Auction Action in Easton, Md.
EASTON, MD. – A cigar store Indian with provenance back to 1874 earned more than a half-million dollars in a sale that saw three goose decoys each sell for more than $100,000 and about a dozen other items sell for more than $50,000 each. The November 11 sale, which included sporting art by some of the genre’s best-known artists, was particularly strong in Southern decoys, with birds from two major collections.
Several fish and other carvings by Oscar Peterson were offered, as were miniatures and decorative carvings by well-known craftsmen. The 375-page catalog of the sale is a reference work well worth owning, with extensive biographies of the collectors whose decoys were in this sale, extensive biographies and details concerning several of the decoy makers – much of it not previously published – plus informative articles on the “lore” of duck hunting, including a discussion of the firearms used by market gunners, information on the early sporting clubs, information on pigeon decoys and a discussion of Mason swan decoys as well as a discussion of hunting clubs. The live-streamed sale featured Jim Julia at the podium with bidding also available via three internet platforms, numerous phone lines were in use and absentee bids were accepted. With a gross of more than $4.6 million, it was another strong sale for Gary Guyette and Jon Deeter, and it was led by the cigar store Indian princess. The company has now sold more than $10 million worth of decoys in 2021.
It’s rare to know the “backstory” on pieces like this Indian princess, but the documentation for it goes back to the original owner, John Richard Rose, who opened a “lottery” store in Louisville, Ky., in 1874, according to auctioneer Jon Deeter. There is a vintage photograph
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