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Auction Description for Copley: The Sporting Sale 2014 - Session I: Decoys and Folk Art
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*Auction Preview* Thursday, July 4th 5:30p-7:30P Friday, July 25th 8:30a-10:30a Saturday, July 26th 8:30a-10:30a
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COPLEY FINE ART AUCTIONS DOES NOT HANDLE THE SHIPMENT OF ANY ITEMS. Shipping is the sole responsibility of the buyer. Once your payment has cleared, and we have received your authorized shipping release form (http://www.copleyart.com/pdfs/Authorized_Shipping_Release_Form.pdf)items may be released for shipment. Copley Fine Art Auctions, LLC shall have no liability for any loss or damage to such items. Buyers should allow up to four weeks for shipment. **PLEASE BE AWARE THAT INTERNET BIDDERS MAY NOT PICK UP THEIR ITEMS AT THE SALE SITE. ITEMS CAN BE PICKED UP BY APPOINTMENT OR SHIPPED STARTING FIVE DAYS AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF THE SALE**

The Sporting Sale 2014 - Session I: Decoys and Folk Art

(371 Lots)

by Copley Fine Art Auctions


371 lots | 365 with images

July 25, 2014

Live Auction

The Radisson, 180 Water St.

Plymouth, MA, 02360 USA

Phone: (617) 536-0030

Fax: (617) 266-4896

Email: aimee@copleyart.com

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Canada Goose

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Description: A hollow, life-size goose decoy exhibiting carved bill, wing, and tail feather detail. The maker's oval ink stamp signature is on the bottom with the decoy's original keel.

Condition Report: Original paint with minimal wear.

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Calling Black Duck

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Description: A hollow, full-bodied decoy with a carved open bill, raised wings, and tail carving. The underside displays the maker's signature in ink and "G Strunk" in a stamped weight.

Condition Report: Original condition.

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Green-Winged Teal Pair

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Description: A hollow pair of low-head decoys with raised wings and tail carving. The underside displays the maker's signature in ink and "G S" in a stamped weight.

Condition Report: Original paint with minimal wear.

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Old Squaw Pair

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Description: Two life-size, long-tailed duck decoys with the maker's oval ink stamp and signature on the bottom of each.

Condition Report: Original paint with light gunning wear.

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Bufflehead Pair

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Description: A pair of hollow, low-head decoys with raised wings and tail carving. Each decoy displays the maker's signature in ink on the underside and a "Strunk" stamped weight.

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Black Duck

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Description: A hollow, low-head, Delaware River decoy with raised wing and tail carving. Signed on the side of the triangle-shaped, bobwhite quail embossed lead weight.

Condition Report: Original condition.

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Black Duck Pair

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Description: Two hollow decoys with raised wings and tail carving. The undersides display the maker's signature in pen and a "CGF" stamp.

Condition Report: Original paint with minimal wear.

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Black Duck

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Description: A hollow, turned-head decoy with raised primaries and carved tail feather detail. The underside displays the maker's signature in ink and "Strunk" in a stamped weight.

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Flying Canada Goose

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Description: A life-size, hand-carved calling goose in flight, signed and dated by the maker on top of wing.

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Flying Bluebill Pair

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Description: A pair of life-size, hand-carved birds exhibiting glass eyes, detailed bill carving, extensive painted feathering, and carved feet, wings, and tail feathers. The maker's wood-burned signature is along the top of one wing feather.

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Flying Ruffed Grouse

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Description: Exceedingly rare life-size ruffed grouse signed and dated by the maker on the underside of one wing.

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Peacock Pair

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Description: Two peacocks with elaborate carving and paint, one with a straight head and the other preening. Both are signed on the bottom of the base with the maker's incised "F." The straight head bird also has the maker's "F. Finney" ink stamp signature. Each measures around seven inches tall.

Condition Report: Both are in original paint with patina and minimal wear.

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Curlew

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Description: A classic Eastern Shore of Virginia shorebird carving, inspired by the work of J. Walter Brady (1868-1959) from Oyster, Virginia, signed on the underside with maker's "CTM" incised initials.

Condition Report: Original paint with slight wear and minor seam shrinkage.

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Feeding Dowitcher

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Description: A short-billed dowitcher shorebird decoy with black glass eyes, raised wings, dropped wing tips, and the maker's incised signature on the underside.

Condition Report: Original paint with minimal wear.

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Greater Yellowlegs

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Description: A shorebird measuring fifteen and one-half inches long with flowing lines and the maker's incised signature on the underside.

Condition Report: Original paint with minimal wear.

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Cobb-Style Dowitcher

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Description: A life-size, long-billed dowitcher shorebird decoy with black glass eyes, raised wings, and the maker's incised signature on the underside.

Condition Report: Original paint with minimal wear.

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Diminutive Goldeneye Pair

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Description: A pair of hollow decoys with carved bill detail, raised wings, and the maker's signature incised on the underside of each.

Condition Report: Original paint with patina.

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Preening Cork Black Duck

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Description: A slightly oversize cork decoy with an inserted wooden tail and bottom board. Signed with the maker's "DBW" stamp on the bottom.

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Wigeon Drake

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Description: A slightly turned-head decoy with the maker's incised "I McNair" signature and a "J.B. French" collection ink stamp on the bottom.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear and a reset wing tip.

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Canada Goose

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Description: A hollow, redwood, life-size decoy, one of five made for his own rig, branded on the bottom with the maker's "R.C." initials.

Condition Report: Original paint with light gunning wear.

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Swan

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Description: A life-size, hollow-bodied decoy with a metal rod head support and large iron pad weight on the bottom.

Condition Report: Several coats of original paint with wear and seam shrinkage.

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Tucked-Head Wigeon Drake

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Description: This decoy displays carved bill detail, a laminated body, and carved wings and tail feathers. The maker's brand and return address are displayed on the bottom.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear to wood and even gunning wear.

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Woodcock

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Description: A life-size game bird carving, signed and dated by the maker on the bottom of the base.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear, a couple dents, and three toe tips missing.

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Preening Yellowlegs

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Description: A turned-head lesser yellowlegs with one wing raised on a carved clamshell base. This carving measures fourteen inches high and is signed by the maker on the bottom.

Condition Report: Original paint with a minute wing tip repair.

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Owl

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Description: A life-size owl decoy measuring twenty-five inches high including the base.

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Owl

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Description: An eleven-and-one-half-inch-high owl carving with deeply carved facial features and inserted leather ears. The back of the decoy is signed, dated, and branded by the maker.

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Rare Full-Bodied Sperm Whale

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Description: Clark Voorhees enlisted the help of Wildfowler Decoys' founder, Ted Mulliken, in nearby Old Saybrook, Connecticut, to initially aid in the carving of his whales. His whale-carving business was later moved to its permanent home in Vermont. Many of his carvings were sold through the Four Winds Shop on Nantucket. A rare eighteen-inch-long, full-bodied whale carving by Clark Voorhees, the son of Clark Greenwood Voorhees (1871-1933), one of the founders of the Old Lyme Art Colony. Full-bodied carved whale models are among the rarest of Voorhees' marine mammal carvings. Only a few are known to have come to market in the past decade. Signed on the bottom of the attached base with an incised "CV" and stamped "C VOORHEES." Signed "CV" on bottom of whale.

Condition Report: Original paint with minimal wear.

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Carved Ship Painting

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Description: A ten-by-eight-inch rendering of a white-hulled sailboat made from carved wood on panel.

Condition Report: In original paint with light craquelure.

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Carved Ship Painting

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Description: A eight -by-ten-inch rendering of the schooner "Gertrude L. Thebaud" from carved wood on panel. Signed by the maker on the back.

Condition Report: In original paint with craquelure.

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Sperm Whale Weathervane

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Description: An early twenty-five-inch-long whale weathervane. The carving displays carved teeth and eyes, a tail with flukes that spin in a breeze, inserted pectoral fins, and the maker's incised signature on the underside.

Condition Report: Original paint with light wear, age lines, a reset pectoral fin, and minor touch-up by the maker to a fluke tip.

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Sperm Whale

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Description: A wall hanging carving measuring twenty-six inches long with inserted teeth and an incised "C. McNair" signature on back.

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Weathered Sperm Whale

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Description: A half-whale carving measuring thirty-five inches long, signed by the maker on the back with his stylized "CV" incised signature and stamped "C VOORHEES." This whale was hung above the front door of a Cape Cod home for decades.

Condition Report: Original paint, gently worn to the wood in places, natural lichens present, and a couple teeth are missing.

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Humpback Whale

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Description: A half-whale carving measuring eighteen and one-half inches long, signed on the back by the maker with his stylized "CV" incised signature and stamped "C VOORHEES."

Condition Report: Original paint.

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Dolphin

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Description: A half-carving measuring eighteen inches long, signed on the back by the maker with his stylized "CV" incised signature and stamped "C VOORHEES." Voorhees called this species "porpoise" in his advertising literature, but it is actually a dolphin.

Condition Report: Original paint with restoration to tail and minor touch-up to tip of beak.

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Fin Whale

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Description: A half-whale carving measuring eighteen and three-quarters inches long, signed on the back by the maker with his stylized "CV" incised signature and stamped "C VOORHEES."

Condition Report: Original paint with restoration to lower fluke.

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Right Whale

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Description: A half-whale carving measuring eighteen inches long, signed on the back by the maker with his stylized "CV" incised signature and stamped "C VOORHEES."

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Sperm Whale

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Description: A half-whale carving measuring seventeen and one-half inches long. Signed on the back with his stylized "CV" incised signature and stamped "C VOORHEES."

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Trout and Rod Diorama

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Description: Valentine Touponce (b. 1865) Pittsfield, MA, 1897 signed and dated "Val. Touponce, 1897" on back oil on board, 13 by 18 1/2 in. A nineteen-and-one-quarter-inch-long carved fishing rod and a seven-inch carved trout on a painted board background with wooden and clay texture.

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Canoe Sign

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Description: A rare salesman's sample trade sign consisting of two crossed carved paddles and a half-model canoe. Measuring 19 1/4 by 19 3/4 in.

Condition Report: Original finish with superb patina and minimal wear.

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Canoe Paddle

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Description: An eighteen-and-three-quarters-inch-long carved wooden canoe paddle with an Old Town Canoe Co. decal.

Condition Report: Uneven finish.

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Tarpon Relief Carving

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Description: Isaiah C. Wagner followed in the footsteps of fellow New Bedford artist, Leander Allen Plummer (1857-1914). Plummer was one of the pioneers of modern "relief painting" as a result of his dual expertise in painting and wood carving. His process began with either layered or solid wood, into which he carved scenes of outdoor life, typically birds or fish. He kept a private pool of live specimens which he studied meticulously in order to achieve the most realistic results. Once carved, he then stained the wood with exclusive shellacs and varnishes which he concocted himself after unsuccessful attempts with oils and other paints. Plummer's "relief paintings" were well received, particularly by members of the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead in 1902. He completed forty or fifty relief paintings by 1906. This piece by Wagner shows the same detail and process of his predecessor, and it is highly likely that Wagner was familiar with Plummer's work. The two artists both depicted aquatic scenes and Wagner's piece shows the same keen attention and animated detail. For example, the hatch marks along the body of the tarpon create a realistic scale pattern and the tern has incised feather detail. Wagner's work was included in a 1916 exhibit at the New Bedford Art Club. In the 1920s he and his wife moved to Connecticut where he continued to create "relief paintings" while also working as a mechanical supervisor for newspaper presses. This fifteen-by twenty-inch tarpon with tern wood carving is signed and dated "I. C. Wagner, 1937" on the lower right and on the back.

Condition Report: Original condition and finish with patina.

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Penguin

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Description: Charles Hart penguins have long been favorites amongst collectors of American folk art. As early as 1949, Allen Easton chronicled Hart's mastery in carving these aquatic birds of the southern hemisphere. A large Hart penguin carving presented to Admiral Byrd, noted South Pole explorer, was exhibited in a Massachusetts decoy exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. While Hart is known to have completed hundreds of penguin carvings, this boldly carved ten-inch model is a pinnacle example. Archetypal in every sense, it has all the right features that astute collectors look for: an inletted bill, applied shaped wings, grooved feet, and beautiful rich patina commensurate with the bird's age. Originally purchased directly from the Hart family.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear.

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Miniature Penguin

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Description: Acquired with the previous lot, this exceptional five-inch model has all the defining features of its larger cousin.

Condition Report: Original paint with minor wear and patina, the blunted end of the bill was touched up.

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Nantucket Basket

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Description: 7 1/4 in. high, 12 in. diameter. A member of the U.S. Lifesaving Service, Appleton served and wove baskets on the South Shoal Lightship which were sold from his Orange Street address. This basket displays an early handle joint, carved handle, and scribed concentric circle design in the inside bottom.

Condition Report: Good condition with warm patina and light wear to the bottom and a tight age line crack.

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Apache Basket

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Description: 1 3/4 in. high, 9 1/4 in. diameter A woven tray with lightning and cross designs.

Condition Report: Good condition.

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Apache Basket

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Description: 3 in. high, 11 1/2 in. diameter A White Mountain woven bowl with designs that include women carrying baskets, smaller figures, horses, and dogs. The underside has a remnant label.

Condition Report: Good condition.

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Carved Stag Head

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Description: c. 1800 A life-size wood carving of a deer measuring thirty-five inches high, by twenty-seven inches wide, by twenty-eight inches in depth. Original finish with deep patina, seam shrinkage, and minor insect damage.

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Miniature Indian Whirligig

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Description: A ten-inch-long whirligig of an Indian chief in a canoe.

Condition Report: Original paint and finish with patina and minimal wear. One of the canoe paddles has been reset in the middle of the shaft.

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Floral Hooked Rug

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Description: An antique hand-hooked rug measuring 16 by 31 in.

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Geometric Hooked Rug

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Description: 27 by 47 in. A hand-hooked rug, circa 1890, mounted on a fabric-covered frame for wall mounting. Two of the edges may have old repairs by the maker.

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