Fine 19th c. Chinese Export diminutive wood and lacquer secretary, c. 1830. The piece would have been commissioned by a New England sea captain trading in Canton to bring home as a gift for his wife. Made in 5 pieces to facilitate packing on board ship: base, writing desk, bookcase, crown molding and central crest medallion.
Pair of carved wood Long-tailed duck decoys with glass eyes, c. 1950. Hen is in preening position; drake is in swimming position and is branded “SS” on bottom. The Long-tailed duck , formerly known as the Old Squaw duck, is a small, delicately shaped bird that breeds in summer in arctic regions and winters off northern coasts. Its size and shape belie its toughness, as it can dive to depths of 200 feet and spends huge amount of its time under water. These ducks gather in large flocks and make an almost constant chatter.
Dimensions: 10" h x 13" w x 5.5" d