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Shorebird Decoy

1991.857 (RS32630)

Description

Carved in the form of a full-bodied plover with split tail, glass eyes and horn or baleen beak; it is painted in black and cream with stylized feathering on back on original black and white painted stick; this is a stick-up decoy mounted on a rough base.

Details

Label
In Cherished Possessions 2003-2005: The Littles loved decoys, which, when they began collecting them in the 1940s, were not the collectibles that they are today. Nina wrote, “there is a indefinable quality inherent in the pose and the expression of some decoys that endows them with comical individuality and this, together with original paint, is what attracts us rather than date, rarity of maker, or conventional elements of design.”<br/>
Maker
unknown
Date
1880-1915
Location of origin
NY, USA, Long Island; New England
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
carving (processes)
painting (coating)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Armament -- Accessory
Places
New York state (United States)
Descriptive terms
Carved
carving (processes)
Decoy
decoys
Painted
painting (coating)
Wood
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
13 5/8 x 9 1/2 x 2 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.857
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2636

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