Kroghie makes a point of not competing with newer collectors when they bring his attention to something interesting in a sale for his opinion. As his decoy room will attest, his collection is replete. He does still keep an eye out for decoys from the Northern Outer Banks by carvers such as Solomon Beasley and John Fulcher, which are 120-130 years old and Andresen says are underappreciated. He’ll also buy decoys from Pimlico Sound, where he hunted in his childhood but hadn’t done much collecting.
As much as Kroghie’s collection gives him personal pleasure, it has also become an invaluable resource in the collecting community. Kroghie keeps a written record of the provenance and attributes of every single one of his decoys, which at one point numbered around 1,300. And so not only do Kroghie’s books and mentorship benefit fellow collectors through their wealth of knowledge, but as Andresen consigns his decoys to auctions like ours, he reintroduces material to the market that carries the pedigree of his disciplined research. In effect, Kroghie Andresen has almost single-handedly brought an unprecedented level of professionalism and integrity to the rich history of North Carolina decoys.
The Summer Decoy & Sporting Auction
Thursday, June 3rd
Featured Decoys from the Personal Collection of Mr. Kroghie Andresen, Charlotte, North Carolina