Shorebird Decoy

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1875-1900

GUSN

GUSN-2646

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

Descriptive Terms

decoys
painting (coating)
wood (plant material)
Wood
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.”

Inscription

In ink on label on the stand's base: spotted sand piper

Associated Building

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

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

New England; New York, Long Island

Object Type

Armament -- Accessory

Dimensions

8 (H) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.868

Places

Possibly New York state (United States)
Probably
Possibly