An antique hunting decoy that was crafted by one of the most famed carvers in Quebec is expected to sell for a high price when it appears at auction later this month.
The event will be held in New Hampshire and hosted by Guyette & Deeter at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel. A number of other carvers from Quebec will have pieces in the auction.
The star decoy of the sale, which represents a ‘canvasback duck, was carved around 1930 by Orel LeBoeuf. The item is expected to sell for between $5,000 (£2,800) and $8,000 (£4,400) at the auction.
LeBoeuf worked in construction and carved the decoys during the autumn and winter seasons. The species represented in his collection of hunting aids include a goldeneye, black ducks, blue gills, and canvasbacks, many of which he sold to hunters, although he used some of them during his own pursuits in the wilderness.
The hunter would take around 300 ducks to Poulin Market, located close to Montreal. Many of the decoys carved by LeBoeuf are displayed in a book by Joe Engers entitled ‘The Great Book of Decoys’.
Other Quebec carvers to be included in the auction will include Pierre Emile LaCombe from Trois Rivieres and Bill Cooper, who is from Verdun. The person who has the winning bid for the canvasback decoy may want to display it in antique cabinet from the same period. Cumbria has a number of reputable dealers who have various suitable pieces on display.
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