Dowitcher Lothrop T. Holmes (1824-1899) Kingston, MA, c. 1870 8 1/2 in. long
An exceedingly rare Holmes species, the body lines of this decoy mirror those of his famous ruddy turnstones; however, the head of this sandpiper is cocked back slightly in an alert position. Original paint with gunning wear, a reset neck, and replaced bill and eyes.
Provenance: Ronald S. Swanson Collection
Literature: Ronald Swanson, “The Decoy as Folk Sculpture,” Cranbrook Academy of Art Exhibition Catalog, January 1987, p. 16, fig. 22 (2nd from left), exact decoy illustrated.
Exhibited: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, “The Decoy as Folk Sculpture,” Cranbrook Academy of Art, January 27-February 22, 1987.
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