A carved and polychromed wing-spread eagle with flag and shield attributed to George Stapf (American, 1862-1958) probably Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1890-1910
height from flag tip to bottom of shield 32 1/2in (82.5cm), width from wing-tip to wing-tip 39 1/2in (100.3cm)
Boldly executed, and demonstrating dynamic lines, this eagle is one of a small number attributed to George Stapf (1862-1958), the son of German immigrant Nicholas Stapf. Stapf is known to have carved eagles for government buildings in Harrisburg and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Several of his eagles have been previously mis-attributed to John Haley Bellamy, whose eagles are considerably more stylized than Stapf's.
Related examples include one in the Diplomatic Reception rooms at the United States Department of State, one sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet, The Garbisch Collection, Pokety Farms, 23-25 May, 1980, lot 875, a third sold as the cover lot for Sotheby Parke Bernet, 28-31 January, 1981, lot 1088, and a fourth that was once mounted on President Lincoln's barge River Queen, and which is now in the collection of the United States Naval Academy, illustrated in Philip M. Isaacson, The American Eagle, (Boston, 1975), pp. 104-105.
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