Carved Eagle Figure

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1825-1880

GUSN

GUSN-57505

Description

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

Details

Descriptive Terms

figurines
carving (processes)
wood (plant material)
Sculpture
Statue
Figurine
Figurine

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.

Associated Building

Original to Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House (Gloucester, Mass.),

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Art

Dimensions

19 1/2 x 48 1/4 x 33 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Constance McCann Betts, Helena Woolworth Guest and Frasier W. McCann

Accession Number

1942.4357