M298: Leo McIntosh Snowy Owl - Stony Creek Decoys

Fine full-sized carving of a snowy owl by Leo H. McIntosh, Jr. (1953 - 2007), Stony Creek Decoys, Woodville, New York, circa 1990s. Recognized as one of the best contemporary decoy carvers before his untimely death, Leo apprenticed with Ken Harris for five years before founding Stony Creek Decoys. This owl, in excellent antiqued feather paint, exhibits a nice patina with pleasing crackleture. It measures 17" in height (21 1/2" with the stand) and its body is slightly over 6" in diameter. The head, with high quality glass eyes, is turned about 45 degrees to the left. The wings, shoulders and tail are all relief-carved. There is an age split running the length of the breast as well as other smaller cracks in the back and wings. The carving is signed, "McIntosh", in front of the tail by the hole for mounting it on its stand. This is a rare species for McIntosh and one sure to please the advanced collector. SOLD

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M297: Vintage Frank E. Townsend Flying Pheasant Lamp

Nice lamp with 2 flying cock pheasants mounted on an artfully-assembled weathered wood base. The lamp was made by Frank E. Townsend, Bloomfield, New Jersey, circa early 3rd quarter of the 20th century, and is signed on the bottom. Overall, the lamp measures 25" tall, 18" wide and 9" deep. The height with the shade and lamp hardware removed would be 18". I've "photo-shopped" the lamp hardware out of the first photo to show how the piece would look with the lamp removed. The pheasants are both in excellent original intricate feather paint with cupped wings and relief-carved tail feathers. Each is made of three pieces; two wings and the body. The birds measure 10" in length with 8 1/2" to 9" wing spans. Significant care and thought went into designing and building the base which complements and completes the overall sculpture. The shade is in excellent condition and the lamp does work in its current condition. SOLD

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M296: Joe Kline Cock Pheasant, Circa 1950s

Excellent cock pheasant carved in half-scale by Leo J. "Joe" Klein, Wilcox, PA, circa 1950s. Klein was known for his elaborately carved and painted ducks, turkeys, woodcocks and other upland game birds. This carved pheasant has relief-carved wings, feet and eyes. The original feather paint is intricately detailed and boldly applied. The bird measures almost 14" in length, stands 7" high (exclusive of the base) and is 3" wide. The carving is in mint condition other than an almost unnoticeable chip to the tip of the bill as seen in the last photo. A sticker with Klein's name and address remains on the bottom of the base. SOLD

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D0746: Trulock & Harriss TRU-ISS English Wood Pigeon Decoy

Rare hollow English wood pigeon decoy made for the gunsmith firm of H. Trulock & Harriss, London, U.K., circa 1912-1916. Made from a cast and chased aluminum alloy, it was patterned after wooden examples made for the famous gunmaker around the turn of the 20th century. The wooden versions are felt by many collectors to be the best examples of English wood pigeon extant. This decoy is in weathered original paint. It was made in three pieces; an upper body, a lower body and a spring-mounted head. An integral wire stake is attached, designed, along with the"bobble-head", to allow motion to a set of birds. Cast true to the form of the wooden examples, these decoys have strongly emphasized shoulders and detailed primary and tail feathers. This decoy has four impressed notations on its lower half: "THE TRU-ISS DECOY", "HARRISS'S PATENT No. 21550", "H. TRULOCK HARRISS GUNMAKER" AND "PICKERING PLACE, ST. JAMES STREET, LONDON". The pigeon measures 13 1/2" in length, 5" across at the shoulders and roughly 4" in depth, exclusive of the head. Stand not included. SOLD

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M196: Ernie Muehlmatt Baltimore Oriole

Original carving of a 5 1/2"-long Baltimore oriole by Ernie Muehlmatt of Salisbury, Maryland, circa 1974. Exceptionally fine original paint with great musculature, wing and feather carving and ultra-realistic painted eyes. The carving is in mint condition except for a small chip to the gesso at the bottom of the bird's right thigh. Designed to hang on a wall, the carving is inscribed in ink on the back, "E.F. Muehlmatt, Oriole, 12/74". Muehlmatt (1927-2016), three-time Ward World Champion (1979, 1981, 1984), began carving in 1967 and was a master of life-size and miniature decorative wood sculpture, becoming one of the most talented, sought after and popular carvers in wildfowl art. His work can be found in the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury, Maryland, and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin. He is a Member of the Carvers' Hall of Fame and owned and operated Muehlmatt Studios in Salisbury. SOLD

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M289: Miniature Bob White Quail Family

Miniature hand-carved Bob White quail with three chicks on driftwood, circa 3rd quarter, 20th century. The carving is unsigned and the maker is unknown. It is in original condition with detailed feather paint on each bird. The adult with turned head measures about 3 1/2" in length and stands about 3 1/4" high while each chick is approximately 1 1/2" in length. Overall, the piece is just over 13" in length. SOLD

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M290: Runar Rodell Mallard Diorama

Excellent diorama by Runar G. Rodell (1898 - 1983), Prescott, Arizona, of a hen mallard on the shore calling to two drakes and a hen pitching in, circa 1950s. Born in Sweden, Rodell moved to the U.S. when in his thirties, opening a studio around 1935 in Wilmette, Illinois, before finally settling in Prescott around 1950. Each diorama he created was one-of-a-kind and offered a window into the natural wonders of his world. He combined oil-painted backgrounds and basswood carvings with natural materials inside a glass-covered box to create an outdoor scene. This diorama is in original condition and of the highest quality with the roughly 2-1/2" mallards exhibiting finely detailed painted plumage. The 22" x 22" x 3 1/2" deep frame (15" x 15" glass size) is pine. The work is signed in the lower left foreground, but the backboard, which is original, is unsigned and does not bear a label. Rodell's three-dimensional showcases are coveted collectors' items not only in museums around the country, but also were sought after by such celebrities as President Ronald Reagan, Andy Devine and Bing Crosby. One of his best customers was comedian Bob Hope. SOLD

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D0688: Ben Yeargan Mallard Drake Decoy, Circa 1932

Very stylish hollow-bodied, glass-eyed mallard drake in original condition by Ben Yeargan (1896 - 1973) of North St. Louis, Missouri. It has minor wear with a few scrapes and a well blended professional repair to a crack in the neck. The keel weight has been removed. Ben's initials, "B.Y.", are painted under the bill. Standing 7 1/2" high and 7" in width, the 16"-long decoy's head is turned slightly to the right. Yeargan, for many years a sports writer for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, is one of Missouri’s most famous decoy carvers. He hunted the Missouri River just above where the Missouri and the Mississippi converge. He made 2 rigs of decoys, one in 1932 and one in 1938. This decoy is from the earlier rig. It included over 20 canvasbacks and about 12 pairs of mallards. This decoy is pictured Collecting Bird Decoys and Duck Calls, Luckey & Lewis, pg. 116. SOLD

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