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Details & Cataloguing

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Pair of Blue Herons
American School, 19th century
carved and polychromed wood decoys
Height of tallest 21 3/4 in.
circa 1870
Probably Connecticut
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Provenance

Found in Connecticut;
Private Collection, New Hampshire;
David A. Schorsch, Inc., New York.

Bibliographie

David A. Schorsch Advertisement, Folk Art, Winter 1992-93, vol. 17, no. 4, p. 24;
Tom Geismar and Harvey Kahn, Spiritually Moving:  A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998) cat. no. 48, illus. in color.

Description

Heron decoys are rare, and pairs almost unheard of. A similar pair of blue herons found in New England is owned by the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York. That pair is illustrated in Lipman and Winchester, The Flowering of American Folk Art, p. 169.

Great blue herons were hunted both for their feather and for food; they were considered a delicacy by baymen on Long Island (where they were dubbed "Seaford turkeys" after a town on the island's southwest coast) and around Atlantic City, New Jersey. Since herons are extremely wary birds, a heron decoy was also sometimes added to a rig of duck decoys as a confidence bird.

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