Important Golden Plover The Seabury Brothers Lafayette (1823-1910) and Ichabod (1821-1907) Bridgehampton, New York, c. 1855 11 1/2 in. long
“These two brothers were both carpenters and bayman who lived in Bridgehampton, Long Island. They designed and built many structures around their local, town including the Hendrickson (Tiffany) house on Lumber Lane (1863) and the Bridgehampton Academy (1859). They carved shorebird decoys for their own use together until 1873, when Ichabod moved to Connecticut. It was during this time that Lafayette purchased the family farm on Job’s Lane, moved there and ran the Beebee windmill from 1872 to 1880. It is believed that Lafayette continued to carve shorebird decoys but they were smaller in style than the original decoys that the brothers carved together.” -Tim Sieger, The Decoys of Long Island
Two of the earliest documented shorebird decoys by known makers from any region, this animated pair is remarkable for their age and condition, and represent the Seabury brothers' earliest and best carving style.
The form exhibited on both birds is exceptional, with both birds displaying fully rounded plump bodies with the head on one turned to the left and the other to the right. Original paint with even gunning wear, replaced bill on left-looking plover.
Provenance: Davison B. Hawthorne Collection
Literature: Timothy Sieger, "The Decoys of Long Island," Water Mills, NY, 2010, pp. 67 and 78, rigmates illustrated.
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