Hollow Black Duck
Charles E. "Shang" Wheeler (1872-1949)
Stratford, CT, c. 1920
18 in. long
A classic Connecticut black duck decoy by the region's most revered maker with exceptional carving and fine paint. Original paint with wear, especially along body seam.
Provenance: Ronald Swanson Collection
Literature: Dixon MacD. Merkt, "Shang: A Biography of Charles E. Wheeler," Spanish Fork, UT, 1984, dust jacket cover, pp. 19, 129, 152, 172, and 173, pl. 5, 107, 142, 188-192, related decoys illustrated.
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