Outstanding American Life Size Carved Pine Eagle Sculpture, Philadelphia, attributed to William Rush, 1st quarter of the 19th century, a marked resemblance to an eagle which Rush carved for the Hibernia Engine Co. of Philadelphia about 1810 (currently in the Philadelphia Museum of Art), the natural finish exposes its natural wood graining which enhances the effect of the fine carving. Standing on a rock formation paused to take flight, exuding power and grace at the same time.
Height 33 ½ in. Wing Span 69 in. Depth front to back 40 in.
Provenance: Cordelia Hamilton and Adele Earnest, Stony Point Folk Art Gallery, Stony Point New York; Arthur J. Sussel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Willard Gallery, New York; David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection, sold Christies May 10, 2018 lot 1032 to the Present Owner.
Literature: Adele Earnest, Folk Art in America, A Personal View (Exton, PA 1984) illustrated p 46.
J.J. Stoudt, J. Barnitz and O. Bragazzi, et. al., The David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection, New York vol. II 1988, p. 275 no. 138.
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