Vintage Hand-Carved and Gilded Bellamy Eagle with Ribbon

This is a carved wooden eagle, dating to the late 19th to early 20th century. The eagle carries a long, flowing ribbon in its beak. Its wings are spread wide in a presentation style, as if the eagle were in mid-flight. The eagle is coated in original gilding.

This carving is styled after eagles by John Bellamy, who became well known in the late 19th century for his stylized eagles and ship carvings. Bellamy's eagles had iconic features, including widely spread wings, an arched beak, and detailed feather carvings. Some of Bellamy's eagles also clutched or bit onto ribbons that featured phrases. This eagle mimics Bellamy's iconic features, and could have been designed for placement on a ship or outside of a home.


CONDITION:

Overall very good. The gilt covering the front of the eagle has some accretions from age and use, but otherwise there are no major chips, cracks, or losses. Hardware for hanging is present on the reverse of the carving.

Dimensions: 13.5" H x 35.5" W x 3" D.




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