Exemplary Hollow Brant
Ira D. Hudson (1873-1949)
Chincoteague, VA, c. 1925
15 1/4 in. long
A hollow decoy displaying exceptional swirl feathering. Southern decoy historian Henry A. Fleckenstein Jr. chose to feature this decoy in color in his 1983 book Southern Decoys, along with Muller’s hooded merganser pair (lot 3). A closely related example is found in Call to the Sky, a book which showcases the decoy collection of Dr. James M. McCleery.
Excellent original paint with even gunning wear.
Provenance: Dr. Peter J. Muller Jr. Collection, acquired in 1980
Literature: Henry A. Fleckenstein Jr., Southern Decoys of Virginia and The Carolinas, Exton, PA, 1983, p. 33, exact decoy illustrated.
Joe Engers, “Dr. Peter J. Muller: Bringing a good eye and an artistic approach to decoy collecting,” Decoy Magazine, January/February 2008, p. 12, exact decoy illustrated.
Robert Shaw, Call to the Sky: The Decoy Collection of James M. McCleery, M.D., Houston, TX, 1992, p. 81, closely related decoy illustrated.
Henry H. Stansbury, Ira D. Hudson and Family, Lewes, DE, 2002, p. 76, similar decoy illustrated.
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