Yvon Cote Carved Bird Quebec mid 20th Century
(1914 - 1995)
Yvon Coté Sculptor and wood carver was born in Petite-Anse in Quebec’s Gaspe peninsula. He lived and worked in nearby Grande-Vallee, Quebec. He was active in the mid to late 20th century.
Mr. Coté was famous for his bird sculptures but he also carved fish including Trout and Salmon and occasionally animals. (He is known to have carved at least one Noah’s Ark with its animals.)
He specialized in animal sculpture in the round. Coté's carvings are recognized by their very high gloss. He created a soft natural look with his distinctive knife mark finish and his innovative color technique using colour pencil sealed by multiple coats of nail polish varnish creating the high gloss finish. Yvon Coté's birds included detailed feather carving on the wing and tail, carved eyes and metal claws threaded with green fishing line. In the summer of 2002 the Musé Yvon Coté in Grande-Vallée opened to pay tribute to this great sculptor. His work is included in many private collections throughout North America.
He sometimes signed his work with a chisel and many have a gummed label with the species and the price he sold it for.
Ref: Un Art Pas Si Bete. Cecile Gelinas, Musee de la Gaspesie, Quebec,1993. Ref: Adrien Levasseur, Sculpteurs en Art Populaire au Québec (2008).
Condition: As found. No evident damage or repairs.
Approximate Dimensions: Length 8", Height 5.5".