Like most early songbird carvers, Elmer Crowell carved decoys. When work slowed and for the summer tourist trade he carved miniature songbirds on Cape Cod.
Elmer is well known. His decoys are the most valuable and sought after in the world. A preening pintail and a Canada goose have both sold for over $1,000,000 at auction.
The attraction to his carvings is the masterful attention to detail and painting. His forms are amazingly graceful and though not highly realistic they seem life-like.
His miniature are also sought, though they don’t draw six figure bids. These little birds reflect a master’s touch and each have a distinct personality.
These delightful songbirds have been a major influence upon my work since I discovered his work in an old auction catalogue I picked up in Bloomington.
Carved Miniature Nashville Warbler
A. Elmer Crowell, E. Harwich, MA, Ca. 1930’s
Mellow, essentially mint, original condition. Rectangular stamp with ink species name.
2 3/4″ long.