Thursday, April 28, 2011

Swan Song

Editor's Note -- The rapid decline in the Decoy market may realize a turnaround this weekend at the National Antique Decoy & Sporting Collectibles Show, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

Guyette & Schmidt Inc. of Maryland will conduct the show's auctions, as usual. "Over the years, we have sold about $125 million of decoys," says Gary Guyette, president. "We used to have $14-million years, but now we have $6-million years." 

Glory days no more:  This rare red-breasted merganser hen decoy sold for $856,000 in 2007, breaking the world auction record for an American waterfowl decoy.  Photo courtesy of Christie's Images Ltd.
[ICONS decoy]
Going, going, gone: There are only a handful of surviving Birch swans. This one is in original paint
Mr. Guyette promises many auction lots that are "fresh to the market," including a swan made in the 1930s by Virginia boat-builder and fisherman Charles Birch. The piece is expected to sell for between $125,000 and $140,000.

Editor's note --  Flippantly Florida hopes WSJ realizes Guyette must sell a whole bunch of ducks this weekend to make up for $8 million in lost revenue.

 by KarenAGardner
Decoy Market, After Decline, Tests Its Wings 



  1. quacking good post. In particular, the merganser may be a good decoy but it's a fabulous artwork.,

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  2. Hello Steven. You've noticed I didn't find the merganser at the weekend auction, haven't you?

  3. I was attacked once when with my daughters by a gaggle of geese. At first I thought they were just unhappy with us but then they attacked the ducks as well.
    They are all 'quackers' if you ask me.

  4. I'll bet you were feeding the ducks stale bread or crackers or something like that. The geese, obviously, were hungry (as it was well past their lunchtime.)


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