A well-documented curlew from this famous Southern Island community. This exact decoy was displayed in the Museum of American Folk Art as part of the O'Brien Collection in 1981.
This early and rare Cobb Island curlew is one of the fattest examples known. Having survived shooting, hurricanes, flooding, and fires, it stands as a proud relic from a forgotten time. Its prominent features include perfectly circular eyes set in grooves, round cheeks, a grand belly, and the Cobb's best "shark fin" style raised wing carving. In original paint with minor working touch-up and an old replaced bill.
Provenance: William J. Mackey, Jr. Collection Donal C. O'Brien, Jr. Collection Private Collection, Virginia
Literature: Jeff Waingrow, "The American Decoy," The Clarion: America's Folk Art Magazine, New York, NY, Fall 1981, p. 31, exact decoy illustrated. Jackson Parker, “O’Brien Classic Decoys on Display at Museum of American Folk Art,” North American Decoys Magazine, Spanish Fork, UT, Spring/Summer 1982, p. 30, exact decoy illustrated.
Exhibited: New York, New York, “The Art of the American Decoy: Folk Sculpture from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Donal C. O’Brien Jr.,” Museum of American Folk Art, September 3-November 8, 1981.
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