Important Summer Yellowlegs
A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952)
East Harwich, MA c. 1910
8 3/4 in. long
Crowell's lesser yellowlegs decoys are exceptionally rare. As stated by Crowell author and historian Brian Cullity, "The lesser yellowlegs was a relatively uncommon species to be used as a model for a decoy." On the pattern for this decoy Crowell identifies the species as "summer yellow leg." This important example was exhibited in Dr. McCleery's "Call to the Sky" museum exhibition and accompanying book. It was also held back by the McCleery estate from the 2000 sale along with four other of his best Crowell shorebirds. This select group of five was offered at Sotheby's in 2005 where this lot was featured on the catalog cover. Original paint with light gunning wear and a professionally replaced bill.
PROVENANCE: Dr. James M. McCleery Collection Private Collection, New York
LITERATURE: Sotheby's, "Important American Folk Art, Furniture and Silver," New York, NY, May 2005, front cover and lot 104, exact decoy illustrated.
Brian Cullity, The Songless Aviary: The World of A. E. Crowell & Son, Hyannis, MA, 1992, pp. 60 and 114, plate 116, Crowell's pattern and related example illustrated.
Robert Shaw, Call to the Sky: The Decoy Collection of James M. McCleery, M.D., Houston, TX, 1992, pp. 14-15, exact decoy illustrated.
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