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Shorebird Decoy

1991.868 (RS32630)

Description

Carved in the figure of a spotted sandpiper with tack eyes, carved bill and split tail; it is painted in mellow shades of yellow, brown and black; stick-up decoy with the underside drilled with a hole and mounted on a modern black-painted standard base; the bird has a peg through the center of its back; it is in a feeder position.

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
1875-1900
Inscriptions
In ink on label on the stand's base: spotted sand piper
Location of origin
New England; New York, Long Island
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
painting (coating)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Armament -- Accessory
Places
Possibly New York state (United States)
Descriptive terms
Decoy
decoys
Painted
painting (coating)
Wood
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
8 (H) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.868
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2646

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