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JUMP TO LOT
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Rig of Ten Shore Birds (Yellowlegs)
American School, 19th century
each numbered on the base
polychromed wood decoys with brass tack eyes
Height of each approximately 7 in. by Length 11 1/2 in.
circa 1890
Rhode Island
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Provenance

Estate in North Kingston, Rhode Island;
Walters-Benisek Art and Antiques, Northampton, Massachusetts.

Literature

Tom Geismar and Harvey Kahn, Spiritually Moving:  A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998) cat. no. 42, illus. in color.

Catalogue Note

Like many types of wildfowl, yellowlegs and other shorebirds are gregarious creatures that travel in sizeable groups. Hunters lured these seaside birds with groups of decoys on sticks that were set into the sand, but very few complete gunning rigs like this one are still together today. While concerns about rapidly diminishing shorebird populations began to be voiced in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, shorebird hunting remained legal until 1928.

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