M357: Miniature Frank Townsend Green-Winged Teal Wall Plaque, 1950s

Miniature flying green-winged teal drake wall plaque by Frank E. Townsend, Bloomfield, New Jersey, circa early 3rd quarter of the 20th century. It is carved roughly one-half in-the-round with one wing, the body and the tail resting flat against the wall while the other wing is angled down and away from the body. Measuring 7" from bill to tail tip and with a wingspan of 9", the teal is in near-mint original condition exhibiting the vibrant colors Frank is known for. “Green Wing Teal” is printed on the back of one of the wings. Townsend set an eye-screw in the back for mounting the plaque on a wall or other surface.

Price: $115.00

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M356: Flying Green-Winged Teal Wall Plaque, Circa 1950s

Miniature flying green-winged teal drake wall plaque by Frank E. Townsend, Bloomfield, New Jersey, circa early 3rd quarter of the 20th century. It is carved roughly one-half in-the-round with one wing, the body and the tail resting flat against the wall while the other wing is angled out and away from the body. The webbed feet are separately carved and attached to the body. Measuring 9 1/2" in width and 9 1/2" height as well, the teal is in mint original condition exhibiting the vibrant colors Frank is known for. “Green Wing Teal” is printed on the back of one of the wings. Townsend set an eye-screw in the back for mounting the plaque on a wall or other surface.

Price: $135.00

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M255: Wilmer Reinbold Flying Green-Winged Teal Drake

STOLEN at MDCA annual show, St. Charles, IL, April 2018. Please contact me with any information concerning this carving.

Price: $775.00

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M349: Large Art Peltier Ruffed Grouse Diorama, Circa Mid-1950s

Excellent diorama featuring two ruffed grouse by Arthur J. "Art" Peltier, Sr. (1907-1982), of West Warwick, Rhode Island, circa mid-20th century. Peltier, who carved from the 1940s to the 1970s, was recognized for his dioramas of hand-carved songbirds, waterfowl and upland game birds in natural settings with water color backgrounds. In near-mint original condition, this piece measures 14.5" x 12.5" x 3.25" with a 10.25" x 8.25" glass size. The carved grouse each measure about 3" in length. This is the first diorama of this size and style that I have seen by Peltier. The large majority of his work consisted of approximately 7" x 7" flatter dioramas with bubble glass. This is also the first example I've seen featuring ruffed grouse.

Price: $395.00

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M006: Mort Fadum Northern Fish Plaque (Northern Pike)

Expertly crafted northern pike (5 pores in underside of jaw - see 7th photo) by Morten "Mort" Fadum, signed and dated 1986 on the back. The pike is 31-1/2" long. Hanging from a rope stringer along with a fishing spear, it is mounted on an antiqued plank background measuring 9-1/2" in width and 38" in length. The pike is in mint condition, carved and finished completely in-the-round, including the backside. Meticulously done, each scale was formed by tapping a box nail so that the head of the nail formed a scale-like indentation. The "tears" in the tail and fin are as-carved, simulating "battle scars", if you will. Mort lived in Fox Grove, Illinois, and at one time carved for Abercrombie and Fitch. He now lives in Colorado Springs.

Price: $975.00

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M325, Joe Ahearn Pheasant Lamp, Circa 1950

Fine cock pheasant lamp by James Joseph "Joe" Ahearn, Stamford, CT, circa 1950. An excellent effort, this roughly one-half scale carving is an unusually large example of Ahearn's work. The pheasant measures 15" in length (tip of bill to tip of tail) and 8-1/2" in height including the birch log it is perched on. It is in excellent structural condition except for a small, almost unnoticeable, piece missing on the outside of the right thigh. The carving is in excellent original condition with highly detailed feather paint, glass eyes and wire legs with lead feet and is mounted on a two-piece wooden base with birch log. The original lamp hardware and shade are included. Because of the age of the components, it should be rewired before use. Ahearn became well-known in the mid-1940's as a carver of miniatures. It is unclear when he began carving them although it is presumed that he started in the late 1930's, if not sooner. While Joe lived in the New York City area where he was a salesman for the National Cash Register Company he was known to have carved miniatures while on the road. At the onset of World War II, he and his wife moved to Stamford, Connecticut. The first documentation of his carvings being offered for sale is in the 1945-46 catalog of the Sporting Gallery and Bookstore in New York City. This catalog featured a wide selection of Ahearn's "functional hunter" and "sportsman oriented" items such as lamps, wall thermometers, letter openers, coat racks, tie racks, pipe racks, book ends and ashtrays in a variety of configurations. It was around this time that he also began offering his miniature carvings of waterfowl and upland game birds. One of the first and certainly the most important retailer to carry his carvings was the Crossroads of Sport store in New York City. They were enjoying a huge demand for A. J. King's miniatures and were more than eager to complement his products with another carver's work. Ahearn is featured in "Birds in Wood and Paint" by Joe Ellis. In July 2013, Copley Fine Art Auctions sold a flying grouse lamp (Lot 71) with two smaller (6" long) birds for $2530.00.

Price: $1150.00

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M324: Alain MacDonald Quebec Decoy Plaques

Pair of wall plaques featuring glass-eyed, half-bodied, chip-carved canvasback drake and bluebill drake decoys by Alain de Lotbiniere (Bebe) MacDonald (1886-1961), circa 2nd quarter, 20th century. MacDonald was from Rigaud in southwestern Quebec, near Montreal. He is recognized as an important Quebec artist and carver, not only for the quantity and quality of his work, but also for his influence on other craftsmen. After serving in the Canadian army during WWI, Bebe worked for Robin Last Shoe Factory before opening studios in Rigaud and Montreal. He made fine and highly sought-after decoys as well as his folk art wall plaques and was known for his meticulous decoy heads and precision in painting, both of which characteristics are on display in these plaques. Each plaque is set in a shadowbox-style frame measuring 10" x 9" overall. Both birds are approximately 8" in length and 4-1/4" high at the head. There is light wear to the paint on the shadowbox frames as well as some age-spotting on the backgrounds of each plaque. The bluebill is signed A. de L. MacDonald. Each plaque is labeled on the back as to species, gender and plumage phase.

Price: $795.00

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M302: Silas Owen Flying Pheasant Wall Plaques

Pair of miniature pheasant wall plaques (rooster and hen) by Silas E. Owen (1903-1967), Waubay, South Dakota. Silas, who was three-quarters Sioux and one-quarter Scotch-Irish, made a few working duck decoys and miniature standing ducks and geese but mostly wall plaques of flying ducks, geese and pheasants. His carvings were sold in nearby souvenir stores and a local resort bait shop as well as on special order, but he was not against trading his carvings for drinks at the local bar. He carved from the mid-1940s until close to his death in 1967. Many of his carvings are signed or had a paper address label stuck on. Some are just dated with the year they were made. Most of them are carved almost in the round with good detail and boldly realistic paint patterns. These two pheasants are in excellent detailed original paint with carved wing primary feathers and notched tails. The hen has two small chips on the wing tips and the rooster has one. They each measure about 9" to 9 1/2" in length, 6" from wing tip to wing tip and 3/4" in thickness. The hen is signed on the back, "Pheasant hen, Silas Owen, Waubay, S. Dak." The original prices ($5.00 for the rooster and $2.00 for the hen) are written on the backs.

Price: $295.00

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