Iconic Americana, Paintings, and Sporting Art at Auction : August 2 – August 4, 2017

Eldred's 2017 Sporting Art Auction
Eldred’s 2017 Sporting Art Auction
Eldred's Auctions
Eldred’s Auctions

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Rare hand carved decoys, sporting art, firearms, weapons and militaria will be made available in an upcoming auction by Eldred on Aug 2 2017, as part of a three day live auction. The sale is hosted on eBay’s Live Auction platform, allowing eBay’s 171 million active buyers the opportunity to bid on an extraordinary selection of unique items in real time.

The August 2nd auction features a stunning selection of naturalistic decoys, sculptures and paintings, including rare decoys by A. Elmer Crowell (1862–1952), a master decoy carver from East Harwich, Massachusetts who specialized in shorebirds, waterfowl, and miniatures.

Consistently regarded as the finest and most desirable decoys ever made, adapt at blending artistry and functionality, Crowell’s carvings of a preening pintail drake and Canadian goose decoys share the world record at $1.13 million dollars.

Highlights in the upcoming auction also include carved Canada Geese decoys by George Boyd (1873-1941). Famed for making both solid and canvas-covered decoys and carved miniature wildfowl, Boyd focused on Black Ducks and Canada Geese carved in Elder wood and hand painted to perfection.

Robert Kennedy Abbett Setter
Robert Kennedy Abbett Setter

Another signature work at the auction is a painting of a setter on point by Robert Kennedy Abbett (1926 –2015), an American artist and illustrator best known for his paintings of wildlife (in particular, dogs), wilderness, sporting, and fishing. Abbett was inspired by the untouched wilderness and forests, and began painting what he has become famous for today: animals and countrylife. The original owner received the painting directly from the artist and it depicts the owner’s setter at his Connecticut hunting camp. Included in the lot are photographs of the dog as well as a signed copy of The Outdoor Paintings of Robert K. Abbett by Gene Hill.

Other pieces in the auction include carved decoys by William Bowman and Jacob Scholer; a set of three continental brass handled swards from the 19th Century; a life-size stuffed Aplomado Falcon from the late 20th Century by master Greek artist Al Jordan; and iconic David E Perkins Fish Decoys.

The following sessions of the auction include a wide range of Americana, including art, silver, furniture, folk art, rugs, and vintage clocks.

David E. Perkins Fish Decoys
David E. Perkins Fish Decoys
George Boyd Canada Goose Decoy
George Boyd Canada Goose Decoy : Head turned to the right. Tack eyes. Canvas-covered body. Good original paint with nice feather paint.
A. Elmer Crowell Lesser Yellowlegs Decoy
A. Elmer Crowell Lesser Yellowlegs Decoy : East Harwich, Massachusetts, Circa 1920 Glass eyes; right eye slightly damaged. Original bill; professional partial bill replacement, half or a bit more. Lightly hit with shot on left side of tail. Wear consistent with age. Length 11.5.”
Al Jordan Life-Size Aplomado Falcon
Al Jordan Life-Size Aplomado Falcon : Rochester, New York, Late 20th Century Glass eyes. Spectacular carved feather detail. Mounted on a burlwood base. Overall height 25. Length 14″.”

eBay’s Live Auctions is a unique platform that brings quality collectibles to a global audience, from hunting and sporting art to antique furniture and jewelry.


Session I (held on Wed., August 2, covering Lots 1-437) includes Decoys, Sporting Art, Firearms and Weapons, Militaria, Maps, Books, Documents, Ephemera, Photographs and more.

LINK: https://www.ebay.com/clt/collectibles-live-events/americana-paintings-sporting-art-session-1-60674

Session II (held on Thurs., August 3, covering Lots 501-940) includes Silver, Jewelry, American Native, Ceramics, Oriental Rugs, Textiles, Clocks, Paintings, Furniture, Folk Art, and Chinese Exports.

LINK: https://www.ebay.com/clt/collectibles-live-events/americana-paintings-sporting-art-session-2-609629

Session III (held on Fri., August 4, covering Lots 1001-1475) features a Cape Cod Collection of Americana and the Roy and Sheila Mennell Collection of Cape Cod Art, and also includes Oriental Rugs, Paintings, and Furniture.

LINK: https://www.ebay.com/clt/collectibles-live-events/americana-paintings-sporting-art-session-3-609630

All lots will be on view at Eldred’s through Tuesday, August 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the mornings of the sales starting at 8:45 a.m. All sessions begin at 10 a.m. EST.


About Eldred’s Auctions

For more than 60 years, Eldred’s auction gallery has been a New England tradition. Located on historic Route 6A in East Dennis, Massachusetts, Eldred’s attracts a wide variety of collectors, dealers and private buyers from the United States, Europe and the Far East. www.eldreds.com

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Wild Bill

Truly fascinating art pieces. I never had one. They don’t fit well in the duffle bag.