NEW YORK CITY – On Jan. 18, Christie’s (New York) and Guyette & Schmidt, Inc. (St. Michaels, Md.) combined forces to sell around 70 decoys within Christie’s sale of Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Prints, and Decoys. A number of decoy world auction records were established at the sale.
This mallard drake, circa 1910, from Burlington, Iowa, sold for $15,250 at an auction in New York City.
A Canada goose, circa 1870, by Nathan Cobb, Jr. (Cobb Island, Va.) sold for $457,000, a new auction record for a Virginia decoy. The goose was formerly in the collection of pioneer folk art collector Adele Earnest and was featured in both of her books.
This Nathan Cobb, Jr. Canada goose sold for a record price of $457,000 at the Guyette & Schmidt, Inc./Christie’s auction.
A 1928 model widgeon by the Ward Brothers (Crisfield, Md.) sold for $133,000, a new auction record for a Ward Brothers decoy. A world auction record was established for an Iowa decoy when an oversized mallard drake from Burlington sold for $15,250.
$133,000 was the final price paid for a Ward Brothers decoy in a New York City auction.
Both companies plan to auction decoys together in January 2009.
For more information, call 410-745-0485, or go online to www.guyetteandschmidt.com.