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Elmer Crowell (1852 - 1951)

Lot 343: A SLEEPING BLACK DUCK DECOY

Christie's

January 20, 2006
New York, NY, US

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Description

ELMER CROWELL (1862-1952), EAST HARWICH, MASSACHUSETTS, SECOND QUARTER 20TH CENTURY
6 in. high, 15 in. long

Artist or Maker

ELMER CROWELL (1862-1952), EAST HARWICH, MASSACHUSETTS, SECOND QUARTER 20TH CENTURY

Literature

David A. Schorsch, American Decoys: A Folk Art Tradition, Antiquarian Equities, Inc., 1996, pp. 24-25, no. 6.

Provenance

David A. Schorsch American Antiques, Inc., New York.

Notes

With subtle carving to delineate the tail and primary feathers, this duck is a very fine example of Crowell's early style. For related examples, see Paul A. Johnsgard, ed., The Bird Decoy, An American Art Form (Lincoln, Nebraska, 1976), p. 43. fig. 31, Shirley and John Delph, New England Decoys (Exton, Pennsylvania, 1981), p. 114; Gene and Linda Kangas, Decoys, a North American Survey (Spanish Fork, Utah, 1983), p. 90, pl. 148; and The Heritage Museum at Sandwich, The Songless Aviary, The World of A.E. Crowell & Son (Sandwich, Massachusetts, 1992), p. 62, no. 9.

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