Shorebird Decoy

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1890-1910

GUSN

GUSN-2634

Description

Carved in the form of a yellow-legs shorebird; the wings are carved in relief, it has a long peg bill and glass eyes, and is painted in shades of gray and black to suggest the natural coloring of the bird. Being a stick-up decoy, it has a hole in its underside and a hole at its tail to be strung together. The stick looks to be original.

Details

Descriptive Terms

decoys
carving (processes)
painting (coating)
wood (plant material)
Wood
Painted
Carved
Decoy

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.”

Inscription

On paper label inscribed in ink on the underside: yellow/ legs--/ Conn.

Associated Building

Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

New England; Long Island

Dimensions

14 x 11 3/4 x 3 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.855

Places

Connecticut (United States)
Probably

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