Jess Blackstone Miniature Carved and Painted Double Wagtail Figure, made while serving in Germany, 1945, carved wooden bird depicting two of the European wagtails, one side of the bird painted with the yellow coloration, the other side painted with the pied wagtail colors, with scratch-feather surface, mounted on a rock-form base, identified in English and German, signed "JB," and dated "1945" on the base, ht. 2 1/2 in.
Provenance: Acquired from Jess Blackstone's widow, Edie Blackstone.
Literature: This bird is pictured and discussed in Birds in Wood and Paint, by Joseph H. Ellis, University Press of New England, 2009, p. 132, fig. 14.9 and 14.10.