Fine decoys float into Guyette & Deeter’s Annual Fall Auction Nov. 11-12

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ST. MICHAELS, Md. — For collectors and sporting enthusiasts, there is no better time of the year than autumn, when duck season commences. Following tradition, Guyette & Deeter have announced its Annual Fall Auction, held in association with the Easton (Maryland) Waterfowl Festival, for Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12. The catalogs are now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers (Day 1, Day 2).

Decoys and carved artworks reign at this event, with hundreds of examples from the earliest days to contemporary designs available. This sleeping mallard drake made in 1948 by the Ward Brothers was likely the exact item that catapulted them to eternal decoy fame. The lot showcases a drake with his beak tucked for a snooze, which earned top honors, and it also includes a ribbon and a sterling silver plate engraved ‘Best in Show 1948, National Decoy Makers Contest, National Sportsman Show, New York City. Presented by R.J. Schaffer to LT Ward’. Carved from balsa with an inserted hardwood tail and carved pine head, the complete lot is estimated at $35,000-$75,000.

An early and outstanding example of decoy artistry, this mallard drake was carved and painted by John English of Florence, New Jersey, some time in the late 19th century. Formerly on display in an East Coast museum, it was recently deaccessioned and is now making its way to market. It is estimated at $30,000-$50,000.

Elmer Crowell (1862-1952) was a hunter, painter and master decoy carver from Massachusetts whose early output is coveted by collectors. This pair of decorative bluebills with chicks are in original condition with minor flaking, and are modeled at two-thirds the size of mature birds. The complete lot is estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

Green-winged teal are the smallest dabbling ducks in North America. The drake and hen pair by Charles Bergman of Astoria, Oregon – a well-known carver who has had many items appear at auction – date to the second quarter of the 20th century. With minor wear from field use, the set is estimated at $40,000-$60,000.
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Ward Brothers sleeping mallard drake, with 1948 best in show awards, estimated at $35,000-$75,000 at Guyette & Deeter.
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John English mallard drake, estimated at $30,000-$50,000 at Guyette & Deeter.
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Elmer Crowell pair of decorative bluebills with chicks, estimated at $8,000-$12,000 at Guyette & Deeter.
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Charles Bergman pair of green-wing teal, estimated at $40,000-$60,000 at Guyette & Deeter.
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Edmund Henry Osthaus oil on canvas of two English setters on point, estimated at $20,000-$30,000 at Guyette & Deeter.
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Duck decoys by the Ward Bros. and Elmer Crowell should swim to success at Copley Oct.12

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HINGHAM, Mass. — Duck decoys, carved masterpieces designed to lure actual ducks to their ultimate fate, are the stars at Copley Fine Art Auctions in an exclusive Timed+ event beginning Sunday, October 1 at 8 am Eastern time and starts drawing to a close Thursday, October 12 at noon Eastern time at LiveAuctioneers.

Duck decoys date to prehistory, but are best known as an American hunting tool that has been elevated to an art form. Typically hand-carved from wood native to the eastern region of the United States, decoys are now collected and treasured by hunters and fans of Americana alike.

Known as the “Wildfowl Counterfeiters in Wood” — a term they used themselves — the Ward Brothers of Crisfield, Maryland, are considered among the most accomplished decoy makers in modern history. Lemuel (1897-1984) and Steven (1895-1976) divided up the duties, with Steven handling the carving and Lem the painting and detailing. While earning only pocket change in the beginning, today their decoys can bring hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction.

Copley has a long tradition of earning top dollar for Ward Brothers decoys and this sale is on track to do the same, with 12 of their decoys included in the lineup and one as the highest-estimated lot. With its realistic proportions and excellent decoration, this 1934-model Canada goose decoy is estimated at $4,500-$6,500.

A broadbill drake decoy by Ira D. Hudson (1873-1949) looks as-new and Copley suggests it has never been used during a hunt. Measuring 13in long and from the circa-1935 period, it is estimated at $2,500-$3,500.

A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952) was an artisan working out of East Harwich, Massachusetts, and his decoys are highly desired today. A circa-1940 mallard drake in three-quarters size is beautifully decorated and bears the Crowell rectangular stamp. It has an estimate of $1,000-$1,500.

Despite the popularity of mass-produced decoys for today’s hunters, a legion of contemporary carvers are carrying on the tradition. A multiple-time winner at the U. S. National Decoy Show, Robert “Bob” White (b. 1939-) has nine items in the sale, topped by a wigeon hen decoy from early in his career. It is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
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1934 Model Canada Goose decoy by the Ward Brothers, estimated at $4,500-$6,500 at Copley Fine Art Auctions.
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Broadbill drake decoy by Ira D. Hudson, estimated at $2,500-$3,500 at Copley Fine Art Auctions.
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Mallard drake 3/4-size decoy by A. Elmer Crowell, estimated at $1,000-$1,500 at Copley Fine Art Auctions.
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Early wigeon hen decoy by Robert ‘Bob’ White, estimated at $2,000-$3,000 at Copley Fine Art Auctions.
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Barnacle goose decoy by William Gibian, estimated at $3,000-$5,000 at Copley Fine Art Auctions.
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Crowell decoys everything they’re quacked up to be at Guyette & Deeter, Aug. 8-9

Detail of rigmate pair of red-breasted mergansers by Elmer Crowell, estimated at $80,000-$120,000. Image courtesy of Guyette & Deeter, Inc.
Rigmate pair of red-breasted mergansers by Elmer Crowell, estimated at $80,000-$120,000. Image courtesy of Guyette & Deeter, Inc.
Rigmate pair of red-breasted merganser decoys by Elmer Crowell, estimated at $80,000-$120,000. Image courtesy of Guyette & Deeter, Inc.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – On Tuesday, August 8 and Wednesday, August 9, Guyette and Deeter, Inc. will hold its annual Summer Auction at the Venue at Portwalk Place, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The sale is headlined by the decoy collection of Russ and Karen Goldberger of Rye, New Hampshire. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Chesapeake Bay museum wins important painting at Guyette & Deeter

Large 1883 Herman Simon painting of waterfowling on the Chesapeake Bay, $102,000
Large 1883 Herman Simon painting of waterfowling on the Chesapeake Bay, $102,000
Large 1883 Hermann Simon painting of waterfowling on the Chesapeake Bay, $102,000

SAINT MICHAELS, Md. – There’s no argument that prices for decoy and sporting art have continued to be strong in 2021. Guyette & Deeter, Inc.’s summer auction on August 6 and 7 grossed close to the high estimate at $4.2 million. The event featured 550 lots, with five lots selling for more than $100,000 and 98 selling for more than $10,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated through LiveAuctioneers.

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Shang Wheeler duck decoy headlines Guyette & Deeter Aug. 6-7 auction

Sleeping mallard decoy by Shang Wheeler, estimated at $80,000-$120,000
Sleeping mallard decoy by Shang Wheeler, estimated at $80,000-$120,000
Sleeping mallard decoy by Shang Wheeler, estimated at $80,000-$120,000

SAINT MICHAELS, Md. – Guyette & Deeter, Inc. is pleased to announce its next sporting art and decoy auction, to be held on Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Trio of plovers carved by Crowell claims top roost at Copley auction

The ‘Dust-Jacket’ black-bellied plover trio, carved by Elmer Crowell, sold for a collective $984,000.
The ‘Dust-Jacket’ black-bellied plover trio, carved by Elmer Crowell, sold for a collective $984,000.

PLYMOUTH, Mass. – Copley Fine Art Auctions, LLC, the nation’s premier decoy and sporting art auction house, just completed its 16th annual Sporting Sale, realizing $4.44 million in total sales. The auction results pushed the company’s auction sales total for 2021 to more than $9.3 million, surpassing the company’s previous annual high water mark and extending Copley’s unrivaled track record in the industry. The two-day, 507-lot auction, live-streamed on July 9 and 10, was 92% sold by lot and averaged more than $9,500 per lot sold.Continue reading