The Decoy & Sporting Art Sale, offered by Guyette and Deeter, is anchored by hand-carved bird and fish decoys. A hollow-carved swan made by Charles Birch is among the leading lots. A boatbuilder, waterman, and decoy carver from Willis Wharf, Virginia, Birch’s skill as a decoy artist is well known among collectors. Used as confidence decoys, few of these working swan pieces are known to exist today. Another available decoy is a willet by William Bowman, a master carver from Long Island, New York.
Beyond decoys, there are several works of sporting-related fine art, including original aquatint paintings by John James Audubon. Additionally, the catalog offers etchings from artists such as Roland Clark, Frank W. Benson, and Richard Bishop. Other collectible items in the sale include antique shell boxes, powder tins, a vintage salesman’s sample case of spear tips, and more. Completing the sale are several hunting-related items and handmade bird calls from makers such as Fred Jolly, Claude Stoe, and Neil Cost. View any of these lots and register to bid on Bidsquare.
Lot Categories:Sporting Decoys, Fishing & Hunting (249)
# of Lots:249
Price Range:$350 - $175,000
Interesting lots include:
|Item Image||Item Name||Estimate|
|Important hollow carved swan, Charles Birch, Willis Wharf, Virginia|| Estimate: |
|Important willet, William Bowman, Lawrence, Long Island, New York, last quarter 19th century.|| Estimate: |
|Original aquatint engraving, John James Audubon (1785-1851), PL 379 - Brant goose.|| Estimate: |
|Three standing decorative shovelers in a beach scene, Oliver Lawson, Crisfield, Maryland.|| Estimate: |
|Complete set of six box turkey calls, Neil Cost, Greenwood, South Carolina|| Estimate: |