High-Head Canvasback Drake St. Clair Flats, c. 1920 16 1/2 in. long
A rigmate to this canvasback is illustrated on the inside covers and pages 7-8 of Clune Walsh and Lowell Jackson's book of Michigan decoys. They referred to these decoys as "snakey head...restless, nervous, and very wild." A collector's notation on the bottom of the decoy refers to the decoy as a "Long Neck Can," found on Harsens Island. In old working repaint with gunning wear.
Provenance: Ronald S. Swanson Collection
Literature: Clune Walsh, Jr. and Lowell G. Jackson, "Waterfowl Decoys of Michigan and the St. Clair Region," Detroit, MI, 1983, pp. 6-7, pl. 17 and inside cover, rigmate illustrated. Gene and Linda Kangas, "Great Lakes Decoy Interpretations," Concord, OH, 2011, p. 158, rigmates illustrated. Ronald Swanson, “The Decoy as Folk Sculpture,” Cranbrook Academy of Art Exhibition Catalog, January 1987, p. 34, fig. 50, exact decoy illustrated.
Exhibited: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, “The Decoy as Folk Sculpture,” Cranbrook Academy of Art, January 27-February 22, 1987.
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