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Canvasback Drake

Cameron T. McIntyre (b. 1968)

New Church, VA, c. 2016



Drawn on influence from what are considered to be the most stylistic of mass produced decoys, Cameron set out to recreate the appearance of an early Mason Decoy Factory 'Premier Model' Canvasback while imparting his own perfections to the model. A true master of form and patina, Cameron was able to convey a sense of intrigue and grace in the sculpture all while producing a surface to appear as if it was a genuine relic lost to time for the last 125 years.


The majority of Cameron's 'Mason' style decoys are single drakes. This one is hollow carved with a highly stylistic bill and neck form. On the underside of the applied bottom board, Cameron added the black "Premier" stencil, a nod to the factory that would ink stamp the bottom side of its 'Premier' and 'Challenge' grade models in a similar fashion. After explaining the significance of his hour glass shaped lead weight, the consignor requested it be used on this example. Being an artist of great reverance and attention to detail in his work, Cameron's hour glass lead pad weight bears great meaning. In Cameron's eyes, the weight is a lasting reminder to the portion of life that he dedicated to the creation of the piece.


“The number one thing I’m interested in is the sculptural form,” he says. “People are starting to appreciate that simple, more primitive things have artistic merit. What I’m doing has a certain quality, but it’s not about level of detail. I could make a superrealistic decoy if I wanted to—and I don’t want to. I do it this way because that’s what I love.”

~ Cameron McIntyre, Garden & Gun interview 2020



Cameron's work has been covered in numerous publications from Decoy Magazine to Garden & Gun. His work has been displayed in numerous one-man and small group shows across the country. Privately his work resides in some of the best collections across the country, sitting along side many of the master pieces he has studied throughout his life. Publicly his work is displayed in numerous insitutions and deservedly so, was the only contemporary decoy carver displayed at The Center for American Decoys, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria, IL.


Condition: Mint, as aged by artist


Provenance: Private Virginia Collection, acquired from the artist


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Canvasback Drake - Cameron McIntyre


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