Southern Highlights at Copley Fine Art Auctions Winter Sale

With a circa 1870 Virginia swimming brant from the Milton Christian Weiler decoy collection, a pair of flying canvasbacks by the famed Ward brothers of Maryland, and an array of arresting bird miniatures from the artist Frank S. Finney of Capeville, Virginia, the Copley Fine Art Auctions Winter Sale offers Southern highlights aplenty. Each year, the Massachusetts-based auction house puts up some of the finest finds in sporting art from collections all over the country. Already previewed at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, South Carolina, Copley’s virtual auction opens on March 4, with the first day’s lots offering an Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait dog scene, a set of Mark S. McNair curlews, and miniatures of bald eagles, owls, woodcock, and grouse. Day two will see Chet Reneson and more Ogden M. Pleissner watercolor scenes, plus a generous helping of Crowell stunners. Last year, a Crowell bobwhite quail pair went for $221,400, and Copley recorded its best winter sale yet, but this year’s 556 lots of decoys, paintings, and sculptures might just top it. Click here for more auction details and to see the entire catalog.

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