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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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Standing Yellow Legs
Frederick Melville Nichols
(1854-1924)
having an abstract paint pattern to indicate plumage; raised wing and tail
polychromed wood decoy with glass eyes
Height 7 in. by Length 14 in.
circa 1900
New England
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Bibliographie

Tom Geismar and Harvey Kahn, Spiritually Moving:  A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998) cat. no. 43, illus. in color.

Description

Fred Nichols, who was one of Massachusetts' most accomplished shorebird decoy makers, created highly realistic whimbrels, plovers, and yellowlegs for his own use along the state's North Shore. Like Lothrop Holmes and Elmer Crowell, Nichols was equally skilled with a knife or a brush in his hand. All of his masterfully carved and painted decoys have raised wing and tail outlines.

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