Standing Wood Duck Drake
Charles Hart (1862-1960)
Gloucester, MA, c. 1905
An exceptional stick-up decoy showcasing Hart's intricate carving ability. This bird displays an anatomically correct carved bill, a carved crest, inset wings with layered primary feathers, and incised tail detail. It was originally acquired by a Virginia gentleman whose collection was noted for its exceptional southern decoys and noteworthy examples of wood ducks. This stick-up along with a standing black duck are considered to be two of the maker's very best waterfowl carvings.
Outstanding original condition. The base is not original to the carving.
Private Collection, Virginia
Private Collection, Rhode Island