Life size; adult on driftwood piece attached to oblong carved wooden base, head turned slightly left, wings upraised, beak slightly open; glass eyes, metal toe nails, carved, burned and painted detail. Signed "Gilley '76" on base. Marked "Bald Eagle by Wendell Gilley, SW Harbor, ME, 1976" on underside of base. Commissioned by David Rockefeller as a gift for his brother Nelson Rockefeller to commemorate his term as Vice President. The carving resided in the White House for a period.
117 x 114 x (1)26cm; 12kg
Gilley - Wendell Holmes Gilley (1904-1983), “Bald Eagle,” Wendell Gilley Museum, accessed March 21, 2023, https://wgm.digitalarchive.us/items/show/168.Item 1164