On Friday, Copley Fine Art Auctions, the nation’s premier sporting art auction house, will display hundreds of the finest antique and contemporary decoys and American, sporting, and western art. The event, the Winter Sale 2016 will be held at the Charleston, South Carolina’s American Theater, located in the Design District of Upper King Street, in conjunction with the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.

Known for its high quality, Copley’s sporting sales have led the field with first-rate offerings and strong results for the past decade. Since 2009, Copley has successfully sold 14 of the top decoy lots at auction, outstripping the competition. The Winter Sale 2016 will offer the opportunity to see and take home world-class sporting paintings, folk art, and fine bird carvings. Copley’s sales are bellwether for the industry, with detailed descriptions, accurate sales results, and an open online sale database showcasing Copley’s quality offerings and world-record results.

Leading the paintings is the William B. Webster III Collection of wildlife and sporting art. Webster was the founder of Wild Wings, and his personal art collection included a number of exceptional works by Aiden Lassell Ripley and contemporary sporting artists David A. Maass, David Hagerbaumer, and Harry Curieux Adamson, among many others.

Copley holds the world record for such artists as Francis Lee Jaques, Ogden Pleissner, Edmund Osthaus, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Hagerbaumer, William Schaldach, A.B. Frost, Lynn Bogue Hunt, Chet Reneson, Mike Stidham, and many others. Decoy highlights include extremely rare ruffed grouse and quail carvings by A. Elmer Crowell and a major Canada goose by the Ward Brothers that comes from the collections of William J. Mackey and Dr. James M. McCleery.

Online bidding on more than 480 items will be available through Bidsquare.com, and absentee and telephone bidding are available. A full-color catalog is available.

The auction will begin with a preview on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 AM, with bidding to commence at 11 a.m. For more information, a full schedule of events, or to order a catalog, please send an email to info@copleyart.com, call (617) 536-0030, or visit copleyart.com.

 

The Ward Brothers, Lemuel T. (1896-1984) and Stephen (1895-1976), Canada Goose, c. 1936. Estimate: $60/80,000.

The Ward Brothers, Lemuel T. (1896-1984) and Stephen (1895-1976), Canada Goose, c. 1936. Estimate: $60/80,000.

 

Carl Clemens Mortiz Rungius (1869-1959), Bull Moose, oil on canvas, 23¼ by 35½ inches. Estimate: $150,000-$250,000.

Carl Clemens Mortiz Rungius (1869-1959), Bull Moose, oil on canvas, 23¼ by 35½ inches. Estimate: $150,000-$250,000.

 

A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952), Bobwhite Quail, East Harwich, MA, c. 1930. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000.

A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952), Bobwhite Quail, East Harwich, MA, c. 1930. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000.

 

Lee Dudley (1860-1942), Canvasback Drake, Knotts Island, NC, c. 1900. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000.

Lee Dudley (1860-1942), Canvasback Drake, Knotts Island, NC, c. 1900. Estimate: $40,000-$60,000.

 

Lynn Bogue Hunt (1878-1960), Flight of Black-Bellied Plover, gouache, 13½ by 16 inches. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000.

Lynn Bogue Hunt (1878-1960), Flight of Black-Bellied Plover, gouache, 13½ by 16 inches. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000.

 

Lynn Bogue Hunt (1878-1960), Big Horn Rams, oil on canvas, 29 by 21 inches. Estimate: $35,000-$45,000.

Lynn Bogue Hunt (1878-1960), Big Horn Rams, oil on canvas, 29 by 21 inches. Estimate: $35,000-$45,000.

 

Francis Lee Jaques (1887-1969), Wild Turkey, 1945, oil on canvas on Masonite, 24 by 20 inches. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000.

Francis Lee Jaques (1887-1969), Wild Turkey, 1945, oil on canvas on Masonite, 24 by 20 inches. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000.

 

Ogden M. Pleissner (1905-1983), Grouse Shooting in Vermont, watercolor, 17¼ by 27¼ inches. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000.

Ogden M. Pleissner (1905-1983), Grouse Shooting in Vermont, watercolor, 17¼ by 27¼ inches. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000.

 

Aiden Lassell Ripley (1896-1969), Woodcock by the Brook, c. 1948, oil on canvas, 26½ by 39½ inches. Estimate: $60,000-$90,000.

Aiden Lassell Ripley (1896-1969), Woodcock by the Brook, c. 1948, oil on canvas, 26½ by 39½ inches. Estimate: $60,000-$90,000.

 

Charles E. “Shang” Wheeler (1872-1949), Exceedingly Rare Wood Duck Hen, Stratford, CT, c. 1920. Estimate: $12,000-$18,000.