Bobwhite Quail Carving by K. Basta - Manzanita Burl Base
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This handsome wood sculpture is a Northern bobwhite quail mounted on a manzanita burl base. It's a male, about two-thirds actual size and so very lifelike. His plumage is beautifully hand painted, with mottled grey, white and chestnut brown feathers forming the characteristic patterns of stripes, flecks and spots. His white brow stripe is bordered in black, giving him a dramatic mask that frames his short, curved beak and glass eyes on his peaked head.
The carver is K. Basta, who created many decorative decoys and carvings for Big Sky Carvers in Montana, starting in the early 1980's. It's signed on the bottom "K Basta" with no evidence of the foil label or the burned-in logo that Big Sky Carvers used to identify their birds. We don't have much information on this talented carver, but he or she certainly created an exceptional sculpture with this quail. He's so realistically portrayed, you can almost hear his characteristic whistle of "bob-white."
The bird with its base stands about 8 1/2 inches tall; the quail himself is 6 inches tall and 6 inches long. He weighs 1 1/4 pounds and is in excellent condition, with very few tiny signs of use and age. This is an expertly carved and painted piece that stands on its own and looks great in a grouping.