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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.
wood (plant material)
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.
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),
NY, USA, Long Island; New England
13 5/8 x 9 1/2 x 2 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
New York state (United States)