590: Flying Broadbill Hen
Flying Broadbill Hen
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 "Female Broadbill" 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. 90, similar carving (drake) illustrated.