Five European Decoys early 20th Century 18 1/2 in. long
Two lapwings, one pigeon, a common greenshank, and an Italian curlew or "Chiurlo Maggiore." The curlew is by Christo Earnest, of Burano, Italy, c. 1900. The rig was found on an island near Venice by Joseph B. French. The Italians who used this decoy guided Earnest Hemingway (1899-1961), who likely shot over it. As found.
Provenance: Joseph B. French Collection (Italian decoys) Ronald S. Swanson Collection
Literature: Joseph B. French, "A Collector Tours Europe,” Decoy Collector’s Guide, July-Sept 1965, p. 7, rigmates illustrated.
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