Seymour was one of the first master carvers from New York State.
Born and reared in Bemus Point on the shores of Lake Chautauqua in the
Seymour earned his living as a general handyman. Descended
from English and Dutch roots, Seymour's fish decoys defined the output
of the New York school; solid, utilitarian,
blocky in form and somewhat
dull in coloration.
Seymour /Trout Decoy
Carved, painted wood with attached metal
fins and leather tail
Length 7", circa 1890
Seymour's work is nonetheless memorable
for it's instinctive handling of shapes and
his keen eye for painted
texture. A hallmark of Seymour's which has been widely copied
bright red paint he frequently applied to the gill slits of his fish
Seymour / Green
Carved, painted wood with leather tail, metal pectoral fins and copper
Length 6.75", circa 1890
perhaps not the equal of the lyrical masterpieces of the Great Lakes
Seymour's fish decoy carvings are highly sought after
for their naive charm.
Seymour decoys are extremely valuable and one
example at a Sotheby's auction
fetched over $11,000.
Seymour / Perch
Carved, painted wood with attached metal fins and leather tail
Length 6.5", circa 1895.