In the first session of the upcoming Decoy and Sporting Art Sale, offered by Guyette and Deeter, the collection of Dr. Lloyd T. Griffith will be featured. This is the third of four auctions to present items from his collection. One of the key lots is a complete set of 25 miniature ducks by Elmer Cromwell. Cromwell made miniature birds in three primary groups: songbirds, shorebirds, and ducks. He also made other birds such as owls and upland game, and he sold his creations in sets of 25. The set available in this event is accompanied by the paperwork for each carving and a Cromwell business card.
Also in the auction is a pair of decoys carved by Nathan Cobb, Jr. Cobb’s decoys can be identified by the necks carved from holly branches and the German-imported glass eyes. Storms on Cobb Island destroyed many of his pieces, making these uncommon examples. Other items in the sale include a sunfish plaque by Oscar Peterson, a carved “jack” curlew by William Bowman, a set of antique human-shaped andirons from the early 1900s, and more. View any of these lots and register to bid on Bidsquare.
Lot Categories:Decorative Arts (3), Sculptures and Carvings (3), Collectibles (263), Sporting Decoys, Fishing & Hunting (262)
# of Lots:267
Price Range:$300 - $275,000
Interesting lots include:
|Item Image||Item Name||Estimate|
|Important hollow carved swimming Canada goose, Nathan Cobb, Jr.|| Estimate: |
|Important hollow carved jack curlew, William Bowman|| Estimate: |
|Important and one of the very few known to exist full sets of Elmer Crowell miniature ducks|| Estimate: |
|A set of andirons, circa 1900|| Estimate: |
|Well carved sunfish plaque, Oscar Peterson|| Estimate: |