Signed CLAUDE KEMPER Hand-Carved KILDEER - Birds of My Hollow - West Virginia

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  • Item Category: Fine Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 12,2013
  • Channel: Online Auction
Offered for sale is this splendid life-sized, hand-carved and painted wooden Kildeer figure by renowned West Virginia artist Claude Kemper. It measures 6-3/8 inches high. The driftwood base is 7-3/4 inches long x approximately 3-1/4 inches wide. The bird itself is approximately 6 inches long, and is 7-1/2 inches from the tip of its tail, over its head to the end of the beak. There is a tiny bit of minor roughness in the wood where the left wing is folded back against the body. but it is under the paint, and therefore is an integral part of the carving. (See photo 8.)
Kemper grew up on a 150-acre farm on Tanner Creek Road in Gilmer County, West Virginia. For more than a quarter of a century, he took pleasure hand-carving birds that he knew and loved as a child. Kemper carved all of his birds from basswood, then mounted them on driftwood he collected either from West Virginia lake shores or at his winter home in Florida. As his carvings grew in popularity, orders began to backlog for three or four years. He participated in only one craft show per year, the Stonewall Jackson Jubilee, at Jackson's Mill, and exhibited the carvings annually at the West Virginia State Folk Festival in Glenville. During his life, he carved 45 different species of West Virginia birds, and in 2000 donated a complete collection of his birds – one of only ten in existence – to Glenville State College, his alma mater. It is the only complete collection on public display. The accompanying catalogue, Birds of My Hollow , lists the species and describes their habitats and characteristics. Kemper passed away in 2003.
We are helping to disperse a West Virginia estate which includes more than 20 of Kemper's birds. All of the birds were bought at the Stonewall Jackson Jubilee, and have had only one owner. The owner's notebook indicates that this figurine was acquired in 1998.
We will securely pack and double-box your bird so it arrives safely. We have cal culated postage to allow for a large amount of packing and full insurance. If your posta ge comes in under this amount, we will happily refund the difference. Please email any questions you may have before bidding.

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