589: Flying Redhead Drake
Flying Redhead Drake
Chauncey Wheeler (1888-1945)
Alexandria Bay, NY, c. 1925
This half-bodied duck model displays exceptional blended painted feather detail, with a comb painted back, a gently curved wing, incised bill and tail carving, and an eye groove. On the back is a hand-crafted copper hanger and "Drake Red Head" written in script.
Provenance: Joel Barber Collection Private Collection, Greenwich, Connecticut gifted to Connecticut Audubon Society Private Collection, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Literature: Harold W. Reiser III, "Chauncey Wheeler," Lewes, DE, 2002, p. 98, similar carving (hen) illustrated.
Original paint with age lines at wing and neck joints. The original foot has been reset twice.