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Exceedingly Rare Sleeping Mallard Pair, Jess Heisler

Lot 0121 Details

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Jess Heisler (1891-1943)
Bordentown, NJ, c. 1920

An excellent and important sleeping pair from a river region dominated by straight-headed decoys. John English is credited with drawing up the region's pattern and setting an unsurpassed bar for quality. In his broad wake, Heisler seems to have introduced the sleeper to the region, with some later makers following his lead to the delight of collectors.

Along with their rarity, the well-executed carvings are among the maker's finest with thin tails, crisp primaries, and excellent paint, especially the feathering on the hen. The heads and bill are carefully inlayed into the three-piece hollow bodies.
Excellent original paint with even gunning wear, a few age lines in heads, touch-up to chip in drake's left primary.

Provenance: Herb Wetanson Collection

Literature: H. Harrison Huster and Doug Knight, "Floating Sculptures: The Decoys of the Delaware River," Spanish Fork, UT, 1982, no sleepers by known early makers illustrated.
Condition
Please email condition report requests to colin@copleyart.com. Any condition statement given is a courtesy to customers, Copley will not be held responsible for any errors or omissions. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition.
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Exceedingly Rare Sleeping Mallard Pair, Jess Heisler

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$20,000
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$30,000
Feb 19
Starting Price
$10,000
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0121: Exceedingly Rare Sleeping Mallard Pair, Jess Heisler

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$20,000
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$30,000
Starting Price
$10,000
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Lot 0121 Details

Description
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Jess Heisler (1891-1943)
Bordentown, NJ, c. 1920

An excellent and important sleeping pair from a river region dominated by straight-headed decoys. John English is credited with drawing up the region's pattern and setting an unsurpassed bar for quality. In his broad wake, Heisler seems to have introduced the sleeper to the region, with some later makers following his lead to the delight of collectors.

Along with their rarity, the well-executed carvings are among the maker's finest with thin tails, crisp primaries, and excellent paint, especially the feathering on the hen. The heads and bill are carefully inlayed into the three-piece hollow bodies.
Excellent original paint with even gunning wear, a few age lines in heads, touch-up to chip in drake's left primary.

Provenance: Herb Wetanson Collection

Literature: H. Harrison Huster and Doug Knight, "Floating Sculptures: The Decoys of the Delaware River," Spanish Fork, UT, 1982, no sleepers by known early makers illustrated.
Condition
...
Please email condition report requests to colin@copleyart.com. Any condition statement given is a courtesy to customers, Copley will not be held responsible for any errors or omissions. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition.

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