Auction Preview: The Sporting Sale 2018 at Copley Fine Art Auctions, Boston, July 19 - 20 | BLOUIN ARTINFO
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Auction Preview: The Sporting Sale 2018 at Copley Fine Art Auctions, Boston, July 19 - 20

"Earnest-Gregory Dovetailed Goose" - Massachusetts or Pennsylvania, c. 1870; Few, if any, decoys conjure the imagination more than the three elegant Canada goose creations by this unknown maker. Measured at 29 1/2 in. long, 17 1/2 in. high. Estimated Price: 500,000 - 800,000 USD
(Courtesy - Copley Fine Art Auctions)

What: The Sporting Sale 2018

Where: Copley Fine Art Auctions, Hotel 1620 180 Water Street, Plymouth, MA 02360

When: July 19, 1:00 PM & July 20, 10:00 AM

Top Lots of the Sale:

- "Earnest-Gregory Dovetailed Goose" - Massachusetts or Pennsylvania, c. 1870; Few, if any, decoys conjure the imagination more than the three elegant Canada goose creations by this unknown maker. Measured at 29 1/2 in. long, 17 1/2 in. high. Estimated Price: 500,000 - 800,000 USD

- "Phillips Rig Preening Black Duck" - A Elmer Crowell (1862-1952)East Harwich, MA, c. 1912; The similarities of form, raised wing carving, and exceptional paint execution between the Phillips rig pintail and this black duck are striking and showcase the maker's fine skills as “the father of American bird carving.” Measured at 13 in. long. Estimated Price: 200,000 - 300,000 USD

- "Pinch-Breast Pintail Pair" - The Ward Brothers, Lemuel T. (1896-1983) and Stephen (1895-1976) Crisfield, MD, c. 1932; Combining the complementary talents of Steve’s hand carving and Lem’s brushwork to create works of extraordinary grace and realism.” Measured at 18 1/4 in. long. Estimated Price: 200,000 - 300,000 USD

- "The Gilley-Wilson Eider" - Augustus "Gus" Aaron Wilson (1864-1950) South Portland, ME, c. 1900; Epitomizing the decoy as art, this boldly fashioned eider is one of the finest traditional Maine carvings to ever be offered at public auction. Measured at 17 1/2 in. long. Estimated Price: 200,000 - 300,000 USD

- "Long-Tailed Duck Pair" - Joseph W. Lincoln (1859-1938) Accord, MA, c. 1900; O'Brien's notes regarding the drake assert that it is the "best of all Lincoln's Old Squaw; very delicate in construction & paint; subtle and varied pattern on head showing much more shading than usual. Measured at 15 1/2 in. long. Estimated Price: 150,000 - 250,000 USD

- "Canvasback Pair" - John B. Graham (1822-1912) Charlestown, MD, c. 1880; Never destined to float alongside the deadly sinkboxes of the Susquehanna Flats, these were made to grace the mantlepiece of a special home. These Canvasbacks set the standard against which others can be judged.” - C. John Sullivan. Measured at 15 in. long. Estimated Price: 125,000 - 175,000 USD

- "Standing Canada Goose" - Charles S. Schoenheider, Sr. (1854-1924) Peoria, IL, c. 1918; He made floating decoys, as well as “ice decoys,” in the forms of mallards, pintails, and Canada geese, which were balanced on one metal foot. Measured at 22 1/2 in. long, 22 in. tall. Estimated Price: 100,000 - 150,000 USD

- "The Phillips Rig Feeding Yellowlegs" - Beverly, MA, c. 1890; This decoy’s rich history, animated form, unique execution, and excellent provenance place it among the most important shorebird decoys ever offered for sale. Measured at 13 in. long. Estimated Price: 75,000 - 95,000 USD

For details, visit: https://copleyart.hibid.com

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