M146: Francois Joseph Huygens Oil Paintings on Panels

Fine oil on panel nature morte paintings of hanging game by Belgian painter Francois Joesph Huygens (1820-1908), signed and dated 1867. One is of a mallard with 2 larks and a powder flask. The second is of a hare, Hungarian (gray) partridge and muzzle-loaded shotgun. Each still life is painted against a landscape background. Each is 7.5" x 9" in matching 12" x 13.5" burl-veneer frames with gilded borders. The artist's seals are on the back of the panels. Both paintings have slight abrasions at the edges, perhaps with light touchup, and some crackle. Formerly in the Bob Timberlake collection. SOLD

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D0669: William Jaggard English Wood Pigeon Decoy

Near-mint wood pigeon decoy by William Jaggard of Elveden, Suffolk, United Kingdom, circa late 2nd quarter, 20th century. In unused condition, this stylish pigeon has carved shoulders and wings, a cast metal bill and glass eyes. Painted in the species' fall plumage, the full-bodied carving measures just under 14" in length, 3.75" in width and 3" in depth at the breast. Jaggard continued the carving business of his father-in-law and mentor, James Rolph. Similar in time frame to North American waterfowl and shorebird decoys, wood pigeon decoys have been used in the United Kingdom since the latter half of the 1800s with examples ranging from the deeply carved examples sold by Trulock and Harriss and R. Ward Co. to the more stylized examples of Jaggard, Harry Boddy and Robert Lange. Judging from the number of examples found today, Jaggard, along with the Rolph family, Boddy and Ted Grace, was one of England's most prolific makers. See my other website, www.woodpigeondecoys.com, dedicated to the identification and documentation of these decoys and their carvers for additional information. SOLD

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D0494: Ohio Mallard Drake Decoy

A most appealing piece of folk art! Solid-bodied mallard drake decoy by an unknown Ohio maker, circa 1st quarter, 20th century. The duck is in original paint with alligatoring and some light bubbling, particularly on the right side of the head. There is also a tight crack at the top of the neck. Very pleasing, richly-colored finish with a nice patina. The decoy has tack eyes and three heavy lead weights inset into the bottom. Found outside of Columbus, Ohio, but based on the heavy weighting, I believe it was made for rough water, perhaps Lake Erie. It is approximately 16" long. 5.5" wide and 7.5" high. SOLD

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D0597/D0598: Pair of Ben Yeargan Mallard Decoys

Stylishly painted mallard drake and hen decoys by Ben Yeargan of North St. Louis, MO, circa 1938. Yeargan (1896-1973), for many years a sports writer for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, is one of the few documented carvers from Missouri. Hunting the Missouri River, he made two rigs of decoys, one in 1932 and one in 1938. This pair is from the latter rig. The glass-eyed decoys are in original condition, including the original keels for river hunting, with some flaking and wear. The initials "B.Y." are painted under the bills. The bodies are made of cork, coated with a filler/sealer of Yeargan's design. Each measures about 16.5" in length, 6" in width and 6.25" in height, exclusive of the keels. SOLD

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D0589: Herter's Mallard Drake Decoy

Model #963CM Perfect hollow-carved mallard drake decoy by Herter's, Inc., Waseca, MN, circa 1939. Made of cedar, this decoy was one of the earliest in the line. It was made for Herter's by Artistic Woodcarving of Chicago. Only 20 dozen (these decoys are quite rare) black ducks and mallard pairs were made, as the bottom boards tended to separate from the body and leak. Heavily carved, with excellent patinated original paint and and measuring nearly 14" in length, this is one of the finest examples known to exist. There is a copper hunter's tag on the bottom (Walter L. Peters, Marysville, RFD-1, PA) The decoy is pictured on pg. 430 of Minnesota Duck Decoys by Doug Lodermeier. SOLD

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D0640: Golden Plover Decoy

Solid-bodied, split-tailed golden plover decoy with wax eyes by an unknown carver from Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, circa 4th quarter, 19th century. In original paint, it still retains its original baleen bill. Structurally excellent, the bird has the letter "H" carved in its bottom and has been lightly hit by shot. It measures 10" in length. Stand not included. SOLD

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B060: Decoys and Decoy Carvers of illinois Book

Co-Authors: Paul W. Parmalee & Forrest D. Loomis Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press Copyright: 1969 (1st edition) Pages: 506 Format: Hardcover (8" x 9.5") ISBN: 0875805248 Profusely illustrated with both black and white and color photos, this is the definitive work on Illinois decoys. Long out of print and hard to find in hardcover, it is in very good plus condition with a lightly soiled hardbound (8" x 9.5") off-white cloth cover. The binding is tight with no hinge cracks or weakening. The pages are clean and fully attached with no writing, labels, stains or tears. The original owner's embossed seal is neatly imprinted on the frontispage. SOLD.

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M207: C. Ronco Miniature Woodcock

Fine miniature glass-eyed woodcock with feet, incised on a chip-carved base, by C. Ronco, Southwest Harbor, ME, circa mid-20th century. The bird is in excellent condition with minor wear along the edge of its tail. The original paint exhibits a highly detailed feather pattern and a mellow patina. The woodcock measures only 2 3/4” from the tip of the tail to the end of the bill. It is signed and identified by species on the base. SOLD

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