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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 Egret
American School, early 20th century
polychromed wood and string decoy
Height 20 in. by Length 40 1/2 in.
circa 1920
Barnegat Bay, New Jersey
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Provenance

Private Collection, Manesquan, New Jersey;
Steve Miller, American Folk Art, New York;
Joel and Kate Kopp, America Hurrah, New York;
David A. Schorsch, Inc., New York.

Exposition

New York, David A. Schorsch American Antiques, American Decoys:  A Folk Art Tradition, Fall 1996.

Bibliographie

Adele Earnest, The Art of the Decoy, (Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing, 1965), fig. 75, p. 85:
William J. Mackey, American Bird Decoys, (Exton, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing, 1965), p. 57;
Robert Bishop, American Folk Sculpture (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1974) fig. 555, p. 300;
David A. Schorsch, American Decoys:  A Folk Art Tradition, (New York: Antiquarian Equities, 1996), cat. no. 1, cover and pp. 14-15, illus. in color;  
Tom Geismar and Harvey Kahn, Spiritually Moving:  A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998) cat. no. 47, illus. in color.

Description

The large-scale species of exotic waterfowl, including herons, cranes, and egrets, are amongst the scarcest of all working decoys. Egrets were primarily stalked by plume hunters, who sought their showy feathers to sell to milliners, and egret decoys were also occasionally added to rigs of ducks as confidence decoys. Ironically, the exploitation of these big beautiful birds by commercial gunners outraged some late nineteenth century women, who helped set the conservation movement in motion and eventually brought an end to the slaughter.

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