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125: Emperor Penguin

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Emperor Penguin

Charles Hart (1862-1960)

Gloucester, MA, c. 1930

An eighteen-inch high standing penguin with carved eyes and incised detail on an inserted bill. The bird also exhibits the maker's classic, stylized attached wings, and a rare inletted tail. The mortised legs are inserted into the body and extend through the gently chamfered edge base. A large Hart carving presented to Admiral Byrd, noted South Pole explorer, was exhibited in a Massachusetts decoy exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

Old paint with appropriate wear for its age, a vertical age crack and missing feet.

Donald Kirson Collection

Richard Bishop, "American Folk Sculpture," New York, NY, 1985, p. 177, similar carving illustrated.

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Estimate $6,000 – $9,000
Starting Bid $3,000
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