Hissing Canada Goose Ira D. Hudson (1873-1949) Chincoteague, VA, c. 1920 28 1/2 in. long
This hissing Canada goose form is exceedingly hard to find in original paint. Fewer still are known to have survived with their serpentine necks intact.
Ira Hudson’s carvings represent some of the finest examples of American folk art. Their strong appeal has vaulted Hudson’s work to the forefront of Americana from Virginia. This boldly carved example, fashioned out of cedar, showcases racy lines and full cheek carving with the head turned slightly to the right. Featuring Hudson’s best stippled-and-wave paint, it ranks as one of the maker’s crowning achievements. Original paint with gunning wear and two-and-one-half-inch bill replacement.
Provenance: Collectable Old Decoys Grant Nelson Collection
Literature: Henry A. Fleckenstein, Jr., "Southern Decoys of Virginia and the Carolinas," Exton, PA, 1983, p. 32, pl. 38 and 39, related examples illustrated.
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