Lot 732: Preening Canada Goose
July 23, 2010
Plymouth, MA, USALive Auction
Description: Lemuel T. Ward (1896-1983)-An animated full-size preening Canada goose resting on a burl base. This important and highly publicized carving along with the famous Canada goose used as The Ward Museum's logo are considered two of Lem Ward's crowning achievements. Both wings are lifted from the body giving Lem a tremendous canvas to exhibit his exceptional feather painting ability. The integrated carved feathers of primaries, secondaries and the broad fan tail further demonstrate this makers design abilities. The long reaching head features glass eyes and deeply carved bill detail with a through nostril. The left leg grounds the bird by extending across the base. Metal plaque on base stamped "Preening, By L. T. Ward," and "1969" is written in pencil below.
Condition Report: In excellent original condition with line of paint shrinkage where back of left wing meets body.
Provenance: Dr. Morton D. Kramer Collection
Artist or Maker: Lemuel T. Ward (1896-1983)
Literature: Byron Cheever, "Ward Brothers," Spanish Fork, UT, 1982, plate 66, exact bird illustrated. Ann Small, "Masters of Decorative Bird Carving," Tulsa, OK, 1981, p.133, exact bird illustrated. Glenn Lawson and Ida Ward Linton, "The Story of