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Details & Cataloguing

The History of Now: The Important American Folk Art Collection of David Teiger | Sold to Benefit Teiger Foundation for the Support of Contemporary Art

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Feeding Yellow Legs
Frederick Melville Nichols
(1854-1924)
having a raised wing and split tail
polychromed cedar decoy with oak bill and glass eyes
Height 9 1/2 in. by Length 14 in.
circa 1890
Lynn, Massachusetts
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Provenance

Robin Starr, Duxbury, Massachusetts;
Steve Miller, American Folk Art, New York.

Literature

Roger Ricco and Frank Maresca, American Primitive: Discoveries in Folk Sculpture (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988) p. 157, fig. 218;
Tom Geismar and Harvey Kahn, Spiritually Moving:  A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998) cat. no. 44, illus. in color.

Catalogue Note

Nichols was a keen birder who was a member of the Essex County Ornithological Club associated with the Peabody Museum in Salem. His obituary notes that he was "especially interested in music and birds, giving great attention to the shore-birds." This superb early example of his work manifests his knowledge of wild birds and his ability to detail his observations of their forms and plumage in wood and paint.

The History of Now: The Important American Folk Art Collection of David Teiger | Sold to Benefit Teiger Foundation for the Support of Contemporary Art

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New York