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WHISTLING SWAN

JOHN HAYNES WILLIAMS (1857-1937), CEDAR ISLAND, VIRGINIA, CIRCA 1910

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WHISTLING SWAN
JOHN HAYNES WILLIAMS (1857-1937), CEDAR ISLAND, VIRGINIA, CIRCA 1910
Mackey Collection stamped on underside
25 in. long
Provenance
William J. Mackey, Jr., Belford, New Jersey
Sold, Richard A. Bourne Co., Hyannis, Massachusetts, 21 August 1973, lot 201 (see Decoy Index for original cataloguing)
Literature
W.J. Mackey, Jr., American Bird Decoys, New York, 1965, pp. 170-72, pl. 141.
Q. Colio, American Decoys, Ephrata, Pennsylvania, 1972, p. 45.
J. Barnitz et al., The David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection: Art of the Western Hemisphere, New York, 1988, vol. II, p. 299, no. 186 (illustrated in color, p. 299).
Exhibited
New York, New York, IBM Gallery of Arts and Sciences, Collection of William J. Mackey, Jr. of Belford, New Jersey, 29 August - 1 October 1966.
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Lot Essay

Old working swans are extremely rare. This swan by one of this country's premier makers has a rich and colorful history. Williams was considered a specialist in swan decoys, each of his birds created with a different pose to mimic the the movement of an actual flock of swans. With its long neck held high, this decoy is a true work of art capturing the grace and poise of the swan. Donal C. O'Brien, Jr., decoy collector, carver and advisor to the Rockefellers, felt that this swan was the rarest decoy in the collection.

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