Oversized Great Blue Heron Confidence Decoy - SoldPrice on Request
New Jersey or Long Island, New York, circa 1900-1930
Softwood, carved, with original weathered patina, 37 x 37 x 2 ¼ inches
Mounted nn a black metal stand.
The majority of bird decoys representing the larger varieties of waterfowl often date from the twentieth century and were usually made as confidence decoys or ornamental carvings. Sometimes large folk art decoys like this one were used as garden ornaments and lawn decorations.
David A. Schorsch, Woodbury, CT:
A distinguished Midwestern private collection
“American Decoys II, A Folk Art Tradition,” David A. Schorsch, New York City, 1998
David A. Schorsch and Eileen M. Michaelis, American Decoys II, A Folk Art Tradition (New York, 1998), pp. 70-71, illustrated in color.
Related published examples:
Paul A Johnsgard, ed., The Bird Decoy, An American Art Form (Lincoln, Nebraska, 1976), p. 181.
George Reiger, Floaters and Stick-Ups, A Personal Survey of Wildfowl Decoys (Boston, 1986), p. 11.
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