Lot 53: Very rare and important hollow carved Canada goose, last quarter 19th century.Platinum House
April 24, 2014
St. Charles, IL, USALive Auction
Description: Very rare and important hollow carved Canada goose, last quarter 19th century. One of three found in Columbia, Pennsylvania by Adele Earnest in the early 1960's. A large hollow carved decoy, approximately 31" long with a removable head that is dovetailed into the body. The number "3" is painted on the bottom of the dovetail and in i
Condition Report: Original paint with very minor wear; small chip missing from the back side of the neck base; several tiny dents.
Provenance: Formerly in collection of Stuart Gregory, sold at Sotheby's January 1979, lot 148. Formerly in collection of Dr. James McCleery, sold at the Guyette & Schmidt/Sotheby's auction January 2000. McCleery stamp on underside.
Literature: "Call to the Sky," Robert Shaw, p. 11, exact decoy. "The Great Book of Wildfowl Decoys," Joe Engers editor, p. 142, exact decoy. "North American Decoys," Byron Cheever, Summer 1979, p. 4, exact decoy. "The Art of the Decoy," Adele Earnest, p. 8, rigmate.