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Carved Eagle Figure

1942.4357 (RS35291)

Description

Carved figure of a mother eagle perched on a nest feeding two eaglets. Wood painted white.

Details

Label
Many of Henry Davis Sleeper's records detailing the provenance of his collections are lost to us but it is highly possible that is piece is another one of his many architectural salvage piece he used at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester, Massachusetts. One of Sleeper's design trademarks is using interior and exterior paneling from dilapidated buildings. This sculpture could have been found on the exterior of a public building. Throughout Beauport, eagles are depicted standing upright but here - located in the North Gallery, we have a more intimate look at this rare bird.
Maker
unknown
Date
1825-1880
Associated Building
Original to Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House (Gloucester, Mass.).
Material
carving (processes)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
carving (processes)
Figurine
figurines
Sculpture
Statue
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
19 1/2 x 48 1/4 x 33 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1942.4357
Credit Line
Gift of Constance McCann Betts, Helena Woolworth Guest and Frasier W. McCann
GUSN
57505

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