Auction ended on January 16th, 2012

173: Black-Bellied Plover

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Black-Bellied Plover

Obediah Verity (1813-1901)

Seaford, NY, c. 1880

A plump bird with fine square beetle head form, deeply carved heart-shaped wings, forward-looking, deeply incised eyes and a tenoned-through and splined hardwood bill. This alert shorebird displays the makers very best stippled feather paint and is one of the finest straight-head Verity carvings to come on the market. This bird is nearly identical in form and patination to the four black-bellied plovers illustrated in E. Jane Townsend's "Gunner's Paradise."

Retains dry original paint, with the typical second coat of black to the breast and bill. A few shot marks and even gunning wear. Beautiful tight, even craquelure throughout. A hairline crack runs through one wing.

Peter Brams Collection, acquired from Bud Ward
Private Collection, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Henry Fleckenstein, Jr., "Shore Bird Decoys," Exton, PA, 1980, pp. 42-43, color plates XII, XIV and XVI, similar birds illustrated. Quintina Colio, "American Decoys," New York, NY, 1972, p. xiii, similar birds illustrated.

Starting Bid:

$12,000.00

Buyer's Premium:

  • 18%
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