Important Greater Yellowlegs
Charles S. Clark (1869-1947)
Chincoteague, VA, c. 1890
11 1/2 in. long
This stately yellowlegs hails from the Adele Earnest Collection. It is fitting that Earnest collected this prime humpback example, as it represents best maker’s efforts. With a long original bill, slightly turned head, ridged back, and bold features, it ranks among the finest Accomack County shorebirds known. Excellent original paint with light gunning wear. Left side has tail chip and two spots of working white touch-up.
Provenance: Adele Earnest Collection
Alvin E. Friedman-Kien Foundation Collection, acquired from the above
Grant Nelson Collection
Literature: Christie's New York, "Property from The Alvin E. Friedman-Kien Foundation," January 19, 2007, lot 398, exact decoy illustrated.
Joe Engers, ed. "The Great Book of Wildfowl Decoys," San Diego, CA, 1990, p. 153, rigmate illustrated.
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