Canvasback Drake G. Bert Graves (1880-1956) Peoria, IL, c. 1920 17 1/2 in. long
This decoy represents one of the maker's finest canvasbacks, with exceptional vermiculated and swirl paint by Catherine Elliston or Millie Graves. Dr. E. C. Burhans was known to receive decoys in lieu of payment for his medical services. Original paint with light gunning wear.
Provenance: Dr. E. C. Burhans Collection Private Collection, by descent from the above
Literature: Stephen B. O'Brien, Jr. and Julie Carlson, "Masterworks of the Illinois River," Boston, MA, 2005, p. 104, related examples illustrated.
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