Eagle, about 1810
American (probably Philadelphia); possibly William Rush (1756–1833)
Wood, carved, gessoed, and gilded
27 3/8 in. high, 35 3/4 in. wide, 12 5/8 in. deep (overall)
This dynamic eagle was made in the United States in the early years of the nineteenth century. Stylistically, it relates to the work of the preeminent early Philadelphia sculptor, William Rush (1756–1833), and although the lack of documentation makes it impossible to definitively assign it to him, it is nevertheless strongly in his manner.