Swan Decoy

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1870-1910

GUSN

GUSN-3390

Description

Wooden carved and painted decoy representing a swan, with a curved body and wings in bas relief. It has a sharply arched two piece neck, a downward pointed head, yellow bill and incised whittling to indicate feathers on its sides. There are many layers of paint, possibly gesso, and including an early application of black to the neck, bill and stripe on the head and breast. [May have been a black swan at one time.] Felt is attached to the bottom.

Details

Descriptive Terms

decoys
carving (processes)
gesso
painting (coating)
wood (plant material)
figure- and animal-derived motifs
Wood
Painted
Carved
Decoy

Associated Building

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

Maker

Attributed to Williams, John, 1859-1937 (Maker)

Location of Origin

Cedar Island, NC, USA

Dimensions

13 1/2 x 5 1/2 (HxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.1175

Places

North Carolina (United States)