Crowell shorebirds highlight Feb. 15 decoy sale

CHARLESTON, S.C. — More than 200 decoys and decoy-related items, with prices ranging from $100 to $40,000, will be sold at Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter’s Feb. 15, 2013 auction in Charleston, S.C. The preview begins at noon, with the auction starting at 2 p.m. The sale will be held at the Charleston Marriot, 170 Lockwood Boulevard.

The auction is open to the public and there is no admission fee. A 40-table decoy show will be held in the same facility. Online bidding will be available through www.artfact.com. The auction will be held in conjunction with the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. More

Preening whimbrel decoy by Elmer Crowell is one of the more than 200 decoys set for auction Feb. 15. (Photo courtesy Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter)

Preening whimbrel decoy by Elmer Crowell is one of the more than 200 decoys set for auction Feb. 15. (Photo courtesy Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter)

information on the Exposition is available at www.sewe.com or 843-723-1748.

The sale will feature the collections of Peter Bartlett, Carolyn Rowland, the Chincoteague Refuge Museum, Jim Ward, Robert Billingsley and John Hunsaker.

Carolyn Rowland (1916-2012) and her husband George lived in Boston and had a summer home in Osterville on Cape Cod. Over a 35-year period, they put together one of the finest Elmer Crowell decorative shorebirds collections in the country. The collection includes several pieces that were gifts from Elmer Crowell to his benefactor, Dr. Hardy. The majority of the Rowland collection will be sold at the summer 2013 Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter auction in Portsmouth, N.H., but about 15 pieces are offered in the Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter Charleston, South Carolina, sale Feb. 15. The Rowlands purchased many decorative carvings and Massachusetts shorebirds at the Richard Bourne auctions in Hyannis in the 1970s. “The Allure of the Decoy,” an exhibit of decoys from the collection of Elaine and Alan Haid, will be held at the Aiken-Rhett House from Feb. 15-17.

Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter provides free decoy appraisals to those sending a decoy photo and stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter, P.O. Box 1170, St. Michaels, MD 21663. Email inquiries can be addressed to Gary Guyette (decoys@guyetteandschmidt.com; phone 410-745-0485) or Jon Deeter (jdeeter@guyetteandschmidt.com, phone 440-610-1768).

An online preview of the Feb. 15 sale can be seen at www.guyetteandschmidt.com. The firm welcomes phone and absentee bidding; either may be obtained by calling 410-745-0485.

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