Black Duck Charles Hart (1862-1960) Gloucester, MA, c. 1920 17 1/2 in. long
Hart ranks among Massachusetts' most important makers, and this stellar black duck is one of the carver's best efforts. The bold bird displays carved detail and highly defined raised wings and primaries. The body was hollowed out to one-half-inch thickness and no bottom board was applied, leaving it open. This unusual construction was designed to create a suction on calm gunning waters. Original paint with even gunning wear, and age lines.
Provenance: Donald M. Greenwood Collection
Literature: George Ross Starr, Jr., M.D., "Decoys of the Atlantic Flyway," New York, NY, 1974, p. 178, fig. 88, related examples illustrated.
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