Shorebird Decoy

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1880-1915

GUSN

GUSN-2636

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

Descriptive Terms

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

Associated Building

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

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

NY, USA, Long Island; New England

Dimensions

13 5/8 x 9 1/2 x 2 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.857

Places

New York state (United States)
Probably