From Decoys to Decorative

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From Decoys to Decorative

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From Decoys to Decorative

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These three mallard drakes illustrate the transition of carving from simple decoys to pieces of art. (1) This handsome gunning stool (1951) is typical of the Ward Brothers’ working decoys. (2) Winner of the 1948 National Decoy Makers Contest, this sleeping mallard by Lem Ward showcases the sculptural aspects of decoy carving. (3) The standing mallard by Lem Ward (1952) takes the full leap into a decorative art form.

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