Duck pair carved by ND folk artist Thomas Hansen

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jun 11, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

This wonderfully carved pair of standing Ducks are fresh out of a Northern Michigan Estate. The bottom of the mallard is marked "Thos Hansen, Valley City ND", the Redhead has no markings but came out of the same lot of birds and has some of the same attributes so I am assumming it is also by Mr Hansen. As you will note in the background information listed below, Mr Hansen was well known for his bird carvings and these have become quiet collectable and hard to find. I have several of these from the same estate that I will be listing so be sure to check out my other auctions. I am guesstimating these to be from the 1950's or 60's. Great overall condition as can be seen in the pics with nice coloring.

The Hen Mallard measures 3.5" long and stands 3.25" tall. The redhead measures 4" long x 4"tall. The birds feet are carved out of the base. There are a spots on the back of the mallard but otherwise are in nice condition as can be seen in the pics.

Background information:

Hansen, Thomas
born. April 27, 1895
Discipline: Wood

Like one of his intricate carvings whittled from a block of wood, the talent of Thomas Hansen was shaped out of a childhood disability. Stricken with osteomylitis (a bone infection) at the age of 12, Hansen spent much of his teenage years in a hospital and wheelchair. Sheer boredom
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