Folk Art Black-Backed Gull by Amateur Savoie

Circa: 1925
Size: 8 7/8" x 20 1/2" x 7"
Amateur Savoie (1896- 1983, Neguac, NB) was New Brunswick's most famous decoy carver. Known as, "Mat," Savoie was a self-taught barber, cobbler, and important Canadian folk artist who worked along the shores of Tabusintac, New Brunswick. This early confidence decoy is from Savoie's early period and has an overall elegant form. The head pieces are joined cross grain to discourage in-line splitting. The chrome yellow beak stands out beautifully.

Literature: Dale and Gary Guyette, "Decoys of Maritime Canada," 1983, pp. 160-161.

Reference: for another gull by Savoie see, Milwaukee Art Museum, The Michael and Julie Hall Collection of American Folk Art.

Condition: Very good-Excellent, with expected wear and associated paint loss. Small loss to underside of beak.

Price: SOLD