Rare Preening Black Duck
Augustus "Gus" Aaron Wilson (1864-1950)
South Portland, ME, c. 1920
15 in. long
In "American Vernacular," authors Frank Maresca and Roger Ricco write, “Augustus ‘Gus’ Wilson was a master carver whose career spanned more than fifty years. He worked as a fisherman and a lighthouse attendant. Typical details of his work are carved eyes and bills, raised wings, and inletted necks; he is famed as well for his skillful execution of rocking heads, swivel heads, and preening and sleeping poses.”
Wilson's carvings have been highly regarded for over a century and are cornerstones of top collections across the country. Original paint with gunning wear, putty loss, and some darkening to flaked areas.
Provenance: Private Collection, Maine
Private Collection, Midwest
Literature: Frank Maresca and Roger Ricco, "American Vernacular," Boston, MA, 2002, p. 38.
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