied with Howard Pyle and was friends with N.C. Wyeth. As was once said, “Nothing, tough, topped his love for hunting, fishing, guns and dogs.” While among sportsmen, he may be most well-know for his publication, New England Grouse Shooting, which he both wrote and illustrated, he was also an avid waterfowler. He built his summer camp in South Freeport in 1908, became friends with L.L. Bean, and illustrated the cover of Bean’s first catalog. Amidst all this, Foster was a decoy carver of considerable skill, making at least 4 duck species of coastal Maine. This Black Duck Decoy represents the Quality of Foster’s work. The Decoy is Hollow Carved, displays Full-Body Carving with pronounced Wing Patterns, Incised Secondaries, Raised Split Tail Primaries, and Incised Tail Feathers. The Head is Dowelled into the Body and can be Placed in Various Positions, or removed. Foster uses Painted Tack Eyes, Bill Separation, and Mandible and Nostril Carving. The Paint is a Worn Original, one speculum shows loss of coloration, with Subtle Coloration enhanced by lightening. Measurements: 17” in length, 7 ¼” in width, and 7” in height, no stand included. A Wonderful New England Black Duck Decoy. (DX784) Click on Photo for larger images. Contact us for additional information. Price $2250 plus shipping
Beautifully Hand Carved and Hand Painted Folk Art Barn Owl Decoy by Jay Miles, a well-known Decoy and Folk Art Carver from Maine. This Barn Owl displays a Turned Head Form Perched on a Stand with One Leg Tucked in its Feathers. The presentation offers a Separated Wing Design with Distinct Secondary and Primary Wing Carving. The Head Carving and Eye Placement enhances a Classic Barn Owl Stare. The Original Paint which “Imitates” Barn Owl Feathering is presented in a More Folk Art Fashion. Additionally, Jay has “Aged” the Paint to allow for the period of the carving to be found in the eyes of the beholder. The Owl is 11” in length facing, 6” in width across the body, and 17 ½” in height. (The feather painting is a tad bit lighter than the photos.) An Outstanding Look at a Barn Owl from the Perspective of a Quality Folk Art Carver.
(DX791) Click on Photo for larger images. Contact us for additional information.
Price $750 plus shipping
An Excellent Example of a Swimming Black Duck Decoy by Gerald C. Robertson (1913 – 1989), Blue Hill, Maine, circa 1940s. Robertson was a painter in Blue Hill and is especially well-know in the decoy world for his Black Duck Decoys. This Decoy displays a Slightly Turned Head in laid into the Body and Accented with Glass Eyes; the Bill shows a clear Delineation from the Head with Nostrils and Nail clearly carved; the Body displays Strong Raised Wing Carving and an Appealing Separation of the Primaries from the Extended Tail; the Overall Presentation is Quite Bold. Added to the Body is Exceptional Original Paint with Elaborate Feathering. As a Working Decoy, there is some wear to the body, a tight age line on one wing, and a minor chip to the tail. Measurements: 19 ½” in length, 6 ½” in width, and 5 ½” in height. A Fine Swimming Black Duck by Bill Hill Carver Gerald Robertson.
(DX785) Click on Photo for larger images. Contact us for additional information.
Price $895 plus shipping
Early Canvasback Drake Decoy by Paul Gibson (1902 – 1985), Havre de Grace, Maryland, circa 1940s. Gibson was a well-known carver from the Havre de Grace School of carving and this decoy came out of a Bushwhack Rig used on the Susquehanna Flats. Jimmy Fry (did some decoy shows with Jimmy in the Late 1980s – Early 1990s) was one of Gibson’s students and his decoys reflected that history. (See Hagan’s Upper Chesapeake Bay Decoys and Their Makers.) This particular decoy displays a Classic Gibson Form, a Strong Original Paint by Gibson and the Typical Gunning Wear, down to the Wood in some places, and Bumps to the Body and Lines to the Neck that these decoys experienced from use on the Flats. A Classic Example of a Susquehanna Flats Decoy by Paul Gibson. Measurements: 15 ½” in total length, 6 ¼” in width, and 7 ½” in height. Specific measurements consistent with McKinney’s work. No Stand Included. Classic Gibson.
(DX777) Click on Photo for larger images. Contact us for additional information.
Price $450 plus shipping
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