Mallard Pair Charles M. Bergman (1856-1946) Astoria, OR, c. 1930 17 in. long
A hollow mallard pair by one of the West Coast’s premier carvers. Bergman was a boatbuilder and his craftsmanship is evident in the construction of his decoys. The lines of his birds are clean and stylized in both the carving and the paint, creating a consistently appealing decoy. The maker's "C B" initials are stenciled on the bottom of each. Original paint with even gunning wear, minor touch-up to hen's reset neck, drake's head, and breasts on each.
Provenance: Private Collection, California
Literature: Michael R. Miller and Frederick W. Hanson, "Wildfowl Decoys of the Pacific Coast," Davis, CA, 1986, pp. 78 and 84, related examples illustrated.
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