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Carved figure of a mother eagle perched on a nest feeding two eaglets. Wood painted white.
wood (plant material)
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.
Original to Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House (Gloucester, Mass.),
19 1/2 x 48 1/4 x 33 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Constance McCann Betts, Helena Woolworth Guest and Frasier W. McCann