Lot 237: Robert Nightingale (British 1815-1895): The Decoy Pond at Grange Farm

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2015-07-07 10:48:48

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Lot 237: Robert Nightingale (British, 1815-1895): The Decoy Pond at Grange Farm, Essex, with the Squire of Dengie Manor & his decoyman in the foreground beside their dogs & catch, oil on canvas, H 87 x W 137 cm. Note: In use until the early 1900s, the Grange Farm Decoy Pond covered just over an acre & had six pipes. In an average year, the pond trapped almost 2,000 wildfowl, mostly wigeon, but was occasionally known to have trapped 10,000 birds in a single season. The pond has now been filled in & no traces of its existence remain. The present picture provides a realistic, historically significant portrayal of trapping wild duck that tells us much about this aspect of nineteenth century rural life. Boningtons' The Country House Sale July 2015 Wednesday, 15th July 2015 Estimate: £5000-8000
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