Lot 241: Outstanding pair of mallards, Ward Brothers, Crisfield, Maryland.Platinum House
November 6, 2013
Easton, MD, USALive Auction
Description: Outstanding pair of mallards, Ward Brothers, Crisfield, Maryland. Both have slightly turned heads, are signed and dated 1932. Slightly oversized.
Condition Report: Exceptionally fine paint with good patina and very slight wear; each has a crack in the underside; paint shrinkage on hen's breast and front of head right above bill.
Provenance: One pair of half a dozen that were given as gifts by former Maryland Governor Tawes, 1894-1979.
Literature: "The Ward Brothers Decoys, A Collector's Guide," Ron Gard and Brian McGrath, p. 82.