As the spring Americana sale is fast approaching, I wanted to get a pick of the week out there and share some spring inspiration. With over 400 lots I had plenty of things to chose from. The obvious choice and my true favorite is the cover lot – a Mahantongo Valley, Pennsylvania turned and painted spice box, which is over the top incredible. I am confident that this lot will get more than enough attention as an iconic piece of American folk art and will be the object of desire for many individuals. So, in saying that, I went with my second favorite lot of the sale. Lot #40 which is an exceptional carved and painted owl decoy. This owl dates from the 19th century and retains the original untouched painted surface. It is hollow carved with bright, bold eyes that are keenly looking for its next meal. At an impressive 25” high he can surely sit tall enough to scan the forest floor. For those of you who do not know, owl decoys were used in the hunting of crows. Owls and crows have an inherit disdain for each other. Crows will bombard perched and flying owls and owls have been known to prey on young crows. Mother nature’s version of the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s. No matter which side you are on, I think everyone can agree that this owl is one majestic specimen. He (I am assuming!) came to us from the legendary collection of Titus Geesey, an iconic name in the antique world. So, give a hoot and see if you can add this feathery friend to your collection.
by: Jamie Shearer