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Three Carved and Painted Wooden Decoys

Auction:
2431
Lot:
724
Sold for:
$830$700

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2431
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
November 01, 2008 3:00PM

Description:

Three Carved and Painted Wooden Decoys, America, late 19th/early 20th century, including a Canvasback by Holger Smith of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, branded "H.G. Smith Decoys" and inscribed "Holger G. Smith/Fairhaven Rd./Mattapoisett, Mass.," ht. 7 1/2, lg. 14 in.; a folk painted duck which was previously in the collection of the late Mary Allis 1899-1987), well-known Southport, Connecticut dealer, ht. 6, lg. 13 in.; and a black-painted duck with inset glass eyes, possibly an eider, ht. 9, lg. 16 1/2 in., (imperfections).

Note: A periodical clipping showing the folk-painted decoy in Mary Allis' home accompanies the decoys.
Estimate $800-1,000

Canvasback- minor paint wear on tip of bill and tail; folk duck- old loss to tip of bill, small loss to top of head, age cracks on back and base, paint wear; black duck-few small abrasions and paint losses.

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Mary Allis, Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, Holger G. Smith, Holger Smith, Southport, Connecticut, dealer , ht, Aythya, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Canvasback, Decoy, Eider, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, Hunting, New England, Plymouth County, Massachusetts

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