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Important Early Yellowlegs Decoy, Bradford Barkalow
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Important Early Yellowlegs
Bradford Barkalow
Forked River, NJ, c. 1880
11 in. long

An elongated and folky decoy by one of New Jersey's earliest makers. Decoys from this celebrated rig have been featured in prominent national collections, including those of Donal C. O'Brien Jr., Dr. James McCleery, John Hillman, and Paul Tudor Jones II. The underside bears the rig marking of three small impressed initials.

This is one of the few decoys from this celebrated rig held outside of the collection of Paul Tudor Jones, who acquired the bulk of the rig from Mort Hansen. Hansen sourced the rig buried in an old farm building near Englishtown, New Jersey.
Original paint with even gunning wear.

Provenance: Mort Hanson Collection
Richard and Lynn Gove Collection

Literature: James R. Doherty, "Classic New Jersey Decoys," Louisville, KY, 2011, p. 171, rigmate illustrated.Copley Fine Art Auctions, "The Donal C. O'Brien Jr. Collection of Important American Sporting Art and Decoys, Sessions I-II," July 27, 2017, lot 26, rigmate illustrated.Guyette and Schmidt, "Important Auction of Rare Waterfowl Decoys from the Collection of John Hillman, April 25 & 26, 1996," St. Charles, IL, 1996, p. 145, lots 599 & 600, rigmates illustrated.Sotheby's and Guyette and Schmidt, "American Waterfowl Decoys: The Distinguished Collection of Dr. James M. McCleery," New York, NY, January 22–23, 2000, lot 368, rigmates illustrated.“North American Decoys Magazine,” Fall 1979, back cover, rigmates illustrated.Henry A. Fleckenstein Jr., "New Jersey Decoys," Exton, PA, 1983, p. 164, pl. 390, related example illustrated.Robert Shaw, "Bird Decoys of North America," New York, NY, 2010, p. 192, related Barkelow examples illustrated.Frank Schmidt and Gary Guyette, "The Art of Deception: Waterfowl Decoys from the Collection of Paul Tudor Jones II," St. Michaels, MD, 2006, p. 74, rigmates illustrated.
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Important Early Yellowlegs Decoy, Bradford Barkalow

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Mar 04, 2022
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Important Early Yellowlegs
Bradford Barkalow
Forked River, NJ, c. 1880
11 in. long

An elongated and folky decoy by one of New Jersey's earliest makers. Decoys from this celebrated rig have been featured in prominent national collections, including those of Donal C. O'Brien Jr., Dr. James McCleery, John Hillman, and Paul Tudor Jones II. The underside bears the rig marking of three small impressed initials.

This is one of the few decoys from this celebrated rig held outside of the collection of Paul Tudor Jones, who acquired the bulk of the rig from Mort Hansen. Hansen sourced the rig buried in an old farm building near Englishtown, New Jersey.
Original paint with even gunning wear.

Provenance: Mort Hanson Collection
Richard and Lynn Gove Collection

Literature: James R. Doherty, "Classic New Jersey Decoys," Louisville, KY, 2011, p. 171, rigmate illustrated.Copley Fine Art Auctions, "The Donal C. O'Brien Jr. Collection of Important American Sporting Art and Decoys, Sessions I-II," July 27, 2017, lot 26, rigmate illustrated.Guyette and Schmidt, "Important Auction of Rare Waterfowl Decoys from the Collection of John Hillman, April 25 & 26, 1996," St. Charles, IL, 1996, p. 145, lots 599 & 600, rigmates illustrated.Sotheby's and Guyette and Schmidt, "American Waterfowl Decoys: The Distinguished Collection of Dr. James M. McCleery," New York, NY, January 22–23, 2000, lot 368, rigmates illustrated.“North American Decoys Magazine,” Fall 1979, back cover, rigmates illustrated.Henry A. Fleckenstein Jr., "New Jersey Decoys," Exton, PA, 1983, p. 164, pl. 390, related example illustrated.Robert Shaw, "Bird Decoys of North America," New York, NY, 2010, p. 192, related Barkelow examples illustrated.Frank Schmidt and Gary Guyette, "The Art of Deception: Waterfowl Decoys from the Collection of Paul Tudor Jones II," St. Michaels, MD, 2006, p. 74, rigmates illustrated.
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